Sycomore created by : Jacques Polge
Date : 1930/2008
Genre : Classy vetiver
Concentration : Eau de toilette
I’m new to vetiver in a sense because when I wanted that distinctive green woodsy scent, I simply wore Guerlain’s Vetiver. I thought it was the ultimate vetiver with its clove note until I tried Lalique’s Encre Noire and then I got stuck on Encre Noire… for awhile.
Chanel’s Sycomore and Encre Noire are similar with Encre Noire being more bitter and more angular. If you’re not a fan of a bitter vetiver, you should try Sycomore because it is rounder, slightly sweeter and more balanced. It also smells richer and I suspect this is coming from iris butter. I compared it to Chanel’s 28 La Pausa and the two share some DNA.
Sycomore is clearly the more refined of the two. It’s what you expect from Chanel. Encre Noire is slightly rough around the edges but lasts longer. After 6 hours, Sycomore dries down to a musk while Encre Noire is bottomless… its heart hangs in there so much so that I wash it off before going to bed because I find it too invigorating.
Of the two, I prefer Sycomore (but only very slightly) although I wish it would last longer. Both Sycomore and Encre Noire share the same heart or rather, like the Fridas, the same circulatory system. Both are suitable for both men and women.
While rereading this post before publication, I realize that I’m not very passionate about vetiver. It’s beautiful and I wear it often but it’s not a scent I get very excited about. It’s kind of like a favourite sweater. It goes anywhere and I never regret having put it on but it doesn’t make much of a statement for me. It’s like a fallback scent.
Have a nice week everyone.
P.S. Thanks to FiveOaks from Perfume of Life for this great post idea!
Image : Las Dos Fridas (1939) by Frida Kahlo