Spotlight | France, Haiti, United States
The perilous journey of vetiver, from gang-afflicted Haiti to flasks of YSL Opium and Chanel N°5

Haiti is the world's leading supplier of vetiver essence, prized by the top names in perfume. But violent local gangs are disrupting supplies.
Haiti is the world's leading supplier of vetiver essence, prized by the top names in perfume. But violent local gangs are disrupting supplies. © Studio Pachamama
With its characteristically smoky scent, vetiver is a key ingredient in many perfumes and originates primarily from Haiti, where gangs reign supreme in the capital city. Luxury brands require that their local suppliers be certified, but the increasingly dangerous situation on the ground hampers the process. [...]
Published on 20.07.2023 at 05:00 GMT Reading time 6 minutes

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