that the people have the power
to redeem the work of fools"
P. Smith - People have the power
|Guerlain Vetiver edition 2011|
To tell the truth it must be said that since LVMH put its hands on the Maison Guerlain, they got up to all kinds of mischief, above all when it came to the reference "vetiver", or the touchstone to compare every masculine vetiver based fragrance since fifty years.
|Guerlain Vetiver edizione 2000|
Now this umpteenth packaging change seems to reverse gear, seems like aiming to make peace with the history: it goes back to a traditional Guerlain bottle, it gets back to a formula without that tiresome dishwashing lemony opening that had nothing to share with the original one. Not only, I've been pleasantly impressed by the new version for the generous reappearence of tobacco with that chypreish base that is not and will never be as it was back in time, but at least it took me back to the memory of the "wet patch" sensation that used so much to turn up my nose when I was a child and was the trademark of how uncompromising was this wood. Finally I got in another perfume shop to spray my other arm with the satin bottle version to play at the find the differences game: all the impressions matched, even about the lasting power that they managed to improve in the last release.
I'd like to think for once this reformulation is the effect of many voices, the ones of many people passionate about fragrances or simply people that live with them as a part of their emotions and memories that for once have been so loud and unanimous that it was impossible to ignore them. I'd like to think one of the voices is mine.