I, like most people appreciate the people, culture, language, food, architecture and cultivation of the Far East.
The scent of Patchouli through testimonies, books and documentaries has stated that Patchouli is associated with the Hippies era of the 60’s and 70’s here in the US and in Europe. These testimonies indicate that Patchouli was the signature scent for Hippies but to set the record straight, Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin)-(Benth) has been around for many centuries.
It did not become in existence during the hippie movement but the real heritage of this plant is native to tropical regions of Asia and now is extensively cultivated in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and West Africa.
SUMMER OF PATCHOULI LOVE 2011 PERFUME PHARMER AND THE PATCH TEST BUNNIES is the scent event created by Monica Miller who recently decanted and sent 13 sample size roller ball vials of Patchouli perfumes created by 13 natural perfumers to be tested by bloggers and celebrities who are called "Patch Test Bunnies".
The object of this is to choose three most favorite scents from the samples and for bloggers like myself, to write why I like it and what I suspect the notes are without being told anything about it.
So, this is what I will do but with one additional scent that I like and respect after sniffing these samples for the third time! I put this in the Honorable Mention category.
#13 This is my most favorite because it is sweet with a gourmand flair. It has a woody decadent with a layer of rosewood, oak moss and vanilla that is so smooth and tranquil. However it is light enough for day wear.
#14 This scent is composed with the most beautiful robust clear brown color. It looks simply gorgeous in the bottle. It has a citrus scent with a lemony note, a hint of lavender and undertone of vetiver.
#1 This scent is deeper than the last two, it has more of a leather scent with Tonka bean, civet and it brightens with orange blossom. It is a smooth scent for both men and women.
#11 (Honorable Mention) I make reference to this scent because it is a wonderful and classic scent with a twist of modern essence of chocolate (cacao) and gardenia. This is more of a evening scent for both men and women.
PURCHASE: Summer of Patchouli Love 2011 Sample Box contains 13 samples (retail value over $100). Go to perfumepharmer.com/organic-perfume-skincare-remedies
PHOTO CREDITS: Patchouli Wall-Paper (scenicreflections.com), photo of hands (magnoliahealthandhome.com), logo and sample perfume box courtesy of Perfume Pharmer (perfumepharmer.com/organic-perfume-skincare-