Scent Review #15 - Grey Vetiver

Tom Ford – Grey Vetiver

a Scent Samples review

Grey Vetiver is a continuously transforming aroma of Citrus blended with Vetiver Grass and prized Woods. Grey Vetiver comes in both Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum concentrations and this review is of the EDP version.

Grey Vetiver greets you with a prominent Vetiver note reminding me of Guerlain Vetiver which is very much in the same genre.  As the scent starts to combine with your own skin chemistry, it gives off a clean soapy aroma blending with the earthyness of the Vetiver grass. The Vetiver soon subsides as notes of Lemon, Grapefruit, and Orange Flower reveal themselves to create a wonderful citrus themed accord, reminscent Dior’s Eau Sauvage. Grey Vetiver has proven to be a great compliment getter with friends, family, and quite often complete strangers, most of the time have been completely un-solicited. It was a pleasure when members of the public informed me of my pleasant aroma and were eager to learn of its identity. The longevity is unfortunately at best satisfactory, and I’d have liked to enjoy this fragrance for longer and though the fragrance has poor longevity for Eau de Parfum, the sillage is much more impressive.

I would suggest applying 3-4 sprays of Grey Vetiver to avoid it becoming cloying as it does feel slightly synthetic. This is a very summery fragrance that possibly females could pull of, however it does lean towards the masculine market. Grey Vetiver does not pack enough power to break through the harsh winter air, but does float nicely in the summer breeze, creating a sense of a Mediterranean meadow, with trees of citrus fruits towering above vetiver grass. It does create a pleasant experience whilst it lasts and is something I’d recommend to somebody searching for their new signature scent.

The Verdict

Grey Vetiver is amongst personal favourites in my collection and I've been a regular wearer for a number of years. I've always found the staying power disappointing but the impression it leaves on people is still rather impressive and I’ve yet to receive bad feedback when wearing it.

The Rating

4 out of 5 stars

" A personal favourite of mine and always a delight to wear "

Grey Vetiver retails in the UK for £87.50 for 100ml and can be found in boutiques and on the Tom Ford website.

Compares to the following Fragrances:

Lalique Encre Noire
Guerlain Vetiver
Christian Dior Eau Sauvage

Reviewed by
Bradley Stone – Lead Contributor at Scent Samples

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