Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mazzolari Patchouli

Patchouli fragrances, along with oud fragrances, seem to be the biggest fad in the niche perfume industry these days.  Most I've sampled are decent, but they're starting to all smell the same - heavy, sweet, and laden with amber - and are becoming a tired, uninspired subgenre.  I love patchouli, but I prefer aggressive, jackhammer-like patchoulis, as opposed to the syrupy renditions being cranked out by the niche brands.

Mazzolari's Patchouli certainly doesn't break away from the rest of the pack, style-wise, but it does so in quality.  This is a beautful, ultra-luxurious scent that will appeal not only to patchouli fans, but to anyone who appreciates rich, opulent oriental fragrances.  The patchouli is warmed up and sweetened by heavy amounts of amber, which cuts out any and all rough edges that are inherent in patchouli.  The fragrance has an intoxicating boozy quality to it, sort of like patchouli blended with the finest quality bourbon or single-malt scotch whiskey.  It's an ultra-smooth scent, so if you're looking for a bold patchouli that goes for the throat, you'll need to look elsewhere, like to Mazzolari's beast-god, Lui, or Santa Maria Novella's barnstorming Patchouli.

Mazzolari Patchouli represents the absolute pinnacle of fragrant luxury, to such an extent that I don't even enjoy wearing this unless I'm dressed in a jacket and tie, at a minimum.  Wearing this while slumped on the couch watching NASCAR and chomping on pretzels just doesn't feel right. 

This does have some similarity to its brother, Mazzolari Lui, in that both are orientals and both use high levels of patchouli and amber.  However, that's where the similarities end.  Mazzolari Patchouli wears like a silk glove, whereas Mazzolari Lui wears like a set of brass knuckles to the groin. 

My one complaint about Mazzolari Patchouli is that it's a bit too sweet for my tastes to wear in all but cold weather.  I've tried to wear this in warm weather, and all I can smell is the amber, and it's much less enjoyable.

Unfortunately with the high-luxury smell comes a high-luxury price.  If you're unfamiliar with Mazzolari's fragrances, I'll warn you that they're expensive.  We're talking $175 for a 100 ml. bottle of this juice, so make sure you try before you buy.  Keep in mind though that this fragrance is extremely strong and long lasting, so a little goes a very long way.

MY RATING:  8.5/10

Fragrance House:  Mazzolari

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