Fat Freddy`s Scent out
Some of you surely know the underground comic series "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers". The adventures of the San Francisco hippie community were published in the late 1960s to early 1990s. All the clichés associated with the hippie, flower power and drug subculture are served here. So the long-haired, permanently stomping protagonists Phineas, Freewheelin`Franklin, Fat Freddy and sometimes his cat, Fat Freddy`s Cat, are mostly on the road in the old, painted VW bus, always on the hunt for some psychoactive substances, having fun with lush, well-formed hippie girls on the next Love-In or drone their heads with dope and the music of Grateful Dead at some festivals,
I don't know if Fat Freddy was wearing it at all and what scent he was wearing. At this point I make use of another cliché and claim that the boys smelled like all hippies, after patchouli; namely after the pure patch oil from the India-Shop, Postershop, Cri-Cri or whatever. Perhaps also after sandalwood, musk, amber, etc. mixed with the obligatory cannabis and cigarette smoke and shell pub flavours. A perfume was a no-go and 100 bucks was a good investment in a Black Afgano, but certainly not Nasomatto's. Well, maybe it was simply the smell of Fat Freddy's oller biker jacket, with the fringes, which despite her age still emitted this sharp leather smell and mixed with the smell of the patch oil... and maybe Fat Freddy wears Montales Leather Patch every now and then. Just for a change and yet not far away from old habits.
Montale Leather Patchouli is not an elegant leather fragrance like Tom Ford or Aqua di Parma. I would insert it between Patchouli Leaves and Aoud Cuir d`Arabie, also from Montale. The base note is very similar to that of Patchouli Leaves.
When I smell the sprayer and spray on it, I notice a touch of citrus freshness next to patchouli and leather, which quickly evaporates. Then there's only a very strong smell of leather. No, actually it's not leather yet, it's cardamom. Like when I smell a spice jar filled with black cardamom capsules. The smell of cardamom has always reminded me of leather and I have always liked it very much. An enormously strong, slightly pungent cardamom scent that dominates all other ingredients. Patchouli is present from the beginning, but not in the foreground. It seems to be dancing around the leather. Behind the slightly stabbing note I suspect the oud. I also notice a slight sweetness of vanilla. Saffron and frankincense remain rather hidden in the background. In general, it seems to me that all the ingredients are completely interwoven, making it difficult for me to locate the individual actors.
There's no such thing as a scent gradient. The initially still strict, almost pungent notes lose themselves more and more and the Montale becomes quieter but not quieter, smoky, rounder and warmer. The cardamom note seems to be more transformed into a leather smell. The slight sweetness of vanilla increases without becoming sticky or penetrating. Patchouli and vanilla come to the fore even more without dominating. The main actor is and remains the leather right from the start. So the fragrance lingers for the next 4 to 5 hours. Now the leather slowly says goodbye and a very nice base of vanilla, incense and patch remains, similar to that of Montale`s Patchouli Leaves. Both remind me of the smell that used to strike me when I entered an Indian shop. Or on the glowing incense sticks.
Durability, as usual from Montale, very long. In the afternoon sprayed on, the next morning still clearly perceptible up to the shower.
A slightly different leather scent, apart from the well-known Russians and Cuirs, etc.. A composition under the aspect of "leather + patchouli". Elegant hippie.
A welcome change for me, which I have already included in my small Patchouli collection. No scent for all days, rather the special one for in between.
Peace & Love & Patch, Brothers & Sisters
A big thank you to the lovely Parfumo for this bottling and the many nice side dishes!!!