Ghost of a niche patchouli
Patchouli Leaves by Monotheme opens with bergamot and ambroxan hiding a bright and light patchouli note, which smells here quite transparent, dusty, “thin” and sweetened by a nostalgic, slightly camphorous floral breeze which kind of reminded me of Essence de Patchouli by Perris Monte Carlo (or Alyssa Ashley, you choose). A fresh, sophisticated, lively and much discreet patchouli, with a subtle grey-musky aftertaste. Nothing raw, earthy or rich as in most of others patchouli scents; on the contrary a clean, leafy and ephemeral rewriting of such material. Really pleasant to wear, albeit ridicolously short lived, and exceedingly close to skin. At 15 EUR for 100 ml, no complaints though (and plus the bottle reads “Eau de Patchouli”, as if this was a “toilet water” more than a proper fragrance, so perhaps the lightness and short persistence are implicit).