Olympic Orchids – Patchouli Lovers 100% Natural Soap + Sonnet XVII + GIVEAWAY

Hiya all you lovers of fine indie artisan fragrance, We chat about Olympic Orchids a lot on AustralianPerfumeJunkies, I do especially, because there is always something wonderful and unusual to write about, also I love the aesthetic of the company: its founder and creative genius Ellen Covey is sweet and a powerhouse of so much in her life with so many facets that I find respect-able. Know what I mean? The Olympic Orchids product is also reasonable priced and they ship to the world.

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Olympic Orchids Patchouli Lovers 100% Natural Soap

Patchouli Lovers Soap no shadow-1Photo Supplied Ellen Covey at Olympic Orchids

I grabbed the 2012 Christmas Box from Olympic Orchids last year, one for me and one for a friend. It had sat looked at but unloved since Christmas and I remembered that it had a Bath Oil in it. Being a Bath Oil lover (currently making my way through a Vintage 500ml Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon’s) and having a bath daily I like to try different stuff so grabbed the Amber Labdanum Bath Oil, which is gorgeous BTW, but what I needed at the time seriously was to replace the nasty sliver of soap in my tray.

The Patchouli Lovers 100% Natural Bath Soap is a big clear square bar. It fits well in my hand, lathers beautifully and the smell is heaven! Patchouli, Patchouli, Patchouli like the one you get in Essential Oils: dry, raspy, green, earthy, bitter, smooth and sweet all at once. It also creates a soft afterglow of patchouli that is a wonderful base for more patchouli or, as I did today, a nice added luster to L’Huere Bleue by Guerlain. With the soap adding a Patchouli hint to the whole L’Heure Bleue powdery magic it was a modern and elegant duet and they played off one another beautifully.

Ellen doesn’t say on the site what her soaps are made of but Patchouli Lovers has left my skin feeling soft and comfortable, I used it on my face too with no tightness afterwards, just clean and shiny new.

Olympic Orchids Site has bars $7.50

Olympic Orchids Sonnet XVII

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citron, cubeb (pepper), white champa flower, mastic (resin)
Heart: Chilean mountain orchid, osmanthis
Base: Spikenard (Nard), oakmoss, Haitian vetiver, Bourbon vanilla, woods, musks, natural ambergris

You must wait till Olympic Orchids Sonnet XVII dries on your skin before you wave it in front of your nose, it will burn you out quickly otherwise. The first minutes smell almost exactly like the stables I used to muck out on the weekends and the paddocks we used to clear of horse apples. It is fecal and urinous, outrageous in its intensity and I feel ever so naughty even wearing it. He He He.

Sonnet XVII Compost WheatFields FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Deep, dark and damp freshly turned compost, healthy earth and pine needles. Sonnet XVII is awkward, vibrant, gorgeous and disgusting. I am drawn to it and love it yet in the opening am also overwhelmed. You know how you see those double images? Young girl/Crone? Flashing in and out till finally you pick and image, or it picks you, and then it takes heaps of concentration to see the other? Like that and ending on glorious. For the heavily fragrant body of Sonnet XVII I have difficulty taking my mind out of the stable. It’s like Ellen and Michelyn decided to create oudh without using the highly prized and currently ubiquitous scent. All the medicinal, fecal, barnyard properties are here in abundance. Through it’s whole scent life it is interesting, challenging and over the top. Sonnet XVII is one of the reasons we need Indie Perfumers.

After about 5 hours and the fragrance has dried right down Sonnet XVII becomes a very soft woodsy/earthy/vanillic wash. Pretty but still interesting and unusual.

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From Olympic Orchids: Sonnet XVII is a collaborative effort between perfumer Ellen Covey and Michelyn Camen, Editor-in Chief of CaFleureBon, as described here. It is a fragrant tribute to the love poems of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).

A few lines of Sonnet XVII express the feeling that this perfume creates:
“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms, but carries
In itself the light of hidden flowers.”

Olympic Orchids Site has $18/5ml Parfum and $65/30ml EdP

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Olympic Orchids GIVEAWAY


5ml Sonnet XVII
5ml California Chocolate (the newest Olympic Orchid release)
(I have sprayed these for purposes of review)
P&H Anywhere in the world


EASY!!! Leave a “Hello” in the comments


Entries Close Sunday August 11 2013 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post Monday 12th.
Winners will be chosen by putting names on same sized papers, folded similarly, put on a tray and Jin will pick a winner.
The winners will have till Thursday 15th August 2013 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

If you liked this then you’ll love AustralianPerfumeJunkies, drop in anytime: we’ll be talking perfume, fragrance and life.

Till next time seek some lovely light,
Portia xx

theperfumeddandy August 13, 2013

Dearest Portia How odd to see you over here! It must be the lure of your that patchouli that you hold so precious! So I will say hello, and remark on how well you travel and tip my hat to you. Yours ever The Perfumed Dandy

Spiker August 11, 2013

If it's not too late, please enter me in the draw. As a city girl, the Sonnet scared me a little, but honestly thy both sound intriguing. Love your writing! So much interesting imagery. Thank you

Irina August 11, 2013

Hello, Portia I would like, please, to try my luck

belljarblues August 10, 2013

This looks absolutely divine!

Tambri August 10, 2013

This house is new to me but I absolutely LOVE Neruda's Sonnets. I'm intrigued by the review and would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks so much!

Beth August 9, 2013

I love Ellen Covey. She has done a couple special scents for me and is always very generous with her samples. I have the Sonnet sample and tried the new chocolate ones and I really like them. The Sonnet is a bit different and I work with young children so it would never be an everyday scent for me!! I would love to win this draw and Portia I love reading everything you put out there! xo

Purlbaby August 9, 2013

Hello! The Patchlovers Lovers soap sounds divine!

Maureen August 9, 2013

Hello! I would love to try the Sonnet XVII...I have sampled the California Chocolate and I love it. Thanks for the draw.

Sujaan August 9, 2013

Ooooh that soap and the amber oil sound heavenly! I have never tried Olympic Orchids so I would love to win! Thank you for the draw.

Nemo August 9, 2013

Hello! Thank you for the giveaway :) I am especially intrigued by the soap!

Stacey August 9, 2013

Fantastic reviews, Portia. I can't believe I haven't spent time with Sonnet XVII yet, especially based on your barnyard description. I must remedy that soon. Thanks for the giveaway!

mridula August 9, 2013

so glad you do international giveaways. please do enter me. I have read about Olympic Orchids, especially remember reading about and being drawn to California Chocolate.

Connie August 9, 2013

Helloooo! How fitting, a giveaway that includes a chocolate-y perfume right after a post about brownies. I've tried a few Olympic Orchids, but nowhere near enough. I remember I tried them while watching The Maltese Falcon- the one with Bogart. :)

Katrin August 9, 2013

Thanks for the draw! I hope I will win this time. I've been curious about this line for a while.

Civet August 9, 2013

Hello! Sounds amazing, and I would love to try it. This company has been on my list of things to try for a long time.

womo531 August 9, 2013

Sonnet XVII is amazing so would gladly receive a decant of that =) of course California Chocolate has also been on my to try list for a long time... thanks for the draw!

Tom August 9, 2013

Don't enter me in the draw, but the soap sounds fabulous...

rosarita August 8, 2013

Hi, Portia - I am a fan of both Olympic Orchids and CaFleurebon, esp. Michelyn's art direction, but I recently won a drawing over there so no need to enter me here, I just want to support the cause. The patchouli soap sounds great, I'm always looking for new soap. Thanks for your reviews!

mim666 August 8, 2013

Hello! As a lover of unusual dirty earthy skanky scents, please count me in! Also, Chocolate. 'Nuff said. Loved your review! Olympic Orchids has been on my 'buy a sample set' list for ages now...

kate curry August 8, 2013

I am completely intrigued, please add my name to the drawing

Edward August 8, 2013

Hello I would love to enter, and the perfume sounds magnificent! Much love to you.

Lisa D August 8, 2013

Hello, Portia darling! I've sniffed the California Chocolate, and it's DELISH.

Nadja August 8, 2013

I LOVE Olympic Orchids!! I have had awesome luck with Olympic Orchids giveaways before but I would absolutely not mind some more!! :D

Martin August 8, 2013

Hello Portia and thanks for yet another draw. It sure would be wonderful to smell California Chocolate.

elvie August 8, 2013

Hey Portia dear! Thanks! They sound fun, especially Sonnet. I'd like to be entered in the giveaway! Btw, did You manage to solve Your Neroli problem finally? Hugs elf.

ncmyers August 8, 2013

Love the skank!! And spikenard? Don't see that very often. Please enter me in this amazing draw! Thanks!

leathermountain August 8, 2013


Musette August 8, 2013

hey, babydoll! DNEM - just stopping by to ask what kind of tub you have? I LOVE baths - am a great fan of a shower, then long bath soak - but our current tub is shallow and icky. Am looking at soaking tubs for apres-renovation! xoxo!

Beth August 8, 2013

Hi Portia! What an interesting review! I can't quite imagine smelling like a barnyard, that cracks me up. I mucked stalls when I was younger too, and I know exactly what you mean. Was it something you felt like you had to be careful about where you wore it? Kind of makes me want to break out the MKK tho!

Janice August 8, 2013

Hello, Portia! Sonnet XVII sounds amazing, and I really need to try more things from Olympic Orchids. I feel a serious sample order coming on.

susan August 8, 2013

HELLO!!! I seriously want to try this line. Still haven't gotten around to it!

Joni Dischner August 8, 2013

Hello! I haven't commented on anything in a while, but I am still reading all your posts. I live every one if them. My favorite excerpt from this one: "Flashing in and out till finally you pick and image, or it picks you." :)

Jackie b August 8, 2013

Mmm, California Chocolate sounds delish. Have been eyeing off the Olympic Orchids website too. Horse apples, are they like barker's eggs?

Erika August 8, 2013

Hello! Thanks for the drawing!

dgambas August 8, 2013

Hello, Portia! Nice article! Olympic Orchids products always get my attention. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Martha August 8, 2013

Hello Portia - I liked the imagery in the review. It makes me curious about Olympic Orchids, a house I've not tried YET. So, please enter me in the giveaway.

Belle August 8, 2013

By golly, Portia! These giveaways keep coming! Thank you again! Not much of a reader of poetry, but that poem certainly sounds beautiful in a weird way for me. It'd be lovely to try a perfume that can give the same feeling! (:

FeralJasmine August 8, 2013

I'd love to try this. Thanks for the draw!

Bridget C August 8, 2013

I'd really like to get a whiff of the chocolate. Thanks for the draw!!!!!

patriciaC August 8, 2013

I like interesting and unusual-keeps life fun. Thanks for the drawing!

Alica August 8, 2013

Hi, would be nice to win it ;-), thx!!

Elia August 8, 2013

Hi there, I'd read something about California Chocolate, sounded interesting. Ellen had said that at a fragrance exhibition it was the one that kept bringing smiles to peoples faces when they sniffed it.