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L'Occitane Vetyver

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After all the vetiver talk, I decided to pick up a bottle of the L'Occitane version. This is my first ever experience with Vetyver scents, so I wasn't sure what to expect. In a nutshell, I am very impressed.

Colognes, for me, fall into a few different categories. There is the "I am a cologne, and I smell nice" category (Taylor, C-M, ...). Then there is the "I smell intensely of the elements I consist of (Penhaligon's, ...). Lastly, there is the category of fragrances that evoke a mood, a memory, an emotion. The L'O Vetyver is one of those.

It starts off grassy. Not the grassiness of a well-manicured lawn, but rather evocative of tall fields of wild grass swaying in an Autumn breeze. You get a bit of herbaceousness, perhaps the faint aroma of rosemary and sage gracing a full Thanksgiving table. As it drys down, it turns smoky, rich, and haunting. It is the whiff of fall leaves burning, walks in the woods, and Halloween approaching. Every now and then I get surprised by a sudden whiff of sweetness. Perhaps the memory of hot apple-cider doughnuts cooking while you are out apple picking with the family, or the sudden burst of scent when you walk on the verbena growing in the garden. Very heady, wonderful stuff that for me is the essence of Autumn. I got almost wistful driving to work, listening to acoustic Grateful Dead and smelling the vetyver. I began to think of the change of seasons, things moving on, etc. All in all, I can heartily recommend this fragrance.

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This was my first vetiver that I bought after sampling in a L'Occitane store. I know I had sampled it sometime back (back when I was only using D&G, YSL, etc.) and didn't like it. Well my scent preference must have changed cause I loved it on the card and on my skin and walked out with a bottle.

$46 for 100mL - absolute steal compared to what you'll pay for "designer" colognes at a Macy's.

I'm not good with describing scents, but this one doesn't show much change after about 30-60 minutes to my nose and is quite constant throughout. Smokey, rich with hints of grassy notes - definitely esteems manliness.

Staying power is quite good on me and I can detect it 8-10 hours after. Overall my favorite L'Occitane scent that I've tried.
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My first trial and I'm really pleased with this fragrance. It's got a nice, "outdoorsy" masculine scent that stays with you for most of the day but doesn't overpower anyone in the same room. Those who get close to you will enjoy it. Very nice for fall/winter office wear.

I marked the atomizer score down...mine tended to squirt rather than spray.
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Addition: I increased the Staying Power score to a 10. I was still getting heavenly whiffs of this fragrance 14 hours after applying. Beautiful stuff! :thumbup:
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I'm gonna keep it simple and say this is my favorite cologne right now. It's exactly what I was hoping and looking to have for the fall, and I want fall all year 'round. The girls love it, I love it!!!:thumbup:
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