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    Default Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    Does anyone else think these smell remarkably similar? I had a small sample of Patou pour homme (NOT the Prive but the formulation prior to it) and love it but horded it and stashed it away for while because of the high prices - I didn't want to use it all up! And I confess that recently I've fallen in love with Derby - vintage and Les Parisiennes. But I finally was able to obtain a hefty decant of Patou pour homme (again, pre-Prive) and was surprised at how similar I thought it smelled to Guerlain's Derby. I searched Basenotes and the internet and a few folks have mentioned that they are both in the same category of class but does anyone else think they smell alike?

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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    I don't think they actually smell that similar, but they are both leather chypres (I think) and from the 80s, which puts them in the same ballpark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillC View Post
    I don't think they actually smell that similar, but they both leather chypres (I think) and from the 80s, which puts them in the same ballpark.
    I agree with this but I think Derby has aged better. It is less 80s-herbal and more powdery. Perhaps reformulation over the years has kept it more 'current'.
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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    Have both and they are quite different to me.

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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    Patou PH is classic Fougere
    Derby is leather chypre
    I do not think there are any similar notes...
    Both are great scents but at different angles

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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    would love to see what all the hype is with patou ph
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    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    would love to see what all the hype is with patou ph
    It's really one of the best made and seamless blended scent for men.
    We cand discuss for years how overrated it is but no doubt that there is nothing similar made before or and after pph

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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    I don't think they are similar other than they're both great, timeless fragrances.
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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    Derby is a lot more floral and powdery than Patou Pour Homme. Patou Pour Homme is an oriental chypre with slight fougere elements. It has a distinctive oily leather/tobacco accord and a basil note in the top that set it apart.

    Derby may come from the same neighborhood, but it treads a totally different path. Patou Pour Homme isn't so much like one fragrance - rather, it has elements of several different fragrances, such as Mitsouko, Havana, Bel Ami, and Antaeus.
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    Default Re: Patou pour homme and Guerlain Derby

    Quote Originally Posted by The Chandos View Post
    ..........does anyone else think they smell alike?
    No.

    Both are excellent and I still like Derby, but it's no Patou pour Homme, and Patou pour Homme could never be mistaken for Youth Dew.

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    I know this is an old thread, but after finally getting a hold of a sample of Patou PH, (from TPC) my initial reaction was much like that of the OP's (hence how I searched and found this thread). In fairness, I only took a sniff from the vial and didn't do a full wear, but I found them remarkably similar on first sniff. I will certainly do a further test wear, but just thought I'd let the OP know he was not alone! lol
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