Monday, February 27, 2006

REVIEW: L'Artisan Patchouli Patch

Notes:Patchouli, star anise, white musk and white cedar.

Pros: This was the first scent to actually turn me on to patchouli, rather than send me running. Subtle skin scent that lingers for hours.

Cons: Might be a bit too subtle for die-hard patchouli fans.

Development: Very little. I don't really detect anything but patchouli and white musk.

Longevity: It's surprising, just when I think I can't smell it anymore, there it is...subtly scenting my skin, wafting its way to my sniffer.

Sillage: Not sure about this one...my roommate says he can smell it (and likes it, and I might add he hates patchouli), but it's definitely not as powerful as say, Premier Figuier, imho.

Reminds me of: Hmmm, it almost has a nutty undertone, similar to the drydown of Bois Farine, yet these are very different fragrances...I can't really say this reminds me of anything!

Where can I buy it? $75 for a 50ml, $110 for a 100ml edt spray at Aedes.com

Bottleworthy: Yes, especially for fans of white musk and for those wanting a totally unique patchouli scent.

The Bottom Line: One of my favorite, and one of the lesser talked about L'Artisan scents, this scent exemplifies everything I've come to love about this fragrance house. Mellow and lightly sweet with a warm creamy musk base, this will not conjur images of head shops - I promise! Though sometimes criticized as not smelling enough like patchouli, it's the wondeful musk drydown that I find most appealing. Definitely give it a try!

Rating (out of 10): 9

I used to hate patchouli until I smelled PP. What fragrances changed your mind about a previously despised note?

8 comments:

Mark said...

well, I'm a fan of Patchouli Pure by Fresh. It's VERY Patchouli, so I guess I've always been a fan. However, I think my bottle may have turned...

marlen said...

Mark - I tried to like that and failed miserably...maybe your bottle hasn't turned, but your tastes have changed?

marchlion said...

Hmmmm, well I STILL hate patchouli. So I guess I need to go smell this one.

gingele said...

Hi Marlen! Great blog, really enjoying it! Compelled to post as I adore Patchouli Patch and must thank you for spotlighting this wonderful juice. It is a great stand alone fragrance to be certain, although I have found that it is also wonderful to layer with L'Artisan's Timbuktu and/or Passage D'Enfer. Keep up the great work here, it is much appreciated!

marlen said...

March - I promise...Patchouli Patch doesn't suck. (aren't I ever the linguist?)

marlen said...

gingele - Hmmm, I'll have to try layering those, thanks for the tip! As a rule, I usually never layer, but this may be a good excuse to see if I can make some good use of my Timbuktu decant...

Shannon said...

Marlen, Marlen, Marlen, You've done it again, you've got me curious about yet another scent I must try! lol Off to look at ebay for decants ...

marlen said...

Shannon - this one is amazing...it seems to diappear on me about 4 hrs in, only to return like 8 hours later! Very odd...