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    Default I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    "Bask in the day", hippies wore patchouli oil and it reeked. I could not stand to be around the scent. I have since decided that patchouli is a dirty, nasty smell with bad memories. But, to my surprise most of the scents that I really enjoy have patchouli as one of the ingredients.

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    All of my favorite fragrances have a base of patchouli. I love the stuff!

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    Ah, I very much agree with your initial point, Akahina. I have a problem with patchouli for exactly that reason and association. Indeed, I still encounter hippies reeking of patchouli at train stations, etc. It is unusually complex for a single-derivation oil, but...its association... It is usually with regret that I find fragrances I enjoy containing patchouli, as I would rather avoid it altogether. The most prominent example of this is Third Man, which I really do enjoy occasionally, but contains a discernible patchouli note.

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    I really love patchouli. It is my favourite note since I smelled Amen/Angel and its flankers. It was pretty unique to me untill I started to sample niches where many of them contain patchouli in basenotes. Anyway, patchouli + vanilla is still my favourite combo.
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    As a supporting note, I quite enjoy it. A good example being Portrait of a Lady .
    As a 'front and center' note however, I have come to deeply dislike it, particularly its mentholated aspect (e.g. Mazzolari patchouly).

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    patchouli....beautiful and earthy

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    I used to like it very now. I used to enjoy Patchouli Elixir by Reminiscence (a reference patchouli) but now, like some of the above, I enjoy it as a supporting note like in Lummiere Noire pour Homme, PoaL and Patchouli Imperiale by Dior.
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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer81 View Post
    I really love patchouli. It is my favourite note since I smelled Amen/Angel and its flankers. It was pretty unique to me untill I started to sample niches where many of them contain patchouli in basenotes. Anyway, patchouli + vanilla is still my favourite combo.
    I love patchouli with vanilla too!
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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    Before I got into perfume, I thought I disliked patchouli too. Mainly because of the association with annoying pseudo-hippy style when I was growing up (in the 80s).

    The truth was I just didn't know anything. When I actually got around to exploring and learning what scents I like, I found patchouli right there among them. Now I own and love Borneo 1834, Coromandel, Calamity J, and plenty of others that have patchouli in either a central or supporting role.
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    patchoulli fragrance Givenchy Gentleman was my first true love

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    As a supporting note, I quite enjoy it. A good example being Portrait of a Lady .
    As a 'front and center' note however, I have come to deeply dislike it, particularly its mentholated aspect (e.g. Mazzolari patchouly).
    My thoughts exactly.
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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    I can't handle it as a dominant note and prefer it lingering in the background done with a light hand. Ulrich Lang Nightscape and M.Micallef Patchouli are among the most wearable examples i've encountered so far.

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    Patchouli is very hit or miss for me. Usually I don't like it as a dominant note bet there are still some patchouli-centered compositions that while conjuring the sixties and all the flower-power types of things are still amazing for their immense beauty. One of them is Cozè which pairs the typical herbal quality to a sort of dirty-gourmandic twist that's typical of many Parfumerie Generale. The other is Intrigant Patchouli that enhances a more classicist, sort of old-fashioned french perfumery aspect, with a strong civet note and a majestic powdery base.


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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    I have never encountered any hippie who smelled of patchouli, so I never got to make that association. Some patchoulis are too strong for me (JHAG Vengeance Extreme smells like Swiss cheese for a good while to me), but I usually like it a lot when well complemented by other notes.
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    Don't mind it in scents like e.g. Gentleman and such. Ice Men on the other hand is pushing it a little. It actually reminds me of being a teenager and being around people who smoke weed (and of Rive Gauche).

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    Not much hippies were here in Soviet Union (back then), let alone wearing patchouli.

    I love ETRO Patchouly, Givenchy Gentleman, Lapidus pour Homme and somehow do miss the discontinued LUSH Tramp showergel.

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    Never cared much for patchouli untill I met Coromandel.
    Then I fell in love!

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    I don't like patchouli by itself because of the association the OP mentioned. I do have some fragrances with patchouli and they do smell good but I believe it is because of the combination of scents and the patchouli is in the far back and not a dominant note.

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    All REMINISCENCE PATCHOULI issues are great. Also Mazzolari and Montale. I love Patchouli
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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    I have no problem with patchouli whatsoever or patchouli dominant fragrances.

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    I love patchouli scents like Patchouli Patch(wear it today), Borneo, Coromandel and Cozé; I like that good old hippie feeling...!

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    I hate the patchouli/sweet syrup combination in Angel. That combination has really turned me off patchouli in fragrances like that. I love the smell of pure patchouli, though, and I enjoy the mentholated quality of it in its dried and living plant form. Also its dank earthiness is enjoyable to me. I often find it difficult to wear, but it depends on the fragrance. Keiko Mecheri has a lovely one called Patchoulisime that is very feminine and pretty. Patchouli as a supporting note, as others have mentioned, are in many of my favorite fragrances, particularly classics like Miss Dior. When I was a teen I bought myself a bottle of Givenchy Gentleman because the patchouli was so appealing to me. I particularly like it when men wear patchouli fragrances...pleasant associations for me. A patchouli sillage will always turn my head.

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    I love patchouli, but at this moment I am kinda tired of it. Maybe because I went overkill with it last year.

    I've never associated it with hippies. "Hippies" were ......45 years ago. That is a long time.
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    I'm not a big fan of patchouli. A little of it goes a long way, IMO. Best as a supporting, rather than dominant, note.

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    This is actually one of my favorite scent if done well

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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    I only have a handful of frags that DON'T have Patchouli in them. I made my own recently all three notes are Patchouli. It's heavenly, the only thing that could improve it is to come up with a note of Hash to throw in the mix. Don't ask how I did it, trade secret!

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    I agree with the op and many others... Hippies usually wear straight patchouli oil, which can be way strong and leave a silliage trail a mile long. So I didn't like it... but now, after getting into frags, I am starting to like it and enjoy it as a supporting role in many frags.

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    I enjoy patchouli as much as most other ingredients but I've never had the hippie association to deal with.

    For me, it's hard to just say "patchouli" as if it's one smell because I find the more natural and multifaceted presentation in some fragrances to be miles apart from the synthetic, monotone and almost vanilla like synthetic/s used in others.

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    I absolutely love patchouli in any shape since the (late) Age of Aquarius. Groovy!
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    Default Re: I HATE patchouli! (or so I thought)

    funny that you mention hippies, Heeley Hippie Rose has a pretty strong patchouli note

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