Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto
Interesting about the patchwood, Indie. What is your take on the isolated component? What's it like, to your nose?
Patchwood is interesting stuff. It's kind of like what iso-e-super is to cedar, patchwood is to patchouli. It's got the woodiness of an iso-e-super type material, but with a very fresh, camphoraceous opening and a very earthy, moss nuance that's almost aquatic-- like the smell of a lake. Demeter did a fragrance called "Skating Pond"-- and that's exactly what Patchwood smells like. There's also a facet that smells like freshly dug up beets, with the soil still clinging to them-- and I get this in Pure Shot.
I got a large bottle of Patchwood a few years ago as part of the Perfumer & Flavourist "Patchwood Challenge" competition. I ended up never actually submitting my entry, but the composition I came up with was kind of similar to a Kouros Cologne Sport/Kouros Eau D'Ete type of fragrance. The Patchwood was quite suited for handling a large part of the patchouli/moss/herbaceous notes. It was a nice bridge that allowed a smooth transition from the top to the the bottom. I really wish I'd have entered the contest to see how my composition would have fared, but in the end it came down to the fact that I wasn't sure exactly how to format my formula against their standards(I notate things my own way) and also I'm never quite satisfied that something couldn't be better.
I ended up taking some of my Patchwood fragrance to work and letting a few people test it. One of my male coworkers loved it and wanted to buy some, but I never got around to making up another batch.
I could be entirely wrong about Pure Shot containing Patchwood, but I'd probably bet my nose that it does.