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- Patchouli adds elegant earthiness with an edge of sweetness to some new scents

Long before patchouli was adopted as the signature scent of hippies everywhere, the flowering herb, with its warm, woody, musky smell, was a symbol of opulence and prestige – rumour has it that King Tut was buried with gallons of patchouli oil. Centuries later, Madonna put her own spin on the scent by infusing it into pressings of her 1989 album

Like A Prayer, while in 2005, perfumer extraordin­aire Serge Lutens launched iconic scent Borneo 1834, which blended patchouli with white flowers, cardamom, cacao and labdanum. Some highly glamorous new fragrances feature this intoxicati­ng plant as their star ingredient. Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-roux’s latest creation for Dolce & Gabbana, Velvet Black Patchouli, blends its principle ingredient with notes of Sicilian blood orange, Venezuelan tonka beans and davana oil for a scent that is earthy with an edge of sweetness. Meanwhile, Bulgari’s new Splendida Patchouli Tentation combines a trio of patchouli with white peach and velvety musk for a more powdery interpreta­tion of its top note.

 ??  ?? Clockwise from top, Splendida Patchouli Tentation eau de parfum, £78 for 50ml, by Bulgari. Borneo 1834 eau de parfum, €290 for 100ml, by Serge Lutens. Velvet Black Patchouli eau de parfum, £165 for 50ml, by Dolce & Gabbana
Clockwise from top, Splendida Patchouli Tentation eau de parfum, £78 for 50ml, by Bulgari. Borneo 1834 eau de parfum, €290 for 100ml, by Serge Lutens. Velvet Black Patchouli eau de parfum, £165 for 50ml, by Dolce & Gabbana

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