What a stunner!! None of the Gentleman conservative of it's older brother. Here we have life in Technicolor. Big, bold, Fireworks display of perfectly blended, quality ingredients. Rich with bright flavour. My reaction to it is somewhat the same as to First Growth Sauternes. Just as the sugar threatens to cloy, it is incised by a fruit fragrant acid, light tannin and a touch of dry Hay.
This, is, a big, big fragrance of finesse and exquisite beauty.
Solid unisex cleanliness and still way, way, sexy!
Lavender, patchouli, a neutral sweetness (coumarin?), sandalwood.
I am not a huge fan of lavender, but here it's done so smoothly that it is absolutely wonderful. The patchouli makes a nice counterbalance to the slight sweetness from the coumarin. This is just a wonderful blend. Very smooth, and with a slight barbershop vibe from the lavender. This is one of only a handful of fragrances that have held my attention over the years. Not pretentious; you could wear this every day.
Every time I smell it, I like it more, and that is rare.
Classic, perfectly executed, floral fougere. Soft notes of lavender/rose/iris/jasmine at the top, with a follow up of tons of coumarin/hay and green notes, finished off by a great, oak-mossy, vetiver, patchouli with a hint of vanilla/amber. Understated and not at all bold or assertive like Patou PH. A throwback to classic form done with a perfectionist's obsession for quality.
I'm getting iris (orris root) in the base, making this the first mossy iris I've worn, and it really is nice, although it may be somewhat on the lighter side compared to my preference. I'm not finding a strong connection with Patou Pour Homme, although maybe a subtle one.
The bergamot is great and the lavender is bumped up with a green hay/grassy scent and supported by sandalwood and patchouli. It jumps between a sweet soapiness to a green earthiness. It’s hard to compare this with anything because it’s so original. This should be sampled by anyone who likes fragrance. Good longevity and sillage. Just amazing stuff. Too bad it’s discontinued.
The initial impression is that of absolute purity, beauty and incredible quality of
The top note is a beautiful lavender, hints of iris and jasmin. This in counterbalanced by an oakmoss-based fougere impression, which in the drydown adds sandalwood with a gentle vanilla sweetness.
All these components blend together most harmoniously into an elegant one; this is not a typical floral, fougere or vanilla as all components are sublimely merging without any one dominating. On me the sweetness is very discreet.
It lacks the initial freshness of the original Patou pour homme and is less outgoing with a bit less sillage - more Privé. Longevity on my skin is, alas, only about three hours, with the last hour very close to my skin.
A discrete creation of amazing quality. 4.75/5. Very close to perfection.
23rd June, 2012 (last edited: 25th February, 2017)