Perfumer Pierre Montale
The earthy side of patchouli and the warm, mineral aspect of cistus labdanum are the two key players in Patchouli Leaves. Sweetness isn’t hidden, but certainly isn’t pushed to the front. I find the patchouli exactly the viscous, hippy patch that I was looking for. But it’s perfectly matched by amber, vanilla, and musk, which might make it sound candy sweet, but it doesn’t. They serve to add a rounded, cushioned feel. The whole fragrance reads like patchouli on a stack of pillows.