Patchouli Riviera Mistral Patchouli 2013

Patchouli Riviera / Mistral Patchouli by Atelier Cologne
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Patchouli Riviera is a popular perfume by Atelier Cologne for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is fresh-spicy. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesFlorida grapefruitFlorida grapefruit
Madagascar pepperMadagascar pepper
Star aniseStar anise
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris tingitanaIris tingitana
Somalian frankincenseSomalian frankincense
Egyptian geraniumEgyptian geranium
Base Notes Base NotesIndonesian patchouliIndonesian patchouli
Benzoin SiamBenzoin Siam
Haitian vetiverHaitian vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.5159 Ratings

Longevity

6.3115 Ratings

Sillage

5.7124 Ratings

Bottle

6.9107 Ratings
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8.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Unruh
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Unruh
Very helpful Review    4  
Love at second sight
Back then, when the fragrance was still called "Mistral Patchouli", I tested it for the first time. But somehow it has not sparked - probably due to wrong or not yet mature patchouli ideas and little olfactory experience. Eight years later, the fragrance, now with a modified name, inspires me all the more.

I love yes patchouli, primarily in its dry, tart expression. Unfortunately, the fine substance is too often plastered with sweetish companions such as vanilla, tonka bean or gourmandigen notes. Accordingly, it is difficult to find a summery patchouli scent. Bottega Veneta pour Homme Essence Aromatique has already managed this well. What both have in common is the subtle use of my favorite scent note, as well as their primarily green-herbaceous rather than dry-earthy hues.

"Patchouli Riviera" starts off very fruity-citrusy, with pepper and anise contributing a pleasant, exciting spiciness. The similarity to Ouzo or Pastis described in other comments I can understand. Over time, the scent becomes minimally powdery, a bit more tart, and turns grayish-green, herbaceous, with a pleasantly toned-down freshness. Not much happens now, the scent becomes minimally woodier over time and quieter and quieter until it fades away after about 5-6 hours.

Now what about the patchouli? I didn't warm up to "Mistral Patchouli" because I missed the scent. At the time. Today I know, there is not only earthy-peaty patchouli. It also comes in fresh-green-herbaceous coinage, like this one. I love both. Now. Just the strong floral direction I do not like. Still.

In general, "Patchouli Riviera" thrills me with its absence of overly bold citrus or excessive freshness (as offered by far too many summer perfumes), as well as its very exciting anise spice. This, together with its manageable development, secure it a place in the perfume selection for the summer and warm spring days.

...now first to the Greek, delicious gyro plate and a glass of ouzo. :D

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8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
Wanderman

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Wanderman
Top Review    17  
Mediterranean in low season
My spring fragrance and in my top 3 of all Atelier Colognes fragrances (with Emeraude Agar for autumn and Oud Sapphire for winter). I'm sure it's helpful if you like aniseed. It smells a bit like cold pastis enriched with a good shot of grapefruit. Normally I don't like perfumes that smell like food and drink, but I like to make an exception for anise. It was a good choice for Atelier Cologne to choose anise to evoke the French Mistral sea wind, which is a sharp, cutting wind instead of a gentle summer breeze. M.P. is not sweet anise, licorice or sambucco, but bitter and sour. Like cold sea water on your face sailing in spring. Fortunately, the scent does not try to smell of the sea itself, as these sea scents usually smell very chemical. M.P. smells very natural. Instead of taking a perfect photo of the sea, M.P. evokes the Mediterranean Sea in the harsher season with a few brushstrokes in white, green and blue.
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LicoriceRain

57 Reviews
LicoriceRain
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Awkward, but still a nice orange and patchouli fragrance.
Unusual grapefruit and licorice (anise) opening, but actually smells like oranges. Now I think orange and patchouli make a nice blend, but something is off. As much as I love the smell of grapefruit, licorice, and pepper, *individually*, I’m not sure they blend well together, or with patchouli. Now, if Atelier Cologne removed the pepper, which I think tries to dominate by wrestling with the licorice, I think it might work because grapefruit, licorice, and patchouli would flow together, not stagnate, as it does with the pepper. But as it is now, Mistral Patchouli seems to be a slightly confused, discordant blend. A much better patchouli frag is Fields of Rubus by Kerosene, which isn’t so heavy-handed, but is actually a “happy” scent, although quite strong. That berry-apple jam, vanilla, and patchouli socialize far better than the awkward notes in Mistral Patchouli. Definitely not the best from Atelier Cologne.
UPDATE: While wearing it again, I really like the opening. Maybe I've been too picky in my review because I like Mistral Patchouli in spite of the muddled feeling. Overall, I am fascinated with Atelier Colognes, and plan to sample more.
7
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Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Helpful Review    3  
Light Soapy Citrus
Mistral Patchouli goes on with an orange rind, very sour lemon aroma commingled with a citrusy and expansive iris. I also detect neroli, though it's not listed. This doesn't radiate anything nautical to me (unlike Nautica Voyage); the accompanying postcard suggests various knickknacks of the sea. The scent is nice and fresh without crossing over into toilet deodorizer territory.

An hour in it floralizes and expands its silage wings, turning more feminine. By six hours it recedes to a velvety fresh citrus skin scent. It's not terribly masculine nor feminine. Exposing it to heat brings it back, though -- a light, soapy, citrusy smell. It lasts, and it works as an all-around cologne, but despite its frissions of quality, Mistral Patchouli lacks the underlying aggression that would make it a standout fragrance.

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