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All Year Long
Day & Night
A materials-driven scent that exalts the primal nature of the precious essence. Here, vetiver owns up to its innate toughness. And even more: to its virility. True, it has anchored men’s fragrances for decades, but usually in a polite, urbane, toned-down form. In Vétiver Bourbon, Marc-Antoine Corticchiato unshackles it from its overly civilised manners to restore its native elegance. That of a material which, in its raw state, is a fragrance in itself, unique and contrasted.
Alcohol Denat., Parfum (fragrance), Aqua (water), Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Farnesol
"With Lucien Acquarone, my companion from the maquis and the bush, a wizard distiller who could draw the best from perfume plants, we often stopped in La Réunion on the way to or from Madagascar. There, we bought essential oils of vetiver Bourbon and often, at the break of dawn, we went to see its exhausting harvest on the island’s plantations. This impressively robust grass, capable of resisting cyclones, provides protection against soil erosion and its crops consolidate fragile economies. This gave us the idea of growing vetiver in Madagascar from parent-roots brought over from La Réunion. The venture made us realise how hard it was to grow the crop. It also inspired me to work on all the facets and contrasts of vetiver Bourbon. Its rawness as well as its sophistication."