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Electimuss London Consort Collection: Let The Fragrance of the God’s Dance Among Mortals

Electimuss London welcomes the arrival of the blooming season with the Consort Collection. The set consists of two new scents centred around Patchouli called Persephone’s Patchouli and Patchouli of the Underworld. As suggested by the names, the fragrances draw inspiration from Greek mythology where Persephone was the goddess queen of the underworld. She’s the daughter of Zeus, the god of the sky and his wife, Demeter who was the goddess of harvest and agriculture. 

“Persephone’s Patchouli” was composed by renowned perfumer Chistian Provenzano. His idea was to mimic the feel of spring arrival in the form of a goddess who has brought life up from the underworld. The darker counterpart “Patchouli of the Underworld” on the other hand, tells a story of the dark side of the Queen who is forced to live in a land with no life and sunlight. Let us now take a deep dive into the Consort Collection!

Consort Collection: Persephone's Patchouli
Consort Collection: Persephone’s Patchouli

Consort Collection: Persephone’s Patchouli – Goddess of Spring and Nature

The beauty of Spring arises. After a long cold and dull winter, the sun shines on the land once again. It’s time for the Persophone to return to the world of the living and bring Spring to the land. The fresh and slightly cold air mixes with the melting ice on the surface, which reveals a captured odour from the soil which was beneath the ice for so long.

It starts off with the bright and energetic fruitiness of Plums which are about to become ripe. Accompanying it with a sour and slightly rough texture is Pomegranate. The sweet and green spice sensation comes from Cardamon. The fresh and slightly wet but clean soil Patchouli is also right there in the opening. As this settles a bit, which took just a few minutes, the wicked Jasmine rises up from the soil revealing the other side of the Goddess. There are pink Rose petals laying around diffusing a romantic and delicate sweetness into the air.

Consort Collection: Persephone's Patchouli
Consort Collection: Persephone’s Patchouli

As the fresh burst passes, Honey comes to sweeten the whole sensation just a bit. The Patchouli gives off the chocolate texture which is also an effect of the honey. The edges are sounded by creamy Sandalwood with a hint of the clean, soapy odour. 

In the dry down, as the Goddess has been abducted by Hades to become the Queen of the Underworld, warmth from the Amber accompanies Cedar which gives the composition an ambery woodsy backbone. With the Ambergris, the feel of the scent is lifted up from being too dark or dense adding a bit of an airy and salty texture.

The projection is moderate. However, it’s one of those scents that doesn’t project like crazy but rather diffuses quite noticeably. When you move around, the scent can be easily detected. It becomes a skin scent around the end of its lifetime. Longevity on the other hand is quite impressive. It lasts on my skin for a total of 7-9 hours.

Consort Collection: Persephone's Patchouli
Consort Collection: Persephone’s Patchouli

This is definitely the easier one to approach in terms of being a patchouli-centred scent. It’s very pretty, clean and semi-light weighted so I can wear it in many scenarios. Out of the two, this is more versatile and easier to reach. I feel like the execution could have been a bit better as the Goddess who’s also a Queen of the Underworld could have some musky and soily facets. Therefore, I expected the Patchouli to be earthier. This is definitely fruity and light weighted which they call “Fruitcholi”, a fruity Patchouli.

Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld – The Spirit of the Queen of the Underworld

Beauty has been submerged into the invisible realm, the land with no sunlight and living organisms. Only spirits live there with the instinct of the sixth sense. When darkness falls, desire calls.

The darkness starts off with a heady rock flower, Cistus with the carnal Patchouli. Around this majestic and regal burst dances Pink and Black Pepper to give a sparkling effect to the scent as a mimic to the beauty of the Queen. Mandarin also comes to play adding a little juiciness and a fruity flirt.

Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld
Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld

As soon as the beauty has been revealed, the darkness rises up with a slightly dusty Leather cape decorated with spicy and dark Carnation, the flower of Spring. This majestic combo wears around the neck of the Queen Patchouli making the feel incredibly dark, dense and a bit intimidating.

Beneath the Queen of the Underworld lays an intense, warm Ambery and Woodsy base composed of rich and dark gluey Labdanum. As well, there is a slightly animalistic resinous Styrax. The wilderness is amplified by the note of Castoreum which has been used only in a very small dose to give a wicked smile to the Queen.

Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld
Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld

As dense and daring as it sounds, it wears quite beautifully on the skin. Despite the heavy notes, it feels quite fluffy and powdery in the sense of texture. It’s that powdery Amber with dark facets to it. The animalic notes never become too intimidating or too dirty but they are there to give the composition some weight.

It’s densely warm but quite gothic as the main ingredient mimics an imaginary “black Patchouli” with a furry texture giving off a wildlife animalistic aspect to the composition. This Amber-Labdanum combo plays with Underworld’s Patchouli creating a black aura shimmering beneath the living’s surface like a diamond that is waiting to be discovered.

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Consort Collection: Patchouli of the Underworld

Now, this is something I really enjoy as a fan of Amber scents myself. It’s nothing like I haven’t smelled before, in fact, it reminds me a bit of Stephane Humbert Lucas’ work in the sense of how the Amber accord is composed. It’s rich, carnal and dense but oddly hollow in texture so it doesn’t become so gluey or sticky. The sweetness is there but does not come off as general sweet Benzoin-forward Amber. Nonetheless, it is quite an incredibly composed scent that excites me from the very first sniff.

The two scents from the Consort Collection, Persephone’s Patchouli and Patchouli of the Underworld, both only come in 100ml size. The bottle sits in a purple box with noticeable weight. The bottle is made up of heavy carved glass, metal carved caps and capes which echo Roman architecture and symbolism. Each retails for $320 USD.

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