I own their Patchouli. I adore patchouli, and it loves me back.
What I mean to say is this: patchouli sweetens when I wear it. It smells especially good when it warms up--after hours of wearing or in the shower.
Patchouli is often the base note that makes a fragrance reach heights of greatness upon me.
I had trouble finding a patchouli fragrance that was not overly sweetened or changed by additional notes. Most of them had a good deal of amber in them. Many had supporting notes of florals.
Not Santa Maria Novella.
This one goes on dry and strong, yet is is mellow, un-harsh.
After a brief, mildly herbal or "winey" opening note, it quickly establishes itself as a plain but 3-dimensional patchouli solo fragrance.
It is the best, most high-quality patchouli I have found so far.
I will warn you, it is not the "aged" chocolaty patchouli. It is un-sweet and clear.
Another one that fascinated me by this house was Muschio.
This is a vegetal musk from sumbul, a root.
It smells very Old World. It smells like my late grandmother's house.
People used used this ingredient in perfume since ancient times, but it went out of style. It doesn't smell anything like the mild, blendable musks of today.
I had a huge nostalgic flashback when I got my sample.
Muschio is like no other fragrance. The best I can describe it (and this is rather lame) is like bourbon and butterscotch.
One SMN that I would not recommend is the new Angels of Florence. It was boring.
The only reason I don't have more to recommend is because I haven't tried more. I would love to sample Iris, Ambra, Citti di Kyoto, Freesia, and a number of others.