Hey Posse. I mentioned recently that Patchouli Patch had been getting some love around here. Then I noticed that there was no post here on the Posse about it, ever. What a surprise. then I got to thinking that some of you might have missed its choc patchouli goodness because you never even heard about it. OK! Time to rectify this, let’s talk Patchouli Patch today!
Patchouli Patch by L’Artisan Parfumeur 2002
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Star anise, Violet, Plum, Fennel
Heart: Patchouli, Osmanthus, Vetiver
Base: Musk, Oakmoss, Cedar, Sandalwood
I’ve had a few hits & misses with patchouli. Patchouli 24, Patchouli Absolu, and others I can’t find. The problem is often that the patchouli is mixed with too much smoke or birch and I’m left feeling shaken and fumigated. I much prefer my patchouli either head shop real or smooth & sweet.
Fortunately Patchouli Patch is all the smooth and sweet. It’s funny because all those notes in the note list just seem like they are talking about another fragrance. My experience is a rich, creamy chocolate vanilla patchouli with only hints of woodiness and almost zero fruit. Through the heart there are even hints of the headship and some earthiness. Only in the dry down do the woods appear as anything other than hints and there are also little wafts of hay towards then and that lift as it fades.
L’Artisan are well known for their magnificent but fleeting fragrances. This is not like the others. Here we have decent fragrant longevity and excellent projection for the first couple of hours. Even late in the day there are still wispy remnants that I am immune to but others around me can smell.
Interestingly Bertrand Duchaufour worked with Evelyne Boulanger on this fragrance. You may know her from CdG Jaisalmer and Zagorsk.
One of the less dark patchoulis I think you can easily wear it in hot or cool temperatures. I’ve been wearing it on our cool sunny winter days here in Sydney and loving it.
Are you a Patchouli Patch fan?