Looking over a recent post on the Now Smell This blog, I noticed two items, right on top of each other, announcing new patchouli scents. One was from Tom Ford, Patchouli Absolu, and listed just after it, Patchouliful, from Laboratorio Olfattivo. As these things go, can a third be far behind? In my mind’s eye (ear?), I can picture Mike Myers in “Austin Powers” dabbing some on and saying, “Patchouli, baby — it’s where it’s at!”
No way to try the LO yet, but on a trip to the big city last week, I did dab on a bit o’ the Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu. It started out rather nicely and I was thinking, “Hey, this could be a winner.” But not two minutes in, a plume of something harsh and chemical, definitely channeling oud, popped out on my skin, took over, and that was all she wrote. The oud onslaught never really faded, but thankfully, I’d only applied a dab and it was muted enough without grabbing for the heavy-duty liquid Tide for scrubbers.
I was most disappointed, however, because I really like guaic wood, amber and tonka bean, so I thought the scent might have had more to say, but obviously not to me and my oud-hating skin. I’m hoping that some of you have experienced better luck with this.
Oddly enough, oud is not listed among its notes, but perhaps some alchemy among the players created that effect. So methinks I’ll let my DH try a little. Hopefully his skin won’t conjure oud like mine did. And if it does, into the perfume graveyard it goes.
Notes per Luckyscent: Bay leaf, rosemary, moss, patchouli oil, patchouli coeur, patchouli Clearwood, guaic wood, cypriol, violet wood, cashmere woods, tonka bean, amber, musks, leather
It’s still a little early to be wearing patchouli (for me at least, with 85-degree temps still hovering), but this did give me pause to think of my favorite patch scents for when chilly temps descend for good.
At the top of my list is the fabulous Chanel Coromandel, so luscious, near-edible and elegant that I doubt anything could topple it from its patchouli pedestal. Right behind, ready for a bit more playfulness, is its sort-of little sister, Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights. Atelier Cologne’s Mistral Patchouli is quite nice as well. And if memory serves, I remember liking Tom Ford’s now-discontinued Purple Patchouli back in the day.
So do share: What are your favorite patchouli fragrances? Or what patchoulis are you looking forward to trying?