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PG08 Intrigant Patchouli – I’ll just stay addicted… – January 27, 2014 New Fragrance Listing




















Photo: Pierre Guillaume courtesy Ca Fleure Bon

My name is Gwen and I am a patchouli addict. I love the rich, earthy, woody, herbaceous, balasamy pungency of patchouli. Luckily, it’s the kind of addiction that doesn’t need a cure - no rehab, twelve-steps or meetings cause I don’t have to kick this habit. I can indulge it, especially in my favourite season, winter.

Cold weather and patchouli frags just seem to go together like hugs and kisses. Surprising really, when you consider that patchouli, a bushy herb from the mint family, is a native of the tropical regions of Asia, and thrives in hot weather. Seems like patchouli frags would be better suited to summer and maybe they are for some people, but for me patchouli has a depth and heft that doesn’t shrink away from the cold, but stands up to it, rides it and makes best friends with it.

Patchouli is a key element in fragrances belonging to the chypre family, so I can’t remember my first hit. I was probably hooked on it long before I knew what a ‘chypre’ was back when I liked perfumes that had patchouli in them but didn’t know that it was the patchouli that I liked – you know what I mean. I may not remember my first patchouli encounter, but I do remember my last: this morning when I sprayed on PG08 Intrigant Patchouli.

PG08 Intrigant Patchouli is a chypre created by perfumer is Pierre Guillaume for his French indie perfume line Parfumerie Générale.  Born in 1977, Guillaume started out as a chemist, working in Research and Development department of Laboratoire de Formulation Industrielle, a company founded by his father. While designing specialty products for cosmetics he became interested in artistic expression in fine perfumery and launched Parfumerie Générale in 2002.

Guillaume didn’t have to join the family business. He did have other career options. I’m not the first, and I doubt I’ll be that last, to say that this guy is smoking hot!  Yep, that’s him at the top of the blog. Note to Guillaume: Dude, put your picture on your perfume bottles – please put your picture on the perfume bottles! Nuff said.  

Guillaume is a busy man. In addition to Parfumerie Générale he has another line called Huitième Art Parfums (Myrrhiad from this line is a must-try) as well as creating fragrances for Italian niche line Laboratorio Olfattivo. I like what he does with fragrance – he’s creative, a risk taker and a non-conformist. I own a number of his fragrances but lately, when the temperature drops, it’s all about PG08 Intrigant Patchouli.

It opens with a very brief fresh note of citrus then surprises with spicy, warm ginger backed with musky patchouli. I love this opening and for along time I would re-spritz just to experience it again and again but I realised that that was just foolish cause PG08 just gets better as it blooms. Sandalwood joins the patchouli, highlighting its rich, balsamy, woody aspects. And then, oh then, civet and castoreum join the mix, matching the pungency of the patchouli so that it doesn’t fade while making it warm, animalic and leathery. As it moves to the base, amber, honey and vanilla give it different dimensions of sweetness while musk warms and balances it all.

PG08 Intrigant Patchouli is a complex fragrance that highlights the best aspects of patchouli, without ever being harsh or heavy, then slowly reins them in so that the drydown, my new favourite part, is smooth, seductive, elegant and surprisingly soft without losing patchouli’s personality.
I guess I’m glad Guillaume chose perfumery over, say, movie stardom cause I do love my Parfumerie Générale fragrances, especially wearing PG08 Intrigant Patchouli in cold weather, but Dude…Dude….   

Today, we’re adding PG08 Intrigant Patchouli to our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00.