Vetiver is a classic ingredient in men’s scents and Tom Ford has captured it in his new fragrance aptly entitled “Grey Vetiver.” The robust and distinct vetiver was specifically chosen by Ford to reflect his traditional yet modern take on fragrance. For Ford, vetiver represents timelessness, character, and all things grounded in tradition. Released in 2009, sales of Grey Vetiver have exceeded projections, reflecting the wide-spread popularity of its main ingredient.
The scent of vetiver is cherished by men all over the world. Vetiver is a tall wild grass native to Java, Japan, Haiti, South India, and Indonesia. It is widely known for its soothing, calming, uplifting, and protective characteristics.
The vetiver plant has been used as an antiseptic, stimulant, sedative, and tonic throughout many different cultures. The essential oil of this grass is extracted from its roots through steam distillation. The oil has a smoky wood scent and is commonly blended with jasmine, lavender, rosewood, and geranium.
Grey Vetiver incorporates the key elements of vetiver in a subtle fragrance. The first notes of warm citrus later blend to a smoky smell, the essence of vetiver itself. The scent reminds one of nutmeg, warm woods, and pepper. The man who has never tried a fragrance that contains vetiver should make a point to purchase Ford’s scent. It is the best of both worlds because it is classic and comfortable, while at the same time mature and sophisticated.
The style of Grey Vetiver’s bottle is clean and classic, just like Ford’s scent. Those who enjoy the fashion designer’s other fragrances will find that Grey Vetiver does not disappoint. The fragrance contains notes of orange flower, grapefruit, sage, orris, nutmeg, amber woods, oak moss, and pimiento. A 50ml bottle retails for £50, a very reasonable price for such a high-quality scent.