Sel de Vetiver (The Different Company)

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a common garden herb which looks like broadleaf parsley's taller cousin and has a zingy taste similar to raw celery. This culinary staple consistently wins "best supporting player" in the bouquet garni category... but in a perfume? Sure, why not? In an art form obsessed with the novel, rare, and opulent, it's refreshing to see a perfumery note of humble origins given a featured role-- and acing it.

By its name, Sel de Vetiver implies that some kind of masculine maritime elixir awaits the wearer. Its overture -- woven full of dry, austere notes of ozone, incense, and of course vetiver -- does little to dispel this assumption. But eventually the veil drops, and Sel de Vetiver's feminine character is revealed in a sparkling blend of grapefruit peel, full-bodied iris, and peppery-sweet geranium petals. Lovage surfaces well into the heart, its leafy spring-green tones dovetailing nicely with earthy Haitian vetiver, sealing the central accord's dessicant quality with a juicy-salty kiss.

As summer transitions into autumn, our minds inexorably turn away from the beach and toward the land, where harvest time awaits.  Yet the desire for a breath of ocean air may linger well past the equinox. Sel de Vetiver straddles the line between seasons, helping us over the gate of the year with a steady, healing hand.

Scent Elements: Vetiver, patchouli, cardamom, geranium, lovage, iris, grapefruit, ylang-ylang