So after an enthusiastic search yesterday for samples and decants of spring lovelies to try from the suggestions I received, one of those I found and wasn’t looking for was Le Labo’s Vetiver 46. (I also found MAC’s linden one and Le Temps d’un Fete by PdN and Reverie au Jardin but that’s another story).
Today, while looking for notes, I realized that the 46 from the name stands for 46 essences in there. Well, there is certainly more in there than they listed as notes: pepper, gaiac wood, labdanum, cedar, olibanum, incense, tahitian vetiver.
While I said there is more in there, in the beginning, you wouldn’t know it, getting hit by some serious pepper. Which I don’t mind, I enjoy that but it did smell, well, I hate to say it – masculine. It’s slightly citrusy, very peppery and lightly smoky.
I also saw that this was a Mark Buxton perfume and I seem to be getting an idea when smelling perfumes that they are bearing his signature as this one hints at some CdGs.
The initial pepper blast doesn’t last too long and soon something slightly sweet starts to appear in the background, while in the front, incense is slowly taking center stage. The perfume keeps smelling better and better and this is the point where it reminded me a bit of Timbuktu. But it’s more lively and refreshing than Timbuktu. Which sounds exactly like the thing one needs in spring. 🙂
And this is where I come to the part of the missing notes. Ok, yes, I smelled vetiver at some point but it was very delicately done. This is not a fragrance dominated by vetiver for me (or after some googling for everyone else), unless there is a facet of vetiver I’m not aware of. In the drydown I started getting this flowery-blackberrish radiance on top of the lightly sweet, woody-vetiver breeze. The drydown smells so great to me that I keep thinking with those 46 essences in there, someone must have accidentally hit on the perfect ratio to produce this effect. I simply love it. 🙂
Oh! Just found better notes on Luckyscent: bergamot, black pepper, clove, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, olibanum, gaiac wood, amber, and vanilla.
Pic and notes by: http://www.luckyscent.com/