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Patchouly (1989)
by Etro


Patchouly information

Year of Launch1989
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 114 votes)

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About Patchouly

Patchouly is a shared / unisex perfume by Etro. The scent was launched in 1989

Patchouly fragrance notes

Reviews of Patchouly

Current EDP version is sickly headache inducing sweet, chocolate and lemon, but still has some of the green notes of the current EDT. Current EDT is a lovely but doesn't last for more than 1-3 hours, and has a very earthy and green feel. Slightly "dank basement" in both the EDP and EDT.
If the EDT lasted this would be great, the EDP is quite different and gives me headaches.
update: Having tried quite a few scents since above, I do think current EDP I sampled is better than say CdG LUXE patchouli (which is even darker and thicker, and annoys me a lot more). I re-tried the Etro EDP recently from the last of my sample, and I really like the smell, but it's still slightly bothering my head/nose and I find it a bit too simplistic.

My patchouli favorite is currently Intrigant Patchouli 08 by Parfumerie Generale, which has a certain richness and texture (including slight powderiness) that's reminiscent of Etro EDP, but does not bother me in the least. While at the same the PG has more nuances and excitement than the Etro.
15th February, 2020 (last edited: 23rd December, 2020)
Future Jason:

Alison liked this. Thought it smelled "earthy." She also liked CdG Kyoto. You like that one better.

A healthy dose of smoke, here. The patchouly vibe is there, in a way that is probably nicer than others. But it came off smelling vaguely of freshly-cleaned upholstery. Kind of like the smell you get when you just step onto a plane--the air dense with the smell of used-up fabric built to last. I bet this is what the nicer airlines smell like. But upholstery, all the same.

Look elsewhere.
08th January, 2016
Etro Patchouly is so far the best approximation of my ideal patchouli- my landmark being Lush solid deodorant Aromaco, whose “perfect” take on patchouli is still to be found in an actual fragrance or in patchouli EO.
The opening is not camphoraceous enough to my taste- but I guess my love for that note isn't that common!, but reasonably green and cool, with hints of mint, geranium leaf and a fresh rose. Then patchouli gorgeously displays its facets of walnut, crunched dried leaves, freshly dug earth and also some interestingly bitter inky notes. No sweetness, no boozy notes, only an elegant and refined dryness and depth.The base is a powdery, soft amber- musk leaning on sandalwood, enveloping, comfortable and long lasting.
A beautiful fragrance, perfectly unisex and great in cool weather.
29th October, 2014
Etro gives us a patchouli that is light and airy. Not weak in sillage or longevity, but a brighter patchouli. This is not powdery, nor does it rely on amber. I do get a touch of the head shop vibe, but this fragrance maintains an air of sophistication. I believe I may have found the ideal warmer weather patchouli! A must try, and bottle worthy!
14th October, 2014 (last edited: 19th October, 2014)
The early '90s EDC version of Patchouly has a splendid, perfect opening of sharp, pure patchouli, carrying all its beautiful trademark nuances, from cocoa notes to humid hay. A raw, stale smell, dark and earthy but softened by that irresistible "classic" Etro's accord which is basically a really peculiar, mysterious blend of licorice, vetiver, tobacco, anise, creating a sort of smoky, sweet, rooty feel all around the main accord – patchouli, in this case. A bold balsamic-mint breeze refreshes the scent, perhaps together with lavender and a sort of tea note, mellow and slightly sweet-fruity. Nothing less than perfect: solid, compelling, deep, with a totally unique raw and earthy elegance, woody and distinguished, Oriental and shady, sensual and mellow. A must for fans of patchouli and of shady, dark and sophisticated fragrances.

07th August, 2014
Genre: Woods

Etro makes a very clear, crisp patchouli that’s less influenced by amber than, say, Montale’s Patchouli Leaves or Mazzolari’s Patchouli. The result is a lighter and less powdery accord that emphasizes patchouli’s herbaceous character rather than its earthy, musty qualities. Carefully blended fruit notes, fresh tobacco leaves, and floral accents leave Etro Patchouly smelling lush and exotic where others can be dark and heavy. It’s by no means a light scent, but it’s remarkably buoyant and in the context of patchouli fragrances. I find most patchouli-heavy scents oppressive in hot weather, but this is one that I would gladly wear in summertime.

Don’t assume from my comments that Etro’s is a watered down patchouli – it’s not. Ironically though, I think its incisive treatment of the note might make it more appealing to those who find other patchouli scents too heavy, cloying, or “dirty.” Etro Patchouly is a best of breed contender, right along with Mazzolari, Montale, and Parfumerie Generale’s Intrigant Patchouli.
23rd June, 2014

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