Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Grey Vetiver EDP description
The Tom Ford perfume line is not for the meek. Tom Ford fragrances are about bold, rich, and intense statements on the skin. But for pure perfume drama, few lines can equal the intensity, focus, and passion found in this line of scents.
Grey Vetiver is one of the earlier Tom Ford fragrances to capture the imagination of the scented world. It is a deeply aromatic and spicy men’s scent that can be played up or down equally from your wardrobe.
Top notes of grapefruit, orange blossom, and sage cleverly play on the usual bitter, aromatic citrus openings of most men’s fragrances. There’s no cardamom, mandarin, or bergamot here, but the grapefruit and orange blossom fulfill the “bitter citrus” role in the top quite well and with original flair. The sage is an inspired addition, and these three top notes stylishly offer a traditional, masculine profile for men’s cologne with a unique collection of notes.
The heart of Grey Vetiver includes nutmeg, pimento, and orris root. The two sharp aromatic notes are polished by the orris root’s powdered facets without losing their appetizing qualities. If anything, the soft melancholy of orris root actually highlights the fiery side of pimento and nutmeg for another insightful pairing of notes you don’t usually find together in the heart of a perfume. This orris/nutmeg/pimento combination is a major standout and will definitely draw your attention as you wear Grey Vetiver. The cool, plush, orris versus the spiky tang of nutmeg and warm pimento is incredibly sensual, daring, and slyly masculine. Grey Vetiver should have zero problem getting you noticed.
The vetiver and oakmoss in the dry down phase ably pick up where the spices left off in the heart, and spin the cool fire in another, equally piquant, earthier direction. Vetiver and oakmoss are two of the greenest, darkest, and most mysterious notes in perfume, and paired together they create a dense thicket of verdant shadows in the base of this fragrance. The warm, close aroma of roots and lichen growing in fresh, rich earth permeate the final act of Grey Vetiver.
Taken in full, this is an excellent introduction to the style profile from Tom Ford in fragrance. Grey Vetiver is by no means the most ardent of his line, but if you discover that its vivid fullness appeals to you, this is a perfume house that will reward you time and time again.