The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Intrigant Patchouli by Parfumerie Generale


WHAT I SMELL: Opens almost medicinal and like Vick’s vapor rub which then moves quickly to a civet and castoreum phase… I am hoping to God that this gets better.  Finally, this moves to a honeyed ambered patchouli that is not too sweet, but not my cup of tea.  How come this reminds me of Tauer’s Orange Star?  Both have patchouli in them but not other similar notes but somehow the combination just hits me wrong in the worst possible way. I could go on with descriptors but I think you already got my point:  I don’t like it!

Intrigant Patchouli Notes:  ginger, animal patchouli, Mysore’s Sandal Wood, Benzoin, Amber and Musk.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  What I envision Courtney Love early 90’s to smell like; dirty and grungy and trying to smell like a 60’s hippie (don’t get me wrong, I love Courtney Love and Hole big time, I just don’t want to smell like her).



WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT INTRIGANT PATCHOULI:  Fragrance Bouquet, Smellythoughts, Pour Monsieur

BOTTOM LINE: I am finding that I do like patchouli as a note.  However, this takes patchouli down the wrong path for me.  Uggghhh, I need to go wash this off now as it’s making my stomach turn.

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Animalic Chypre
  • Nose: Pierre Guillaume
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $100 for 50ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

10 thoughts on “Intrigant Patchouli by Parfumerie Generale

  1. WOW!! A scrubber! You have me totally intrigued now. An anti lemming that I want to try for the fear factor.
    Portia xx


  2. I’ve never been a patchouli lover so this one doesn’t tempt me at all, honestly.


  3. Must say the photo you chose is perfect. LOL.


  4. LOL! Oh Steve our taste is getting more and more seperated! All my loves including this one that I kept hounding you to try – just keep failing! D:
    Well, I’m glad you finally got to try it, I’m gutted it didn’t click for you though – I thought this one was impossible not to like! I find it to be a rich, classic fragrance in the style of the great vintage Dior’s and the like, but completely modernised. It blew me away when I first tried it.


    • My dear Freddie… I was so excited to give this a try. One word: horrid. It was making me nauseous. To me this was not a classic scent, just a scary scent. Maybe that’s it…perfect for Halloween!!! 🙂 Keep recommending, I know that I’ll find one that I love.


      • Owwwww, me n my scary perfumes ey.
        I hope you enjoy the Aftelier’s when you finally try them! That would utterly break my heart more than ever if you didn’t like ’em D:
        Ah well, as I said, I’m glad you tried it, I’m sorry it disappointed you though – at least you found it interesting, it’s certainly not a boring fragrance 😛 So your negative review could have been worse I suppose!
        Nice to see you back here Houndy 🙂


  5. What? You don’t want to smell like Courtney Love! 😉


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