After I had used all of the perfume, i went to the department store for more. I was told by the clerk that the black bottle was used for the 1/4 oz perfume, and the 1oz. that I was inquiring about came in the crystal bottle with crystal dauber and gold thread. I didn't buy the perfume then because as much as I loved the fragrance I couldn't justify in my mind paying that much on myself I believe the 1 oz. was $600, as close as I can remember, and the 1/4 oz. black bottle was over $200. The next bottle of Joy that I got was a gift from my husband in 1976, and again the next two years for anniversary gifts, (he loved Joy on me too!!LOL). The scent would last all day, and you could still get a light whiff after a shower. I did notice that the EDP and EDT both had an oily texture to the liquid, that it no longer has.t There was a long period of time between bottles of Joy. Somewhere around 2005, I believe, my hubby again bought Joy perfume for me, and although I liked the fragrance alright, it was not the Joy I loved. Not only was the smell different, it did not last even close to the time it used too. I had mixed feelings after reading the articles in Basenotes after joining. I was relieved to hear others say Joy was different and,that I hadn't imagined that it had changed, to depressed that the Joy I loved so much was no longer available to me.
Joy by Jean Patou, 1930
Joy by Jean Patou can be described as the quintessential vintage fragrance overflowing with rose, aldehydes, and civet. The civet is definitely loud and dirty, but it blends with the sweet, juicy aspect of the rose rendering it velvety and luscious. When I wear Joy, I conservatively apply it and keep a modern appearance. Id love to meet someone who swims in this fragrance :) 4/5
When it comes to perfumes I am one who believes that natural scents are the best and this is why I, to date, Joy by Jean Patou (in its pure parfum variety) has to be the most beautiful fragrance I've ever smelt. Simply stunning. I am going to treat myself soon to a large decanter of the Pure Parfum. I shall try the EdP and EdT too but based on past experiences once you've tried the pure perfume these hold little value. I'm a very masculine male but when it comes to fragrances I just follow my nose whether it is a 'male' or 'female' marketed scent. Joy is the best. (If anyone knows of any similar fragrances let me know!)
Another Marilyn Monroe fragrance that I wanted to love but can't even bring myself to apply. It's just the wrong kind of strong for me. My spirit may love all that is old Hollywood glamour but my nose disagrees.
this is perfume classic, the source of idea for all other great floral compositions like Sarrasins, Amouage Dia and Gold etc smells very elegant, radiant, deep and diva-like:) it opens up with blast of flowers and aldehyds later on, orchid and rose and jasmin among the most prominent one, the civet in the base gives this classic and luxury feel to it, when you wear it your counterparty treats you with respect! Perfume for big events :), for film divas, and when you want to feel like one. Classy!!
I should start out by saying that after poking around this site, others have made the same observation that I made today. There is more than one version of Joy Eau de Parfum. My first bottle in 1984 and the black, red-capped bottle I've had for about 8 years contained a golden, heady floral that can be worn by a woman of any age. To me, it is like a fine aged chardonnay. The black bottle says "Eau de Joy Eau de Parfum" and is made in France. I'm running low on the above, and just got a new bottle of "Joy Eau de Parfum" from Neiman Marcus, made in the UK, and I am despondent. There is no base note (civet?), no complexity, just a lot more jasmine and tuberose, making it smell so ordinary in comparison (currently I have a drop of the old one on one arm, and 2 drops of the new one on the other arm to smell as strong). I'm contemplating bringing the new one back, but overall both forms work well with my chemistry. The old version is my favorite fragrance of all time, but the new version...will not repurchase.
on first application I loved it, but as the day wore on I started to smell too much of the civet musk on my skin, which to me smells a little funky. It is a gorgeous fragrance in the bottle, but it smells weird after about an hour on my skin.
I consider this fragrance far superior to its slightly older contemporary, the over-hyped Chanel No.5. I'm only familiar with the formulations made from the 1970s-1990s, so I can't comment on any newer formulations. I have vivid memories of sneaking some of this from my mother's vanity when I was barely tall enough to reach it!
What a blast! It really packs a punch but that's exactly the type I love. It's gutsy with a hint of wild animal. Gets your head in a spin. Give me more....
It was Joy by Jean Patou's allure and greatness that urged me to accept a very generous sample from Catbiscuit when it was so kindly offered to me. Being the scent of choice for almost 80 years to various celebrities and members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II herself, I was expecting to be blown away by this fragrance's luxuriousness. The first time this fragrance touched my skin, let's just say it was a nightmare. Could I honestly smell a child's bedroom after they had wet the bed? I was absolutely horrified to say the least. After a few minutes, Joy dried down to something very metallic and harsh on my skin, like rusted metal or the scent of steel wool rusting ever so slowly on the side of the kitchen sink. It then rounded off into a hay stack type smell. Very country, but nothing like the described notes. I was game enough to test again, however this time on a piece of card, rather than on my skin. I now understand why so many like this fragrance. Joy is rich and floral, (as you would expect from 10600 flowers and dozens of roses in the composition). I'll agree that the scent is mature, but certainly not old lady. The opening is a strong dose of powdered roses. Very much like the classic English Rose scented talcum powder by Yardley. Tuberose and jasmine do feature quite a bit, however the rose and aldehydes like to dominate the composition. Joy is very extravagant to my nose. I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing this unless I was surrounded by gold and red velvet fashioned chairs and wearing a heavily jewelled crown on my head. This is indeed a fragrance fit for a queen, but not really suited to a plain, old, Aussie girl like myself. In terms of sillage, Joy is a big one. More than 3 sprays and I think everyone in a close vicinity would be gasping for air. Take that as a warning. Joy isn't a scent to mess with. This is a straight-up conservative floral with a touch of royalty.
Joy by Jean Patou, 1930
By: Jean Patou
|Top Notes||Aldehydes, Peach, Leafy Green|
|Middle Notes||Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Tuberose|
|Base Notes||Sandalwood, Musk, Civet|
|Bottle Designer||Louis Sue|
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