Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Honore Payan Patchouli Ambre
A little disappointed because of the mixup, I wasn't about to go through sending it back to France. Once I tried it, I immediately liked it and am persuaded to believe it may be a blessing in disguise. I say that because its volume is more polite than the likes of Bois 1920, Reminiscence or Mazzolari.
Honore Payan isn't weak, so let's get that out of the way folks. It's about the same volume as Molinard ( which I like very much thank you ) and is related to Molinard and Bois 1920. It's as if you blended those 2 and presto ! Honore Payan is sweeter than Molinard but a bit less woody and biting than Bois 1920 Real Patchouly. It has probably the best assets of both and is a Jehanne Rigaud Parfum.
Honore Payan opens with a blast of patchouli and cedar. It quickly settles down and these 2 notes ride together for quite some time before a soft labdanum eases itself into the picture. The labdanum is very good and has a slightly resinous quality to it. It never gets as sweet as Eau de Patchouli by Reminiscence. For most of the wearing, the patchouli, cedar and labdanum are prominent. The ambery accord starts asserting itself after an hour or so has passed and then the drydown has a wispy vanilla-tonka duo making an appearance. It's very subtle and compliments the labdanum nicely.
This is very wearable even in warmer temps. Patchouli Ambre seems to fall in between a good designer rendition and a niche offering. I actually like the fact that the volume is polite. Honore Payan gets a thumbs up from Aromi.