June 28, 2011

Patchouli Part 3 - New Perfume Creations - Giveaway

For my dear readers who would like to participate in this ongoing festival of patchouli by trying some of the  engaging perfumes specially created for this event, I have three silver toned flacons,  Numbers 2, 6 and 8, as  provided by 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".

Number 2 is one of my top three picks out of the thirteen.  It's rich round patchouli has a milky coffee caramel tone with woods and possibly sandalwood entwined in the vapors of a very characteristic patchouli.
 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.

These are all completely natural, and as such, hold close to the skin and somehow seem to impart a therapeutically beneficial aura.  I get a feeling of direct contact with nature, working in concert with especially skillful human intentions and intelligence.  I believe I get an intimation of the essence of India itself with the experience of this level of patchouli artistry.

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.


Carrie Meredith said...

I've been left practically breathless by your scent descriptions. I so wish numbers 6 and 8 had come across to me in the same way they did to you. #2 makes me clasp my hands together underneath my chin and flutter my eyelashes. It's everything I love about natural fragrances rolled into one living, breathing beauty.

Lucy said...

Carrie, thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot from you!

Going through that many to pick three favorites had me focus more on what to eliminate and what stood out to me immediately so I could get it down to three picks within a reasonable amount of time.

We had a very similar lineup of faves, which is very interesting.

The thing is, I have noticed with some naturals it sometimes takes me more time and almost meditative undivided full attention to get the full beauty. It can be a process.

There is sometimes (not always by any means, depending on the materials) an immediate raw/wild edge that takes some acclimation, and more attention, especially after a lot of recent exposure to the more obvious charms of lines like Comme les Garcons or L'Artisan.

I think it's like the difference between the beauty of little girls and boys, or painting and sculpture, or classical music and jazz, if you get my drift, naturals sometimes exercise different muscles of my appreciation.

Then there are those whose chemistry will resonate with you immediately, like meeting a person you love from the first day. I think that happens when they contain more of certain materials that are especially rich, such as sandalwood or rose or jasmine, depending on what hits your particular olfactory nerves right that way.

chayaruchama said...

I, too, loved #2- so very labdanum-y to my nose !
I really disliked having to 'qualify' a threesome-
They were each fascinating.

Reading your vivid, impassioned descriptions always reminds me why I was drawn to you-
From the very beginning, my dear.

Leslie said...

The scent of patchouli takes me back to the year I spent in India...wandering the marketplaces, you could smell the most amazing cocktail of fragrances- incense of all descriptions, sandalwood wafting from the freshly carved statues of Ganesh, and of course patchouli...it was one of the most magical times of my life- a blur of temples, exotic animals, the friendly and open people of the Subcontinent...and patchouli will always bring me back to that place that will forever hold a spot in my heart...

Lucy said...

Ida, I think we are kind of like two sides of the same coin, going in the same place but coming from opposite directions -- & you are a dear! I always want to know what you think of a perfume because if you love something I know I need to go pay attention to it most carefully, if I haven't already.

Lucy said...

Leslie, that sounds rapturous! I wonder if you got to go to the elephant festival in Rajasthan. I wonder if how the elephants feel about wearing all those ornaments and paint. I am sure they prefer to go au natural, but they are so good natured to allow the costumes. How inspiring for you to have the Indian experience as you follow your own fragrant road.

JoAnne Bassett said...

I love your beautiful descriptive writing.

Maureen said...

I am newbie to perfume obsession, errr, deep interest, face it nuttiness...but I don't know if patchouli is something I know much about. I think #2 sounds kind of nice. Your writing about fragrances makes me want to go out and buy everything! Definately need to win the lottery for this habit. Help!

Lucy said...

JoAnne,thank you, I love your beautiful perfumes!

Lucy said...

Maureen, I know what you mean! I work a lot from decants, and samples, and splits, and give aways. I will buy full bottles of things I really love as I can afford to. My waiting list is getting quite long, but I do have more full bottles of perfume than most people ever have -- and it an encourages me to to use them up. I guess there are more expensive cravings...

queen_cupcake said...

I have always loved paisley--since the '60s so your post really caught my eye as well as my nose! :-D

The Summer of Patchouli Love project has been of special interest to me because I've always loved patch. I thought I was quite a (17-year old) woman of mystery and seduction when I wore it back then. Carol of WAFT, a patch-lovin' babe extraordinaire, got me going again a few years back and I've sampled madly ever since.

Great Thomas Hardy quote!

Are we supposed to send you an email as well to be entered in the draw?

Lucy said...

Cupcake, I will count your comment here as an entry for the draw -- thanks for your interesting note

Anonymous said...

They all sound great! I would love to be entered in the drawing.Thank you.bookwyrmsmith at live dot com

ccdouglass said...

I've always been a huge fan of patchouli scents. I think to some people all patchouli smells the same, but I enjoy smelling various types just to experience the differences. I wish I were more adept at being able to write about my favorites! I would have to say that number two sounds the most intriguing to me, since I also love sandalwood, but I would feel lucky being able to smell any of them.

I would love to be entered in the draw. Thank you so much!