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 be aware combo (patchouli and vanilla, specifically), which might make it notably good for somebody who tends to like base notes and needs to skip all the highest notes!
The model described the scent as “combin[ing] two varieties of uncommon patchouli” which have a “delicate feeling of incense and oud-like familiarity” and use “vanilla and cistus labdanum” for the center. It has a easy be aware listing 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 calmly chocolaty after three minutes of growth on my pores and skin. The spiced incense turned quieter and resulted in a patchouli-centered perfume with smoky leather-based, a couple of dashes of cocoa powder, and delicate 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 smooth wisps of scent trails if I raised my arm, nevertheless it undoubtedly dialed down in comparison with the primary couple of minutes in a noticeable means. The patchouli was barely earthier, barely heat and cocoa-like moderately than soil-like, with smoke, leather-based, and vanillic aspects.
By means of the primary two hours, Cristina was at all times patchouli first, however generally that patchouli was earthier, barely dusty, and different instances, it was chocolaty and woody. The opposite points–smoky, leathery, and vanillic–wove out and in and have been kind of noticeable relying on the second. They have been current however in several levels.
Within the third hour and thru the drydown, the vanilla strengthened, so it began to override the leathery facet of the labdanum and strengthened 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 properly right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are recognized to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be aware of when a overview was made, e.g. a overview from 2010 might not replicate 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 best way the patchouli adjustments–generally 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 listing since I do have a number of fragrances that drydown to one thing related sufficient.
Out there Sizes
- 100ml for $160
- 0.7ml pattern for $4