Released in 2009, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP is a burlier version of the similarly named EDT and serves as one of the most versatile gentleman’s fragrances on the market. It retails for $95 for 1.7oz and $135 for 3.4oz.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP is a modern-classic vetiver. Unlike drier, soft, more traditional vetiver fragrances like Vetiver Guerlain or Creed Original Vetiver, this one thunders on with typical Tom Ford gusto. Grey Vetiver has a more woody scent, than the aforementioned grassy concoctions, which creates a well-rounded scent, with a bolder presence. What it lacks in complexity it more than makes up for with its uniquely clean, yet brash nature. Projection is strong, and all day longevity on skin or clothing is standard, regardless of weather conditions. Oddly enough, this is the finest rainy day fragrance I’ve ever come across. We might have a rainy day or two left in the season, so grab a bottle (or a sample) and get ready for an olfactory delight.
While it has no peers for a rainy day, it’s actually a great year round fragrance. I’ve had equal success wearing this in the snow, as I have had wearing this on 90+ degree-days. The citrus notes keep it light and fresh in the spring/summer, and the wood base notes offer sufficient body for the winter, or dressy occasions. Speaking of occasions, I find this to be a doppelganger. It seems to accentuate and amplify any attire on any occasion. While it likely won’t take anyone’s breath away, it’s the low-key kid in the class getting an A- across the board. It’s good enough that every gentleman should have a bottle in his cupboard and in fact if I had to recommend just one fragrance, this would be it. It’s a scent with the rare trait of always being welcomed and never offends.
Description from Tom Ford’s Website:
WITH ITS ELEGANT AND REFINED HEART OF NATURAL VETIVER SUPERBLY BLENDED WITH SUN-DRENCHED CITRUS, RICH SPICES AND PRIZED WOODS, TOM FORD GREY VETIVER CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DEBONAIR, CHARISMATIC AND PROVOCATIVE MASCULINITY.
The atomizer on this bottle has very little travel and projects a medium sized spray. Since it is EDP strength, just one or two sprays are fine for all day coverage. While I don’t find the bottle particularly attractive, and the cap is unnecessarily light and feels of cheap plastic, the ridged bottle feels surprisingly nice in hand. I’d never have imagined mentioning bottle feel in a review, but use it for a few days and you’ll understand. The flask is very thin and oblong, and the ridges deep, but narrowly spaced, which fills the palm with an interesting texture. The cap has this similar texture as well, so it really stands out in your daily ritual. A smart, subconscious marketing tactic, or just a well designed product with a focus on detail? My guess is as good as yours.
Would I buy it again? Absolutely. If I could only have one fragrance, Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP would be it. It’s not as fancy or uncommon as Clive Christian, and it isn’t from a niche house, but it does something few fragrances can rival. It smells good to nearly everyone and is appropriate for any occasion. This is every bit at home in a tuxedo, as it is at the beach, on a hike or at your son/daughter’s soccer game… or ice hockey game. Rain, shine, snow… winter, summer, spring and fall… Grey Vetiver EDP delivers consistent A- results. While it will never inspire hearts and minds, and I’m not very enthusiastic about the scent as it’s good, not great – the tractability of the composition cannot be denied and for truly being the jack of all trades (master of none), this is a must own for me.