Montale Patchouli Leaves Eau de Parfum begins off with a darkish, earthy patchouli–damp soil, earthy, and funky–however is rapidly warmed up with with vanilla and amber earlier than drying all the way down to a principally amber, vanilla, and musk pores and skin scent. The patchouli was the primary attraction for the primary hour or so of wear and tear, however the amber ended up being probably the most noticeable side for the rest of the event. The notes are listed as: patchouli, vanilla, amber, white musk, and labdanum.
It opened with darkish, earthy patchouli with a loamy high quality that has a smattering of cocoa powder. There was a modicum of imprecise sweetness, which gave credence to the chocolaty side of the patchouli, nevertheless it was nonetheless extra precisely described as darkish and earthy, soil-like and funky. It was not the darkest, dampest patchouli I’ve come throughout however not so dry that it was extra chocolaty than earthy.
Deeper, spiced resins emerged after 10 minutes of wear and tear, which considerably clawed again the earthiness of the patchouli and gave it extra of a leathery side. The spice was assertive sufficient that it made me assume there was clove included. Golden amber felt prefer it fought in opposition to the patchouli, as the 2 felt distinct and fewer harominzed, however two hours in, they got here collectively, although the amber dominated. Tender, oaky woods and a musky undertone had been additionally obvious at this level.
The drydown warmed up because the amber continued to develop in energy, whereas the vanilla was richer and extra noticeable with a lot of the patchouli worn away.
For testing, I used half of a 1ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case.
It lasted for 5 hours till it was a skin-scent and about eight hours earlier than it was fairly tough to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection had been average with the sillage dropping quicker than the projection throughout the first hour of wear and tear.
It jogged my memory of Jovoy Psychedelique, which was finally too earthy and too soil-like for too lengthy to win a spot in my perfume stash, for its opening, however Patchouli Leaves has the patchouli extra mingling with different notes, like amber and labdanum, however I’d have beloved to have the patchouli linger longer with the amber, relatively than have it develop into extra of an amber perfume general.
- 100ml for $170
- 0.7ml pattern for $4