Nobile 1942 Patchouli Nobile Eau de Parfum is dominated by patchouli, an earthier, darker patchouli that’s combined with sandalwood, oak moss, and tonka bean help to smooth and seamlessly blend the fragrance together for heady experience. Nobile 1942 listed the note structure as:
- top notes: lemon, white pepper, fresh notes, incenses
- heart notes: jasmine, patchouli, gaiac wood, cistus
- base notes: ambery notes, labdanum, tonka bean, sandalwood, patchouli, oak moss
It opened with an earthy, chocolaty patchouli–not quite bitter but definitely not sweet–in the first few minutes before tempering to a sharper, peppery patchouli that was lemony, earthy, and lightly smoky that made up the remainder of the opening scene (about a 30 minutes). Patchouli Nobile became woodier; dry, earthy, and just a touch resinous with little sweetness and even less incense before fully morphing into a patchouli laced with sweet, spiced amber set in a damp forest, as there was an earthy, slightly green note that underscored the patchouli.
After an hour and a half of wear, the patchouli has smoothed out and has more of a spiced, woody scent with an ambery richness; it was far less earthy, and the greenness subsided entirely. I didn’t find the scent shifted dramatically from this point to the end of wear, but it became a little more spiced, richer in its underlying sweetness–both from the amber and tonka bean–while it retained its drier, woody quality. It became more resinous, almost richer without having more projection, as time went on.
For testing, I used two sprays, which were applied to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I use an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise. It was long-lasting (over eight hours and was still detectable as a skin-scent) with moderate sillage for the first two to three hours and then wore more closely following that.
Subjectively, I fell hard and fast this scent! I tested it once, from a 1ml sample I bought, and immediately purchased a full-sized bottle (which was what I ended up using to re-test for review purposes!). I loved the progression of the scent from earthier, almost dirty, patchouli to dry woods to a warmer, cozier patchouli–spiced woods with ambery richness.
- 75 ml for $135
- 0.7 ml sample for $4