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    I walked into Fenwick's in Newcastle today to try this but their testers were not due in til next week. So I bit the bullet and bought a 50mls bottle.

    This stuff is an ode to patchouli. I love Coromandel but find it a bit linear. This fragrance on the other hand develops and shows the different facets of patchoili from the bitterness of the raw product to the refined sweetness of the finished product. It starts off with a herbal and quite intense blast of patchouli and what smells like bay leaf. The patchouli softens after a while and reminds me of Aramis 900 or Clinique Aromatics. It then seems to settle further and there appears a very subtle but not overpowering sweetness (more like a quiet background note). First impressions are that the perfumer reveres patchouli and has framed it in very compatible notes to really allow the main note to shine. Beautiful and a must for patchouli lovers plus I was told that I was the first person to buy this in Newcastle!

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    I am really looking forward to testing this. Someone posted this note breakdown on Fragrantica:

    Top: Bay Leaf, Rosemary and Moss

    Middle: Patchouli Oil, Patchouli Coeur, Patchouli Clearwood, Guaicwood, Cypriol, Violetwood, sheer Cashmere Woods

    Base: Tonka Bean, Amber, Musks, supple notes of Leather

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    Nice! Looking forward to sampling this... I've called my favorite SA to notify me as soon as it comes in....

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    My most anticipated Private Blend release in a long time. Such a patchouli treatment was overdue by Tom Ford, especially considering Purple Patchouli has been discontinued. I'm also looking forward to seeing how it compares to wearing traditional patchouli oil.

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    Hope it's available in Neimans too. Didn't realise it was on sale anywhere yet. Will have to pop down on Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by joelarner View Post
    I walked into Fenwick's in Newcastle today to try this but their testers were not due in til next week. So I bit the bullet and bought a 50mls bottle.

    This stuff is an ode to patchouli. I love Coromandel but find it a bit linear. This fragrance on the other hand develops and shows the different facets of patchoili from the bitterness of the raw product to the refined sweetness of the finished product. It starts off with a herbal and quite intense blast of patchouli and what smells like bay leaf. The patchouli softens after a while and reminds me of Aramis 900 or Clinique Aromatics. It then seems to settle further and there appears a very subtle but not overpowering sweetness (more like a quiet background note). First impressions are that the perfumer reveres patchouli and has framed it in very compatible notes to really allow the main note to shine. Beautiful and a must for patchouli lovers plus I was told that I was the first person to buy this in Newcastle!
    Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be in Fenwicks soon, hopefully they have a tester by then.

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    Would be interested in at least trying this. Also love patchouli prominent scents.
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    Will have to try to get a sample of this.
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    My favourite Tom Ford. I've just gone back and bought a flacon.

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    I just blind bought this, hopefully it will be to my taste.
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    I've ordered a 4ml vial of ebay. By the time it arrives it'll prob be in Neiman Marcus, but I'm somehow really impatient for this one. More so than the iPhone 6

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    Tom Ford might probably have a winner on his hands, after years and years of duds.

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    My bottle arrived today. Its a nice fragrance that has slight similarities with Italian Cypress. The projection and longevity on the face of it don't seem great with this one but its early days yet.
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    I'm really interested to see a comparison between this and Purple Patchouli, from someone who owns both of course! I never got a chance to try the discontinued Purple.

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    Blended with Tuscan Leather it is a dream of a fragrance. The raspberry of the TL softens the initial blast of raw patchouli and the leather is accentuated on the drydown. I believe that Patchouli Absolu will be as revered as it's Amber older brother.

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    I've got my hands on a 5ml sample! My first impressions are that it stacks up to being one of the best patchouli interpretations out there & that it's going to be revered as one of the better offerings from the TF Private Blend line. I'll come back to this thread after a few wearings, for a proper dissection of the scent...

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    Interesting. How does this one compare to Richwood? Of course Richwood has more going for it than just Patchouli but it is a very big part of the fragrance. For those who have tried both, what are your thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FISS80 View Post
    Interesting. How does this one compare to Richwood? Of course Richwood has more going for it than just Patchouli but it is a very big part of the fragrance. For those who have tried both, what are your thoughts?
    Not even close to Richwood. Not sweet or floral in any regard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fitch256 View Post
    Not even close to Richwood. Not sweet or floral in any regard.
    Thanks for the respond fitch. I'm going to request a sample with my next purchase from Lucky Scent but it's probably not for me. A guy on YouTube put some on and allowed his coworkers to sniff it and 80% of them thought that it smelled like an old man scent. Not a fan of these types of fragrances but I will test it nonetheless.
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    Tested this at Saks this weekend. Very nice. Very. This is the most excited I've been about a Private Blend in a long while. I've already jumped into a split, and am hoping it fills fast.

    Coromandel is near the top of my collection, but it tends toward the sweet/gourmand end of things. This new TF is quite dry and formal. I have a feeling that this patch will be joining the top ranks in my collection as well.

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    Starts with patchouli and more patchouli sometimes even smokey patchouli, but then dries down to something herbal/mossy/woody it reminds me of the classic masculines from the past like Azzaro, Quorum ...etc (The eighties are baaaack) Tom Ford had to make it modern though and added that sharp/dry/harsh woody note in the base. I hate that note and I think I'm one of the few because perfumers continue to use it, sometimes even over use it.
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    Tried this yesterday, loved the opening, absolutely loved it, but after maybe 2 hours it dried down to a herbal, almost minty, smell. Very different from the opening I loved. Not for me.

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    For a gentleman that’s mature, self-confident & well-dressed; this is refined board-room patchouli. While strongly recommended to try/sample for patchouli lovers, it’s far being a Holy Grail of its genre.

    A few reviews seemly deem it as being quite linear; but I found it to be quite dynamic, despite its dimensional triple layered patchouli. The nagarmotha may be slightly abrasive upon the opening, but it adds needed depth to the smoky leather accord, also supported by an herbal bouquet including rosemary; giving it a slightly classical feel similar to Estee Lauder colognes of Bernard Chant.

    Far from being as bombastic to other Ford Private Blend fragrances (i.e. TV, TL, AA), I also see a lot of similarities here in aesthetics (projection/longevity/compositional ebb & flow) to the discreet woodiness of Gucci Pour Homme by Michel Almairac.

    Quite possibly my favourite of the TF PB’s, I certainly hope that Santa will slip a FB under the tree.

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    I do not like this at all. Neimans finally sent me over my samples. It's like something I've smelled a million times....especially in the 70's :/
    It gets a little Z-14 in the heart....anyone notice that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    I do not like this at all. Neimans finally sent me over my samples. It's like something I've smelled a million times....especially in the 70's :/
    It gets a little Z-14 in the heart....anyone notice that?
    Yes that's what I meant when I said the 80's are baaaaack in my review!

    It does remind me of Italian Cypress before it gets to the dry down stage!
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    Default Re: Patchouli Absolu

    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    It's like something I've smelled a million times, especially in the 70's.... anyone notice that?
    Quote Originally Posted by hawk View Post
    Yes that's what I meant when I said the 80's are baaaaack in my review!
    ... and thus why I referred to Bernard Chant.

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    Yes that's what I meant when I said the 80's are baaaaack in my review!

    It does remind me of Italian Cypress before it gets to the dry down stage!
    Yes, or Italian cypress!
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    Hmm.. Very intresting. Which one is the best of Tom Ford Patchouly Absolu and Nicolai Patchouly Intens?

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    I bought a 4 ml. sample. It is a good fragrance, but does remind me of scents from the past - namely the '70's. I couldn't put my finger on it but it reminded me of perhaps a cross between the vintage and newer Givenchy Gentleman, or maybe vintage "Avon" from the 70's. It's has little more sweetness than I had hoped for.

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    I am hearing too many "average" or "not so fast" reviews on the drydown of Patchouli Absolu! Patchouli is my favorite note, but I am not thinking blind buy of this - Am I right?

    See Kafkaesque review was NOT good: http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2014/0...chouli-absolu/
    She follows TF Patchouli Absolu review with a rave of SMN Patchouli "Holy Grail" - which is my favorite patchouli too: http://www.kafkaesqueblog.com/2014/0...li-holy-grail/

    I am going to slow play my testing of this Tom Ford. I won't get a chance to try it another week yet as I live in "fragrance out of bounds" territory.




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