Sel de Vetiver by Celine Ellena for The Different Company 2006

Hey there Perfume Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies with something that is good year round but particularly excellent in high summer, where most of you all are. Sel de Vetiver could be exactly what you need right now.

Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company 2006

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Grapefruit, cardamom, bergamot
Heart: Tahitian vetiver, bourbon geranium, ylang-ylang
Base: Iris, (Haiti) vetiver, sea salt

We have a few vetivers around this house: L’Artisan Coeur de Vetiver Sacre, Guerlain Vetiver (new & old), Lalique Encre Noir, ELdO Fat Electrician, Terre d’Hermes and a few others in decant size.

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The opening of Sel de Vetiver is so fun and fabulous on my skin, it instantly gives a burst of salted citrus and herbaceous greenness, at once both woody and wet. It reminds me so happily of summer in the cool of winter and slots in comfortable and refreshing during the heat of summer. As the first super summery blast burns off the ylang comes through warm and buttery beside the salty, wet and sandy woods. The perfume seems locked in stasis thenm for a few hours, calm, quiet and softly wafting. I love this part because though no sillage monster Sel de Vetiver remains quite fragrant and so different from my own smell that I catch wafts of it more than many of the heftier frags. I love the end, after about 4-5 hours all I smell is the briny, salty wash of leaving the beach. MMMMM

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Further reading: I love Freddie’s post at SmellyThoughts HILARIOUS! Bois de Jasmin is more thoughtful and explanitory
The Different Company does a 3 x 10ml Discovery Pack for $105 and or you can buy the Sel de Vetiver 48 Hours Trip Set $150 which comes with a stunning refillable Stainless Steel travel safety bottle holder and 3 x 10ml Sel de Vetiver, very freakin cool.
LuckyScent does $150/50ml
Surrender To Chance starts ay $6/ml

Did you try Sel de Vetiver? Do you have another favourite vetiver that I should try? Maybe you’d just like to say HI? I am probably sitting near or at the computer waiting to chat, please comment, this is supposed to be the START of a conversation.
Loads of love from the Australian Perfume Junkies,
Portia xx

30 Comments
smellythoughts July 28, 2013

Hahaha! Oh my - a shoutout to an old fragrance review is very embarrassing - although nice to re-read, back in the days when I was a total newbie to the world of reviews but threw all the tripe out there anyway :P Still, nice to be honest. You make this sound like I need to revisit it but I seem to remember it clearly! Glad it works for you :P x

maggiecat July 26, 2013

I love vetivers in summer, and recently sniffed Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. It was lovely - too masculine for me, I think, but if I could get my husband to wear this...wow!

NeenaJ July 26, 2013

I was so eager to try this perfume, as it's well loved. On my skin it smells very, very similar to Bottega Veneta. After a recent search of the notes in each, there are some similarities that my chemistry must amplify: Bergamont in each - check. Jasmine in BV and its close scent-cousin Ylang Ylang in SdV - check. What stumbles me are the base notes. BV has patchouli, oakmoss and leather and SdV has veviter, iris and salt. Can an experienced nose tell me of these combinations could produce a similar dry down? In any case, I really like both.

Lavanya July 26, 2013

Very early in my perfume sniffing life, I somehow convinced myself that vetiver doesn't love me (not sure if that is true anymore).but I've always been curious about sel de vetiver because of the saltiness.must.try.sample..:)[the perfumes that I consider 'salty' are Amouage Jubiliation for MEN and Bond No.9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory..is the saltiness in this similar?]

Ann July 26, 2013

Howdy, Portia! So glad you mentioned this scent -- I remember trying it and liking it, so must now go digging for my sample. I'm usually not a big vetiver fan, although as I said, I do this like this one and also the Hermessence Vetiver Tonka. Hope you're doing well!

Allyson Bliss (@_allysonbliss) July 26, 2013

Sel de Vetiver was my first big-ticket perfume purchase after I read about it in Chandler Burr's "The Perfect Scent". I sampled it twice at Barneys before I committed. My nose doesn't pick up any ylang or greenness - just a blast of grapefruit, saltiness like Atlantic seawater dried on skin, and of course, the vetiver, which always smells more fresh/woody to me than green/herbaceous. It reminds me of summers swimming in the Atlantic off Martha's Vineyard and Fire Island. I have no buyer's remorse and frequently reach for it on a sunny, summery day, on the occasions we get them here in SF. Love the heft of the bottle, too.

Dionne July 25, 2013

I haven't tried this yet, but it's on the mental list as I've heard a lot of good things about it. Most vetivers get respect instead of love from me ie. I enjoy them, but not enough to wear. However, they transform when they hit the skin of The Engineer and become sex-ay! LOVE vetivers on him. Having said that, I've been kicking myself for two years now that I never picked a bottle of Vetiver pour Elle while in Vegas. What was I thinking? It smelled fantastic! So imagine my delight to learn yesterday (thanks to the Queen of Enablers, Miss Ruth) that the Guerlain store in Florida had one bottle left. It is now mine, MINE, I say! Mwaaahaaahaa!

Farima July 25, 2013

I'm glad you wrote this review because I suddenly realized that I know almost nothing about vetiver scents! Time to sample. I do have a sample of vintage Guerlain Djedi which I like. I lean towards florals, especially white ones and orientals. Fortunately my perfumista daughter likes the opposite of what I do, so we share samples and I have expanded my perfume horizon. It works for her too since she discovered (to her great surprise) that she likes rose perfumes.

Ellen Covey July 25, 2013

For a long while Sel de Vetiver was my go-to scent for business meetings and the like, where I wanted something low-key and conservative. I still enjoy it, even though I've moved on to other "business" scents. When I got my stash, TDC was selling wonderful sample sets in 2 ml tiny square bottles, and when I ordered they sent two of each instead of the one I expected. I love that kind of surprise!

Mary K July 25, 2013

I haven't tried this one yet, but definitely want to, as I do like vetiver. I have a bottle of Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel and I really enjoy it. Not sure if the Miller Harris one has been discontinued, but I do know it is hard to find.

eldarwen22 July 25, 2013

I haven't really gotten into vetiver but from what little I've tried I do like how dry it can be. My favorite so far is Chane;'s Sycomore.