As was the case with Le Labo’s Rose 31, this is not a fragrance to order unsniffed because you adore the note used as the fragrance name. There is patchouli, but it is not the main player, and I noticed it most in the early stages where it mingles with leather, tobacco leaf, burning wood and a touch of melting rubber. Patchouli 24 is very reminiscent of another Annick Menardo fragrance, Bvlgari Black. I was very rushed this weekend and only managed to try them together once, but I would say that the Patchouli 24 is deeper and more intently focused on the wood and earthy notes, and the vanilla dry down, when it arrives, is not quite so cushiony and soft. If you ever wished for a Bvlgari Black Extreme, your wish has come true. I had not thought to wish for it myself, but now that it is here it is most welcome.
Patchouli 24 is an Eau de Parfum, and the lasting power is very good. A 15 ml travel spray is $45; a 50 ml bottle is $115.
For purchasing information, see the listing for Le Labo under Perfume Houses.
Note: I will be travelling for the rest of the week. I will continue to post news, but probably won’t post another perfume review until the weekend.