Memories of making hay… Vetiver of Haiti by The 7 Virtues The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Selection


Summer has finally departed here.

But memories of the long, uncommonly hot and stupendously sunny season we have just enjoyed in the capital still hold court.

No image called to mind is more redolent of diamond bright afternoons spent catching rays than that of scorched wild grass fluttering in the shallow breeze.

No scent returns Summer to us more surely than that of a sweet, hay-like vetiver.

The 7 Virtues Vetiver of Haiti, is enduring sunshine bottled, available in all seasons.

Crisply citrus at the opening, with a sensation not merely of limes themselves but of the whole tree.

Perhaps there is something floral here too, the Spring blossoms maybe.

The star grass follows. Warm, sweet and soft.

Devoid of, but in no way lacking, the smokiness and spikiness we sometimes associate with vetiver.

This fragrance fleshes out another aspect of the note’s character:

Enveloping, soothing, sensual.

A warm straw bed of a scent.

A human, honeyed saltiness somewhere in the background, hinting inevitably at a certain, alluring amber-like sensuality that goes hand in hand with heat and sun-kissed earth.

This is a perfume to send temperatures rising.

The 7 Virtues is a estimable Canadian fragrance maker that The Dandy has mentioned before.

Noble Rose of Afghanistan was one of my ‘Thirteen Roses for anyone feeling unlucky in love’, while Afghanistan Orange Blossom, was a ‘Spring is in the air…’ seasonal pick earlier in the year.

This ethical perfume producer sources its highest quality raw materials from the world’s war zones and scenes of conflict and catastrophe.

It’s also a company that has a fascinating and inspiring story behind its creation, one you’ll be able to hear more about when Barb Stegemann, Founder and CEO of The 7 Virtues, ‘Talks to The Perfumed Dandy’ later this week.

Most importantly, the scents are really rather lovely too, and available at last in London, exclusively to Selfridges for the time being, having been on sale in North America from stores and The 7 Virtues directly for quite a while.

Excellent news for those of us trying to shore away a little summer against the relentless tide of encroaching Autumn.

Keep warm and think always sunny thoughts!

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy

Post Script:

The Perfumed Dandy received a very nice ‘Custom Blend Box’ of The 7 Virtues perfumes from Barb when he met her recently and it is on this kind gift that the review is based.

The review contains only The Perfumed Dandy‘s own opinions and there is no ‘behind the scenes jiggery pokery’ of a financial nature going on.


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12 responses to “Memories of making hay… Vetiver of Haiti by The 7 Virtues The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Selection

  1. Lilybelle

    Lovely review. I have yet to try any of the 7 Virtues fragrances, but I will make a note to myself to do so (even though I *thought* I’d retreat for a while from sampling — I see it is hopeless!). I love vetiver. Lately, vetiver seems very salty to me, but once it had that sweet dried hay like quality you mention. I don’t know whether it’s me, or the type of vetiver being used today, but I miss the vetiver I used to know. My husband keeps a couple of bundles of dried vetiver in his closet. I think I’ll go have a sniff! Also, Mr. Dandy, do you know Antilope by Weil? I tried some of the vintage once. It had the sweet dried grassiness, but I don’t know whether the current (degraded?) version is any good. So nice to see you back, Mr. D.

    • Dearest Lily
      Retreating from sampling is such an impossibility… even when in the midst of moving, I couldn’t help but take a moment or two each day to delve into a wash bag filled with untried samples while my sample drawer was under wraps.
      Speaking of drawers and cupboards and closets of al kinds… what a wonderful wheeze of your husband’s! I must now get my paws on a bundle or two to keep my summer wardrobe fresh for when the weather returns to don it once more!
      Antilope by Weil has been on my radar for a while, though one suspects only the vintage will do, either that or the current reformulation is one of the biggest steals around… watch out for the return of The Hit Parade, for this could well feature.
      So splendid to be back in correspondence.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  2. rosestrang

    Lovely review and good to see you back. Hope you are settling in to your new abode! I love vetiver in many of its forms – grounding, yet also mysterious with its subtly smoky notes. I will now look forward to the interview!

    • Dearest Rose
      It’s simply sensational to be back.
      “Grounding”, now that is a great word for vetiver, and indeed, increasingly how I’m feeling in my new home.
      Not too long to wait for the interview… it will something more lengthy to read at the weekend!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Hay Hay he is back! I will have to read this when I get home…Maggie is lurking about the Magazine office. Think PINK!

  4. Aching to try this. In the meantime I will try Lilybelle’s husband’s trick. Small jasmine garlands (Thai style) are also good in closets.

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  6. Alice

    A lovely review…and good news about Selfridges. I don’t like to mail order perfume, even samples, as the whole process of visiting a shop and trying things out is part of pleasure of perfume, for me. As I’m in London there is plenty of choice, but there are a few brands I have not been able to try… I’m having a rose phase (love roses in the autumn) so I will dash down to test the Nobel Rose as soon as I get the chance.

    • Dearest Alice
      The Noble Rose is a very simple scent.
      A term often, it seems to me, used as one of abuse in scented circles, though inappropriately here.
      It is light and delicate and somewhat traditional, in a nearly nostalgic way.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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