Did you know that Diptyque’s new Vetyverio fragrance only incorporates vetiver that has been specifically harvested from the southern region of Les Cayes in Haiti? It is perhaps an understatement to say that this harvesting process is laborious—the vetiver roots need to grow out to an optimal length of one meter (which takes about a year) before harvesting; not to mention, it takes over 24 hours to distill its essence to acquire an oil akin to liquid gold.
What makes Haitian vetiver exceptional from the rest is its roots—the makeup resemble threads in different shades of blond. Thanks to the mineral-rich volcanic soil of the island, the vetiver’s complex aroma possesses a contrasting character that’s fiery yet delicate. But if you thought that this smoky ingredient is only limited to men’s fragrance, Diptyque Vetyverio Eau de Parfum will prove you wrong.
The French perfume house took on an iconoclastic approach in reinterpreting vetiver, allowing for a fragrance that goes beyond gender distinctions. The scent is surprisingly multifaceted, with notes that are fresh, floral, and even smoky nuances that unravel through time. Additional ingredients such as grapefruit lend a citrus freshness to the woody notes, while patchouli leaves it with a dense finish. An unpredictable floral accord by way of Turkish rose rounds the fragrance off without overshadowing the Haitian vetiver.
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