Pros: A scent with the "wow" factor - sprayed it on this morning having never smelled it before and actually exclaimed "wow"...
Cons: Really none...other than the limited distribution and price tag.
Reminds me of: The vetiver has a sweetness to it (perhaps because of the clove and vanilla) that reminds me of CSP Vetyver Haiti.
Development: This one didn't really unfold or develop much.
Longevity: Very good - about 6 hrs.
Sillage: Perfect - enough so that I was offered a compliment, but not so much that it was overwhelming.
Where can I buy it? .5 oz $45; 1.7 oz $115; 3.7 $180 at LeLaboFragrances.com.
Bottleworthy? A must-try for vetiver lovers!
The Bottom Line: Well, Vetiver 46 isn't going to win any awards for originality, but it definitely gets my award for most wearable vetiver fragrance. Though I'm not really a die-hard fan of the grassy vetivers (Guerlain), the dark earthy vetivers (Villoresi), or the lighthearted takes on vetiver (ElizabethW), Le Labo's Vetiver 46 offers a well-rounded composition in which the supporting players are just as interesting, and the vetiver, though ever-present is surprisingly enjoyable. Overall, an easy-to-wear oriental with just enough of the sweet and woody to keep the composition interesting. I'm looking forward to wearing this one again. Well done!
Rating (out of 10): 9 (and that's coming from someone who isn't a vetiver lover).
What's your favorite take on vetiver?
*Bottle in image is Bergamote 22
Stay tuned for a review of Montale's Vetiver des Sables next Thursday!