Reminiscence - Patchouli pour Homme
Made by someone with a long history of working in the refinement of crude oil petrol-products industry, this perfume hits almost as hard as the smell of ammonia. Excessively loud, crude and chemical smelling- this one gives me the physical feeling of nausea. Its has a petrol/oily metallic-note all through its structure: a metallic lime-note that smells like woodglue, hesperides with a sharpened knife-feel, rusty-metal flowers, and a tightened patchouli-note that’s built from empty Coca-Cola cans out of a garbage-bin and smells a bit like mayonnaise. This perfume sorts out a strange, alienating effect- it makes me feel very unhuman an a bit sick in the stomach. Patchouli for men? More like- Patchouli for the garbage-can...
Dejected little thing that emerges through some dusty lime. Some perfumes are perfectly blended, others perfectly muddled – this offering from Reminiscence belongs in the latter category. It seems to be forever trying to make its presence felt through a dense fog. Mildly spicy, parsimonious with the patchouli and covered in a pile of murk, this – while not unpleasant – is one of those ‘why bother?’ perfumes.
Neither an earthy/aristocratic heavy patchouli nor a massively spicy or sticky one, just a well made masculine flora/musky patchouli really elegant and subtle. It starts with a floral (geranium)/hesperidic/alcoholic (vaguely musky) modern spark in order to morph down in to a an airy woody/spicy (spicy/floral) patchouli with a touch of final musky/tonka and a boise vibe provided by hints of mossy labdanum and musk. Along the way the trail becomes smoother due to some soothing balsams which turn the whole composition in a really soft and appreciable way. Exotic, subtle, airy, boise, floral. A really interesting (a surprise) masculine twist on the theme of patchouli . The latter is discreet, lightweight but lingering and the final wake becomes masculine in a delicate way which is never too much virile or testosteronic. Wearable but without renouncing to a real level of elegance throughout the four seasons. Balanced and more than decent (rating 7/10). Durable and with a more than good projection.
29th November, 2013 (last edited: 01st December, 2013)
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Thank God it's not the curry again! (but let this sentence not scare you off from trying the rest of them Rem's for men)Once again cedar and once again a bit acrid and artificial.A very slight development into patchouli base.I think at this point i'm starting to have a real problem with this acridness and biting artificial acid aquatic thing which i think is supposed to represent cedar but somehow just doesnt do it in a pleasant way.Because if one is still going to use it in one's creation,one should make the whole experience a bit more enjoyable at least more then in this Rem. Gone in 20 min.
Still standing on reviewing Rem's Elexir de Patchouli which is...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (°o°) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Light, fresh, woody, patchouli. Decent longevity, so-so sillage. Lime top notes are fleeting, patchouli, geranium and cedar come out in the middle, then labdanum/musk with tonka bean as basenotes. Nothing terribly unique or mindblowing, but an enjoyable fragrance none the less.
Exactly the same fragrance as the woman version but in a lighter way. So, for the same price, you'd better buy the woman one (which is a bit like an eau de parfum) ! If you like sweet but strong patchouli, this one has definitely no rival...