Wednesday, April 19, 2006

REVIEW: Detaille, Escrimeur

Notes: lemon, bergamot, orange, rosemary, lavender, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood, cardamom, and musk.

Pros: Has an older, vintage feel about it; a nice take on vetiver.

Cons: A nice scent, but might be a bit simple for some tastes; prices vary wildly.

Reminds me of: L'Occitane Vetiver; L'Artisan Vetiver

Development: Opens with fresh citrus notes, develops into a predominantly vetiver and woods aroma.

Longevity: I used a roll-on decant, 2 swirls on the right wrist lasted about 3 hrs before disappearing.

Sillage: Not bad at the beginning, enjoyed the wafts of vetiver from the wrist during the first hour.

Where can I buy it? $38.94 for a 3.4 oz edt spray at

Bottleworthy: A great scent for vetiver lovers at a great price.

The Bottom Line: Vetiver lightened with lemon and citrus and anchored in the base by woods and musk. A very sophisticated take on a very popular note, beautifully packaged and presented. Make sure to read the fascinating history of Detaille at Being a more traditional composition, Escrimeur would make a great Father's Day scent, but would also be ideal for those looking for a kinder gentler vetiver than say, oh, Guerlain or Malle.

Rating (out of 10): 6.5

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