Monday, March 9, 2009

Patchouly by Etro : Perfume Review

Perfumes revolving around the note of patchouli are rightly reserved for the colder months of the year, considering their compelling potency can quickly become too much in warm weather. But if you had to choose one patchouli perfume that would possibly be wearable in the warmer months, which one would it be? For me, it would definitely have to be Etro’s Patchouly, a fragrance that takes nothing away from the glory of the dynamic patchouli, yet presents it in a way that is diaphanous and soft, lending it improbable fragility and grace.

Glowing, warm and alluring, this has all the goodness and flavor of a good patch scent, but only half of the calories. The opening fizzles with bergamot and playful orange-rind-oil sparkles, both acting as a filter, allowing only hints of the dark patchouli to seep through. But this gem won’t be testing the patience of patchouli lovers for too long: Gratification might be suspended for the first few minutes, but suddenly the dams break and a glorious, dark patchouli rushes in like a wave, frothing with shining rose geranium up top. Eagerly, the great patchouli chalice is filled with lashings of pure, dark chocolate and smoky tobacco leaf accents that offer themselves to the skin with impatient, heated urgency. The blend is so magically decadent at this point, and yet so easy on the senses, that it is unbelievably easy to get lost in its depth, forgetting all that’s taking place outside the space of the olfactory world. But is this really the same perfume that I suggested would be a perfect patchouli option for summer? Indeed. Fifteen to twenty minutes after application the (still relatively gentle) beast subsides, rests its head on its front paws and quite unexpectedly rolls over for a belly tickle. From roar to whisper, Patchouly now hugs the skin like the softest of silk Etro Shawls, with powdery accents so gorgeous they might as well have been pearly fairy-dust from the feathers of the brand’s signature Pegasus. Soon, the whole experience becomes a diaphanous veil: The patchouli becomes ever more addictive as it becomes sheer, calling the wearer to nuzzle the skin in order to get closer to its heart. As contradicting as it might sound, the nose will find accents of leather, as light as chiffon. The softest pellucid amber blends together with the most comforting, clean, pearlescent powder notes to create a protective aura around the milky sandalwood that has joined the chorus to round everything off in the most beautiful manner. The effect is gauzy, incredibly dry and gentle, without a hint of a sharp edge in sight. Beautiful!

Images: Patchouly bottle & box via www.shopstyle.com, Etro logo, www.etro.it


10 comments:

waftbyCarol said...

OMG...LEMMING !!
I will be sniffing this in NYC during sniffa for sure !

Jenavira13 said...

Oooh, this sounds so good! Which reminds me I can't find my mini of my all time favorite patchouli: Neonatura Cocoon. Hmmmph.

Karin said...

I haven't tried Etro's Patchouli. I'll have to add it to my list. My vote for summer patchouli scent goes to Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. Refreshing grapefruit and patchouli. It does tend to have somewhat of a BO note to it, but I love it.

Linda said...

Splendid! I read this wonderful review at work: thought, "I have this" zoomed home and turned out my box of samples. There it was, courtesy of a very generous s.a. in Liberty's. I've been sniffing my wrist all evening, and yes, it really does mellow with time. I'm aware of amber and sandalwood, and agree that it would be a very sensuous summer evening fragrance. A lovely post! Thank you so much,
Linda x

PinstripedZebra said...

Wow, that I must smell!

If you recommend it, it must be very special!

//Z

Divina said...

Carol my dear, definitely, definitely worth a sniff! Etro is most often mentioned for their more comples scents (MdM, Palais Jamais, etc.) but I think what they do best is their interpretation of wood. Together with Sandalwood (also excellent), this is my favorite of the line.

Divina said...

Hey Jen :) You were the one who first mentioned Neonatura Cocoon to me. It is because of you that I've found it, so thank you! Did you have the cute tiny pebble mini? Those are so cute!

Divina said...

Karin I adoooooooore Pamplelune! Yes, the BO note is there to me (the bf doesn't smell it at all), it smells quite private. I don't mind at all, on the contrary :P Strangely enough, I never focused on the patch note in it (I don't have a full bottle, just tend to spray it when I am out shopping for cosmetics/perfume :P). I will investigate it again. Thanks for the heads up!

Divina said...

Waaah, Linda! I loved reading your description of rushing home to spray perfume! Awesome :) Did you also find it getting more powdery in the drydown? I love that part.

Divina said...

*pokes the Zebra* You got so much faith in me :) But that's what I like about you ;)