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Lavender and Patchouli

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A slightly sweet, herbal lavender is the dominant note from the moment I open the bottle through the first few minutes as it dries on my skin. This patchouli is a lighter and woodier variety, like the basin holding a lavender bouquet, as though I only notice its own smell once I've been inhaling the flowers for a moment. As you might expect, there's not much morphing after it dries and the notes equalize. It just gets a little bit earthier.

 

This is not overpowering or dirty, so if you're looking for a high-quality patchouli without headshop associations, track down some Lavender and Patchouli. I'm glad I have it for the many days when I need relaxation and grounding, and for the evenings when I want to wind down before bedtime.

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I wore this the last two nights, once on its own, and once layered with a (non-Lab) vanilla.

The lavender is indeed soporific, but the patchouli in this is too strong and dirty for me. It's got the dry, earthiness of a red patchouli and the smokiness of a black patchouli. I couldn't tell you which variety it is, but that's the best way I can think of to describe it. It overpowers the lavender on me, and even layered with vanilla, it ends up mostly being vanilla and patchouli on me: the lavender just can't compete with it on my skin chemistry. The next morning, I can still smell the patchouli on my skin. Too bad the lavender doesn't have that kind of longevity!

So I will probably end up putting this one up for swaps, as I know I wouldn't wear it on its own before bed, and I don't want to always have to layer it with something to make it wearable on me.

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Sweet herbal lavender, but you get the patch on the drydown. Starts off lavender and ends up patch. It's if you laid down in a lavender field, so you get both the lavender and the dirt smell. Medium throw and wear length.

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Lavender always comes out in a big rush before my skin quickly gobbles it up, and this is no exception.  Lavender and Patchouli starts off with a lavender you might get if you gathered a sheaf of it and had it drying in your kitchen, but as always, it's not long-lasting on me.  The patchouli quickly muscles it out of the way, so the drydown is all woody patch (not headshoppy) with only the faintest trace of herbal lavender.  I always enjoy testing lavender scents but rarely end up keeping them.  

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