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What is vetiver

Definition: Vetiver

Vetiver is a common ingredient in fragrances and after shave for men, but until I became a beauty editor, I had no idea what it actually was. As it turns out, vetiver is a tall grass that grows in volcanic areas of India and Haiti.

The essential oil that comes from vetiver is derived from its extensive network of roots. They are washed, chopped, soaked in water, and distilled to create a green, herbal scent similar to a really fresh potato peeling.

Vetiver oil also has other uses than fragrance. It has antiseptic and muscle-relaxing qualities, and it can be taken orally to calm nervous tension or used topically to heal redness, skin irritation, and inflammation on sensitive or oily skin. If you are interested in layering vetiver, it also very much complements lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood.


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akondofswat akondofswat 4 years
Eau de Vetyver is also a delicious (and pretty powerful) eau de toilette for men, by L'Occitane. This tempting quote appears on the packaging: ' "J'aime porter le parfum boise et profond du Vetyver, souvenir de mes voyages en Orient, ou traditionellement ses racines sont tressees et humidifiees pour diffuser leur rafraichissante senteur" - Olivier Baussan, fondateur de L'Occitane'.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
Glad it helped! Which Jo Malone fragrance did you decide on?
Oxymoron1 Oxymoron1 8 years
Adolfo Dominguez has a parfum for men called "vetiver" and it smells really well
kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years
that and a REALLY good band :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
emalove emalove 8 years
Thanks for this! I'd heard of it, but wasn't sure what it did.
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