It’s about this time of year that I like to swap around the fragrances I have on display. I put away the overtly summery scents and bring out the autumn/winter stash. What’s exciting this time around is that I’ve got two new fabulous scents to add to the collection that I want to share with you.
You might remember that in previous fragrance posts I noticed themes emerging – last spring it was tea and rose that stood out as the key elements I spotted. The rose theme has definitely continued through into the Autumn/Winter launches but I’ve also spotted the patchouli theme coming through really strongly.
Now being a teen in the seventies means that I have very fond memories of wearing (drenching myself in) patchouli oil to try and be one of the cool kids – I was never one of the cool kids! So I had a mix of fond memories and apprehension when I went about exploring what the contemporary fragrances that incorporated patchouli would be like.
So to refresh my autumn collection (which I’ve listed in full at the end of this post for the curious among you) I selected the Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Midnight Patchouli and the Etro Patchouly EDP.
Patchouly is one of the first fragrances created by Etro. It’s an oriental woody fragrance that’s designed for men and women. Its key notes are lemon, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk. They’ve created a new limited edition bottle out in time for Christmas that launches 3 October nationwide with imagery inspired by nature – the lava of a volcano. Here’s a sneak peek at how it looks.
Etro have some wonderful descriptive words, ( a poem perhaps? ) that describes the concept and experience of the fragrance:
[ Fragrant fire ]
Glowing embers after the blaze.
Resin and rose, a powerful blend.
The smoking nostril of a bull,
adorned with flowers like an Indian painting.
Night at the far ends of the day,
lava lapping the volcano’s rim.
I think that the imagery is really exciting and it will make a great Christmas gift I’m sure although secretly I’m in love with the elegance and femininity of the original bottle with the silver cap. I’ve been wearing the fragrance quite a bit even though the weather is still summery and I’ve found it to be lighter and more floral than I’d expected from the written description. I definitely think it’s a great transitional fragrance.
This Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli is a class act. It’s an object of desire right from first glimpse. Stark black against white sets the tone for a fragrance reminiscent of a dark woodland that’s lit up with a silver flash of moonlight symbolised by the silver tag.
It’s described as a floral leathery chypre, a patchouli that caresses the skin like a wood in the moonlight. Soft tones reveal a delicate floral note that combines rose and iris. Precious notes of a warm sued accord, imbued with leather and fruity accents.
For me this is definitely not for summer or for daytime. It’s rich and heady and intriguing. It’s available now nationwide. I’d say that it’s suitable for men and women so treat yourself or add it to your wish list and promise to share if you can bear it.
And here’s the promised list of my autumn fragrance collection with links to previous reviews where available, prices and where to buy:
- Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Buy £30.60 Review
- Alaia Paris Buy from £43.00 Review
- Cartier La Panthère Buy from £53.00 Review
- Dior Addict Buy from £54.50
- Etro Patchouli Buy from £68.40
- Hugo Boss the Scent Buy from £44.00
- Illuminum London Tom Wolfe 234 Buy £80 Review
- Narciso Rodrigeuz For Her Buy from £51.00 Review
- Marc Jacobs Decadence Buy £45.00
- Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent Buy from £65.00 Review
- Terry de Gunzberg Rose Infernale Buy £162.00 Review
- Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Rubie Buy for £30.60 Review
- Van Cleef & Arpels First Buy £59.00 (original) Review (Edition Or)
- Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli Buy £117
- Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Buy from £57.00 Review
Have a fragrant autumn!
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