Giorgio for Men
HdP Noir Patchouli
I'm in love with this note in scents. Probably because, as a note itself, it offers so many different facets in terms of the depth, powdery nature and it's unique earth like texture.
Here are some of the scents that i've either sampled or own that i'd recommend anyone interested in this accord to try..
L'Artisan Parfumer Patchouli Patch - Soft, Silk like patch with trademark smell of fine, light brown mud. vanilla provides hint of sweetness which adds to the powdery aura of this gem.
Ulrich Lang Nightscape - Oh what a dream...if there ever is a poetry describing Patchouli, then it has to be this beautiful release from the house of Ulrich Lang. We get to experience a multifaceted scent..almost like a hologram. The unique aspect of this scent is it's skillful blending with white florals. which makes it all the more interesting, in that, this scent still manages to be a Patch prominent scent. lovely!
Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 - Niche version of A*Men. Cocoa dusted over Patch. Chocolate accord is perfectly complimented with Patch. a very unique blend, in that, neither of them overpower each other.
Parfumerie Generale Intrgrant Patchouli - I guess this is what they refer to as a "hippie" version when it comes to patch. It's raw, gritty patch...almost smells like being in a tobacco shop. it carries a menthol like coolness which is another charateristic of patch based scents.
Givenchy Gentleman - Probably the "only" designer release which contains Patchouli in such high concentration and purity. A seminal release which is next to none.
Histoires de Parfums Noir Patchouli - Just cant get enough of this one. This is my go to scent for evenings. A scent which i wear to create an air of mystery, and it does! It;s said to combine rose with patchouli...but i dont think it;s rosy. floral? definitely yes. something like black rose if theres such a thing. This is one of those rare patch based scent that doesnt come across as muddy/earth like..it's much darker.. it's probably the smell of mud in a dark forest...creepy huh..yeh it is. again, as with all HdP releases, it has a sublime drydown of patch and vanilla. simply divine.
Chanel Coromandel - This one, i somehow feel is a lighter version of HdP Noir Patchouli. for all we know, Noir Patchouli would've been inspired by this release. Coromandel is much more on the floral side yet, the use of Patch is distinct and adds the characteristic coolness in begining and earthiness towards base. It's stylish and suave
What are your recommendations?
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Giorgio for Men
HdP Noir Patchouli
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ohh how did i missed Givechy Gentlemen and HdP Noir Patchouli both of which i own let me quickly re-edit my posts
Last edited by jenson; 26th May 2010 at 12:44 AM.
Love, love, love Givenchy Gentleman. Lorenzo Villoresi's Patchouli is excellent but a bit stark for some.
Aramis for Men
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
If someone said I could just have one patchouli fragrance, it would be Comme des Garcons Luxe: Patchouli. That being said, Chanel's Coromandel comes a close second.
Etro Patchouli is a lightish, herbal take and Parfums de Nicolai's Patchouli Homme has rose, spices and delightful green weirdness.
Ice*Men is probably my favorite patchouli. albeit im not exactly the most experienced person for fragrances, but out of the fragrances ive tried with patchouli, i find this one very refreshing and very...cooling? (hey it is Ice*Men!). i find it serves it purpose very well in the scent
on the topic of patchouli, ive also found myself to be allergic to patchouli upon first sniffing it. anything with a strong patchouli note will give me an aweful headache...but somehow upon 2nd wearing/trying, i find myself loving it with no adverse effects. its such a strange note to me, but its still a great, earthy addition to a fragrance
* pls pardon my spelling errors.. my threads are usually on the fly and i never double check...it's now apparent that my brain and my fingers - are not in sync
strollyourlobster - so nice to see you around ! you need to review least one scent that marvelled you one of these days
Sugandraja love that name bro!
Guys - excellent recommendations so far! thnx much for your time!
Neuroticheese: excelletn recommendation...i need to sample it one more time since i like A*Men.
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Snarky is as snarky does.
1000 by Jean Patou. Stealthy patchouli.
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Heehee... conveniently, this is the next note I decided to explore after iris and I just ordered a whole bunch of samples from the perfumed court
My only personal experience with this note so far is Tom Ford's Purple Patchouli. I don't detect any patchouli note in the opening and the mid notes, but I can pick it up in the basenotes and it's just gorgeous.
A Patchouli Club? Cool, this is my kind of thread!
Mazzolari Lui is the most brutal, aggressive patchouli scent I know. The patchouli in it is heavy, gritty, and hits you like a jackhammer.
I think Mazzolari Patchouli is the best patchouli scent I've ever smelled, followed closely by Givenchy Gentleman (any formulation).
Bois 1920 Real Patchouli
Les Nereides Patchouli Antique
All of them good and bring something different to the table.
+1 on HdP Noir Patchouli & Gentleman Givenchy
But even as a supportive note, the multi-faceted patchouli is still awesome.
CBIHP Patchouli Empire is a really good woody with patch playing second fiddle. It's g2g.
By Killian Straight to Heaven - Rum and patch. Boozy and rich (and expensive!).
Polo - Nothing more needs to be said.
A*Men - Gourmand patch.
Right now, the frags that I like the most with at least reasonably strong patchouli are Michael for Men and Messe de Minuit.
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Mazzolari Lui & Coromandel.
I find Lui almost a personal comfort scent, I think because for a year or so in 1973 Patchouli Oil was all I wore. Lui is not shy but it's very affable.
Coromandel is a great dressed up evening number, IMO - who would have thought patchouli could go black tie so effortlessly?
Great thread jenson. I rarely wear patchouli in summer (not sure why) but reading your thread I now have an inkling to. I tested Nightscape but I don't remember the florals being that prominent in it. Maybe I'll retest this again.
Another vote for the magnificent PATCHOULI HOMME ( the best IMO ) by Patricia de Nicolaï
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
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Patchouli Club? Sign me up please! I have let plenty of these from the list above lead me around by the nose over the years. Right now my favorite is Ulrich Lang Nightscape because it is light enough to still be attractive in warmer weather. Nightscape is like a whisper that becomes a memory - very ethereal.
I also am a fan of Micallef Patchouli, Patchouli Patch, Patchouli Empire and Mazzolari Patchouli. For now though Nightscape will do it.
Guys - Thanks very much for chiming in!! You know it means a lot to me.
Buzzlepuff - thank you for sharing all those wonderful samples which included Nightscape...it was probably the reason i "had" to post this thread it's such a sleeper...of all the time i have spent on BN..i somehow missed out of this one.
btw, i think it's about time i sample Mazzolari, Micallef, PdN and the rest... really sounds interesting. Any other hidden recommendations such as Nightscape...? i mean, scents which is not necessarily released as a Patchouli scent?
Thanks for this thread Jenson! Patchouli is my favorite note...
My three all-time favorite fragrances are all patch-heavy:
Aramis 900: fresh, floral patchouli with an intoxicating chypre drydown
Guerlain Heritage EDT: warm, woodsy, ambery patchouli
Profumum Thundra: earthy, green, musky patchouli
...I really gotta try Mazzolari Lui.
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Bois 1920 Real Patchouly and Givenchy Gentleman are my two current favorite patchoulis. Nightscape is definitely on my test list, as is Coromandel.
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Bois 1920 Real Patchouly is indeed a nice one! one of those wearable Patch scents...saying so, it's cannot be tamed it;s patchouly alright!
what i like about RP is the fact that it's creamy. olfactory equivalent of patch/vanilla based cold cream
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Patchouli Noir by Il Profumo is breathtaking and I believe a really original patchouli based fragrance. It remains earthy with a slightly floral/ slightly vanilla background without going along the chocolate/ cocoa route favoured by so many.
Wearing Nightscape today. Yes, it's lovely here in the heat. When I sniff my skin up close I get a nose full of florals, but very subdued far off (a bit like the florals in Sycomore). A clear, green, floral, summer patchouli. Wonderful!