Psychédélique, Jovoy’s magnificent ambered patchouli, largely stays in the shadows, meditating on the synergies between a cocoa-like amber and inky-dark patchouli, although rose and geranium offer a touch of freshness to its earthy sexiness.
The synaesthete might say that on the olfactory color wheel, patchouli resides somewhere between black and chocolate brown, with a bit of iridescent chartreuse green shimmering in between. Camphory, inky, aromatic, and even darkly refreshing, the elegant patchouli in Psychédélique is “dark, smoky, ambered, generous and opulent, ” says François Hénin, and in spite of its unfortunate branding given by unwashed hippies 1960s, he says of this perfume that “Even the mud of Woodstock won’t wash it away.”
Psychédélique is like an olfactory Mark Rothko painting that explores the gradations between dark colors — in this case, patchouli, amber, and musk. Darkly seductive and even comforting, you might even call it 50 Shades of Black.
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