There are very few fragrances that sit comfortable within the unisex market; some are too floral, some too musky and others simply ooze overly masculine or feminine qualities. I'm sure you more than know what I mean? Well in Carven Vetiver Eau de Toilette I feel like I have stumbled across a well kept secret, a somewhat deep yet green and aromatic scent that has tinkers between being delicate and powerful dependant on the wearer.
Carven Vetiver Eau de Toilette has been around since 1957 and is officially a male targeted scent but thanks to high praise from the likes of Vogue and various women in the media, it has quickly become what most would deem to be unisex. I should mention that rather impressively Carven Vetiver was the first Vetiver mainstream scent to be launched - ever!
As the bottle hints this is a very crisp and green based scent thanks to notes of grapefruit, bergamot and lemongrass. There is also hints of lavender, orange zest and geranium, not to mention a heft dollop of vetiver, The end result a clean, refreshing scent that is both classic and uplifting. I think of it as a classic white shirt in the sense that this will wear well on just about everyone and make the wearer feel somewhat sophisticated. It is deeper than any other "clean" type scent in that it has an edge, it doesn't ring of clean washing or dare I say it fresh air rather it has a just out of the shower, clean but zingy freshness. I realise that most likely only makes sense within my own mind. The closest comparison I can think of is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, far from identical but similar enough thanks to the notes of lemon, lavender and general fresh feel.
Carven Vetiver Eau de Toilette is the ultimate unisex fragrance, it may not be to everyone's taste but there is no denying it smells as wonderful on a man as it does a woman.
Carven Vetiver Eau de Toilette £50/50ml via House of Fraser - link.
This post contains a press sample.