Patchouli Absolu (2014)
    by Tom Ford


    • Launched: 2014
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
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    Patchouli Absolu is a unisex fragrance by Tom Ford. The scent was launched in 2014

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    Immediately after putting on Patchouli Absolu the unmistakable aroma of patchouli burst through as a dominant aroma buttressed by piney aromatic green notes that blend their cool attitude to emphasize the cool otherworldly aspect of patchouli. The mid notes change the patchouli scent towards the clear cedar aspect of patchouli until a menthol note arrives and all the wildness of patchouli departs in favor of a very cool clean scent that only smells of patchouly by way of memory of what just wafted away. I like the emphasis on the cool sanitized aspects of patchouli - but purists will undoubtedly complain that it lost its way in the short walk from Woodstock to Wall Street. Yes this is the patchouli that starts in the tie dyed grunge of a magic bus, but emerges into the world of pressed white shirt, black suit Tom Ford clean masculinity. I like the transition as it reminds me of someone I knew and sympathize with the irony of this journey.

    There is patchouli here at the opening and into the mid parts, and it is greened up with rosemary, moss, bay leaf, emerging guaiac wood for an effect that combined with chicken soup would cure a cold if needed it. This healing naturalness of patchouli is made masculine and medicinally colder with guaiac wood, cypriol, violet and two additional patchouli synthesized products called Patchouli Couer and Patchouli Clearwood. One adds a cedar pinene woodiness without natural rotting aromas and the other is a clear deodorizer menthol type distillate which really cleans up nicely. At this phase you would not recognize this TF as a ptahcouli scent except that lingering on the oustside edge of the aura cloud is still the recent memory of that "60's streetsmart" patchouli of the opening that tried to leave an hour ago, but still is hanging around. Now the sanitzied patchouli aroma blends with a base of Cashmere Wood musk, Leather, Tonka and Amber for a soft but restrained warm strength in the base.

    I am a pachouli fan and I ike this scent. Its not perfect but it is a different and refined take on patchouli that I know I can wear easily without any problems. Way better than average, imo. This is a "Woodstock to--->Wall Street" patchouli appropriately by fashion prince Tom Ford.

    24 October, 2014

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    Very unique Pathchouli take. It starts off a little overwhelming, but once it drys down -- the scent really becomes extraordinary. It is a mature, masculine scent -- that I've received multiple compliments on. Patchouli is a tough one to get right, but it'is making a come back, and TF has created another Private Blend worthy enough to add to my collection.

    10th October, 2014 (Last Edited: 11th October, 2014)

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    I’m both intrigued by and disappointed in Patchouli Absolu as it’s a thorough exploration of the subject, but it’s too stuffy given the note’s historical baggage.

    It starts out rich and heady, textured by a cinnamon-driven allspice that later veers more herbal. The patchouli is exceptional, taking into account the note’s full spectrum from earthy to minty to chocolately. It’s all here, and it’s balanced with integrity. Soon after, it dries out in a manner similar to Tobacco Oud and ends up as a slightly smoky and dusty take on sanitized soil. The patch’s chocolate and mint facets drop away, as does the spice, and what’s left is a desiccated earthy note with some Italian-style herbal flourishes.

    The problem I have with this scent is that there’s little fun to be had. It’s a self-consciously formal and borderline uptight fragrance that veers toward Italian Cypress territory the longer you wear it; it has that same herbalized dryness that’s refined, yet unmistakably "mature.” It does a nice job of cleaning up a somewhat scruffy note, but it feels a bit too much like sticking a subversive type into a J.Crew sweater and watching them squirm in horror. Having said that, fans of '80s masculines and staid, traditional aesthetics will probably dig this one for good reason—it's very well done.

    Showcased patchouli is somewhat damned to live in the shadow of the counterculture, and this reads far more as 1980s neocon than 1970s progressive. In no way does it attempt to bridge the two either. And, given the more buttoned-up and bourgeois direction that Tom Ford’s Private Blends have taken since the line’s inception, it’s hard not to view this offering as dolefully ironic—a patchouli that ditched its idiosyncratic vitality for one of dour conformity.

    Overall, it’s a handsome and tastefully rendered fragrance—very classy and refined—but it's a bit awkward given the context.

    05 October, 2014

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