The Best Vetiver Fragrances for Men
If scents were players on a basketball team, vetiver fragrances would be a great candidate for MVP. Popular without being offensive or overpowering, vetiver is estimated to be present in about 20 percent of men’s fragrances and 40 percent of women’s, prized for its ability to be particularly long-wearing and evolve pleasantly from day
What does vetiver smell like?
As a scent, vetiver falls under the smoky, woody, earthy category. It recalls freshly cut grass on a rainy day, your grandfather’s favorite barbershop, or the smell of a cigar lounge. In other words, it’s classically masculine, but in an elegant, refined, old-fashioned establishment kind of way, the polar opposite of anything aggressive or trendy or over-the-top.
Vetiver takes its fragrance from a grass found in India and now cultivated in other places such as Indonesia, Haiti, and Réunion Island. Its web-like roots, which can grow as deep as 10 feet into the soil, are harvested and distilled into an essential oil, also used for its medicinal properties. Studies have shown that inhaling vetiver oil can increase alertness and brain function, improve the quality of breathing during sleep, promote focus and concentration, and reduce anxiety. Of course, the added bonus is that it smells amazing, too.
Another thing that makes vetiver so precious is that, because it is a complex ingredient made up of over a hundred components, there is no synthetic substitute. It’s
Using a vetiver-infused fragrance could very possibly induce any of the health benefits mentioned above, but we say choose vetiver because it’s the quintessential men’s scent—warm, deep, cozy, and versatile. Catch a whiff of some of these vetiver-based men’s fragrances and you’ll get the idea.
1| Diptyque Vetyverio
The Parisian producer of the scented candles you’ll find on every fashion girl’s nightstand also creates
2| Terre d'Hermès Eau Intense Vetiver
Terre d'Hermès caused a sensation when it was launched in 2006 under legendary perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. Christine Nagel followed it up with this bottle in 2018, this time with an emphasis on the vetiver (the original formulation was composed of Iso E-Super, vetiver, and grapefruit). She substitutes the black pepper that was found in its predecessor with Sichuan pepper plus green bergamot mixed in, giving it a brighter, lighter kick that wears well in our warm, summery climate.
3| Guerlain Vetiver
Guerlain is a true pioneer in the fragrance category, although its vetiver fragrance was not the first to feature vetiver front and center—that distinction goes to Carven, which launched Carven Vetiver in 1957. Guerlain came out with this two years later, but it was so successful that it can be credited with putting the ingredient on the map. It’s still a great introduction for those looking to ease themselves into vetiver territory, combining the note with citrus, a classic pairing that allows both elements to shine.
4| Creed Original Vetiver
This one is notable because it doesn’t stop at just making use of the vetiver plant’s root, as most other fragrances have been known to do. It also incorporates the leaves and the heart, creating a scent that’s light, fresh, and incredibly well-rounded. Of course, fans would expect nothing less from the revered British perfume house that’s more than two centuries old.
5| Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Leave it to Tom Ford to improve on vetiver fragrances, adding notes of citrus and
6| Ermenegildo Zegna Haitian Vetiver
What Zegna does for a suit, it does for fragrances, too, coming out with a scent that has an exclusive snob appeal. In this case, the draw comes from the fact that the vetiver used is harvested from a private crop in Les Cayes in the southwestern part of Haiti, so it feels just as singular and unique as its made-to-measure clothing.
7| Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
“The essence of an extraordinarily charming man,” goes the description on Frederic Malle’s website. Basically, it’s saying that this scent, another vetiver-citrus blend, takes a lot of confidence to wear because of how deceivingly subtle and understated it can be. Dominique Ropion combines notes of bergamot, bitter orange, pink pepper,
8| L’Occitane Eau de Vetyver
Yes, accessible bath and body brand L’Occitane