About a quarter of spray perfumes contain vetiver because its green nighttime cool gives it such appeal. Of course, these often contain isolates, not pure full-spectrum vetiver—here, you get the full blast of khus. A tobacco-esque leaf aroma with a balsamic veneer less sharp than lemongrass that layers like magic with frankincense.
Vetiver is a grass (hence its more common name ‘khus’), of which the roots are distilled. So, this oil is technically grassroots. That’s why it’s more vibrant, earthier, less top-note-ish than other grass scents like lemongrass or citronella. These are sharp, piercing scents, while vetiver is much more mellow; a more encompassing forest smell that stands out among the flowers and shrubs.
Along with oud oil, vetiver is one of the most complex essential oils in existence, with over a hundred known components. So, when you smell this deep forest aroma with wafts of patchouli, vanilla, and citronella all at once, you’re not just imagining things.
But, as intoxicating and rich as vetiver can be, it could be equally flat and dull. In fact, the most vetivers on the market are bland run-of-the-mill mass-distilled vetivers meant to supply a massive perfume industry that relies on the very cheapest ingredients.
Vetiver can range from dry to spicy to moist-earth to muddy to warm scents of citrus-laced grass. Khus Exclusive balances the various profiles and lets you enjoy full-spectrum vetiver, with a profile that isn’t too… anything.
Just as mass-market ouds are hollow, flavorless, and all too one-dimensional, it takes skill to coax the finest vetivers and capture the roots' rich plethora of spice and deep green. If all you're after is a cheap base for your synthetic perfumes, cheap vetiver abounds like fast food—and smells like it.
One thing you’ll learn about essential oils, from flowers, roots, leaves, or otherwise, is that many of the most frequently used, and most sought-after oils, share certain traits: they calm the nerves, relax the mind, and make things more exciting in the bedroom.
That’s no coincidence. There’s a good reason why vetiver has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and holistic healing for ages: relaxation is linked to balanced hormones, which is linked to sleep, which is linked to rest and energy and overall wellbeing.
The way vetiver interacts with testosterone and estrogen explains how it helps relaxation, sex drive, and even menstrual cramps. How it’s both a cicatrisant and anti-septic explains why it helps repair scar tissue—why it has traditionally been used to treat scars and skin conditions in general. Research now suggests vetiver also lessens the toxic effects of cisplatin used in chemotherapy.
So, when you’re after an age-old sedative, you can do far worse than starting with ‘The Oil of Tranquility.’
Just like you can find blue lotus oils for $15 or tuberose for $10, you'll easily find vetiver at similar prices. Vetiver gets rolled out by the drum and is one of the most mass consumed aromatics in perfumery.
So, calmer nerves, a quiet mind, a dash of mellow in your perfume, to make love when your senses are relaxed and the feeling of transcendence comes more natural, are all filtered through the magic of Khus Exclusive’s this-worldly smell of forests, rivers, fields of grass, herbs, and fresh petrichor.