Monica Miller the Perfume Pharmer, and the originating perfumers, as give-aways.
If you send me an email at indieperfumesatgmaildotcom, with a note as to your patchouli experiences, past or present, I will put you into the draw for next Tuesday, July 5th. So there will be something a little extra to celebrate for three of you, after the fireworks holiday. I will attempt to calibrate which flacon will go to each of the three winners based upon the comment and some affinity to the three described here.
I do not yet have the perfumer list matched to the numbers, but as to my own impressions, I can tell you #6 will surprise most anyone who thinks patchouli is always ultra relaxed and dreamy. It is surprisingly sparkling, a bright citrus-y top-noted patchouli perfume, with the inherent depth of patchouli underpinning the effervescence, and a bridge of something like cut hay between the two. It reminds me of biting into a crunchy apple with a fragrant skin, cool rain evaporating from the earth and clean hair. It has energy and light to burn. It eventually dries down to a subtle softness that somehow still retains a good touch of the champagne high.
Number 8 is the opposite of 6, it has a tobacco depth to it, references to bark, smoke, butter and leather. Round and full bodied, this patchouli is married to vetiver or some such dry and sunny partner; all holding close to the skin. This one is something you might want your idealized masculine presences to smell like, or as Thomas Hardy used to say "he smelt like autumn's very brother".
All notes are mellowed and unified by something like the golden syrup of Renaissance background light, falling on a landscape of open fields of grasses dried in the sun. By this I mean that some scents from nature seem to retain the effect of the leaves/plant materials standing in the sun for hours, which then emanate this energy back to you as they exhale as perfume on the skin. This one participates in the classic sensuality of patchouli, and the natural power of the fragrance's hypnotic relaxation effect comes through fully from start to finish. I think it's wonderful for the end of a stressful day. It dries down to a gentle powdery beauty still hinting of wood/sandalwood/with a touch of clean musk. The very end goes fully meditative and calming.
For those readers who have read many of the other descriptions on the participating sites, and who would like to obtain a full set of the perfumes, Monica has put together some complete coffrets, nicely packaged. Please visit the Perfume Pharmer site for more information.
Please go to the Perfume Pharmer site for a full list of participating perfumers and writers with direct links to many other postings about patchouli; the thirteen perfumes and general spirited great cheer created by the inhalation of vast amounts of patchouli of great quality and artistry. There is also a photo of the flacon for the giveaway.
Above paisley on corduroy from a vintage clothing store on Etsy, Violet Folklore.
Above detail of Giotto's St. Francis of Assisi cycle
Above detail of a painted elephant face at Manhandled Threads, see the story on the festival of elephants in India.