This certainly does have the laundry detergent whiff of which other reviewers have complained. For me, though, this element helps to clean up the "un-brushed teeth" smell which pervades this and many other offerings from Tom Ford (it predominates after the pineol dissipates in Italian Cypress, for example).
The rest is unremarkable 'elevator music': sloppy, castrated patchouli, generic synthetic florals, and sloppy citrus.
For something along the same lines, but executed much better, try Alyssa Ashley Essence de Patchouli.
White Patchouli by Tom Ford has been criticized for being too sterile and for drying down to laundry detergent. While, I do not entirely disagree with this—yes, the patchouli is cleaned-up, and yes the musk is a little like laundry detergent—the fragrance somehow holds its own among all of the other designer fruity patchouli offerings. Instead of a heavy dose of benzoin, tonka, or candy, this patchouli is balanced by white florals—the best example of this can be found in Noir Patchouli by Histoires de Parfums, which is a take no prisoners type of fragrance. WP, on the other hand, is an approachable option for people who want a patchouli fragrance but are not looking for candy. I can’t think of many other fragrances that provide this option. Pleasures by EL has an army of flankers and it’s too bad one of them doesn’t feature a large dose of patchouli (sans candy) because, as WP has demonstrated, it actually does work.
PS—If you really like the opening of WP, but are disappointed by the dry down, try applying a little coconut oil to your skin before applying. Spraying on hair and clothing can also help.
A perfectly balance between tradition and modernity is one of the best characteristics in TOM FORD fragrances in my mind.Regardless this EDP is not as Special&Seductive as BLACK ORCHID but for me this chypre floral is still both Strong and Wildly Alluring but not in a decadent way. Fresh,Chic,Subtle, Sensuous,Captivating,Exotic and Laudable.
It opens with fresh and dizzy by bergamot cool peony,elegant rose and jasmine reminiscent an imaginary bouquet of fresh flowers while the base gains sensuality and warmth from Patchouli and evoking memories of Hot Parties because it makes a unexpectedly intimate impression and it is also impressive when you are alone.
BLACK ORCHID dry down has more depth and seduction than this.WHITE PATCHOULI is perfect in the rainy weather.it is not absolutely feminine and i highly recommend this EDP for a Self Confident character who don't afraid of competition above all everybody who likes Patchouli scent and also A must have for those who likes all the types of perfumes.
Longevity?+6 hours on my skin.
It’s definitely a patchouli, but it’s patchouli that's ashamed to announce itself as such, instead stylized under a series of lens flares and glimmering white lights. It has a draped, gauzy feel that’s a tad powdery, and it creates an olfactory image of cream and tan textures and fabrics. There’s a touch of rose peeking through, but barely enough to be identified as such. The overall feel is sort of a hazy, soft-focus, and dreamy kind of scent, but it’s a bit let down by a miserable department store precooked bases. All in all, a polite balsamic thing over a textbook synth-sandalwood base. Unambitious in all possible ways, but a solid enough offering for someone wanting a light, non-Woodstock patch.
White Patchouli is decadent. This fragrance just makes my senses go wild. Patchouli is my second favorite scent, the first is vetiver. This fragrance combines the patchouli with white flowers but in a way that is not to girly. It smells elegant and sophisticated. I think it should be classified as unisex. I wear it now and then and when I do, the compliments just keep coming.