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Elixir Patchouli – Inoubliable! (October 11th, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I was sniffiin’ around Sephora on a Saturday afternoon, as is my wont, when I came across Elixir Patchouli by Réminiscence. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure I have to say I’m not a big patchouli fan. It’s an awesome ingredient, and I love it as part of the mix (like in Orange Star by Andy Tauer), but as the star of the show it can be overwhelming, so for me, it needs some taming. I’m just putting that out there. I mean, you can’t love everything right?

But I know Réminiscence and their signature aqua shopping bags from trips to France and have great memories of shopping in their store in Juan-les-Pins.

Réminiscence was launched in 1970 by husband and wife team Zoé Coste and Nino Amaddeo and focused on jewellery, clothes and fragrances. Back then the stores had a real hippie vibe which today translates into a tamer, boho-chic look and feel.

Back in 1970 they started with three frags Musc, Amber and Patchouli and over the years have added quite a few more to their line but Patchouli quickly became their signature scent. So it made sense when they launched Elixir Patchouli, a more intense, deeper, richer version of the original, in 2007.  

One spritz of Elixir Patchouli at Sephora and an hour later I owned a bottle. Huh? Yep, it changed me into a patchouli lover - it’s just that good.

Elixir Patchouli grabs your attention with a camphor/cedar accord at the opening that is a real show stopper. As this fades the other aspects of patchouli -  the woody, earthy and green facets - start to emerge. There is vetiver there to bolster patchouli’s green note and sandalwood to highlight its woodiness. On me, there is also a deep, dark delicious note of chocolate. At the base, labdanum gives it an ambery note, while vanilla gives it a balancing sweetness and musk adds another dimension of richness, just as it starts to blend with your skin.

Rich, resinous, exotic and luxurious - hells bells, this stuff is amazing!  And since it’s an EDP, it lasts and lasts.

See, here’s the thing about having an open mind: you never know what might waft in.

Elixir Patchouli is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.