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    Default Light patchouli scents?

    I'm looking for a lighter scent with a strong patchouli presence, but not head-shop style patchouli or a heavy, amber-based patchouli scent. The only patchouli scents I have are Polo and Mazzolari Lui. I'm starting to get tired of wearing Polo so much, and the Mazzolari is just too heavy to wear in the summer for me. Anyone know of a good light patchouli scent that's relatively affordable (i.e., under $100)? I'm particularly interested in non-niche frags, so I don't have to go bankrupt - buying the Mazzolari set me back $180, though it was well worth it.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Molinard is $20 something per bottle (100ml) and is an "airy" patchouli that's masculine. I bought it blind not too long ago and have received quite a few compliments from it.

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Molinard is $20 something per bottle (100ml) and is an "airy" patchouli that's masculine. I bought it blind not too long ago and have received quite a few compliments from it.
    I read your review (or maybe it was Foetidus'), and didn't you say that it was a head shop type scent? If it is, I think I'll pass - I don't want to smell like a slacker.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    I read your review (or maybe it was Foetidus'), and didn't you say that it was a head shop type scent? If it is, I think I'll pass - I don't want to smell like a slacker.
    No. I did not say it smelled like head shop variety. I'd also like to know what a slacker smells like bro?

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Tom Ford White Patchouli is light and is not a head shop patchouli. You may also like L'Artisan Patchouli Patch. It starts a little like a head shop at first, but that quality goes away very quickly. Bois 1920 Real Patchouly is lighter too. Even though it is an amber patch, it is not syrupy and has more woody notes and a refreshing menthol edge.

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    Etat Libre d'Orange Nombril Immense is a light patchouli, not head shopish, and only $70. Alternatively try Mugler Ice*Men (coffee/patchouli).

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Asha said it: Patchouli Patch by L' Artisan is what you want. Think of it as Fat Free Patchouli. Although one has to like cinnamon, to wear this comfortably.

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    Givenchy Gentleman has lots of patchouli, but I think it can work well in the summer, YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Molinard is $20 something per bottle (100ml) and is an "airy" patchouli that's masculine. I bought it blind not too long ago and have received quite a few compliments from it.
    Lovely stuff, I totally agree.

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    If you can find it: Ungaro I

    Whether or not it's "light" is subjective, but I find it lighter than many other patchouli scents.

    Definitely won't make one smell like a relic of the 60's.
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    The best 'non head shop' Patchouli I know is Chanel Coromandel (I wore Patchouli Oil in the 70s BTW) which is quite refined, dressy and just plain NICE.

    It retails here for USD 200 - BUT - it's a 200 ml bottle. So (I'm good at post rationalization / self justification etc when it comes to this sort of thing) you're looking at USD 100 for 100 ml, which is in budget? You just gotta buy twice as much . . . recommend you try it even if only as a comparison with other stuff mentioned. I believe Les Exclusifs can be ordered online from Chanel site now (?).
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    I agree with the recommendations for L'Artisan Patchouli Patch. I found it to be clean and a little creamy. Not at all a "head shop" patchouli, but clearly patchouli nonetheless.

    I've sampled Tom Ford White Patchouli only once. I thought opened with a lot of pepper and was very spicy, with creamy musk in the dry down. It was unusual to me, and I should try to locate my sample to form a more complete opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    L'Artisan Patchouli Patch..
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Patchouli Patch by L' Artisan.
    Quote Originally Posted by an_oud_girl View Post
    L'Artisan Patchouli Patch.
    Ta-Da ! Another Vote among patch prominent scents..i have Thundra, Ungaro I, Patchouli Patch, Givenchy Gentleman, Mazzolari Lui, Leonard Ph, Black Oudh & XXV...and i cud very safely say, Patchouli Patch is one the best in terms of wearability and it's light handed appraoch...saying so, it by no means is a lame scent.. the Patch note is as real as it gets

    but you said non from the Niche range...hmm. the Molinard suggestion is perfect..so is Givenchy Gentleman..and may i add Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills. you cud also look into the Demeter line and see if they have any patch dominant scent...

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    White patchouli is quite nice.
    Not heavy with the patchouli, but a nice balanced batchouli, roses and jasmin scent.

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Besides the above-mentioned Patchouli Patch, which is a perfect choice for summer indeed, you could try Patchouli Pure by fresh. It mixes notes of ginger, bergamot and orange with patchouli and has a nice base of pepper, amber and tonka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald View Post
    Besides the above-mentioned Patchouli Patch, which is a perfect choice for summer indeed, you could try Patchouli Pure by fresh. It mixes notes of ginger, bergamot and orange with patchouli and has a nice base of pepper, amber and tonka.

    Coming from Gerald you better take note Shamu

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Another vote for Fresh Patchouli Pure.
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    Light on the patchouli with an herbal oriental/.sandalwood drydown...Jovan Sex Appeal For Men...1-2 shots.

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    Mugler Ice Men is a light patchouli of the summer

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    No. I did not say it smelled like head shop variety. I'd also like to know what a slacker smells like bro?
    Sorry, I made a mistake - it was Foetidus' review, which is listed right below yours, that said the Molinard was good "if it's a straightforward headshop patchouli you want". What I mean is that I like frags that have patchouli as a prominent note, but not ones that smell mostly like pure patchouli oil. WHen I'm thinking of "headshop" patchoulis, I'm talking about frags that smell like just pure patchouli oil.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron01 View Post
    Givenchy Gentleman has lots of patchouli, but I think it can work well in the summer, YMMV
    I last wore GG about 12 years ago, and I liked it, but I've heard it's been drastically reformulated and everyone seems to hate the new version. I haven't tried the new. Still heavy on the patchouli?
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Another vote for Fresh Patchouli Pure.
    For y'all recommending Fresh... do any of you smell any patchouli? Someone gave me a mini and I swear there's no distinct patchouli in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynastyd95 View Post
    Mugler Ice Men is a light patchouli of the summer
    excellent suggestion. if there's Patchouli (the way its in niche) in designer scents then its in Ice*Men and A*men.
    Last edited by jenson; 10th July 2009 at 12:01 PM.

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by shermanirving View Post
    Etat Libre d'Orange Nombril Immense is a light patchouli, not head shopish, and only $70. Alternatively try Mugler Ice*Men (coffee/patchouli).
    You know, I've heard good things about this one, and it's in my price range. I'll order a sample from LuckyScent.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    excellent suggestion. if there's Patchouli (the way its in niche) in designer scents then its in Ice*Men and A*men.
    I'm curious about this one, esp. b/c it's now sold in Marshalls at like $35. I absolutely despise AMen (way to sweet and heavy for me), but I like BMen a lot (sweet but not heavy). If Ice is a lot like BMen, I might pass because I'm looking for a scent with a strong patchouli presence - BMen has some, but the patch is kind of in the background.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    I'm curious about this one, esp. b/c it's now sold in Marshalls at like $35. I absolutely despise AMen (way to sweet and heavy for me), but I like BMen a lot (sweet but not heavy). If Ice is a lot like BMen, I might pass because I'm looking for a scent with a strong patchouli presence - BMen has some, but the patch is kind of in the background.
    Ice*men is nothin like A*Men or B*Men..you are in for a surprise here... do sample it.

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    Frankly this type of question was on my mind with my own (and I'm sure I'm not alone) sensitivity to patchouli when it's NOT in the background or played off something like sandalwood.

    Along with sinus effects, asssociations with hippies, headshops are fair ones, IMO as well remembrances of New Age/Tarot Card-reading women...now in their 50's...

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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Asha said it: Patchouli Patch by L' Artisan is what you want. Think of it as Fat Free Patchouli. Although one has to like cinnamon, to wear this comfortably.
    Yep, this is the one to try. Very nice light patch.
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    Default Re: Light patchouli scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by dynastyd95 View Post
    Mugler Ice Men is a light patchouli of the summer
    Great suggestion. I'll also third or fourth the Fresh Patchouli Pure.

    And Ice*Men is pretty far detached from A*men and B*men, the only thing that really attaches them is a patchouli note, which is most distinct in Ice*Men and A*Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shermanirving View Post
    Etat Libre d'Orange Nombril Immense is a light patchouli, not head shopish, and only $70. Alternatively try Mugler Ice*Men (coffee/patchouli).
    Nombril Immense is my favourite patchouli...very clean & transparent.

    TF's White Patchouli made me feel ill...nauseating.
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