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Based on Aventus
Given its name, it's no surprise Dirtyver is earthy vetiver, but it's much more than that especially with respect to the matching splash. The earthy vetiver does prevail if not overwhelm throughout the lathered soap, offering little more, but enjoyable nonetheless. The splash opens with the same damp earthy vetiver, but after approximately 30 minutes, I'm met with a slightly sweet citrus blossom that I was initially inclined to call neroli. It's not as sweet as neroli, however. The unique dry down morphs this brighter note into something a bit darker, offering a bitter characteristic that leans toward bergamot. It's still a smidge more orange than bergamot, though. This elusive note is protracted throughout the dry down and is quite enjoyable. So why am I telling you what it's close to instead of what it is? Because, honestly, I don't know. For anything to permeate through this vetiver cloud is a miracle in and of itself, so I blame the vetiver for altering something that's probably commonplace in fragrances, but I simply can't place it. This is actually a testament to the craftiness of the blending. The vetiver and earthiness does linger along with this sweet and dark citrus note, but the blending actually swells to a hint of a thick green essence before bowing out. This is one of the longer lasting splashes from Declaration, still being detected about 5 hours out.
I'm such a fan of Declaration's Icarus, that I essentially pick up everything they offer in this base. Since I'm already a trained fan of vetiver by way of The School of Cullen, I expected to enjoy Dirtyver, but it offers more complexity, depth, and elegance than I had anticipated. This is certainly not a competitor to the Catie's Bubbles creation, 322, which showcases a dark, smoky Haitian vetiver. It's not even in the same ballpark, but instead Dirtyver is the more earthy variety virtually devoid of smoke. Given Dirtyver's unique heart and masterfully blended dry down, vetiver fans will no doubt want this in their den. It's cleaner and more refined than the name might suggest.
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