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Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme (2009)
by Nicolaï


Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 75 votes)

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PerfumerPatricia de Nicolaï

About Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme

Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme is a masculine fragrance by Nicolaï. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï

Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme

This is good. It gives me a memory of being in France. It works as a masculine fragrance, as labeled. It would make a virile aftershave. Maybe I've encountered someone in France wearing this. This definitely smells like being in France: in someone's house, in a car.

This came in a sample pack with some Etat Libre d'Orange samples, including Je Suis un Homme, which I preferred to this for being more wearable in my style.

This one, Nicolai Patchouli Homme, is strong, and makes a statement. It smells of essential oils, thick and concentrated. I could imagine it being too much for some people to feel comfortable trying to pull off. I could also imagine people being elated to have a bottle of this, and feeling extreme confidence and mood elevation wearing it. Because of my associations with the smell, it feels like a better fit for someone over 40, even a woman. It's so evocative.

I could imagine someone who wears Yatagan liking this. There's something similar in the boldness, bordering on brash, this one even more so, perhaps.
22nd April, 2018
JaimeB Show all reviews
United States
I received a 15 ml. travel size of Patchouli Intense as an extra when I purchased a another 100 ml. Nicolaï. It is a bit strange, but in my opinion, wonderful blend. The ingredients seem to work both with and against each other in a curious development. As soon as the top notes begin to fade and the bay rum note kicks in this transformation begins. This is not the bay leaf that goes into soups and stews, but a much sharper, somewhat camphor-like note usually only found in Bay Rum colognes. In a sense, it's the monkey wrench in the mix, but it also provides a crucial bridge into the dry-down along with the soon-to-follow cinnamon and patchouli. When incense and vanilla make their appearance, the whole show is on the road. The bay oil retains its linch-pin position to the end, but as the top notes fade further away, it sets up a new and equally pleasing impression with the base notes.

Some people my find this a stretch, but I think any fragrance fan can appreciate the artistry and bold stroke that it represents. The more Nicolaï creations I get to know, the more my admiration for the artistry of this house grows. I've visited their Rue de Richelieu store on two different trips to Paris, and their personnel are very kind, knowledgeable, and welcoming. Rumor has it the basement there is the location of their laboratory. Intriguing... As always, it's an advantage to speak French if you can...
15th August, 2017
Parfums de Nicolai has at its helm Patricia Nicolai, one of the most skilled perfumers of her generation. Her creations are rich, traditional, and complex. This doesn't seem to click with many, while many also find them too conventional or stereotyped. I, on the contrary, love this house. The compositions are complete, polished, exhibit the craft of the perfumer, the quality of ingredients, and, while there surely are some that do not make the mark, there is not a single release that can be considered bad, vulgar, or of low quality.

Patchouli Homme apparently has had a mixed reception, particularly because it's very different from most other niche patchouli fragrances. This is not a hardcore patchouli fragrance, even though patchouli is the most prominent member in the cast. Anyone looking for a 'patchouli' fragrance is likely to be disappointed. Here, it's not about patchouli. It's about the blend. Patchouli Homme firmly belongs to the 'patchouli and more' camp.

Patchouli Homme is an aromatic, and, at times, vaguely soapy interpretation of patchouli, where patchouli is somewhat in the shadows. I get notes of lavender, rose, mild spices and woods in an incredible accord that's hard to describe. The individuals notes are a little hard to discern, yet they manage to create many subtle nuances and dimensions that make the fragrance feel layered, rich and complex. There is a long and slow transition from the initial bright aromatics and touches of herbal elements to the comforting patchouli laden late dry down. It is assured, suave, sophisticated and simply smells divine. I'm sure it employs a fair degree of synthetics, however, there is a rich presence on skin, as it gives off impressions of a seamless blend of high quality essential oils. I have run through half of my 1 oz bottle, and now I can mention this in no uncertain terms: Patchouli Homme is, at least to me, right up there with the best Guerlains. While some might find it too conservative, this screams to me classic traditional French perfumery, rich and opulent - at least in the 21st century.

Lastly, for a perfume lover always crying about thin sillage and duration, Patchouli Homme is fantastic. François Hénin, founder of Jovoy, has apparently mentioned about Psychédélique: "Even the rain and mud of Woodstock won’t wash it away." Born in '86, if I could time travel to any one music festival, that would be Woodstock. In reality, unfortunately I cannot perform that experiment, irrespective of how much I wish I could. Now here comes the connection: I just wore Patchouli Homme all day last Friday in Chicago, including a day and afternoon out in the city with lunch and drink intervals, a mind bending four hour evening concert by Phish, followed by late night rounds at the good old blues bars on Halsted. Patchouli Homme was still discernible in the wee hours when I finally crashed.

19th July, 2017
Zowiee Show all reviews
United States
Big bold opening with a luxurious rose and cinnamon dry down which then morphs to a patchouli/frankincense/sandalwood scent that is glorious. Fragrance last a long time on me.
30th March, 2017
Well, I seem to be the only one who gets a lot of patchouli out of this! I like this fragrance a lot, though I haven't yet decided if I will get a bottle of it or not. It starts out with spicy patchouli, definitely with a bit of a boozy feel and some strong frankincense, but also quite floral. The green notes make it a bit difficult to detect which florals exactly beyond the obvious lavender but there are other florals in there. From that description you can already tell this is a bit of a complex scent. It is very well-done and I expect it to be polarizing. If you're looking for a patchouli scent that can't tell if it wants to be spicy or creamy, green or dark, clean or dirty, this is the one, and in a strange way that's a good thing.
16th August, 2016
Patchouli Intense is the first fragrance I've tried from Nicolai. My initial impression is that this is a very high quality fragrance that is well structured, rich and warm; like something custom composed in an exclusive Paris boutique. It begins with a boozy lavender, rose and green geranium, shaped by the sandalwood, vanilla and amber base. Cinnamon is also detected but seems to twist around the frankincense and appear and disappear throughout the fragrance. Patchouli is present, but it camouflages itself with the other notes. PI isn't a patch centric scent, but more of a throwback type gentleman's patchouli that's had it's spice toned down and base warmed up. It's rich, deep and gives a solid, consistent performance on my skin. A good office or shirt and tie fragrance, but it needs to be lightly applied or it could overwhelm. An easy Thumbs Up.
23rd February, 2016 (last edited: 01st March, 2016)

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