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Patchouli Impérial (2011)
by Christian Dior

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Patchouli Impérial information

Year of Launch2011
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 78 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerFrançois Demachy
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Patchouli Impérial

François Demachy: 

This intense composition transports you to the mysterious Far East. It is dark and bewitching, like entering the fragrant back room of an apothecary in Asia. Wrapped in mystical smoke, the scent of patchouli blends with wood and spicy coriander.

Patchouli Impérial fragrance notes

Reviews of Patchouli Impérial

A credible ode to classic patchouli, accented by touches of citrus, spice, dreamy sandalwood and amber.

Fragrance triangle for this niche scent:
Top - bergamot, mandarin orange
Heart - cinnamon, coriander, rose
Base - patchouli, smoke, amber, benzoin, cedar, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla

Patchouli Impérial is one of the few scents centered on this ubiquitous fragrance note that I immediately bought a decant following my spray-on-wrist encounter with it. PI is predominantly the herbal, smooth, mentholated character of patchouli, expertly touched by the aforementioned notes to create an ultimately very wearable, memorable scent that ladies may opt to check out.

Addictive, pleasurable patchouli outing that I rank up there with Tom Ford's Patchouli Absolu.
01st December, 2018
Dior Patchouli Imperial definitely flies under the radar in the Privee collection as patchouli certainly isn't a trending note in the designer or niche realm, though its use is so commonplace that it's often simply forgotten in mixes of base notes, rather than being featured in the heart or top.

Patchouli Imperial is a strong use of the eponymous note but a judicious use of it in concert with some citrus, coriander, and sandalwood. So it's somewhat smooth, and the herbal aspect of the patchouli isn't so prominent as the dirty side of it., so it's more pleasant than other excursions of patchouli-intense fragrance.

As expected, it's a good performer while not being so cloying as Cuir Cannage or Leather Oud.

Still, it's not quite smooth enough to be truly enjoyable for me, and remains barely a "like" if at all.

For patchouli lovers mostly, I'd say.

6 out of 10
13th February, 2017
My Patchouli collection is anchored by Givenchy Gentleman, VIP Giorgio and Giorgio for Men, Vintage all.

Contemporary collection has been Coromandel, Mazzolari Lui and LED IV.

Patchouli Imperial ( Small draw) now sits on the shelf with the young ones.

At first glance PI seems like a straight up linear, bull's Eye shot at the Patch. Almost rugged, Masculine and Mazzolari like, as it flirts with the "dirty". It is quickly drawn back to the Elegant by whispers of something Melon, Anise and Citrus.Coriander accentuates a dry camphourous-ness that may overwhelm some.
Styling is definitely along the lines of Leather Oud and Ambre Nuit. Luxuriously Masculine and Princely!

The Feminine Coromandel differs as it hums with a rich buttery Frangipane filling.Luxuriously unisex and Monarchly!

The Unisex LED IV is Haylike and Pastoral. Unisex and Romantic!

I am likely to need a full draw of the Patchouli Imperial. In my family, I am Consort to a Queen.
18th April, 2016 (last edited: 19th June, 2017)
I'm a big Patchouli fan ever since my twenties when I bought a bottle of Givenchy Gentleman a fragrance I still use to this day. I thought I would never find a another Patchouli fragrance that would offer a more punchy Patchouli hit until now.

Move forward 25 years and this Dior perfume is the absolute best Patchouli fragrance I have come across to date. Its surrounded by notes that enhance it rather than trying to compete with it so that the Indonesian Patchouli shines. I've read a few quibbles about the bottle it comes in but I personally think it is perfect, sometime less is more and that's the way it is with this heady, sexy and intoxicating scent.

Yes its expensive but you only need a small amount, its still there after 24 hours on my skin and although it drys down to a warm musky wood finish the Patchouli is always present. Refined and elegant as one would expect from the Dior. If you are a Patchouli lover like me then I can't recommend it enough.
15th November, 2015 (last edited: 29th November, 2015)
This opens very spicy - it's a good spicy! Heavy, and could be a bit surprising if you were not prepared, though.

The spicy subsides and flows easily into a beautiful patchouli. It is truly BEAUTIFUL! Ladies, do not be afraid of this! It is creamy, elegant, and really nice!

There is some wood...yes...wood...not sure that I would say I smell sandalwood, but what do I know? The patchouli may be mixing with it in such a way that I'm not able to identify it as sandalwood, but there is some sort of wood in here...

I like this. I really do. If anyone offers a split, I'll probably participate. I won't purchase an entire bottle, though. Not because I don't really enjoy it, but because I cannot imagine wearing it enough to justify 4.2 oz!

OK!! This just keeps getting better! Labdanum?!! Is that AMBER!!??? Good grief! I think I love this! Definitely unisex!

I believe this may actually be FBW...just gets better and better. Wow.
26th August, 2015 (last edited: 19th September, 2015)
I like a good patchouli and I tend to like them neat. This one does exactly what it says on the tin and smacks you with a relatively grungy patch that’s accessorized with spices and suspended over a balsamic, somewhat oily base. What’s clever about Patchouli Impériale is that it maintains some dirty characteristics while still coming off as refined. This is partly due to a sliver of citrus at the opening that ventilates the patchouli to keep it from becoming oppressive. Furthermore, it’s not as uptight and over-dressed as more “grown up” spins on the note; it somehow manages to straddle several different worlds simultaneously which, for a note that’s loaded down with cultural baggage, is nifty. The patchouli itself leans more earthy and herbal as opposed to the way patchouli can go chocolatey or minty, but it also has a nice heady, narcotic quality to it. The negative? The scent’s quite linear and somewhat dull—perhaps even a little characterless due to the amount of boxes it’s trying to tick. But having said that, it’s a simple, solid earthy patchouli with some flexibility as far as to how/where it could be worn.
20th June, 2015

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