The summer of 2011 has been a distinctly different event. Weather has been crazy across the country. The stars have realigned in wicked configurations and Perfume Pharmer Monica Miller came up with this amazing idea to have select fragrance afficionados AKA “Patch Test Bunnies” test drive a group of 13 scents all created around the singular note of patchouli. These scents are all extremely unique– but the only thing that ties them together (though it would be very hard to tell that they are related) is the ingredient patchouli.
The parfume creators are all known niche fragrance experts who have been doing this for quite some time and several I have heard of and a few actually know me.
The perfume “Patch Test Bunnies” are bloggers and fragrance junkies like me– and many of them are more well known in the fragrance world than I am. (The list of the Patch Test Bunnies is at the end of this post- and will be featured on the 2 subsequent posts) Not to say I don’t know my fragrances or understand the process of creating something that is visual, tactile and olfactory as well as emotional.
I am one of the last to post about my favorites and this was really hard to do because all these little bottles were numbered from 1-14.. (we skipped the number 9 because it’s just like the number 6) so there were 13 scents to test. I am one of those people whose nose and body chemistry changes daily– and maybe even during the day. Emotionally, physically, mentally– each scent can affect me or smell differently on me — particularly as it evolves. I am more eclectic in style in beauty, fashion, music and food– though I always have my favorites– there are times when girl has to change up her style and this was one really hard test to get throug because each was so unique.
At one point I was numbering them on my arm to figure out which was which — 4 at a time. We had to pick out our three favoritee and after I finally picked out one (that was hard enough), I had to go through it again for scent #2 and #3– each of which will have their own post.
My first choice and #1 pick was amazingly fragrance Indiene by Alfredo Dupetit
A hint of bitter almond and sherry notes with Bulgarian rose and Singapore patchouli crowns our classic creation.
In the heart: Madagascar vanilla initiates the well balanced fond of Brazilian tonka and cannabis concrete ( interesting base evolution note)
INCI: Perfume(100% Natural), alcohol, benzyl alcohol, citral, geraniol, coumarin, linalool, limonene, benzyl benzoate.
Perfumer’s Words: A classical real natural patchouli composition done only with pure natural ingredients with INCI: Alcohol, perfume (100% natural) // ( very important to proof a true 100% natural composition. INCI is the only way to declare real natural perfumes in a law protected way adding (100% natural) after the cocktail ingredient yet called “Perfume”) )
This was one potent fragrance and a little bit goes a very long way and the evolution during the opening of the notes and then to the dry down was downright intoxicating. I couldn’t tell exactly what it was — but its scent lasted all day and it evolved well with my body chemistry. It also seemed to have a tiny bit of cocoa or something like that because it was addictive. I was hoping that choosing the other two fragrances would be easier. Not so much– as I was to find out.
Patch Test Bunnies (Noses)
Marlen Eliot Harrison: Top Perfumes:#3, #5, #13
Nathan Branch:Top Perfumes: #5, #7, #11
Lucy Raubertas Indie Perfumes Top Perfumes: #2, #3, #14
Nava Perfume Posse: #6, #12, #8
Justine Crane O True Apothecary!:#14, #13, #7
Felicia Hazzard Fragrance Belles Lettres: Tops: #13, #14, #1
Donna HathawayPerfume Smellin Things:Tops: #4, #13, #2
Stevie Wilson LA-Story.com :Top Perfumes: #1, #11, #13
Scent Self: Tops: #4, #11, #10
Scent Hive: #5, #10, #11
This Blog Really Stinks:Top Perfumes #11, #2, #3
Eye Liner on a Cat: Top Perfumes #2, #3, #13
Scentual Soundtracks: Top Perfumes: #2, #4, #14
EauMG: #5, #10, #13
Waft by Carol:Top Perfumes: #13, #2, #11
Perfume Pharmer:PP is the record keeper not a patchouli perfume judge.
Ida Meister, Perfumista #5, #10, #13
David Lincoln Brooks: Top Perfumes #11, #12. #7
Marina Geigert, EIC Perfume Smellin’ Things: #11, #14,#8
Carlos J Powell, Brooklyn Fragrance Lover: #13, #6, #2
Grammy Award Winning Vocalist Patti Austin
Top Perfumes: #8, #11, #13 (she also said she loved them all!)
Carly Simon says “They ALL smell really good!!!”
Now there’s a cool Island Girl Hippie chick for you!
Actress Kim Novak Top Perfumes:
O dear! Kim did NOT like our patchouli perfumes. (not surprised. She’s more of a serious floral person-SW)
Academy Award Winning Actress Jodie Foster…still waiting for Jodie’s answer on the PLAP perfumes… she has a very scientific mind and needs to take her time!
Broadway and Jazz Singer, Vocal Artist… Simone (Nina Simone’s daughter)
Top Perfumes: #5, #3, #1
Author of bestselling novel The Fifth Sacred Thing/Educator, Witch, Starhawk: #14, #13, #6
Jeanne Rose, Author, Aromatherapy Pioneer, Educator.
Jeanne crosses both celebrity and nose : #14, #3, #7
Fashion Priestess, Clothing Designer Lily Blue : #11, #1
Fetish Model..Tiger Powers Top Perfumes: #13, #5, #4
ECO Couture Green Fashions (Queen of Green) Deborah Lindquist : #1, #4, #6
“I liked the lightest versions of the fragrances. To me:
#1 was light and clean,
#4 spicy w/ rose (?)
#6 lemony/baby powder”
Monica: Deborah has a good nose! As everyone here does!
#6 doesn’t dry down to baby powder on me- more sandalwood/light patchouli… so that comes down to skin chemistry… good to know
Gillian Ferrabee Casting Advisor Cirque du Soleil:#3, #14, #12
Davika Weston, Weston Gallery: #13, #7, #8
Bruce Langhorne: #14, #13, #11
Islander’s Choice Award Top Perfumes: # 3, #13, and a tie for 3rd #11 and #14
Thank you to Monica Miller, Perfume Pharmer and to all the other Patch Test Bunnies and Patch Test Creators for their patience. I was checking my favorites again– the box is open in front of me as I type right this second. (I so need to start using that dictation programn DRAGON.. I talk way too much)
Posts on the second and third choice scents will be coming.
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