Jeanne Arthes Essential Patchouli Sumatra


3 reviews

100% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

On Fragrantica, the note pyramid shows only patchouli on this one, and while it IS the most prominent note (from start to finish), it is not the ONLY note present in this lovely scent.

The opening is a fresher greener patchouli than you might be expecting (I know it was a bit 'medicinal' for me in the beginning), but it instantly starts to morph into a sweeter, woodier patchouli. Within minutes I'm wearing patchouli plus hints of sandalwood, and I am really thinking there is a bit of amber and tonka in here. The amber and tonka add sweetness, but yet still a dry 'hayness' to it which I don't find unpleasant in the least.

The bottle is beautiful, this was very affordable (100 ml for less than $20 online) and it came with mini vials inside the box for the other 2 Essentials fragrances in this line (rose & jasmine). My only complaint is this is a skin scent on me almost the entire time I am wearing it. It's good for about 4 hours without having to reapply, but projection is fairly close to my body....MAYBE 2 feet. I did get a compliment from my coworker on this one, she enjoyed walking past my desk all day yesterday. :)

If you like a pleasant, sweet, fresh patchouli without a lot of bite or mustiness to it, then this is for you.

on 2/2/2013 2:36:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Patchouli Sumatra by Jeanne Arthes is a smooth patchouli with a perfect balance of earthiness and sweetness. It never becomes cloying but still has enough amber-y character to keep it from sliding into hippy armpit territory. I actually prefer this over some niche patchouli fragrances (that will remain nameless) that tend to dry down into benzoin bombs or baby wipes. This is, by far, the best out of the three fragrances in the Arthes Essential collection.

Decent sillage and tenacity, and best of all, $18 for 100 mLs.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/22/2012 6:20:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Jeanne Arthes is a French company that specializes in inexpensive... shall we say 'inspired by' fragrances? In gorgeous packaging.

With the Essential group - patchouli, jasmine, rose -- the company produced completely original to them fragrances, and like Yves Rocher with their Essence line, has stepped it up.

Patchouli comes in an absolutely stunning presentation - tucked into the beautiful box were samples of the other two Essentials, and this was done by the manufacturer, not the shipper - it was under the cellophane. The bottle is heavy glass with a dark yellow velvet stencil design on one side, and a heavy metal cap with a pretty dark yellow tassel.

The juice... sort of Patchouli for summer. This is my third Arthes fragrance and I'm noticing a trend - they're slightly watered down. Patchouli isn't really strong, either in sillage or lasting power. But it's beautiful. There's a very resinous, essential plant material patchouli with, I'd swear, just the lightest hint of mint. It stays light, mellow, restrained -- really, I swear! I know this is patchouli, but it genuinely is delicate. There's a cool feel to it, although patchouli is generally a warm scent - the greenness and mint, I think. At the low price point, you can easily respray this if one feels the necessity. Initially the herbal-mint aspect is stronger. As it dries down, the more woody, resinous qualities come out. There's no added vanilla that I could detect, and this does not become patchouli-amber, as many patches do. it's straight up herbal/resinous patch with a hint of mint -- dry, summery, delicate.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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