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This is so good! It's the got sweet patchouli that I was wanting, similar to Lush's Lord of Misrule. It's strong, and hangs around all day. LOVE!

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Ok. Now I understand the fuss. This is a damn near perfect dark vanilla and black patchouli blend. It's simple, straightforward, and steady.

 

The patch is of the gnarly type found in Goblin (the similarly between the two is striking and will come as a relief when this limited edition vanishes again). It's admittedly my least favorite patch type, but the way it's presented here is mind-changing and masterful. The grittiness of the patchouli becomes the entire reason this works, and makes what might be an overly simple vanilla an evocative, sexy, intoxicating work of art. The hemp is similar to the one in Rogue (if you can tease it out), giving it an earthy, glowy backbone.

 

The mood is undeniably urban-bohemian, effortlessly magnetic. Touseled is a great way to put it. Penny Lane. Lisa Bonet. Beachy waves and rooftop jams. Yeah... It's clear why Urban Outfitters sold this back in the day. 

 

A little goes a long way (thankfully). The throw is perfect and consistent and lasts all day with no fuss or wild moods. 

 

So glad the lab re-released this grail and I was able to snag some. 

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When I'd tried this years ago in its 'BB' incarnation, it was unwearable for me.  Since then, I've had kids, and my chemistry has changed enough that I've had to switch out almost all my oils.  Now?  Patch LOVES me, and this scent is freaking amazing.  It's like patchouli and vanilla got together and had an ice cream baby, with hemp toppings :lol:  At first the vanilla threatens to overtake it all in its ice cream form, but the longer I have it on, the earthier its getting.  So glad I was able to snag a bottle!!  

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Happily, this scent is exactly the same as when it was called 'Banshee Beat.'  Patchouli can be such a different creature, depending on the variety.  You have your woody, cedar-y patchoulis, the funky, sweaty patchoulis, rooty patchoulis reminiscent of black soil, medicinal patchoulis, and my favorite, which are warm and earthy, but have almost nutty and chocolatey gourmand tones to them.  The patchouli in Banshee Beat / Revenant Rhythm is that warmly earthy, cuddly, gourmand variety.  There's a bit of a mentholic, medicinal, green edge that I think might be the hemp and not the patchouli, but it works for me in this blend.  And then there's a great vanilla that's both thickly sweet and airy, somehow at the same time.  I think it's about 50% patchouli, 40% vanilla, 10% hemp on my skin for about six hours, and then I start wondering what smells like sweet, gooey marshmallows and realize that it's me.  The vanilla is wonderful and really sticks around on my skin.  I wish this were added to the general catalogue because it seems so well loved and sought after.

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I have the original Banshee Beat, and this is pretty spot on, except a bit grittier, so maybe the patchouli is more fresh.  Sweet vanilla, hemp and a slight menthol quality, and mostly the slightly gritty patch.  I'm quite sure this one will become just like my beloved BB with a bit of time, but it's still pretty amazing, and I like the twist of a bit more oomph of the untamed patch.

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So, I finally decided to try this and see what all the fuss was about. I was around when Banshee Beat first came out but patchouli had never been my thing until I realised BPAL's patchouli is actually really nice.
Wet: Definitely a blend. I'm not sure how I feel about the hemp yet as a perfume, but it does all smell quite nicely together. Unique in that it is earthy, slightly sweet and almost piney/resinous at the same time.
On: On me, the hemp starts to read as mint. I'm really not a fan of minty scents, so I'm hesitating on whether I like this or not. The darker, earthy vanilla is really lovely, however. After a while the hemp morphs and seems smokier. There's also a sweetness from a creamy, ice-cream like vanilla on the edges which I really like.
Dry down: Yeh ok it's nice! I am officially a fan of RR. I love the creamy vanilla and the slight darkness to it from the patchouli. The hemp is not minty at all any more, and perhaps is aiding in the good throw of this scent-- it brightens it whilst remaining a dark warm scent.
1 hour: After an hour it's still going strong. Wafts of hemp occasionally comes up briefly but the dark vanilla is forefront here and absolutely divine. 
4+ hours later: It really does have a long wear, but the throw is now short. It reads mostly as earthy vanilla on me still. I am definitely happy to have a bottle, but fortunately I won't be needing more. I hope the hemp mellows as it ages, however... and if it does we might be in trouble :P 

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