Fellow patch-heads, you’ll want to check out Technique Indiscrete Santa Subita. This is a patchouli beast.
Santa Subita opens with rich citrus over sweet woods and moss. There’s a camphoric patchouli mixing with musty orange peel and mint. The opening is slightly grating not because it’s aggravating but because it’s so hardy.The heart of Santa Subita is patchouli and balsamic incense resins. This heart is “raw” reminding me of dried patchouli leaves and jars of resins. It’s musty and ancient in feel. The dry-down is a rich and sweet resinous vanilla with a mossy benzoin. This perfume is extremely long-wearing. I didn’t get to the dry-down until at least 9 hours of wear.
After wearing this a few times, I read that this perfume is inspired by the aromas of an Orthodox church in Brussels. And even though I haven’t been to that Orthodox church, I totally “get” this from Santa Subita. The notes are lined up like an iconostasis – gilded, domineering, innocent and powerful. Orthodox churches are literally built on symbolism. Each structure has a meaning. I feel like I can sniff that structure and that symbolism within Santa Subita (and most of these aromatics are mentioned within Biblical texts).
Notes listed include lemon, orange, bergamot, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, tree moss, benzoin, vanilla and musk. Launched 2008.
Give Santa Subita a try if you like mossy scents. Or if you like perfumes like Histoires de Parfums Patchouli Noir, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure and/or Serge Lutens Borneo 1834. Santa Subita is unisex. You must love patchouli to love this one.
Santa Subita has above average projection and longevity. It has good sillage too.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for 75€ at Technique Indiscrete. They also sell a sample kit.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Patchouli and incense resins. If you are looking for an unapologetic patchouli, here you go.
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