Thursday, December 8, 2011
Route du Vetiver by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
I'm glad I grew a set. Every now and then, I run across a reformulation that works better for me than the original. It isn't often mind you, but it's happened a few times. Now, I'm not claiming that YOU will like it better than the original. I, for one, do and find the 90ml. version too harsh for my tastes.
Route du Vetiver consists of : Bourbon vetiver, Blackcurrant, Precious woods, Jasmin, Sandalwood and Musk.
RdV has with a strangely familiar "wool" aroma reminiscent to that of Parfum d'Habit. They're not the same, but I get the wool vibe in both. It is toned down in RdV, but find it noticeable enough to mention it. I can only attribute this to the vetiver and blackcurrant combinations. I actually like it much better in RdV than I do PdH.
The opening of Route du Vetiver doesn't afford me any booziness. What I get is a slightly alcoholic shot of hazy wool. The vetiver evolves on my skin steadily to unveil itself once the top accord settles down. The musk is the next note that integrates itself into the transition and it has a silkiness to it. As far as the jasmin and wood components go, they are in the mix and on the muddled side. The jasmin does enhance the musk note, but I still find it blurred.
Route du Vetiver evolves not much more than this in my wearings. It's sufficient the way it is however and it is constructed in a similar fashion to PdH. I find it an acquired taste and am quite sure vetiver hounds would find this rendition an enjoyable experience.
A fragrance can be good and not suitable for you at the same time. That's where I stand with RdV. I know good after I wear it numerous times, but I'm not inclined to add it to my wardrobe.
Thumbs up from Aromi for Route du Vetiver. A sample wear is recommended.