French luxury jewelry house Boucheron has launched a new unisex composition baptized Patchouli d'Angkor in its eponymous Collection dedicated to the exploration of focused raw materials and the atmospheres of places from which these originate - but not always, as in this case where the temples of Angkor in Cambodia serve as inspirational backdrop for the showcasing of a duo of patchouli essences...
Perfumer Nathalie Lorson of Firmenich took as point of departure, we may surmise, the stony facet of patchouli, the impression it sometimes gives of smelling of antique mossy stones. She explained that,
"Those temples interlaced with thousand-year-old trees, their giant, airy roots that plunge into the earth, an invasive wilderness that is also serene and protective: that is the emotion that inspired me to compose this fragrance."
Her being French, here's the original quote,
« Ces temples entrelacés d'arbres millénaires, leurs racines larges et aériennes qui plongent dans la terre, une nature envahissante et pourtant si sereine et protectrice, c'est cette émotion qui m'a inspirée pour créer cette fragrance. »
The eau de parfum opens on top notes of bergamot, jasmine and pear. The heart is built around two different kinds of patchouli, one more vegetal, the other earthier, with the addition of spicy Bourbon Pepper. The base lingers on thanks to the smokiness of guaiac wood and an anchoring trail of white musks.
The fragrance is categorized as a musky floral chypre, the chypré being a genre, which more often than not, lends an elegant touch to the personality of a scent.
[Source: press release]