Winter Scents: Hitting the Right Notes
La Vie Est Belle, Lancôme; The One Sport, Dolce & Gabbana
"Any woody note adds warmth to the scent of a fragrance. Hence, fragrances containing patchouli as their base notes are perfect for the winter months," says Pereira. However, patchouli is a bit more complex than other ingredients. "It's very difficult to describe the smell of patchouli. When it's not mixed with any other ingredient but is left on its own, patchouli is extremely strong and unpleasant. Though it's a leaf, it has an earthy, woody and intense flavour to it. It is one of those scents that you either immediately hate or love," cautions Vengurlekar. The name patchouli originates from the Tamil word paccilai, which means 'green leaf'. Its interesting structure, comprising sweet herbaceous top notes, rich winey heart and a balsamic woodsy base, make it an unforgettable scent.