Sweet, candied violets mixing with grape jelly and cherry syrup over a very fruity patchouli, slightly tempered with a pinch of green (perhaps a hidden chypre skeleton?) and just a hint of oud-ish saffron for goth appeal.
I expected this to follow the usual violet path and end up as a make-up smell, but the sweet fruit and patchouli keep it fairly linear.
In the end, I find the mix of candied fruit and flowers over subtle slashes of darkness just appealing enough to warrant a thumbs up, but it's worth noting that, in the years since Purple Patchouli debuted, this style of "fruitchouli" has become quite ubiquitous and fairly unpopular in the perfumista community. This is a notable early example, and it's well done, but may still turn off people who are simply sick of violet and fruity patchouli...
This is a unique fragrance, at times a bit cloying even in colder temperatures, but at the same time quite interesting. The opening blast is a bit sharp, shrill but dark, with smoky dark floral notes breaking through based on violet with a bit of jasmine and patchouli in the background. It becomes sweet, like overripe bananas, but also acidic with a synthetic note obvious at times initially. Its floral character is always heavy and dark, like violets in a forest without lights. After a few hours this scent mellows and the competing notes merge more convincingly. Silage is big, strong projection and the longevity of nine hours is brillant. Apply sparingly.
This seemed very sweet and somewhat fruity on first application, but after a fairly long drydown, it goes to a very woody-oriental accord which is both warm and soothing. The spices in the heart note boost this effect slightly. The early stages have a lot of sillage, but even after it dries down a while it retains a moderate projection. Maybe not for office wear, but in situations where deeper, firmer scents are welcome, this is nice.
I share the same sentiment with other reviewers of Purple Patchouli that it is a strange and bizarre fragrance. Violet and Patcholi notes come through strongly. The Patchouli is definitely there. I enjoy wearing this fragrance; it is very potent and long lasting (9+ hours) on me through it's various stages - spicy, floral, woody, etc. It's not always the first fragrance I reach for, but I do wear it on occasion and I think it's extremely well crafted. It is definitely a fragrance to try (maybe even twice) before you buy.
Easily the strangest of Tom Ford's Private Blends.
Like, White Patchouli (Mr. Ford's mainstream womans fragrance) this scent features very little patchouli and much more bizarre accords. Decomposing fruit, fizzy and sweet violet notes (not barbershop oriented, rather something confectionery).
Smell yoursefl one minute and it's dark, brooding and formal. The very next minute, the scent has moved to floral, bright and effervescent. Then, a whiff of woods and patchouli. Slightly chypre-ish in nature.
I detect very little sillage from this scent and it has poor longevity.
A very fun (and expensive) journey, if you're up for it.
Candied violets and patchouli? Yep, that's what you'll get with Tom Ford's Purple Patchouli! Must say that I love it though, and find the patchouli base to be just the right potency.