Patchouli pour Homme (2000)

Patchouli pour Homme by Réminiscence
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Patchouli pour Homme is a popular perfume by Réminiscence for men and was released in 2000. The scent is earthy-woody. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesKey lime, Italian mandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesEgyptian geranium, Patchouli, Virginia cedar
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, French labdanum, Tolu balm, Venezuelan tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (83 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (62 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (64 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (62 Ratings)
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Carlitos01

282 Reviews
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Those were the days, my friend, we thought they would never end ...
Patchouli Homme by Réminescense is a true surprise. It recalls me an art of composing fragrances similar to the ways that are best the best practices of Caron and Chanel.
This perfume reminds me of the (sometimes cheap) earthy patchouli oils of the 80's and 90's. They used to spread in a typically loose, socially carefree and uninformed environment, but politically active and with a near anarchist behaviour. It is the perfume of the University campus from 40~50 years ago where religion, love, irreverence and convictions were often mixed and confused.
All those things started before my teen years but were stilla common practice in my early twenties. I can still feel my girlfriend clothes loaded with a patchouli essence before entering the morning class, or going to the road in our more than ten year old - but that felt like brand new - Renault R4L or Citroen 2CV to stop only in Madrid or in Paris. It was only natural, mysterious and quite libertine, and it was the fashionable youngsters behaviour at that time.

There is a lot of that vintage earthy patchouli essence in this Reminiscence patchouli fragrance. Of course it is a more serious, very well composed, and much more appealing perfume than the oily spouts that were used in the pseudo-revolutionary student circles of the late twentieth-century Europe. But in this fragrance remains a certain pungency, weight and also some earthiness typical of those days.
The opening, light and brief, offers us a choice of citrus notes. Soon the patchouli party begins demanding a fresh morning weather warmed with the inevitable cappuccino or espresso, but which can now be replaced by an early evening Irish Coffee by the fireplace.
The earthy nature of the patchouli is totally safeguarded - fortunately - by the woods, balms and amber of the heart and the bottom phases.
The drydown is a complete nostalgic delight.

How do I rate this campus anarchist leaflet?
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Scent Opening............9.25 (heavy citrus and patchouli... woow!)
Scent Dry Down.........8.75 (ambery and balsamic patchouli sweetened by tonka but with low projection)
Longevity (h) ..............8.0 (Up to 7~8 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................7.0 (average with up to 5 ft sillage and 1.5 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.0 (above average; not for very hot Summer days or very cold Winter nights)
Usability......................8.0 (almost everywhere but carefully; some people hate nostalgic scents; Avoid seaside and workout )
Compliments..............7.5 (better than just Ok! It is very nice choice for intimacy and kissing provided your partner likes patchouli; I do!)
Uniqueness.................9.0 (I could name a douzain of similar fragrances, but none I am aware of gives me such a pleasant patchouli note as this one, and the similar but much more expensive Coromandel by Chanel)
Quality.........................8.5 (above average)
Presentation...............8.0 (very simple but very effective)
Price.............................8.5 (€26.00 for a 100ml non tester in ShowroomPrivé)
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- Average:.........8.23/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about Patchouli pour Homme by Réminiscence:
I just love it. The raw earthy patchouli aroma it's an accord I really value in our scent world.
Recommended? Yes if you are into Patchouli. Not trendy enough if you love modern light sweet and spicy fragrances - but that's just my opinion. As an example, my wife loves it and my daughter just does not care about it. If you fancy Chanel Coromandel you will love this one very much for 1/10 of the price.
Blind buy worthy? Why not? But if you are under 35~40, you'd better try it first.

Music: Queen - "These Are The Days Of Our Lives"
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Apicius

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Once Upon A Time...
Patchouli Homme is a real firecracker with lots of silage. This perfume begins where we had ended up in the 1980's with those cheap patchouli oils.

It is indeed a long time ago, but once, it was quite cool to embalm your Palestinian scarf with a big load of patchouli oil before hitting the road to the next peace demonstration. This was dark and grave, mysterious and somehow rakish.

There is lots of this kind of patchouli vibe in Reminiscence's patchouli fragrance, although it appears quite a bit more grown up and serious than that historic teenager's impregnation agent. With those oils from the past, Patchouli Homme shares a certain opulence, weightiness and also sweetness. Even the beginning is opulent. Accompanied by well chosen citric notes I smell something like coffee – a strong and sweet mocha. Good idea!

Soon, the theme of this fragrance unveils itself. Patchouli comes out in a quite tart and earthy way, and it starts leading a dialog with some other warm, oriental notes. You can say about Patchouli Homme that it is neither cold, sallow, or even slimy like Neil Morris' Dark Earth, nor that it is overly sweet or ambratic.

Unfortunately, I tend to get headaches from Patchouli when it comes as solid as this one, so I will not go any further but this test. Patchouli Homme is well done, but it is by far too nostalgic for me. If at all, I would go for a more modern and contemporary approach to Patchouli: I like the way that Nasomatto explore the cool and herbal side of it in their Hindu Grass. However, Patchouli Homme is worth a recommendation for the friends of the 1970's and 80's.

A big Thank You to Zappergeck for sending me the sample!
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 14 months ago
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8
Longevity
7
Sillage
6
Bottle
One of the few patchouli EDTs I truly love. Even if I like an earthy patchouli scent, not many fragrances are so "patchoulist" as this one.

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