Words by CAROLINE CAGNEY
Vetiveria by Cultus Artem
The most elegant rendition of vetiver you will ever come across is from Cultus Artem, one of the newest transparent brands in the clean beauty industry. While concocting the scent, San Antonio-based founder Holly Tupper was influenced by her memories of living in Indonesia, “driving through the villages at dusk, the smells of life intertwined through cooking fires and the burning leaves to ward off mosquitos.” Housed in the most suitable vessel for this tribute to the tenacious bunchgrass, this decadent explosion features coconut pulp to soften the smokiness of Haitian vetiver, cedar wood, lentisque and sandalwood, along with a warm, rich dose of (are you ready?) 35-million-year-old fossilized Himalayan amber. No doubt a timeless classic.