In the bottle: Well, as my fellow possitere, floria, said, "...a bit of bubble gum." Actually in the bottle, to me at least, it smells like Twizzlers, bubble gum, and those lovely thick round, obnoxiously pink, wintergreen candies I loved as a child (and still do). In fact, it smells like ate all of the chocolate out of my Halloween begging sack and all I have left are the Twizzlers, Bazooka Joe, and wintergreen candies. I don't get vanilla or patchouli at all (so those who don't like patch, unlike me, no worries. This isn't the patchouli you worry about).
Wet: same, Bazooka Joe, Twizzlers, but the Wintergreen goes away quickly upon application.
Warmed by skin: This turns into something, light, fun, and very lovely. It's a lively scent. A playful scent, without any pretension, or pretense. It's not a scent for that little black dress, or sultry evenings. This is for daytime dates with lunch and something you do to be frivolous and lighthearted. This is how I imagine Eros and Psyche would be as a couple (once the seriousness of the whole tragedy of their first heady days of love in the dark and his leaving. This is the scent of their "happy ever after." This is the scent of that fun couple we all know (or you may be that couple).
Later: This just gets lovelier and lovelier. It's never vanilla and patchouli and incense. This is a masterpiece. All the notes blend together so well it's more than a sum of it's parts. Again, this never is a heavy scent despite patchouli and incense. It's light and lovely, but has sticking power, on my skin, at least.
Conclusion: I was really dubious about this scent from sniffing it in the bottle. A swipe on the back of my hand was not enough. This perfume really needs a good wrist test. Don't be put off by the bubblegum, Twizzler, wintergreen aspects in the bottle
(like this little smiley with the gnome). Nor should anyone who doesn't usually like patchouli, or vanilla, run away from this scent. If you can get a decant, I'd highly recommend you do it and give this scent a go.