Classic Patchouli by Von Eusersdorff

Year: 2009

Notes: bergamot, black patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood
Von Eusersdorff is a Dutch fragrance niche house, founded by Camille Henfling. Wishing to honour his German ancestral heritage in apothecary, spanning nearly three centuries, Classic Patchouli was his first release.

Before sampling, one had already concluded that the best patchouli fragrances came from Italian niche houses (although Reminiscence's Elixir Patchouli is a strong Gallic outsider). Now, one may have to reconsider such a stance as Classic Patchouli is surprisingly close to the quality of its Italian contenders.

The bergamot is fleeting but the camphorous patchouli is full-bodied, only tempered by the sweetness of vanilla and tonka bean. At times, the tonka bean can be slightly jarring, and the sandalwood isn't as well integrated as originally hoped. Still, it's a noteworthy offering that, with a few minor tweaks, could have matched the patchouli greatness of those from Profumum, Mazzolari and Santa Maria Novella.

With moderate sillage, its longevity is also quite impressive.