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

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Patou pour Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1980
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 195 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)

Smells fine but Dunhill 1934 smells better and is 'way cheaper.
07th May, 2019
So is is the greatest men's fragrance of all times? That would almost be something of a backhanded compliment in a business where the all-time classics are amost entirely "pour elle" - the L'Origans, Mitsoukos, Shalimars, Tabac Blondes, Chanels. Let me thus boldly state that Patou pour Homme ist one of the greatest perfumes of all times, period. And this is not a question of subjective preference - the near mystification of this fragrance is for once justified, for Jean Kerléo truly created an aesthetic and conceptual masterpiece for the ages, a dazzingly beautiful and technically mindblowing astrolabe of scent in which the spheres of Fougère, Chypre and Oriental are entwined in perfect harmony, a miniature cosmos with an invisible and inexplicable mechanism. Looking at the construction plan, i.e. the scent pyramide, in its most explicit and, I believe, accurate version from the "H&R Duftatlas," one first notices the plethora of materials: Lavender - Hay (Coumarin) - Moss forms the Fougère-Axis; Petitgrain, Patchouli, Moss and Leather, that of Chypre; Cinnamon, Jasmin, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Castoreum, Ambergris, Vanilla and Tonka form the Oriental. Added to this are clary sage, basil,carnation, geranium, vetiver and spruce.

In the beginning Fougère appears on the horizon, a tartly herbaceous lavender, almost strenuous by today's standards. But soon a spicy sweetness rises in the background and a three-dimensional scent-space opens up as the astrolabe magically unfolds. Patou pour homme becomes more accessible now and the cinnamon planet becomes increasinghly potent over the next twenty minutes, accompanied by jasmin and carnation. What an olfactory "sight": Fougère lighting up the sky and oriental waxing beside it and rather than interfering beginning a beautful cosmic pas de deux. But it doesn't stop there: the mediterranean herbs have already gently heralded the chypre(the petitgrain will have done so as well, but is probably weaker now than it was when the juice was young)which now rises on its green orbit, supported by vetiver and spruce, as a patchouli-moss complex (and yes, some components spitely jump between the genres or connect them. Amazingly, instead of growing thicker with increasing complexity, the masterpiece gains in transparency, it remains an aerial ballet. Ètonnant! Monsieur Kerléo, how did you do it?

When Patou pour homme is frequently identified as either a fougère, chypre or oriental, it is so classified by the famous blind wise men each touching one part of the elephant, by astronomers who can only see their segment of the heavens - but Kerléo's creation is the cosmic whole, an unfathomable transformation of the aethetic brutalism of the powerhouse era with its sometimes excessive "everything but the kitchen sink" attitude into masterful harmony. I do not believe that has ever been achieved before or after and would today be well-nigh impossible due to the unavailability of certain raw materials alone, not to speak of regulatory limitations. I doubt that most contemporary perfumers trained on post-modern fragrance aestheitcs would even be able (or willing) to create such a perfume or even just copy Kerléo's formula. It borders on alchemy and one is tempted to believe a Robert Johnosn-like narrative, that the ability to weave this masterpiece required a deal with the devil. But for that to be true Patou pour homme is too muchthe embodiment of a divine order of the fragrance world, which perfume adepts must and should admire and enjoy both with awe and deepest pleasure. For this is the ultimate of its achievements: that with all its amazing clock-work-like complexity and sublime artfulness, this weave of scent projects seamless, effortless perfection,which, moderately applied, will even smell agreeable to an unschooled 21st-century nose.
04th April, 2019
My last sample of this was a dud, as those who saw the write up will know. This time it's the real deal.

A dynamite combination of citrus aromatic and smoky leather. Like an Eau de Cologne ancestor of Fahrenheit.

Awesome but fleeting.

****
25th June, 2018 (last edited: 19th July, 2019)
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.

Caveats:
While great, I think this is overpriced. And overhyped.
03rd August, 2017
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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.

update: Somewhere between Equipage and the original Perry Ellis for Men I think.
30th June, 2016 (last edited: 04th April, 2019)

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