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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Vetiver c1890s? and c1959

Vetiver: originally created in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Originally a unisex fragrance. It was still being sold into the late 1950s.

Fragrance Composition:

Vetiver was reformulated and reissued as a man's cologne, created in 1959 by Jean Paul Guerlain, and originally created for the needs of the South American market, it was promptly suggested to be made available to the entire world, in USA by 1961.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a masculine and elegant woodsy fragrance. 
  • Top notes: lemon
  • Middle notes:  tobacco, incense and vetiver
  • Base notes: nutmeg, vetiver, tobacco, oakmoss and pepper

I tested a vintage 1990s sample and it started off with bright lemon, then the vetiver became more prominent followed by a drydown of incense, and a smoky wood note.


Presented in the Carre flacon (parfum), the Amphore flacon (parfum), the Louis XVI bottle (eau de cologne), and the quadrilobe flacon (parfum).

It was available in spray form by 1962, in a plastic-coated glass bottle.

c1900-1920, Carre flacon, unusual label. photo by ellenaa

Quadrilobe flacon, c1940s. Rare early "Blazon" style label.

c1950s Amphore flacon (extrait) with lattice design box.

Vetiver Eau de Cologne in Lyre flacon c1950s Coffee Bean style packaging, quite rare presentation. Photo by ebay seller perfumemel.

c1960s Vetiver 100ml eau de cologne spray

c1960s talc.

c1960s After Shave

c1980-1984. Photo by ebay seller suze21

c1980s versions

c1996 version, photo by ebay seller perfume_cali

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

It was re-launched again in 2000. The bottle was changed and the color of the cologne. It is classified as a woody aromatic fragrance for men.
  • The top notes: bergamot, coriander, lemon, mandarin, and neroli
  • Middle notes: vetiver and cedar 
  • Base notes: tobacco, walnuts, pepper, and Tonka bean

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