Topic: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

For those who have never bought a tape or CD, Madonna had an album where every one came with an incense patchouli smell that lingered for a decade.

I want a recreation of that smell.I've tried many spiritual stores, with brands like airs, spiritual sky Indian stores & no e have the smell.

The Patchoulis I run into,  for the most part aren't as sexy exotic as I'd like. They are more, I just rubbed some wet dirt from outside (& its not even that good.)

I need someone who describes smells well. & what the Keck is the difference from red black white patchouli?

I love Egyptian water goddess oil, eqyptian musk, marrakesh hair skin oil, Jovan white musk, myrrh smells gormand chocolate banks bourbon Tonka smells & exotic smells like Demeters mesquite, bonfire, log cabin thunderstom smells...

But!

none are anything like Madonna peppery smell I'm looking for) none of .adonnas store purfumes smell anything like her album did

I know Bpal (black Phoeniz alchemy lab) has some red, white, black "types" of patchouli...bit I've never tried that store yet.

If anyone who has ever smelled the Madonna immaculate like a prayer album & knows of any they can compare or even describe how some smell for me i really appreciate it.

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Well, I don't know how the album smelled. But you could try some strong incense/patch perfumes like:

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.10464.jpg Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady (rose too)

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.9556.jpg Montale Full Incense

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.12321.jpg Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri, par Camille


http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.11214.jpg Agent Provocateur L'Agent

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.4056.jpg John Galliano John Galliano (discontinued, but you could still find it online)

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Re: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

Welcome, lagavulnix!

I didn't have these albums either, but what a fun challenge for the members here to work on!

I could make the sun shine from pure desire  - Steve Winwood

Re: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

Try Comme des Garcons incense series.

I do indeed remember that album.  Mine still has the smell of incense,whenever I slide the record out of the sleeve. But I also keep it in a thick plastic album jacket (I collected records in my teens) I always wondered how the hell they did that.

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I read that it was patchouli oil. To smell like a church.

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chickenpotpie wrote:

Try Comme des Garcons incense series.

I do indeed remember that album. Mine still has the smell of incense,whenever I slide the record out of the sleeve. But I also keep it in a thick plastic album jacket (I collected records in my teens) I always wondered how the hell they did that.

quite easy, they impregnate the material to be scented with whatever scented oil they used. that's how they made strawberry shortcake and stinkor from masters of the universe smell. stinkor was patchouli scented, they did it by mixing patchouli oil in with the plastic. that's why doll heads smell like vanilla; babies were found to respond to vanilla scented toys so the toy makers started putting it in the plastic.

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YES I remember... my Cassette Tape had that Fabulous scent ...to me it smelled like a  Fresh Lavender & Patchouli!

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http://www.backtovinyls.fr/1997-large/madonna-like-a-prayer.jpg 

Ah the good times!! Not only do I remember it, but still have that album and it still smells like its supposed to!

I have found that a mix of patchouli and sandalwood (maybe because of the paper smell) oil does the trick.

However, nothing will ever come close to that aroma. I read that it was created by Jean-Paul Gaultier for Madonna! From Wikipedia:

The packaging on the first pressings of the CD, cassette, and LP were scented with patchouli oils to simulate church incense.

She wanted to create a flavor of the 60's and the church. She wanted to create a sensual feeling you could hear and smell.

The inlays included pictures of a brunette Madonna. The album also included an insert with safer sex guidelines and a warning about the dangers of AIDS, to which Madonna had lost friends.https://squaremadonna.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/madonna_like_a_virgin_album_cover_session_by_meisel_1984_16.jpg 

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Re: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

so gaultier's first perfume was the headshop scent of like a prayer then?

awesome.

by the way, it smells like a head shop to me, patchouli & sandalwood indeed.

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http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.21020.jpg DSH Perfumes Hippie Chic

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butterbean wrote:

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.21020.jpg  DSH Perfumes Hippie Chic

 

Good one!   I would also suggest http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.1230.jpg Comme des Garcons Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense: Avignon

We're all mad here

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I don't remember smelling the cd, but reading this thread, I just had flashbacks to the smell of my favorite used record store in my college days. It smelled like what I would think a headshop would smell like.

Here comes the sun and I say, it's alright. George Harrison

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Read the reviews of this one!

a bunch of people refer to the Madonna album:

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.11461.jpg Santa Maria Novella Patchouli

My Had List is up for swap in the U.S. : )

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I have the cassette, and the inside liner notes still smell faintly of incense. That scent really brings me back. I can't think of anything that would be close....now I need to go home and sniff my cassette. superglad

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Try Sun's Eye Sweet Patchouly (their spelling) Oil -- it's a lovely, inexpensive smooth and sweet patchouli blend.  In the 90's I made my own rollerballs where I mixed it with a few drops of sandalwood and sometimes added a drop of ylang-ylang.

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What a fascinating topic...Wow...Who knew?

I never bought the album -- I bought the greatest hits later when it was on CD...

[PerfumeWhore:  What a beautiful pic of Lady Mads...]

https://squaremadonna.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/madonna_like_a_virgin_album_cover_session_by_meisel_1984_16.jpg 


If indeed it smells of 'headshop' then I'd say go with the unadulterated patch OIL and mix it with sandalwood or an incense blend OIL...

How weird...I would have never thought church smelled like patchouli [unless it's the green one that's being used in the burning]...

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This one is my fave 'green' patchouli:

http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.6834.jpg  Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Patchouli Homme

No matter that it's labeled 'homme'...It still works on femme skin...

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Re: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

That was the first cassette tape I remember having, well that or Belinda Carlisle... but I don't remember it smelling like incense. Did all of them come that way?

It's still one of my favorite albums of all time glad

Dance while you can, dance 'cause you must, love out of lust.

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blondeambitioned wrote:

That was the first cassette tape I remember having, well that or Belinda Carlisle... but I don't remember it smelling like incense. Did all of them come that way?

It's still one of my favorite albums of all time  glad

Yes, all of the Like a Prayers came that way, at least when they were first released in 1989 (not sure about subsequent re-releases of the album)

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I remember reading a couple reviews of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's perfume oils (not in the database) mentioning similarities.

Here they are:

Sentimental Initiation (Red and black musks with bamboo, myrrh, bitter clove, patchouli, vanilla orchid, and king mandarin.)

"Some of you around here might be as old as me, and remember when Madonna's Like A Prayer record was released. The first release of it had patchouli scented sealer for the shrinkwrap. That's the first thing I thought of with my first whiff of Sentimental Initiation."

All Souls (An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.)

"On the final drydown, as I wave my hand away from my face this smells EXACTLY like the inside over of Madonna Immaculate Collection when it first came out. I'm not sure if any Madonna fans remember or not, but she had the inside of the Cds scented with her favorite perfume. Maybe the woody scent I'm getting is the smell of her perfume mixed with the paper the CD booklet was printed on."

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I too had that album - which was a great record, actually.  I remember that the whole shelf of my records smelt of patchouli with that one! Now I have given all my vinyl records to my brother.

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I never had an album that smelled other then like vinyl.  Perhaps http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.6252.jpg Molinard Les Orientaux: Patchouli

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as well as BPALs All Souls, you could try Midnight Mass.

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Re: Different patchouli types (red, black, white etc) I'm not a patchouli expert by any means, but these are my takes:

Black: This is the strongest one in my opinion. Deep, dark patchouli in all it's glory. I find it earthy, bitter, gritty and dirty, very smokey, sometimes medicinal/herbal. Can be harsh or sharp at first but usually smooths over time.

Red: Not a huge fan of patchouli personally, but I actually find this one smooth and wearable. Very grounding and calming, it smells earthy (maybe wet soil?), some woodiness, smoke, and just slight hints of sweetness. If you search deep, also hints of cocoa, leather, and wet soil.

White: From the few I've tried I get a light, clean(?), musky earthy patchouli. Like a mix of white musk, leather, and soft patchouli.

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Ahhh! Ran to sniff my album and YES it still smells of patchouli. I need to be in on this mission too - http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.11461.jpg  Santa Maria Novella Patchouli sounds about right...

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Re: madonnas like a prayer album cover smell. i need an exact match

chickenpotpie wrote:

Try Comme des Garcons incense series.

I do indeed remember that album. Mine still has the smell of incense,whenever I slide the record out of the sleeve. But I also keep it in a thick plastic album jacket (I collected records in my teens) I always wondered how the hell they did that.

Here is a video explaining how they did it. Katy Perry did the same thing with her cd, Teenage Dream, in 2010, only she wanted a cotton candy scent with hers. In the video, they take you through the process of how they did it. It starts at 3:15