Smells like a hippie den
You find a ramshackle wooden house in the forest and decide to explore. Since the roof has a few leaks, the creaky floorboards have started to rot and have a mildewy smell. You think the shack is abandoned until you open up a door on the far end of the house and are immediately hit with a patchouli stench from the bedroom that an off-the-grid hippie has claimed as their own. It looks and smells like a head shop in there. You forget to close the door as you run out of the house, the pervasive scent of moldy wood and hippie patchouli following you. I got a sample to try because I’m in love with La Fin Du Monde by ELDO, which has a creaky floorboards haunted house appeal. However, this is absolutely not what I was looking for. I was optimistic about the patchouli in this since the quoted review said that this was the scent that made them realize they didn’t hate patchouli. Well, this is the scent that reminded me that not every fragrance with patchouli uses the good kind or blends it in well. This is the type you smell when you walk into a head shop or health food store, and I hate it. That, combined with the smell of moldy wood just isn’t for me. I tried layering a chocolate scent on top, and the patchouli just came back to dominate. So, I don’t think I can even salvage it with layering. Unfortunately, it also resists scrubbing, so it looks like I’m going to turn my house into a hippie den today.