Patchouli 
Réminiscence (1970)

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This is a straightforward patchouli with very good balance between raw, green, earthy, woody, and smoky elements. In fact it is quite a bit polished in the sense that it doesn't come across as unfinished, however it's still reasonably gritty. Also, among straightforward patchoulis it is one of the best, and is a viable alternative to a good patchouli essential oil. There is a slight camphoraceous aspect during the first phase, however thereafter it becomes more settled on skin. It stays on linear, but reveals interesting facets of the material every now and then. Sillage is average but persistent, and duration is good at over six hours.

Reminiscence Patchouli is mandatory sampling for anyone, and a very attractive proposition for anyone looking to add a patchouli workhorse to their arsenal. Additionally, it is more affordable compared to many other patchouli fragrances on the market. The (somewhat) low rating, more than anything else, is reflective of personal taste when it comes to linear straightforward patchoulis.

3.5/5
May 8, 2017


Simply a great and well balanced (averagely dry) earthy patchouli with some cedar in the mix in order to keep on plain the earthy opacity and with a slightly boozy/eliotropic amber insertion plus a touch of white sandalwood in order to lay down a bed of soft (moderate) sweetness and comforting powder. A touch of white florals provides an ethereal vibe to the composition and hints of citrus (a touch of bergamot) set the right amount of classicism. The aroma is fairly earthy-angular in the right way, aristocratic, spicy, never aggressive and finally (slightly) talky. Really an high quality patchouli on the side of the decadent Patchouli Noir Il Profvmo, Etro Patchouly, the great Patchouly Indonesiano by Farmacia S.S Annunziata, Mazzolari and the other famous patchoulies around.
May 12, 2012


All natural not fooled around Patchouli it does not have the oily greasy syntheticfeel in most patchouli perfumes it's dryand comfortable to your skin i just like the way the Sandalwood opens strongly it mixes beautifully with the patchouli dries warmly with amber with milky note of benzoin and dries to an powder nuances of vanilla, Labdanum sweetish in smell ends this fragrance with the patches of musk.this is my favorite scent from the patchouli series not oily nor syntheticjust comfortable to wear.
Oct 9, 2010


Reminscence Paris' patchouli soliflore is pretty much the gold standard of patchouli perfumes. The raw earthiness of the patchouli note is present but balanced by a hint of amber and a touch of sandalwood. It's certainly sweeter with less of the dirt/soil aroma of say, Farmacia SS Anunziata's Patchouly Indonesiano (my favorite patchouli) but far less sweet then the almost vanillic Patchouli Leaves (Montale). There's a radiant quality to Reminscence by which one can simultaneously detect different facets of the patchouli note at the same time. For a little more ooomph (sillage, longevity, etc.) try the eau de parfum "Elixir" version.Not that I should have to say this, but if you don't love patchouli you should probably avoid this perfume. Thumbs up.
Aug 17, 2010


Patchouli with rum! That's what came to mind the first second i sprayed it on a kleenex tissue.Another kleenex waisted?Not at all!The whole patchouli theme is supported with a fine, elegant candy/rum-like thing which to me creates a very feminine and even kind of sexy combination.I guess if you are one of these southern,mediterranian or arabic types this will suit you so very well.Once again what makes it really good is simplicity and "everything in the right place"-style. But wait till you try their Elixir de Patchouli!
Dec 22, 2009


Reminiscence Patchouli is the ultimate hippie patchouli scent crafted into a perfectly useable fragrance. The patchouli is very potent but of extremely high quality. This is the strongest patchouli of any I've tried and one spray judiciously applied over several spots is certainly enough juice to give you a powerful presence. The description states it is blended with cedar, sandalwood, tonka bean and amber and you do feel more than smell a slight sweet background to the patchouli that is more noticeable on the drydown than initially. The cedar pumps up the intensity a bit and sandalwood softens the mid notes. There is also a very green grassy note that weaves into the patchouli odor that may in fact be one of the types of patchouli used but it definitely has a raw grassy green patchouli feel. Other ultra strong patch fragrances often leave hard edges and sharp corners as part of the raw patchouli experience (Etro or SMN) but this fragrance has a very smoothe transition from beginning to end. A fine creation. Reminiscence is bold but ethereal and will undoubtedly be a holy grail fragrance for the devoted patchouli fan. In my opinion this is equal to Mazzolari Patchouli or Fragrancia Annunziata's Patchouly Indonesiano for pure patchouli perfection.
Jul 12, 2009

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