Hilde Soliani Cristina Eau de Parfum delivers a patchouli fragrance that’s accentuated by labdanum and vanilla. It’s a extra linear perfume, so the notes listed are very a lot what one will get all through put on. It jogged my memory of the drydown of fragrances with the word combo (patchouli and vanilla, particularly), which might make it notably good for somebody who tends to like base notes and desires to skip all the highest notes!
The model described the scent as “combin[ing] two forms of uncommon patchouli” which have a “refined feeling of incense and oud-like familiarity” and use “vanilla and cistus labdanum” for the guts. It has a easy word record of: patchouli, labdanum, and vanilla.
It opened with darkish, earthy patchouli: loamy soil, freshly-tilled, which was shortly met with spiced incense and leather-based with a boozy undertone. The patchouli had hints of cocoa, not dry or notably dusty, however frivolously chocolaty after three minutes of improvement on my pores and skin. The spiced incense turned quieter and resulted in a patchouli-centered perfume with smoky leather-based, just a few dashes of cocoa powder, and refined sweetness.
Whereas the preliminary opening was extra intense, the perfume shortly settled and dropped nearer to my pores and skin inside quarter-hour. It hovered above my pores and skin sufficient to get gentle wisps of scent trails if I raised my arm, however it undoubtedly dialed down in comparison with the primary couple of minutes in a noticeable manner. The patchouli was barely earthier, barely heat and cocoa-like moderately than soil-like, with smoke, leather-based, and vanillic sides.
By the primary two hours, Cristina was at all times patchouli first, however typically that patchouli was earthier, barely dusty, and different instances, it was chocolaty and woody. The opposite features–smoky, leathery, and vanillic–wove out and in and have been roughly noticeable relying on the second. They have been current however in numerous levels.
Within the third hour and thru the drydown, the vanilla strengthened, so it began to override the leathery side of the labdanum and bolstered a darker, extra resinous high quality beneath the earthy, cocoa-ish patchouli.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain effectively right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are recognized to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be conscious of when a overview was made, e.g. a overview from 2010 could not mirror what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
It lasted for 4 hours till it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours earlier than it was fairly troublesome to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection have been each on the lighter facet with projection only some inches above my pores and skin for the primary 4 hours of wear and tear.
I actually loved it! It was a linear journey however the precise form of notes that I am keen on and love. I felt like the way in which the patchouli adjustments–typically being earthier, dirtier and different instances being sweeter and woodier–gave me shifts that made it enjoyable to put on. I’m undoubtedly contemplating a bottle, although it’s not excessive on my record since I do have a number of fragrances that drydown to one thing related sufficient.
- 100ml for $160
- 0.7ml pattern for $4