Intimately sensual,profoundly feminine.the name of this perfume describes the scent just perfectly: SUBLIME.A true classic and one of my favorites. SUBLIME reminds me of the luminous moon and it is beauty.men are attracted to it like bees to honey and women never fail to express admiration and ask "what is that fabulous perfume you are wearing"? Elegant,Fantastical,Sensual, Ladylike,Classy,Rich and Refined Elegance.
A fresh and rich opening of bergamot,mandarin orange and coriander permeate ones senses,while the deep and sensual civet develops heightening the drama.it is jointed by the musk,amber,vetiver,tonka bean and sandalwood to create an unforgettable experience of sheer bliss for the fortunate wearer.it is not overpowering but an sophisticated and elegantly sexy scent.
Only the assured ladies need apply it.SUBLIME will always make you think of nights spent getting ready for fancy dinner parties and unforgettable moments with your lover.It is so chic and reminds me a dandy french lady.suitable for COLD weather.It is also a favorite choice for a date night.If you are looking for a subtly sexy in a come-hither way you are exactly at the right place.
Longevity?Excellent on my skin.
Notes according to Fragrantica:
Top: Coriander, Mandarin, Green Notes, Bergamot, Orange
Middle: Carnation, Lily, Orris Root, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-the-Valley, Rose, Orange Blossom
Base: Sandalwood, Tonka, Amber, Musk, Civet, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedar, Styrax
Notes regarding some other reviews here:
- I never detected any patchouli, and certainly no pineapple (esters) in Sublime. Nor nutmeg either to my nose, while the beautiful styrax resin is probably to blame for any cinnamon effect noted.
- The dissonance some others may be experiencing in the top notes is likely due to the fresh citrus and herbs having degraded over the years. The top accord in the new juice is gorgeous and will also only remain so for a limited time.
- I do get a slight aldehyde effect shimmering into the heart. I normally dislike aldehydes but in this composition it works brilliantly.
- The range of reviews is probably due to reformulation.
(Vintage EdT) This is an absolutely stunning woody chypre-floriental in the grand tradition, very potent and longlasting. Jean Kerleo was at his peak in creating such a beautiful balance between dry cedar, oakmoss, civet and coriander on one side, and rich rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, carnation, amber, and musk on the other. A wonderful mandarin-orange accord lends brightness to the opening, while the roots of vetiver and orris give backbone, and vanilla, tonka, and styrax provide rich depth. The orris is not a soapy "iris" at all, but earthy and rooty (obviously a high-quality butter), reducing the edibility of the vanilla. Sandalwood (probably Mysore) and civet adhere the many contrasting facets together. Vintage Sublime EdT is a huge and heady adventure of many beautiful phases, with subtle shading in coolness and warmth in its long development. My favorite part may actually be the glowing yet dry finish of sandalwood, cedar, vanilla, and musk. I especially appreciate the chypre accord as it eschews the typical powdery peach (undecalactone) of the classic chypres, while retaining a wicked smack of oakmoss. The sweetness of the florals, sandalwood, and amber are very balanced by dry resins and animalics, yet Sublime is still feminine in character. I can see why the box is yellow and gold -- Sublime is like an exquisitely, intricately embroidered golden pillow. Don't overapply -- the composition blooms hugely after the beautiful bright top notes burn off.
(2000s EdT) A shadow of its former self. Thumbs decidedly down on this cheap, flat, overly sweet floriental with an unpleasant petroleum/plastic accord in the drydown, probably some synthetic sandalwood replacement P&G tried to pass off. Shameful.
(2013 EdP) Patou's new perfumer has claimed to return to the original formula for this bottling, with the maitre himself Jean Kerleo assisting in finding replacements for the rare and precious ingredients used in the 90s original. Far more a dry, animalic chypre than the vintage EdT, the civet in this juice pops from the very outset. (The citrus is of course far fresher and more vibrant than any vintage juice, truly beautiful.) I'm assuming the bitter, strident accord running through the overall composition is a combination of vetiver and Evernyl, the newish atropine-free oakmoss material. It's an interesting and bold experience, reminiscent of several expensive niche fragrances currently on the market, but utterly lacks the grandeur and scale of the vintage EdT. I think it might be completely missing the sandalwood (S. album), as there is a certain creamy sweetness binding the vintage juice together that is totally lacking here, while an unwelcome, anemic driftwood effect typical of Australian sandalwood (S. spicatum) takes its place. The florals are more muted as well; I'm missing the sweet, pure glints off the panes of synthetics like what was probably hydroxycitronellal, along with the jasmine at al. Not sure how much can be attributed to 20 years of masceration and how much to differing ingredient sourcing, but to my nose this is a very different perfume than my bottle and mini of vintage EdT.
Can't wait to try the vintage EdP! I've never seen the extrait.
I heard a rumor that Jean Kerleo had the name of a Greek goddess or something as the working title of the perfume, but Patou's marketing department didn't bite. As sublime as it is, I do find the name a bit vague for a composition so breathtaking and epic. Wearing Sublime is like reading a great, absorbing novel filled with an ensemble of colorful, multifaceted characters and with a plot that still delivers suprises and satisfaction alike upon multiple readings. Vintage Sublime (I've only tried the EdT) is by all means one of the great perfumes of the 20th century. Thank you so very much Mssr. Kerleo!
17th December, 2014 (last edited: 31st December, 2014)
My first reaction to Sublime on my skin was a mix of lovely (warm vanilla amber) and nasty (a sharp, peppery, metallic under note).
The negative note reminded me of my reaction to Oud, which I loathe, but this is not part of the make-up of this scent. The nearest possibility is the civet, which could equate to another Basenoter's reaction to cat urine in one of the other reviews on this page.
The nasty base note takes it out of the running for a thumbs up for me. Even were it not present, the creamy vanilla amber sandalwood main notes are not distinctive or unique enough to warrant top praise. It's a scent that can go either way with the wearer.
Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Coriander
Heart notes: Rose, Jasmine, Orris, Ylang, Carnation, Muguet
Base notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Styrax, Civet, Amber, Vanilla, Musk, Vetiver, Tonka
Obviously, this is one that deserves a small sample test before commitment to buying.
I have both the vintage and the new version of Sublime and don't find that much difference in them. I really love this perfume, from its sharp green (almost bitter) opening to its ambery, vanilla dry down. The floral, woody heart is to die for. There is something golden and shimmering to it; it is radiant. Makes you feel very feminine and confident. Nothing girlish or stammering here. This one I hope never to run out of.
12th November, 2014 (last edited: 19th July, 2015)
Sublime EdP by Jean Patou, is a beautiful sweet oriental. It starts strong headed and mellows into a dusty and ambery accord. I think that in the mid to dry down orange gives vanilla a bit of a citric vibe that I find interesting in the overall sweetness. The silage is quite potent and the longevity is above average. It is not a very complicated and multifaceted composition; its main characteristic creamy sweetness and floral dustiness. Sublime is certainly not for the light hearted but with modest application it may keep you nice company without offending others around you.