Amber Patchouly is exactly what the label says: a patchouli perfume sweetened and softened by amber. This really isn't my style, but I'll give it credit for the fact that the amber doesn't completely dominate the patchouli. This is a well balanced fragrance, so I can still smell a good deal of patchouli well into the drydown. It's a warm, smooth, heavy and sweet oriental, and fans of this style of fragrance should give this a try, especially when you consider how inexpensive it is. I much prefer Auric's full-bore Patchouly perfume oil, but that's my personal taste.
I've read reviews comparing this to Montale's Patchouli Leaves, and I agree that they're similar. However, Amber Patchouli is better than Patchouli Leaves. That's because unlike in Patchouli Leaves, here the patchouli isn't completely drowned in amber.
Amber Patchouly proves my point that Montale's Patchouli Leaves is a shameless rip-off. I've spent a fair amount of time with both fragrances, and it smells like both contain exactly the same ingredients, and of the same quality. At least Auric doesn't try to lead you on and make you think their version is made with the rarest, most exotic, most expensive ingredients in the world. When you read reviews or descriptions of Montale's frag, you'd think you were buying the oil of the last specimen of an extinct plant. It's a cynical joke, and at $110 for a 50 ml. bottle, Montale gets the last laugh, all the way to the bank.
Granted, Amber Patchouly comes in a 1/3 ounce vial as opposed to a 50 ml. bottle, but it's more concentrated than Patchouli Leaves and should last the same length of time. And you know what Auric charges for theirs? $7.50. Case closed.
MY RATING: 7/10
Fragrance House: Auric Blends