Sel de Vetiver and Change in The Different Company Availability


The Different Company has changed its distribution patterns. From now on, the fragrances shall be available directly from The Different Company website. In the States, they will be available from Neiman Marcus stores located in Bocca Raton, Beverly Hills and Newport Beach.

The newest The Different Company fragrance, Sel de Vetiver, which features notes of grapefruit, cardamom, geranium, Haitian vetiver, patchouli, iris and ylang ylang, will be available in the States starting from mid April. Sel de Vetiver is already sold at The Different Company website. (from TDC press release).


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  • mc: It’s really good, this one. I tried it at the weekend – along with Bois d’Iris I think it’s the best from TDC.

    Very clearly a vetiver scent too, with floral, watery and mineral touches. Quite an innovation, I can’t think of a similar scent, though I would say it is in the Vetiver Extraordinaire tradition. The floral notes work very well – they’re transparent and light, quite like the jasmin in Angeliques sous la pluie – but the salty, mineral accord, somewhere between seawater drying on the skin and the kind of chalky, iodine quality one finds in old Chablis is the real centrepiece of the scent. All this and a lovely seam of dry and dusty vetiver!

    If only Hermes latest had some of this minerality and style.

    I doubt you’ll be in Paris in the near future what with all your studies, but if you pop into TDC’s shop there is a very interesting display on how the scent was created. You can try four different vetivers (Bourbon is rich and vanillic, Java’s more humid and earthy, Haiti’s sharp and mineral – I forget the other) and also sniff the floral and earth elements Celine used to create the salt-mineral accord. April 4, 2006 at 4:59am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Mike, I also think that Bois d’Iris is the best one from TDC, although Divine Bergamote comes close. Your description of Sel de Vetiver is wonderful! While I was already excited to try it, I am even more so after hearing about it from you. Have you tried Annick Goutal Vetiver? I really like that one for its unique iodine note, which one rarely encounters in most vetiver fragrances. April 4, 2006 at 11:30am Reply

  • mc: I am a huge admirer of Annick Goutal’s Vetiver. The iodine note is very striking. It always surprises me to hear that Annick Goutal is thought of as a frilly bourgeois house – the women’s scents perhaps, but Vetiver, Eau de Fier and Sables (for example) are very daring, even avant-garde scents.

    Sel de Vetiver differs from the Annick Goutal scent in that it feels more contemporary – the Ellena style is evident, partly in its watery nature but also in the light touch of its floral notes. It’s a different type of vetiver root too, I believe: Sel du Vetiver’s is sharper, more like Vetiver Extraordinaire. But the iodine note is certainly there. It seems less like dried seaweed in Sel du Vetiver – more mineral, like salts drying in the sun.

    I hope you like it – and of course I am impatient to read your review! April 4, 2006 at 12:50pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Mike, I think that a frilly bourgeois reference is partly due to the packaging of the feminine line. I must say that I purchased my Eau d’Hadrien in a square bottle, because I much prefer that shape. You named three of my favourite Annick Goutal fragrances–Vetiver, Eau de Fier and Sables. I would also add Duel, which has grown very much on me. I also keep thinking of adding Mandragore to my collection, but it is far too fleeting.

    Thank you for explaining the differences. Your thoughts on perfume are such a pleasure to read. I really cannot wait to try it. April 5, 2006 at 1:31am Reply

  • Jaritos: Does this mean they won’t be available at Takashimaya in NYC? I was planning on stopping in as a summer break treat… April 5, 2006 at 11:54am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: I think that after the current stock is sold, they will not be available anymore. It is really too bad, and I hope that the company will reconsider. I liked the fact that Aedes and various online boutiques carried them. April 6, 2006 at 3:17am Reply

  • biagio: hi im very disappointed because tdc website doesn’t sell in italy and i dont wanna spend the doubleprize through italian retailers ,regarding mandragore try the edp is stronger than the edt and the sillage is fantastic April 6, 2006 at 4:59pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Biagio, thank you for your comment about Mandragore EDP. I will definitely have to seek it out. I did like the EDT, but it hardly lasts on me. April 11, 2006 at 1:29pm Reply

  • Donald: Sorry, but “l’éloge sans… n’est pas…”. I don’t remember exatly the sentence but lot of you should remember what I mean… “In remember of” !
    I didn’t like very much sel de vétiver. I didn’t found the heat of the vetiver in it. And I didn’t found the contrast that I love with the “water” in Annick Goutal too. A strong “sillage” tout de même.
    Sel de vetiver is, for me, in the “same family” of Tumbuktu of L’Artisant parfumeur, and like this over woody-floral with vetiver, too “acid”. April 12, 2006 at 4:01pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Donald, the constrast that you mention is what I love about AG Vetiver the most. Too bad if Sel de Vetiver does not have the intensity of vetiver. All the same, I am very curious to try it. Thank you for your comments. I hope to share my thoughts soon. April 12, 2006 at 6:01pm Reply

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