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Vetiver Extraordinaire Frederic Malle for men

Vetiver Extraordinaire Frederic Malle for men
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Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle is a Oriental Woody fragrance for men. Vetiver Extraordinaire was launched in 2002. The nose behind this fragrance is Dominique Ropion. Top notes are bergamot and bitter orange; middle notes are pink pepper, cloves and vetiver; base notes are sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, myrhh and musk.

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Bergamot Bitter Orange

Middle Notes
Pink Pepper Cloves Vetiver

Base Notes
Sandalwood Cedar Oakmoss Myrhh Musk

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Vetiver Extraordinaire Fragrance Reviews

Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

Along with Heely's "Vetiver Veritas", this is definitely one of the truest incarnations of vetiver I've come across. A sharp blast of bitter citrus and dry spice blend with a raw, rooty hazelnut-toned vetiver, that smells a bit like sticking your head into a new wardrobe yet to be sanded down.


Great performance; It projects well for at least 6 hours on my skin. I think it's a clean, fresh, rugged scent that would suit most men, in particular 25+.

Jun
28
2015
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

@Mr Cornells ~ This fragrance lasted quite long (>8 hours) on my cooler than average skin with moderate sillage. As indicated in the photograph shown here in Fragrantica, the perfume volume is 8% in 96% alcohol so it should be an EDT.

A side note, my bottle from 2013 does not have the perfume and alcohol volume indicated separately but simply says 88% volume; however, I do believe that it means the same thing.

Jun
18
2015
Mr Cornells
Mr Cornells

Please guys, the reviews here seemingly titillating and I'd be getting this cologne. One more thing tho'. Is it concentrated as an EDP, EDT or EDT Intense? Thanks!

May
18
2015
jtd
jtd

Vetiver root has been used in perfumery since day one, but the eponymous masculine Vetivers fixate on it with a particular reverence. Vetiver isn’t simply the masculine equivalent of the feminine white floral. It’s become a ceremonial totem of male toiletry, ranking with the fougère as a masculine olfactory reference. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Big Three (Carven, Guerlain, Givenchy) boosted vetiver from a fixative and a basenote material to the center of the discussion.

The Maculine Vetiver became safe harbor in the 1960s-1970s when the underpinnings of masculinity were up for discussion. More vetiver fragrances than you can shake a stick at followed. Some kept close to the scent of the vetiver root itself (eg. Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Route du Vetiver, Etro Vetiver, Lalique Encre Noire) while others strayed a bit further, riffing on a particular quality of the root (Annick Goutal Vetiver’s salty iodine, Serge Lutens’s chocolate Vetiver Oriental, ELDO Fat Electrician’s plastic and vinyl.)

Vetiver Extraordinaire falls into the conservative camp of Vetiver perfumes and The Big Three are its specific predecessors. All four are sweeping, classical perfumes that balance broad splashes and nuanced choices. Malle and Ropion are too well-versed in composition and history not to have understood the importance of the Big Three, but they chose to rival them rather than to imitate them. Malle also takes advantage of the of the fetishism surrounding the material, and fumies dutifully cite the 25% of vetiver oil used in the composition.

Ropion’s approach is to take vetiver to finishing school. After the dazzling citrus punch of the first sniff, he employs a swirling floral topnote to accentuate vetiver’s inherent thumping bass range. The liveliness of the topenotes have hints of lipstick and makeup and Vetiver Extraordinaire barely skirts the scandalous 'Old Lady Perfume' territory. The topnotes are ‘perfumey’ and remind me that Ropion known for his over-the-top perfumey feminine florals (Givenchy Amarige and Ysatis, Malle’s own Carnal Flower). Vetiver Extraordinaire eventually settles into a more traditionally masculine woody range, albeit with a dandy flourish.

Vetiver Extraordinaire captures the sensibility of the Frédéric Malle line perfectly. It is a superlative contemporary spin on a traditional form. Though not nearly as ubiquitous, Vetiver Extraordinaire rivals Guerlain Vetiver as the standard-bearer of the genre among vetiver enthusiasts.

from scenthurdle.com

May
17
2015
Little Prince
Little Prince

I have a thing for lean compositions. Take a key note such as the divine vetiver, acknowledge its angles and try to stress their character by adding minimal touches of notes sharing the same effect. Working this way we have experienced many fabulous vetiver compositions that highlight a certain facet of the root. However this is not the case for Vetiver Extraordinaire as this composition goes for something more challenging and adventurous. It goes for the whole effect, the whole root without emphasizing a particular element. Undertaking such task imagines impossible and the tuning can be embarrassing arduous even if you know exactly what you are doing. Miraculously Vetiver Extraordinaire strikes bull’s-eye and comes as close to the natural smell of vetiver as never before. The matter with other vetivers is this balance, which deliberately leans towards one or another aspect of the note. I wrote deliberately but VE made me think that more attentively. Perhaps this is more of a deliberate necessity for perfumers while identifying the difficulty to balance the accord to the center point and simulate the heart and soul of the material. If you love vetiver you simply can’t miss the phenomenal geometric symmetry of Vetiver Extraordinaire. This simply is the Everest of vetiver fragrances.

May
15
2015
Bruno Carvalho Costa
Bruno Carvalho Costa

The name of this stuff already gives an idea of what comes after spraying, Vetiver Extraordinare have one of the bests vetiver's in the world of scents,I sincerely hoped that the vetiver note would be more pronounced at the base of this fragance, but not,after bergamot and orange in open,within seconds i feel come dry and woody waves than with to little bit of pink pepper help to giving a warmed , smoky and woody base,after hours,the base comes with sandalwood and cedar, which makes staying the woody aspect of the fragrance, however in the midst of so many woods at the base, appears a single touch of myrrh, sweetening the base and closing wonderfully this masterpiece scent.

Must Have if you is a vetiver fan.

Scent: 10/10
Sillage: 8/10
Longevity: 10/10

Feb
11
2015
Ruffienne
Ruffienne

There is something about vetiver that just turns a woman's head...

The top-notes are a little distracting - an unnecessary "fresh" initial element, presumably the citrus - but they disperse swiftly leaving a clever and very sexy vetiver.
It appears to be a single note fragrance but in actual fact I suspect it is a very cunningly constructed raft of elements all combining to bring out the elements of the vetiver keynote.

This is clearly a masculine scent, and vetiver is at it's best on a man's skin.

However I love the warm, earthy directness of this one so much that I will certainly get some for my own pleasure.

Feb
02
2015
sfdla
sfdla

Subtle, clean, and refined. Very warm and woodsy. Easy to wear at work or home. It's not really a "date night" fragrance, even if you've been dating that person for a while...the vetiver is very clean and blends well, so it wears like more of an aftershave or body wash.

I like it, but I don't love it. Too mellow. There are tons of other woodsy fragrances. At this price point, I want more wow. I'm wasn't going to pick on the name because I dig the rhyming...but, if you're going to say it's "extraordinaire" than I think it needs to step up from what is actually "vetiver, done well."

Addendeum:
I made my brother try the sample. It seems reasonable to assume he and I have similar body chemistry, and I thought maybe his dudeliness would add something. But it still smells like a refined vetiver aftershave.

Jan
16
2015
Mouchette
Mouchette

Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire is one of the best 'fresh' vetiver-centric fragrance in production today, and out of hundreds of variations comes closest to the smell of real vetiver root. The bergamot gives the composition an overall bitter-fresh feel and the supporting notes of cedar, pepper, sandalwood and myrrh are constantly shifting in the background highlighting the different nuances of vetiver—truly remarkable olfactory trick. There is an initial dankness to this vetiver that is unparalleled in its ability to invigorate.

Fresh, crisp and angular, VE takes an old theme in traditional masculine toiletries (vetiver is the masculine note par excellence) and creates something that is both traditional and modern. There is a relaxed sophistication and coolness to this fragrance that reminds me of something Vincent Cassel or Steve McQueen would wear. Unapologetically masculine, Dominique Ropion has done something marvelous insofar that this is vetiver that harkens back to the classical trio (Carven, Guerlain and Givenchy), but knows to be of its time. Like in the best classical couture, this fragrance is not revolutionary, but evolutionary. Smelled side-by-side with Guerlain's Vetiver, it is obvious that VE is of the same breeding. Likewise, VE is extremely versatile and can be sporty, casual, smart casual, formal or black tie.

Not that I seek validation in the fragrances I wear, but this one has had a surprising number of positive reactions (from women) despite being an understated close-to-skin fragrance.

MASTERPIECE.

Jan
08
2015
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.
ThEnAuGhTyPrOf.

@ black_orchid: YES, this is EXCELLENT STUFF- GREAT Vetiver scent...... That being said..... There are a couple out there that I think is REALLY REALLY nicely blended as well... Please try to get your nose on Vetiver Extrait by Ropja Dove and for SURE- Vetiver Fatal by Atelier...........

Oct
13
2014
black_orchid
black_orchid

This is best vetiver parfum I have tired. It's very creative and also dark, dry and smoky. When ı wear it I feel like walking in the dim forest. Really handsome perfume. I love it!!!

Oct
13
2014
Malthus101
Malthus101

It's nice on the blotter, nice on the skin at the open, dries down ok too. I'm not a fan of vetiver as it doesn't suit me but this is a nice vetiver scent, it's different, it's a bit warmer and woodier.

It's a nice fragrance but it's a bit too subtle, it's not showy at all. Some may aprreciate that.

Nothing bad about it, quite sophisticated but lacking "oomph".

Might make a very good "professional" scent, a la Tom Ford Grey Vetiver but warmer.

Sep
08
2014
hippopotamus
hippopotamus

I tested this on a hot summer day, and after cycling in the sun and swimming in the sea twice I could still smell it loud and clear on my wrist in the evening - in other words; the longevity is amazing! The scent is not as spectacular in my eyes (nose), though, or at last not for the first tree to four hours. I love vetiver and i love Frederic Malle's perfumes, but the this was a loud headache inducer for me the first hours after applying one spray (the first five minutes it smells like sweat). After several hours though... the myrrh gets more pronounced and a beautiful powdery warm skin scent appears. If only it was like that at once! And I can't understand why it's marketed as being for men - def unisex to me.

Jul
08
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

The least extraordinary thing you may think of. Iso E, hediones and ionones, a synthetic inflatable costume in which Ropion dropped a microscopic drop of that "vetiver oil" they ridicolously claim having used "large amounts" of. And basically here's again that same nauseating plastic smell of wet paint of all these grotesque "new vetivers". If you like vetiver do yourself a favour and grab a Guerlain's. Outrageously priced.

P.S.: I am not sure about that, but chances are I smelled a recent reformulation.

4/10

Jun
14
2014
Cyrus Smith
Cyrus Smith

A blind buy some years ago because I couldn't find a simple vetiver fragrance (that would'nt be surrounded by too much ingredients) and Guerlain's Vetiver was not what it used to be.
This one is raw. Really "earthy". I feel like I'm wearing a vetiver root around my neck! I really like the shower gel (Base lavante), same beautiful botanical smell and very persistent. That is one of the nice thing about Frederic Malle, there's often a line of products with the fragrance.

On extremely cold winter days, Vetiver Extraordinaire is... extraordinaire!

Jun
14
2014
markjcretella
markjcretella

I generally like vetiver, and usually the more earthy and raw, the better. I've tried this one over the years, and there's something lingering that I dislike. I'm not sure if it's the citrus playing in the background, or whether it might be the musty aspects. If someone were to ask me what VE is closest to, I would probably say Sycomore, which I also can't love. So, whatever it is they share is likely the culprit. Although, Sycomore is sweet and VE is dry, there is something in both that I don't like, but between the two I prefer this one. Hopefully, as I wear more of my decant, I can try to figure this one out more. I get slightly better than average projection and very good longevity. My rating for now, is 7.6

Jun
03
2014
Ovaltine Jenkins
Ovaltine Jenkins

This is a very good vetiver fragrance, but not a great one to me. I was expecting great at this price point. Even by the drydown I only detect the vetiver, begamot and pink pepper notes. This is not a bad combo, just wish some of the other notes listed were more noticeable. Longevity and sillage were just ok.

May
28
2014
rockegg
rockegg

Ugly on a woman, eh? Apparently the estrogen leaped out of my pores and did some sort of chemical wizardry because what's on my arm right now makes me smell like I've been rolling around in a dewy meadow. I may have to buy this for myself. It's fresh without being soapy or combative. It smells like the fresh air of a place I want to be. If I were to advertise this for a woman she'd be the hot chick in the hiking boots with wild hair blowing in the wind on a mountain side. I wouldn't wear it in high heels.

May
28
2014
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

In my opinion Vetiver Extraordinaire is one of the best from Malle's line, not because it trumps anything else per say, but because unlike others it fizzes and seems to come alive on skin. This is an effervescent vetiver, buoyed by bergamot, neroli, and pink pepper for a fresh and vaguely soapy affect. Vetiver root comprises the spine, but Ropion utilized cedar, saffron, and musk to keep it from becoming too dry and flat like Guerlain's Vetiver. I'm not sure if Safraleine or something similar to safranal was used here, but the mellow spiciness in VE's heart suggests high ingredient quality was employed at a generous dosage, perhaps more than usual. If you like Creed's Vetiver, Original Vetiver, Guerlain Vetiver, and Encre Noire, but want something even crisper, spicier, and more direct, Vetiver Extraordinaire should be on your short list.

Mar
02
2014
Stevie.D.
Stevie.D.

Wearing this today on a very hot and humid summer day I do love the intense vetiver, probably the best I've tried so far. It sits perfectly on my skin in the heat. Lovely dry down. My only complaint is the short life of the scent, 3 sprays gone completely in less than 3 hours.

Jan
21
2014
Ziggy2012
Ziggy2012

Of the many vetiver fragrances I have tried, I would guess that this is the truest to the actual scent of vetiver.

There is a brightness and freshness and green/'grassy' quality, perhaps partly due to a subtle citrus note, but also the roots are very evident, giving it a slightly earthy/rootsy quality, but not in a bad way at all. It is just not 'softened' by any real hint of sweetness. In terms of wine I would describe it as really 'dry'. Maybe it should be named 'Just Vetiver'

It has excellent longevity and reasonable projection or sillage. To my mind, it is neither masculine or feminine, and it will not be liked by all, but if you like vetiver, then that is what it truly is.... plain and simple.....or at least to my nose.

The white musk in the base, a note I do not normally enjoy, because of its presence in so many mainstream designer fragrances, is not really evident but probably serves to simply enhance the vetiver. I like it, but I do not love it.

Sycamore with the subtle sandalwood base...or Route de Vetiver softened with the subtle fruity note are preferable for me...but this is the real deal..love it or it hate it...real vetiver..grass, roots and all

Update - 03.10.14 - With time I have come to realise that this is a masterpiece of blending. Altough this seems a 'soliflore', in fact that is an illusion. Dominique Ropion seems to have created a vivid and bright 'true' vetiver scent, partly by complementing vetiver with a whole series of notes which are not individually identifiable to most noses. However, each note accents a facet of the vetiver to create perfume 'magic'.

Nov
24
2013
ninjaove
ninjaove

smells like repairning cars or motorbikes in your garage. (in a good way)
One of the best vetivers i've tried.

Nov
05
2013
Kain
Kain

Vetiver is a simple and to be honest a boring note and it's really important that how the perfumer surround it with other notes to make it complex.
This fragrance start with a sharp, fresh and peppery vetiver note which is really pleasant and nice.
The vetiver is bold and strong and you can smell it easily.
There is some fresh citrusy scent and some pepper to support it and this combination create a really good masculine scent.
As time goes by, the fresh notes start to fade away slowly and vetiver start to show his earthy face.
In the mid you can smell bolder and richer vetiver with light earthy feeling and there are some pepper, some woods, a little bit of musky sweetness and some fresh notes.
It's simple, but at the same time complex and very pleasant.
If you're looking for your first bottles of a vetiver based fragrance this one is one of the best, but if you already have a few in your collection, there is no need to buy a full bottle!
You can buy a small decant or a sample and enjoy it.
Both projection and longevity is average on my skin.

راستش شخصا برای من خیلی مهمه که رایحه وتیور با چیا ترکیب بشه
رایحه وتیور خیلی سریع میتونه بوش خسته کننده بشه
رایحه این عطر با بوی قوی و کاملا مشخص وتیور شروع میشه که البته به خاطر وجود رایحه ملایم مرکبات حس شاداب و خنکی داره و کمی هم رایحه فلفل بهش حس تند و فلفلی میده
رایحه ابتدایی بسیار دلپذیره و حس مردانه ای داره
با گذر زمان رایحه مرکباتی تا حد زیادی ضعیف میشه و رایحه وتیور قویتر میشه و کمی حس خاکی پیدا میکنه
در کنار اینا میشه رایحه مشخص فلفل و رایحه چوبها رو حس کرد که در کل بوی سنگین تر و پیچیده تری بهش میدن
پخش بو و ماندگاریش هر دو در حد متوسط هستن و خیلی قوی نیست
اگه تاحالا عطر بر پایه رایحه وتیور نداشتین این میتونه انتخاب خیلی خوبی باشه اما اگه عطرهای بر اساس وتیور مثل تام فورد گری وتیور دارین نیازی نیست برین سراغ این چون بوش براتون تکراری با کمی تفاوت خواهد بود

Oct
15
2013
pcurry1961
pcurry1961

As I've said in my previous reviews, I cannot do the "it smells like tree bark, with a hint of vegetable, drying to shake n vac" thing. But what I can tell you is this is one of the most fabulous fragrances I have ever put on myself, and it's fabulous from the first touch on the skin.

I have French Lover, and would cut off your arm for it, but this tops it. I got a sample and the first time I wore It 3 women immediately asked me what I was wearing and said they loved it. They ranged in age from 21 to 51. Even 2 of my male friends noticed it and were very positive.

Get yourself a sample from somewhere. This truly is a wonderful fragrance. I am waiting for my bottle to arrive. I hate the waiting!

Sep
21
2013
spaniel
spaniel

Stark, acrid and unforgiving. This is not the warm vetiver of Sycomore, or Route de Vetiver, or even the dark Encre Noire. The fragrance this most reminds me of is the camphorous Hinoki by CdG. Sharp and monolithic. Distinctive....yes, but not very wearable.

Sep
08
2013
danceforjoy
danceforjoy

Might be better on men as rule, but it's better on me than my SO, therefore, I will be keeping this dry, peppery lovely sample for myself. And in my fantasy world where I can buy bottles whenever I want....

Aug
27
2013
Michael1962
Michael1962

got a sample of this from Myer as I have a few Frederic Malle fragrances.Nice woody,earthy and peppery vetiver with a smooth bergamot background to it.Not as pungent as the vetiver in Eau Sauvage Perfum or as sweet and limey as Creed's Original Vetiver.Nevertheless its very pleasant and calming but in my opinion has very soft sillage.I don't like it enough the fork out the cash for it as the aforementioned vetivers have more going for them.

Aug
10
2013
jht4060
jht4060

The name for Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire is no hyperbole - this is an extraordinary and unique vetiver, and I have tried a LOT of vetivers. Much has been written about how much vetiver there is in this (taken from the official Malle notes, which emphasize the point), but this is misleading. I love vetiver and have several different essential oils from various locations (they are fairly different from each other). Yes, there is a lot of vetiver in Vetiver Extraordinaire, but it is either an artfully blended vetiver or Ropion got his hands on a vetiver oil unlike any I have smelled. The top and middle have a good dose of dark bitter orange peel and plenty of pink pepper and I suspect something else that I can't figure out, maybe it is the clove but it is so blended I can't pick it out. I wonder if there isn't a big dose of Safraleine in there (warm leather saffron tobacco sweet woody). The blended effect is hard to describe because it is so distinctive and unique - this is unlike any other vetiver perfume I have smelled (note added later - Terre d'Hermes is somewhat similar). Spicy, earthy, warm, leathery, dark green, with the grassy-rooty-smoky notes of most vetivers muted. The scent changes relatively little and only very slowly with time, getting more wood and myrrh notes in the base.

Regardless of the analysis, Vetiver Extraordinaire is indeed a sublime take on this classic essential oil. I am leery of perfumes at this price point, suspecting the price to have more with making them "exclusive" than with their quality (in most cases I think this cynical view is correct - these are called Veblen good in economics). But VE is an exception - it is indeed extraordinary and I suppose you have to expect to pay for that.

Jun
27
2013
modestyblaise
modestyblaise

I know this is men's territory, but i have weakness for earthy and woody frags. VE being The Absolute Best in the category, is not an easy wear for a lady, but still got a big bottle.
Wore it on 3 occasions, was complimented, but needless to say those people were puzzled, when realized that i'm a female. I don't really care for strangers opinions, but when a hubby told me that i smell like a successful business man, i knew i had to commit a crime, and layer it something.
Didn't wear it for over a year, until today i tried BLV II, VE, BLV II x 2 and voila! As they say, the rest is history...

Jun
22
2013
williamvargas
williamvargas

has to be the lightest airy vetiver.., but yet the fragrance is there..not overpowering but a really beautiful vetiver, probably the only vetiver that I think you could wear as a signature scent, I love vetivers and I have many...but I don't think I could wear them every day with out tiring of them...this one would last longer than any other as a signature, you might be able to pull it off.. .. a splendid vetiver fragrance...much love from me..
French lover has become my favorite from this house, check that one out as well.

Apr
12
2013
Huntre333
Huntre333

In my opinion, Frederic Malle's, 'Vetiver Extraordinaire' is simply one of the very best vetiver's ever created, period. It's simply gorgeous and you can easily wear this fragrance anytime of the day, or evening and is better suited to cooler & colder temperatures.

Its longevity is about 8 to 9 hours on me, it has a polite projection and its silage gracefully veils about 3 to 4 metres, then disappears. Enough, to cause people to stop in their tracks, turn around and wonder to themselves, "what is that gorgeous smell? I must know." Some will even gather the strength to walk back to stop me and ask what it is I am wearing. It's that good.

Adjectives; Masculine, Sophisticated, Classy, Dapper, Expensive, Smart, Unique and Addictive.

In my opinion, 'Vetiver Extraordinaire' is named and priced appropriately.

Apr
08
2013
Bufshuf
Bufshuf

This is a very masculine take on vetiver. On me, it has a somewhat leathery/woodsy/spicy dry down. I don’t get similarity to Incense Oud, suggested by another contributor, and I have both of them. For starters, it doesn’t have any real incense and what’s that other thing? Oh yeah, oud.

Feb
02
2013
jgirgar
jgirgar

Day after Christmas I finally tried this 'full on' the way I normally wear my fragrance opposed to sampling it on my arm in a miniscule amount. Perhaps it's my skin because it smelled nothing like VE from the bottle. So disheartened. This is why we sample before we buy. Lovely from the bottle. Jason G 011713

Jan
17
2013
Greg1965
Greg1965

Very nice scent. Reminded me a bit of Kilian Incense Oud but for me FM VE is better.

Jan
16
2013
noor85
noor85

very nice,the dry down is just smooth,high quality vetiver,warm and sexy.but the price is fancy! too expensive.

Dec
23
2012
bcoops
bcoops

I have really just started exploring vetivers like tom ford grey vetiver, tonka vetiver....now this. This is very real smelling.....not that i know what real vetiver smells like...its just smells like nature, like your by the sea in the weeds or something.its very fresh smelling...i will definitely be checking this out more next spring/summer

The woman sprayed in on my arm at a frederic malle boutique yesterday at around 11:00 it now almost 10 am the next day and still slightly there

Sep
30
2012
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

A pleasant earthy vetiver scent somewhat similar to Chanel "Sycamore" but lighter and greener without the sweetness.

Is it worth the price tag ? No

Is it a rather unique scent ? Somewhat. More so if you don't know Sycamore

How is the sillage/projection ? Weak

Apr
05
2012
Fábio Condé
Fábio Condé

The top of the tops, this is a really ''extraordinaire'' vetiver base fragrance.
Balanced, refined and the main, natural to the extreme, the opening of bergamot and bitter orange are shy, and already involved in a minute with a vetiver extraordinary, as the name says. The pepper makes him company but nothing too intense, warms up quite nicely. The woody base with cedar and sandalwood with the famous myrrh giving a distinctive oriental touch, i also feel with a sense of absinthe but very light, a distinct masterpiece.

Feb
13
2012
sherapop
sherapop

Frédéric Malle VETIVER EXTRAORDINAIRE is a vetiver lover's vetiver cologne. It smells spare and streamlined to the point where I am reminded of recent wearings of aromachemical niche perfumes such as MOLECULE 01. I really smell vetiver and just about only vetiver, which is a result no doubt of the fact that this particular composition contains, according to the manufacturer's card, a higher percentage of vetiver than any other.

So, it all comes down, in the end, to one question: DO YOU *LOVE* VETIVER? Nothing else is going to pull you through, but if vetiver is really what you're after, then VETIVER EXTRAORDINAIRE may well be for you. Wearing this creation would be an excellent way for anyone to sort out their true feelings about vetiver. (-;

Jan
21
2012
jcastano
jcastano

The most natural smelling vetiver out on the market. A wet vetiver root at that. So fresh and so masculine. A bit exotic and earthy as well. I'm so impressed at how niche perfumery captures such natural smells. This was one of the first niche I had ever put my nose on and I was floored! It wasn't so much the scent itself but rather how the art of perfumery can produce such realistic creations. It's what helped me understand the concept of synthetic components vs the more natural. I felt as though I was in a vetiver patch by a river bank somewhere in India. Would I ever purchase this? Probably not. It only lasted about 3 hours on my skin. I also found it a tad linear. I get hints of cedar and musk in the drydown and the opening has a touch of bergamont and pepper but that's basically it. I'd say more suitable for the more suit and tie type of guy. I generally do enjoy vetiver notes but the price tag on this is asking too much, even if the quality is superb. Dominique Ropion is a true virtuoso of his craft and I tip my hat off to him for this remarkable scent.

Oct
21
2011
spirit966
spirit966

Tried Sycomore, tried Encre Noire, tried Guerlain's Vetiver, tried Creed's, tried Hermes Vetiver Tonka... But VE is the best!

Guerlain is too soapy fresh, with an old man's feel.
Creed is less soapy but has a similar vibe; an innocent vetiver.
Herme's is sickly sweet. Hazelnut mixed with vetiver. Imagine dropping the vetiver into a saucepan of syrup and trying ever so hard to separate the two.

Sycomore and Encre are similar. But with Encre being darker and bitter, picture Spiderman putting on the Venom suit, corrupted, evil, put still somewhat cool. Both are vetivers dominated by warm woody notes. Imagine the vetiver root pulled out of a forest with the wind catching the smell of a tree truck. Very rustic.

Malle's VE doesn't rely on the roots of the vetiver to maintain its masculine edge, but rather the fresh citrus blended with the sharpest green vetiver I have ever come across. As sharp as a razor blade I would say. The ozone notes lightens the scent but also tingles your senses every time VE catches a whiff of the air; sharp green vetiver attacks your senses reminding you of the incisiveness of this vetiver, just when you thought it is gone. A great juxtaposition between lightness (ozone note) and incisiveness without relying on heavy woods (rustic) to depict manliness.
Perfect for a classy gentlemen with a mean streak.

The greenish, airiness, sharpness, and mossiness of VE makes this one a very unique take on vetiver I must say. Yes, it is more linear than the Sycomores or Encre Noires... But only because it is the purest take on the vetiver note that I have so far come across.

Great for Spring and Summer for me!

Perfect!

Too bad vetiver fragrances in general have only average longevity, 6 to 10 (pushing it) hours

Mar
30
2011
full_of_colours
full_of_colours

I am a 30 year old woman and I absolutely love the scent. It is beautiful. The Vetiver and Myrhh truly come out on my skin.

It is a masculine smell, It takes a specific personality, I don't believe it is age specific. Very deep, complex smell.

Rich and earthy; it is truly Vetiver Extraordinaire!

Mar
25
2011
alfarom
alfarom

Well, this is the apotheosis of the "masculine vetiver fragrance" concept! A SUBLIME composition that immediately jumps at the top of its genre together with other masterpieces such as Sycomore, Route Du Vetiver and the Givenchy's. Vetiver Extraordinaire is a stark and edgy composition where the usual bergamot/citrus opening is dried to the bone by sharp woody notes and a massive dose of dry vetiver. Add a nice (and slight) quasi-soapy twist and here's a masterpiece. Good sillage and excellent lasting power. One of my favourites.

Rating: 9.5/10

Mar
03
2011
guest_oslo.
guest_oslo.

The "creme de la creme" of all vetiver scents. The best vetiver scent on the market, with the highest concentation of vetiver among vetiver scents. It is very classy, masculine, mature, and timeless. It`s like a more refined version of Guerlain Vetiver. If you are not a fan of vetiver, steer away! If you like vetiver, this is one of the best you can buy for money! Excellent!

Nov
10
2010
thatsmr2usir
thatsmr2usir

I could not agree more with Daniel. This is not for the younger crowd at all, 50+ is dead on right! It is interesting but it is to much for me to bear.. very masculine, very mature with an old school vibe, It lingers & it last a nice while. If you are younger & think you can pull this off, knock yourself out. If this fragrance does not do it first.

Oct
30
2010
daniel DeLouv
daniel DeLouv

Very good version of vetiver realy "Extraordinaire"

I like vetiver alot Especially guerlain one,and this one is Definitely Bitter Vetiver.

this is for a mature man around 50+ not younger.

Jul
30
2010
eckerd
eckerd

an excellent fragrance based on a classic ingredient.

Apr
03
2010
mal23
mal23

A very green and herbal opening to this Vetiver. With a slight musk scent toward the middle notes. But the basenotes is where this fragrance really outdoes other Vetivers. It gives you that classic woodsy warm vetiver scent that I have been looking for. Where in comparision, Lalique's Encre Noire has more lasting power than this one, they are both very nice vetivers. Overall a 8.5/10.

Mar
13
2010
mosesbotbol
mosesbotbol

This is one of FM's masterpieces! Wow, the best vertiver fragrance I have ever smelled. Everyone goes crazy for it. Really classy and executive.

Feb
20
2010
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

I reject the idea that there male and female fragrances just as I reject the idea that there are perfumes for summer or winter, young or old, and different occasions. However, Vetiver Extraordinaire comes as close to being a masculine fragrance as anything I've ever sniffed. I will qualify this further by saying that it's one of the few distinctly "masculine" fragrances that would actually smell really good on a man.

When I sampled Vetiver Extraordinaire, I found that it was a stark, somewhat linear scent that emphasized the crispness and dryness of the vetiver all the way through. As it dried down there were hints of the earthy root-like character of the vetiver, but overall I found it severe, like a dusty bouquet of dried herbs that have been sitting around for years. I like the scent enough to keep the sample vial in the batch designated "wear from time to time", but I think that, as a woman, I would layer it with a little bit of something to make it seem less stark.

Jan
25
2010
lulllull
lulllull

Attention all men. If you notice youre being followed by a skinny brown haired girl and youre wearing this perfume chances are that it's me. But don't worry, I'm harmless. MAN this is good! Best vetiver ever. This is so rooty, smoky, sofisticated, sexy as hell... I could go on and on and on.
Women can also wear this. Hell I wish everyone wore this!

Jan
20
2010
AJ73
AJ73

I am not a big fan of Frederic malle but Vetiver Extraordinaire is the best Vetiver out there if you ask me. I used Guerlains Vetiver for many years and bougth Chanels Sycomore recently but this one is the absolute best. Very manly. Raw. Sexy.

Jul
08
2009
tessture
tessture

Bergamot and vetiver with woody herbs and a slight skin musk scent...It's leathery and spicy and slightly musty. It smells like the inside of a wooden chest in a library. A men's club. A smoking den with leather and antique wood furniture. An elegant, last era man with excellent taste in clothes, cars and music

Dec
14
2008
jeca
jeca

I like this fragrance very much, it's so masculine, yes it's better on men. This vetiver is not grassy green, it's spicy earthy, very warm and really extraordinaire ;o)

Oct
26
2008

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