For Christmas, I received a gift of patchouli soaps from India that smell like real patchouli (a scent I’ve almost forgotten in these days of clean, overly-sweet “patchouli” in perfumes). Authentic patchouli smells earthy-unclean, strong (determined to dominate other ingredients in perfumes), and has a nasal-passage-cleansing, herbal-menthol edge. What passes for patchouli in today’s fragrances shouldn’t be called “patchouli” at all; may I suggest:
iluohctap — ass-backwards patchouli…the opposite of earthy-unclean, herbal-menthol
atchou — sneeze-and-you’ll-miss-it patchouli
ou — aka “Ew!” (“This is so sweet, I think I’m going to throw up!”)
pali — patchouli with its heart, its GUTS, removed.
Ulrich Lang’s Nightscape is a “modern take on Patchouli…a sensual, mysterious and long lasting scent with notes of bergamot, green notes, a floral heart note of jasmine and geranium interwoven with cedarwood and a base of soft leather notes, musk, amber, tonka bean and patchouli.”
Nightscape starts out, and remains, clean. It opens with smooth and warm bergamot-green notes; there is a hint of geranium, but jasmine, if actually present, is so well blended I can’t detect it. The sleek, super-fast development of Nightscape takes you to ephemeral basenotes of “phantom” patchouli, “pale” leather, musk, amber and (very nice) vanilla-tonka.
The advertisements for Nightscape feature scenes of a city at night and if a city can really “sleep” and be “still” then the name of this perfume is apt. It’s been awhile since I’ve encountered such a quiet grouping of fragrance notes in one bottle. Nightscape, on my skin, begins as if I’d been wearing it for eight hours already, but it’s not an unpleasant fragrance if you’re looking for a drowsy perfume — a perfume of mild, faded aromas.
Ulrich Lang Nightscape is available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette. For buying information, see the listing for Ulrich Lang under Perfume Houses.