Jovoy Paris Psychedelique Eau de Parfum was patchouli-driven fragrance where its dark, earthy, and a little camphorous. It smelled like damp soil, just ready for planting bare root roses at the end of winter. Sometimes it gave dusty, dark chocolate with a little mint, but it was earthy before everything else. The rose and geranium lifted the patchouli before amber, vanilla, and musk came through. The drydown was ambered patchouli, but this is a scent for those who like the darker side of patchouli.
- top notes: citrus fruits
- heart notes: patchouli, amber, geranium, rose, cistus
- base notes: vanilla, musk
It opened with the briefest suggestion of citrus before the dark, earthy patchouli took the stage all damp soil freshly tilled before turning to dusty, dark chocolate with a subtle mint at the end of an inhale. A whisper of rose lifted the dark chocolate up, minimized the dustiness and allowed the patchouli to regain some of its loamy characteristic. It reminded me of being in the garden, cutting back roses in the cool December air.
Spiced amber teased through the patchouli after 45 minutes of wear, only a faint whisper initially before strengthening to at least being consistently discernible by the second hour of wear. The earthy, soil-like characteristics of the patchouli were slowly eroded as the resinous amber and sweet vanilla came together and the fragrance moved towards its drydown.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 1ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 10 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with the sillage dropping faster than the projection within the two hours of wear.
It’s been an interesting journey exploring patchouli as a note in perfumery, and I love what it can bring to a perfume’s structure, though it can be too earthy for me when its the star. That being said, something like this would be excellent for layering with other fragrances to add a darker element to them.
- 100ml for $180
- 0.7ml sample for $4