Intrigant Patchouli by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2005




Hi there perfumed Peeps,

I like Pierre Guillaume’s fragrances. He has a way with notes that is deft and sophisticated. He somehow even manages to make the ultra sweet feel plush, no mean feat. Considering that Intrigant Patchouli is a 2005 release I am surprised that before I bought this decant at Surrender To Chance that I’d not even heard about it. The patchoulis that have caught my nose and made me put down cash so far have been CHANEL Coromandel and DIOR Patchouli Imperial.

Intrigant Patchouli by Parfumerie Generale 2005

08 Intrigant Patchouli by Pierre Guillaume

Intrigant Patchouli Perfumerie Generale FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Ginger, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, benzoin

Ginger gives creamy sandalwood and clean, modern patchouli a very lilting zing. The note list doesn’t mention it but my nose is telling me there are some peppers involved too, maybe pink? If you like your patchouli rough or head shop then don’t even think of picking up Intrigant Patchouli, you will be bored senseless. When you feel like wearing a modern clean patchouli so smooth it could be oiled then I think you’ll find this is a good choice.

Not just a modern clean patchouli, we do get a ride from zingy opening, creamy heart that becomes a lightly plastic patchouli. As the fragrance progresses it gets even smoother with a very slight animalic wash under the rest. This softly animal, not furry but more like and area an animal has slept, makes the dry down more interesting. Mixing as it does with the resins it becomes a feral sweetness riding just below attention levels till you sniff it close.

Intrigant Patchouli by Parfumerie Generale sherbonbon Polo Pillows FlickrFlickr

Of all the patchoulis I’ve tried this is the most accessible, yet it never feels mainstream of safe. I’m hoping that hardcore perfumistas don’t ignore it because it’s so likeable and wearable.

Further reading: Scented Hound and Non Blonde
LuckyScent has $125/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples from $5/ml

How do you like your patchouli?
Portia x

7 thoughts on “Intrigant Patchouli by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2005

  1. I still remember the oils that people used to wear in the seventies and eighties. That’s definitely too much for my taste. Whenever I hear “patchouli” in the name of a perfume, I become cautious. Except in Patricia de Nicolai’s perfumes where the ingredient in the name is mostly hardly noticeable.
    Since I too like Pierre Guillaume’s creations I may try this one. “not furry but more like and area an animal has slept” sounds beautiful.


  2. Have to agree with Chez Marzipan–I like ’em straight and headshop oil strong. Give me some SL Borneo 1834 mentholated wood chocolate patch and I’m in heaven. But I’m also a fan of ginger so this intrigues.


  3. Chanel Coromandel is one of my favorite fragrances. Intrigant Patchouli is on my must try list. I’m not sure about ginger; I didn’t like it in Hermes Twilly; however, all the other notes in Intrigant are my loves. I’m a fan of Pierre Guillaume as well.


  4. What I love about patchouli is its versatile nature: it can be seductive as heck (hello, Angel!) or earth-like, as monothemed perfumes.


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