Sunday, 14 May 2017

Fragrance Review: Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc


Reminiscence Patchouli Blanc


A really soft powdery patchouli, stripped back from its harsh hippie tendencies. Elegant and mild, soft and clean. A bit old fashioned from the aldehydes rather than hippy. Feels like second skin. A lot lighter and airier than I expected.

The bottle’s spray mechanism produces a fine mist, which explains why it smells light and airy, rather than a dense, heavy patchouli and powder. Since it’s so light, I feel I have to plant my nose onto my wrist, sniffing the heck out of it! Really, really subtle. I’d have to go a bit crazy with the sprayer, I reckon!

A blast of star anise when first sprayed, reminding me of mum’s cooking. Slowly, aldehydes unravel itself. Then it comes to its heart stage of patchouli, powder and musk where change in scent is minimal. Dry down is a fluffy, powdery, amber, sandalwood musk. I think I get some vanilla but maybe I am simply imagining it because I’d like it to be there.

A very slight hint of Coromandel, by no means similar but the patchouli I get here in Patchouli Blanc bears similarity to the patchouli in Coromandel. A dialled down, minty facet of patchouli is here.

Very well done perfume! A patchouli scent I can wear anywhere! Really effortless and classy.

*For those new to Reminiscence, the bottle is really interesting, rather than a rectangular shape depicted in pictures online - it actually concaves in! This adds a bit of ‘edge’ to what would otherwise be a boring bottle. I appreciate Reminiscence for being cool like that :)