Do I need to remind you that I’m a patch-head? Well, I am. I love patchouli, so the first perfume I decided to try from the Ramon Monegal line was Mon Patchouly. It was love at first smell.
Mon Patchouly opens with raspberry liquor, cocoa powder, and a camphoric patchouli-geranium = boozy patchouli. Under this is an “amber chypre”. Usually perfumes that “pull” in two directions in the opening are awful. This one works perfectly. Complex but not bewildering. With time I get something unexpected – a delicious jasmine. Why didn’t I know that jasmine and patchouli are wonderful together until now? What have I been missing? With time the fragrance warms up as a boozy, tobacco vanilla. And then I get amber. Like boozy, rum-like tobacco vanilla with amber. It’s such a “Victoria” fragrance. The fragrance is exceptional. But, remember, I’m a patch-head. Why I love this one is because it is unlike other patchouli fragrances that I love and own. It’s a rather new (and successful) take on the patchouli-gourmand.
Notes listed include Indonesian patchouli leaf, olibanum, oakmoss, bourbon geranium, Egyptian jasmine and amber. PERFUMER – Ramon Monegal
Give Mon Patchouly a try if you like patchouli. Or if you like perfumes like Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather, Chanel Coco EDP, Kerosene Fields of Rubus, L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument, Mugler A*Men, Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 and/or huffing patchouli leaves. I consider this scent unisex but it does lean more towards the masculine end of the spectrum.
This perfume has great sillage and projection. It has above average longevity. Oh, and the packaging is gorgeous, has a wonderful feel in person.
The 1.7 EDP retails for $185 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Boozy patchouli gourmand. I’ve found another patchouli to love! This one is perfect for me.
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