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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sweet Tea: L'Artisan Coeur de Vetiver Sacre

By Tom

Stopping into Barneys to waste some quality time this past Sunday I was asked if I would like to try a new Vetiver by L'Artisan. This is of course akin to asking me if I would like to try a new flavor of Ketel One or Sprinkles Cupcakes. The answer will be "yes, a large please".

There are of course many vetivers classic ones, modern ones and even post-modern ones. L'Artisan's newest take on it dances between candied and cool and warm and smoky. On me it starts with a cool, sparkly fruity-berry accord, quickly becoming green vetiver. Almost immediately bergamot and black tea join in making this somewhat like a more delicate version of Annick Goutal's late and much lamented Eau de Fier. The final heat is provided by black pepper, a warm, discernible vanilla and finally a sensual skin musk. I think I might have found my fall scent...

Coeur de Vetiver is $95 for 50ML or $135 for 100ML at Barneys exclusively for the rest of the year, then at the usual suspects. I received my sample at the source.

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Blogger Flora said...

Oh yum! I hope my shop gets this one soon. Love the notes list! Tea and vetiver is such a great combo.

12:24 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It's at Barneys for a while and it's worth seeking out!

12:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

I tried this on Sunday, too! Fell completely in love and will definitely have a bottle for fall. I like it because although I love vetiver, this one has enough other stuff going on that the vetiver doesn't just take over. Very yummy.

2:34 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It is very yummy

9:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Abigail said...

Jumpin' Lizards!

Sweet, smoky tea?!

I am so there. L'Artisan is not my favorite house but this sounds like their most promising offering for a gal like me.

:) thanks
(ringing Barney's right now)

4:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried last weekend as well, on husband's wrist. This is definitely unisex, and definitely surprising. I found it soft, comforting, and altogether soporific. I think we'll need more than that little sample ;-)


6:10 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


In an odd way it's a scent that isn't like them yet totally is. It really does remind me of Eau de Fier. I like it a lot.

7:12 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Yes, definitely unisex! And yes, comforting is a great way to put it.

7:13 PM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

This is the first I've heard of this, kind of surprising--there's normally a ton of hype around a new L'Artisan way before you can ever get a sample! Thanks for the review Tom, sounds like a vetiver after my own heart, of which there are surprisingly few. Will have to get my hands on a sample!

9:26 PM EDT  
Anonymous Kristina said...

this sounds very tempting indead! Can anyone compare it to Artisan's own "Timbuktu"? I assume it is much sweeter? (which could spoil it for me)

8:21 AM EDT  
Anonymous Marian said...

It's hard for me to imagine vetiver mixed with fruit and berries. I guess that's because most of my vetiver experience is with oils, not perfumes. I'll definitely give it a spritz the next time I'm at the Big B. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Tom.

10:17 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


They were pretty generous at Barneys. If there's one near to you.

12:05 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I don't have Timbukto handy but I can state that CdeV isn't too sweet at all fo me and I usually hate sweet scents.

12:07 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


The fruits on me didn't get all the way to the drydown, which was nice. It just made for a lovely opening.

12:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Daly Beauty said...

Ooooh this sounds like a must try. Would you classify it as leaning towards masculine or easily wearable by men & women? I know perfumistas hate to say its one or the other but I'm funny that way....

11:26 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I would say that it's very unisex.

2:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds purrrrrrrfect. I love the notes!

9:33 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I think this would love you!

11:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Kelley said...


Great review. I have been off scents for a while (buying them, that is). However, I think I need to try this! L'Artisan is one of my all time favorite houses and I could be persuaded to buy this simply because it's from L'Artisan!

9:43 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I hope you do try this and write about it. We haven't heard nearly enough out of you..

12:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Tom, does it mean CdVS is not available in Europe ? (In that case I should cancel my holiday to France next week...).
It sounds like a different approach of vetiver.

4:03 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I don't know that. I relied on an SA at Barney's Beverly Hills for the info, and I wouldn't book or cancel a trip on that. :-)

12:55 AM EDT  
Anonymous Kristina said...

@lady jane grey - the scent will definitely be available in Paris, at the department store Bon Marché. There is also a store in Brussels that carries it.

3:50 AM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Kristina & Tom, thanks for the info ! And no, I wouldn't cancel that holiday, I've been doing the count-down for weeks now...

2:53 PM EDT  

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