Introduced in September 2008, White Patchouli is a feminine chypre floral fragrance that represents Tom Ford’s result of re-interpreting the classic theme of patchouli. And given that the creation process was supervised by Tom Ford, we can anticipate an exquisite fragrance, in this case a minimalist chic that “perfectly captures the myth of a generation” (taken from the description posted on the official website). Benefitting from an opulent base built around patchouli, White Patchouli could be defined as a contemporary fragrance with a classic touch.
I had the chance to test (on my wife’s wrist, of course!) both Black Orchid and White Patchouli in the same day, and if the first was about seduction and glamour, the white classic is a somehow subdued white floral scent, in which Tom Ford signature is vastly present. I consider that both are excellent scents, definitely worth having the two in your collection and rotate the wearing occasion based on your daily mood.
The note that it’s instantly recognized at the first sniff of White Patchouli is the intoxicating bergamot present in the top notes, juxtaposed by the soft accords of white peony and highlighted by the hot coriander. Then, as the fragrance reaches the mid development phase, you will be delighted by the Rose absolute note, that’s fighting for prominence with night blooming jasmine and ambrette seed. This construction dries down eventually to an exotic base of patchouli orpur (an ingredient that produces the aroma of recently crushed patchouli leaves), augmented by a blend of blonde woods and the unmistakable aroma of incense. The trail left by the perfume is elegant and provocative.
For the bottle of White Patchouli, Tom Ford has chosen to re-interpret the Black Orchid theme, this time the flask has the exact same shape, however made from a white-hue ribbed glass. The golden label is present as well, together with the adornment from the bottle’s neck that sports TF initials.
Tom Ford White Patchouli Perfume Details
- White Patchouli by Tom Ford is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 75 ml Hydrating Body Lotion; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Chypre Floral
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2008
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual