Library of Fragrance Patchouli is a single note patchouli that is a rare thing indeed in today’s fragrance market. Patchouli has been overused and over sweetened and often coupled with vanilla and red berries and fruits and chocolate and Ooh… everything in the candy store until its true identify has been quashed.
What I want from patchouli is that earthy, unctuous oily fragrance that I used to buy from the Indian market stall of my teenage years. Surrounded by floaty skirts and joss skirts there clustered the tiny bottles of patchouli oil that did exactly what it said on the tin. Library of Fragrance Patchouli brought those days back to me. It is a single note patchouli that retains that unctuous oiliness that I recall from my youth and makes me think of denim jackets covered in Led Zeppelin badges that I remember so well from the 70s and early 80s.
It embodies one of the great qualities of the Library of Fragrance range in so far as it is perfect alone or layered with other scents. Friend of the Blog Heather in Texas (Hi Heather!) has written to me about the joys of layering, (although she uses mainly oils), and I reckon she’s onto something.
Out of so many new launches in the past year, and there have been hundreds, I have only found a rare handful that I genuinely like and would wear. All too often the industry is playing to their biggest market and that market is the young end of the market with a taste for fruity florals and candy sweet fruitichoulis. You can’t blame them, it’s business not a charity after all, but some of us are feeling a bit left out, right?
Layering means I don’t have to put up with this, and Library of Fragrance Patchouli is an ideal way for me to add a bit of muscle to lighter scents, or to layer it with the excellent Library of Fragrance Musk#7.
Library of Fragrance- you can never have too many!