Unlisted Brand • Jeanne Arthes Essential Patchouli Sumatra • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||100%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Patchouli Sumatra by Jeanne Arthes is a smooth patchouli with a perfect balance of earthiness and sweetness. It never becomes cloying but still has enough amber-y character to keep it from sliding into hippy armpit territory. I actually prefer this over some niche patchouli fragrances (that will remain nameless) that tend to dry down into benzoin bombs or baby wipes. This is, by far, the best out of the three fragrances in the Arthes Essential collection.
Decent sillage and tenacity, and best of all, $18 for 100 mLs.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Jeanne Arthes is a French company that specializes in inexpensive... shall we say 'inspired by' fragrances? In gorgeous packaging.
With the Essential group - patchouli, jasmine, rose -- the company produced completely original to them fragrances, and like Yves Rocher with their Essence line, has stepped it up.
Patchouli comes in an absolutely stunning presentation - tucked into the beautiful box were samples of the other two Essentials, and this was done by the manufacturer, not the shipper - it was under the cellophane. The bottle is heavy glass with a dark yellow velvet stencil design on one side, and a heavy metal cap with a pretty dark yellow tassel.
The juice... sort of Patchouli for summer. This is my third Arthes fragrance and I'm noticing a trend - they're slightly watered down. Patchouli isn't really strong, either in sillage or lasting power. But it's beautiful. There's a very resinous, essential plant material patchouli with, I'd swear, just the lightest hint of mint. It stays light, mellow, restrained -- really, I swear! I know this is patchouli, but it genuinely is delicate. There's a cool feel to it, although patchouli is generally a warm scent - the greenness and mint, I think. At the low price point, you can easily respray this if one feels the necessity. Initially the herbal-mint aspect is stronger. As it dries down, the more woody, resinous qualities come out. There's no added vanilla that I could detect, and this does not become patchouli-amber, as many patches do. it's straight up herbal/resinous patch with a hint of mint -- dry, summery, delicate.