Hi there Posse. Recently I was reminiscing with a perfume buddy about Patchouli 24 because they were wafting it. I had plowed through a decant in the early years of my perfumemista life. My memories are so good, dark, mysterious, expensive smelling journeys and adventures conjured by the dozen. Though I’d not bought a bottle it was one of those fragrances that I often thought about fondly. It regularly comes up on the FB pages as peoples SOTD, and a couple of my friends wear it beautifully, which keeps it fresh in my mind. So I decided to revisit this dark beauty and bought a large decant at Surrender To Chance.
Ann accidentally layered some Le Labo earlier this year with very pleasing results.
Patchouli 24 by Le Labo 2006
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Heart: Birch, Styrax
Woo Hoo! The decant has arrived. I’m diving in with four hefty blasts to my chest. SO EXCITED to have Patchouli 24 again. Can’t wait to
Dark, resinous, head shop patchouli, BarBQ smoke and bacon crackling, some soft green herbaceousness like basil or coriander seeds, birch and musks. The first sniff is all of this and some other, really strange scent part that is attacking me almost like a perfumed buzz saw to the head. O M G!
GAH! I can’t lie. On me this smells like Satan’s arsehole next day after a night on the piss and a very hot curry. WHAT HAPPENED! Patchouli 24 used to smell freaking amazing on me. WAH WAH WAH!
I went and bathed. It’s mostly gone, except the bits that were awful, yes, they are still pumping away. Not hugely but enough to drive me a little bit crazy.
LAYERING: Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights. I figured the patchouli rich, vanilla sweetness would pare down the awful. It has, to the extent that I can live and breath another day. Thank you Jessica, with all my heart.
OK, just so you know that sample was 100% fine. It’s my smell or chemistry that has stopped working with Patchouli 24. I tried a mates bottle on me and exactly the same reaction. Sad face.
Sorry, that was a rubbish review.
Have you ever revisited something you thought you’d love but OMG nope? Like, ALL THE NOPEs.
P.S. I may have exaggerated this noxious perfume event for shits and gigs but only very slightly.