Many years ago my family had a guest over for dinner who was wearing a cologne so compelling I asked him what it was. "Vetiver," he said. "By Guerlain." It became the scent I wore during college and my first year of grad school. And it has fixed associations with that time. Although they are mostly pleasant, wearing it makes me feel like I'm in a time machine and I actually prefer life the way it is now. So, a great frag I no longer wear. Which means I'm always looking for a great substitute. Now, Creed, which I think makes a few great frags, has been making a frag called "Vetiver" for decades. As any Creed rep will explain, it was JFK's favorite. That scent, which i happen to like and own, has its charms but the smell of vetiver is not among them; dogs trained to sniff this fragrant grass would pass a barrel of Creed's Vetiver without so much as a bark or whimper. Enter Olivier Creed, who brings us a new Vetiver he confusingly calls Original Vetiver, in a pretty green bottle. This, too, smells like it contains no vetiver, though it's possible that a truck bearing some bales of vetiver rolled down the avenue outside the Creed laboratory when they were working on this. It smells very much like expensive soap. There is a woodsy floral note that develops somewhat and stays linear from start to finish. If you're after vetiver, avoid Creed's renditions in favor of Guerlain or Etro, both of which are excellent. If you're a fan of Creed, by all means smell this and the first one they made (which they now refer to as "Classic Vetiver") and see what you think. They might stand on their own for you, as they did for me--I bought one of each, in succession, but, having spent lots of time with each, found they weren't that interesting to warrant replenishing my supply.