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Patou pour Homme (original) (1980)
by Jean Patou


Patou pour Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1980
Average Rating
(based on 188 votes)

People and companies

HouseJean Patou
PerfumerJean Kerleo
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyShaneel Enterprises Ltd > Designer Parfums
Parent Company at launchJean Patou

About Patou pour Homme (original)

Patou pour Homme (original) is a masculine fragrance by Jean Patou. The scent was launched in 1980 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Kerleo. The bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

Patou pour Homme (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Patou pour Homme (original)

A sweet and rounded woody citrus; with aromatics, a bit of choppy herbaceous green and a slight gravelly undertone.

Along with Eau de Coty and Eau Neuve by Lubin (and others) this is what I call a Cologne de Toilette. The reason is obvious when you smell it - it's somewhere between a citrus splash and a full EdT.

The Cologne de Toilette is a narrow genre - based on lemon and a demerara-sweet vetiver - so you like one of them you'll probably like them all. Patou pour Homme's speciality is to land, with the haste of an Eau de Cologne, on a sweet floral accord that's quiet as a whisper.

This old version was good, albeit a poor performer (I got through an entire 10ml miniature in a day!) but never-the-less, don't be fooled into buying the Heritage Collection, it's rubbish.


25th June, 2018 (last edited: 27th June, 2018)
Stardate 20170803:

A good masculine of yesteryears. I don't think I can add much to what has already been said.
I can see why Purecaramel compares it to Lui. There are similarities up top.
The transition to basenotes begins with the Kerleo signature but moves closer to Gianfranco Ferre.
The green bitter leather accord is maintained through out - up top with galbanum and later through vetiver.
Well blended and recommended.

While great, I think this is overpriced. And overhyped.
03rd August, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Having had the chance to wear this product a number of times since its release, it is high time to review it.

Herbal green and fresh green - that is the first impression I get when then opening blast hits me. The fresh side introduced by a fairly restrained petit grain, which permeates the greenery very discretely. Draped over this like a gossamer veil is a whiff of oregano that rounds off the unique impression theses top notes make.

The middle notes introduces a lovely jasmine, which links the top and the heart notes, and soon it adds floral notes: firstly a very beautiful geranium that, in all its distinct presence, is mixing in extremely well with the other notes. A similarly impressive carnation completes the floral dyad beautifully. Both florals are of a discreetly natural beauty.

There is still more to that phase in the development: a delightful woodsy aroma of pine needles that, however, remains more in the background after its original appearance.

The base sees a gentle tonka arise that is not particularly sweet, accompanied by a slightly mossy castoreum they gives the final moment a bit of a - nonetheless quite gentle - bite. This touch of sharpness counteracts the tonka well.

On me this is not a development that never comes in sequences of clearly discrete stepwise developing phases, but the stages merge into one another in a very fluid manner.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and around four hours of longevity on my skin.

So far this scent - very suitable for spring evenings - sound very nice but not really deservings its stellar reputation, but with PPH it is the absolutely sensational quality of its ingredients as well as the astoundingly beautiful blending that raises in into the zenith of iconic fragrances. Although it is often called a floral chypre, this is more of a brighter and beautifully elegant composition. An elegant chypre is a rare thing indeed. The longevity is not optimal but this is the price we sometimes pay for prime natural ingredients. 4.5/5.
20th February, 2017
Thanks to a long time BNr, I'm fortunate to have a decant of special PPH. I sense clary sage / oakmoss with cinnamon / patchouli / amber blended to what any self-respecting gent would or should want to smell of. I swear one of my kid's pediatricians used to smell of PPH way back when, like a million bucks in a crisp clean labcoat and worthy of the memory space, evidently.

An end-all-be-all? Perhaps for some... BUT, along with a few others like Bel Ami, Derby, Jules, Arrogance Uomo, Monogram, Or Black, Blend 30 and so on from yesteryear, definitely deserving the mention.
30th June, 2016
Masterpiece? Well hell ya! Like my Grail the Bel Ami (produced 5 years later) this is like a grand piece of billowing symphonic bliss. Smooth almost seamless blend of endless, quality instruments. One foot solidly in the past of gentleman's conservative, the other gingerly touching the surface of the "New Wave" of piercing Tide cleanliness that is Oscar Renta Pour Lui.
To my mind, that is what a scent Masterpiece is. Something that bridges Past and Future.
Patou has that. It's called Presence.
10th June, 2016 (last edited: 28th May, 2018)
This is a mere footnote to add a remark exclusively about the vintage aftershave spray.

Vintage Patou Pour Homme EDT is a masterpiece and I love it to distraction. But, let's face it, it is not exactly going to come off as brighter than a bag of buttons and merrier than a gallery of grigs. As even its many fans here acknowledge, it is very rich and can appear overstuffed -- a symptom that perhaps is amplified by its now extended bottle age.

The PPH aftershave is a déglacé version that should not be disregarded (as I admittedly do with all other aftershaves without exception). I use the aftershave as I would an EDT and like the way it wears. It can be more versatile and, interestingly, can offer a different and sometimes clearer perspective on what makes this great formula tick. The note separation seems greater and the mysore has a bit more breathing space. In terms of projection and staying power, it doesn't need to break a sweat to compete with your better quality modern EDTs. Since, unlike the EDT, it is not as rare as a rhinoceros horn at an Asian bazaar, one can apply liberally. In fact, price and availability are remarkably good, considering. Mignon for the minions.

23rd May, 2016

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