vet·​i·​ver | \ˈve-tə-vər \

Definition of vetiver 

: a tall perennial grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of southeastern Asia cultivated in warm regions especially for its fragrant roots which are used especially in woven goods (such as mats) and in perfumes also : its root

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If that combo isn't for you, there's also the Bedford Grand candle―which looks just like the Holiday Grand, except green―with a blend of pine needles, juniper berry, cypress, and vetiver. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 The spray contains a blend of lavender, vetiver, and camomile and smells like a warm, soothing, calming hug. Amy Hou, Glamour, "This Lavender Pillow Spray Actually Helps Me Sleep Better," 20 Aug. 2018 The scents ends on the mellow notes of white musk and vetiver. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018 Alternatives include ylang-ylang, bergamot, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, and Roman Chamomile. Karen Campbell,, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 Choose from oil blends such as Pick-Me-Up (essence of peppermint, grapefruit and orange) or Grounding (vetiver, patchouli and lavender). Kavita Daswani,, "Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips," 7 Apr. 2018 The brand also makes solid sticks of body butter, in scents like teak rose and lemongrass vetiver. Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Latest TSA-Proof Beauty Hack: Solid Face Wash," 22 Feb. 2018 Orange Blossom mixes with water lily, orris, and balsamic vetiver for a sharp and fresh floral scent while Tuberose Angelica is a richer cologne that blends white florals and angelica with warmer notes of amberwood. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Jo Malone London Taps Poppy Delevingne to Reimagine Her Favorite Scents," 26 Jan. 2018 The deep red glass compliments the rich scent of clove bud and vetiver. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "20 Products to Make a Home Fit for the Holidays," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of vetiver

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vetiver

French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr

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