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PG08 Intrigant Patchouli

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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.

Launched in 2005 by Parfumerie Générale, perfumer Pierre Guillaume’s French indie perfume line PG08 Intrigant Patchouli is favourite cold weather frag.  

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.

Notes: citrus, ginger, patchouli, Mysore sandalwood, civet castoreum, benzoin, amber, musk, honey and vanilla.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Pierre Guillaume

Price: $5.00