With all the expensive niche brands cranking out patchouli fragrances like there's no tomorrow, it's nice to see that there are still reasonably priced, good quality patchoulis out there. Demeter's Patchouli is one. I think I paid $25 for my huge 120 ml. bottle. What a deal!
It's exactly what it says on
the label - patchouli. There may be a
few other ingredients in this other than patchouli, but I can't really smell
them. The only reason I suspect there's
a little more than just patchouli oil in here is because this perfume has
rock-solid stability, with no mushiness or wimping out in the drydown. No - you get a nice woody, earthy patchouli
scent from beginning to end. At no time
will anyone suspect you're wearing anything other than that. That might not sound like a big deal, but
trust me, I've tried my fair share of mediocre patchoulis that go all flaccid
and murky after a couple of hours. Not
Though I love patchouli and
I like Demeter's version, this is not the kind of fragrance I reach for very
often. I prefer strong, rip roaring
patchoulis that knock you on your ass.
Demeter's is light, transparent and discreet. It's definitely got the earthy hippie smell
that I like, but it's a subtle perfume, where you never get a full blast of
patchouli. Instead you get small wisps
and hints of it when you wear this fragrance; it's the kind of scent people will
notice is in the room, but it's subtle, even mysterious, and they won't be
able to tell where it's coming from or who's wearing it. If I sniff my wrist up close, I hardly smell
a thing, but I can detect the scent floating around me for hours. This is an interesting facet of Demeter's
Patchouli, even if it's not my usual style.
This perfume deserves a big
time thumbs up. It's a great fragrance
for someone who wants a lighter but still earthy version of the patchouli
note. It smells like it's 100% natural,
it's very reasonably priced, and its scent lasts a decent amount of time, about 5 or 6 hours. It's a
pure patchouli fragrance, unlike the vanilla cookie patchoulis churned out by
niche brands like Montale and Bois 1920.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Demeter