You've read the phrase, "one of the greenest scents I know" a lot in my reviews. That's because I love green fragrances, I actively seek them out, and I've smelled a lot of good ones. Add Creed's Original Vetiver to the "Greenest" list.
Original Vetiver doesn't strike me initially as a vetiver scent, because it doesn't hit you with the usual bitter, dry punch of vetiver in the beginning. What you get is more of a beautiful grassy, soapy musk and a smell of fresh green leaves with subtle vetiver in the background. It's a delightful, uplifting smell that I can't get enough of. Within about a half hour, the soapy smell recedes, and I can smell the bitterness of the vetiver creeping up to the front. Before long, you're treated to a lovely fresh, even mossy, vetiver scent, and this is my favorite stage of Original Vetiver. This excellent middle stage lasts a good three hours or so, before the extended drydown kicks in. The drydown is also good, though not as good as the middle, with transparent light musk accented by subtle vetiver and green leafy notes I can't identify.
Even though this is an excellent fragrance, I rarely wear it. I've had my bottle for about four years now, it's still almost full, and it just collects dust. I look at it, remind myself that it's a quality scent, and move on. I've had the same experience with all Creed fragrances I've owned, and I've owned nine of them - I'm never in the mood to wear them. I've traded off most of them, and I'm down to three now, but I'm still holding onto Original Vetiver. I don't like getting rid of a good green fragrance.
Though Original Vetiver is categorized as a vetiver scent, I'd recommend it more to green fragrance fans than to vetiver freaks. Though you can smell the vetiver in this, it lacks the strong, astringent, earthy smell that most people look for in a vetiver perfume, and comes off more as an intensely green scent. I love vetivers and green fragrances, so this suits me just fine.
If leprachauns wore perfume, they'd wear Original Vetiver.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Creed
P.S. Be careful about buying Original Vetiver on eBay. There are a lot of counterfeit Creeds being peddled on eBay, and Original Vetiver is one of them. I know because I got screwed buying one by accident a few years ago.