Noir Patchouli

Noir Patchouli by Histoires de Parfums
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Noir Patchouli is a perfume by Histoires de Parfums for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is spicy-earthy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCardamom, Coriander, Patchouli
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouli, Floral notes, Juniper berry
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Musk, Vetiver, Moss, Leather, Vanilla



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Submitted by Lobelia, last update on 11.12.2018
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Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Merlin's Potion
Could there have been such an elixir in the 5th century? And if it is, then Merlin has brewed it for King Arthur and his men.
With this they certainly beat back every "barbarian" before anyone had drawn his sword.
"The fragrance is not exactly "British", nor "barbaric", but it is a magic elixir in the truest sense of the word.
As spicy and rack it starts, "Patchouli Noir" quickly turns into a woody-rosy direction with lots of patchouli. Strengthens mind and soul. Known to be effective, also in aromatherapy. Fragrances are also "dreams", but also "medicine".
And if a thick carpet of moss is then spread out at some point, then "feel-good level is acute". And there's hardly a peeve in everyday life that can get close to you. When I sniff at this fragrance stage, I can recognize a kind of tart, dark, delayed "powderiness" that acts like an echo of the previous fragrance. Only reinforced and long lasting.
The fragrance then looks like an olfactory "knight's armour", forged from the best "steel". And enchantingly early medieval in the Odeur, chivalrous and royal even.
Almost unswervingly and attentively at the same time.
That's only good for me behind the shield.
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Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Neither a noir, nor a patchouli; a floral leather instead
I am very fond of Histories de Parfums, being 1740 one of my preferred and in my top five currently. There is something in their craftsmanship, very french, that makes me believe they found the secret how to modernize the classic perfumery.
So, their perfumes are all real perfumes, not just scents or mere experiences. They exude class and distinction.
On my take on patchouli-centered, there is a time I found the one for me: Messe de Minuit, from Etro, although it brings to me much more than just patchouli, as I wrote in its review. I also love Borneo 1834 from Lutens, but it doesn’t seem to me so complete as a whole experience.
But, then, I found Noir Patchouli. And its name puzzled me, as I did not found the patchouli here I was used to. There is a hint of it, but my sensations turned around it and were leaded by that beautiful and elegant aroma of lovely floral notes mixed with the leather, that exquisite leather that HdP carries in their portfolio and I love so much. There are spices also, and some vanilla, and…juniper, which always is a plus for me (actually Ormonde Jayne Man is another one in my top 5, being juniper one of the main reasons).
I don’t find this particularly masculine, and I wonder if there could be an androgynous for the upper class, this would be the one. I mean, the ancient hippie guy that became the manager of a successful trendy art gallery.
Noir? Maybe for some, for me it is shiny! And not replacing Messe de Minuit in my heart (that's not possible), it would fit me for a night in the Concertgebow in Amsterdam watching ancient music played with ancient instruments.
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I was turned onto Noir Patchouli by my friend Steve at ScentBar who knows that I love Aromatics Elixir. With no other intro than a laugh and a smile he said, “You have to try this.” As I smelled it and he saw the recognition light me up, he just said, “Right?!”

Absolutely right.

I’ve always had a question. Why has no one copied Aromatics Elixir? Why has no one tried to imitate it? Aromatics Elixir is a huge patchouli rose-chypre. It’s a tribute to patchouli, but you would never mistake it for something that you would find in a head shop. It juuuusst barely reins in the patchouli. Bernard Chant went as far down the patch path as he could go when he composed Aromatics Elixir. Fortunatley, he didn’t balance patchouli with lighter notes. He matched it with thick balsams, woody notes and a dark, dense rose. One of the few things he didn’t add was syrup, so contemporary perfume wearers will need to find a new Rosetta stone to translate it to fruitchouli-speak.

Noir Patchouli is a great homage to the old gal. It doesn't have the rose or the moss, but it is the same loving take on patchouli. Bernard Chant recognized that patchouli doesn't need to be cut or cajoled. It simply needs the right context and proper lighting. In the same way that Bernard Chant let patchouli speak its own mind, Gérald Ghislain of Histoires de Parfums hands the mic over to patchouli. Noir Patchouli is as deliberate as Aromatics Elixir, but it replaces AE's forcefulness with partial transparency. Where AE is earthy, Noir Patchouli is smoky. Noir Patchouli is almost as heavy as AE, but it’s not nearly so dense. AE has an bitterness that reads as herbal. Noir Patchouli comes off like a spirit, not quite whiskey, not quite brandy. This liquor-like tone is what brings the smokiness, the camphorous sweetness together.

Noir Patchouli comes off as very composed and self-assured. Or maybe that’s how simply how I feel when I smell it.

If Noir Patchouli had come out earlier, it would have been the perfect solution for the wearers of Givenchy Gentleman who were fucked when a car-wreck of a reformulation deprived them of their fix. Noir Patchouli holds its own in a competition among niche patchoulis. In fact, it beats most of them. It has a straightforwardness that ‘clean’ patch lovers would like, but the gravitas that most patch enthusiasts seek.

If you’re looking for a real twisted scene, get together with some fumie friends and try back to back to back samplings of Aromatics Elixir, Aramis A900, Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve and Noir Patchouli. If you get out of the room alive you’ll have some stories to tell.

Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
An Easy Rider Elixir
A triple threat of patchouli—featured among the top notes, the heart, and the base notes—in Histoires de Parfum NOIR PATCHOULI makes this a patchouli-lovers-only perfume. Serving to intensify the patchouli madness is a fairly hefty dose of leather, making this a rather hard-hitting composition to my nose. Although the house lists “Bouquet Floral” among the heart notes, I must say that I have difficulty detecting any florals whatsoever, drowned out as they are by the patchouli and the leather.

As NOIR PATCHOULI dries down, its noir aspect begins to dominate to the point where I'd classify this more as a leather than an oriental perfume. I would recommend this to hard-core leather lovers, but they obviously must also enjoy patchouli in order to wear this Easy Rider elixir...

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