I have never tried their Potpourri, but I assume it would smell like a jar of it set in the house during the Christmas season. Patchouli, on the other hand, was my first bottle of said herb when I started loving niche fragrances. It's a very unique composition, and I noticed it would be earthy and herbal on some days, and on others, like a golden shield of spun gold. Nowadays, when I want a good patchouli, I will reach for Etro's version of it. One of the best around.