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Patou Pour Homme (new) (2013)
by Jean Patou


Patou Pour Homme (new) information

Year of Launch2013
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

People and companies

HouseJean Patou
PerfumerThomas Fontaine
Parent CompanyShaneel Enterprises Ltd > Designer Parfums

About Patou Pour Homme (new)

Part of the Collection Héritage

Patou Pour Homme (new) fragrance notes

Reviews of Patou Pour Homme (new)

Now that the price point has fallen to well below $100 a bottle, this may be the best fragrance value out there. While it bears no resemblence to the timeless original, this is still an enjoyable, very wearable scent, in some ways more so than the classic, which at times could seem heavy and overbearing.
02nd May, 2020
Forget about the name.
I believe the new owners of Patou should have called it something different.
It echoes the original yes, but it is all subject to interpretation, much like a retro modern interpretation of a classic car (VW Beetle et al).
It can easily become a caricature, depending on the perfumer. In this case, the end result is a fragrance that stands all its own and would have made a 'new' name for the Jean Patou brand. But... in the current atmosphere it would need a severe ad campaign.

Patou Man is the right name.
Bright peppery yet dark lemony opening. Immediately recalls late 70s and 80s but only as a cameo appearance.
The rest i a journey in true perfume artistry.

Worth a pensive sniff and a full bottle.
01st September, 2018
It doesn't glimmer like the vintage Patou Pour Homme does, however, I believe it's recognizable as Patou Pour Homme, specifically a modernized version. On its own I give it a thumbs up as I think it's very distinctive and I really like the scent. It's still special.
23rd October, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The new formulation tried in the Paris flagship store:

The opening has a fresh bergamot-driven characteristic - not without being a bit restrained - and is mellowed by a fair dose of galbanum. He greenness I am also getting is a mix of tarragon with whiffs of a grass-like aroma. The result is a pleasant, but certainly not a WOW opening.

Lavender is present here too, and in the drydown it adds jasmine - not bad - and a rose impression that is really quite unimpressive in its lack of complexity.

Towards the end amber - average - and a soft patchouli- are appearing, but on my skin they are quite bland and never develop any individuality of note.

The sillage is moderate, the projection adequate, and the longevity is six hours.

The top notes are the part hat are well done in this spring day scent, but the rest never transcends the impression a certain level of blandness.

Compared to the original, the sandalwood, the gorgeous geranium and the oak moss are missing, partly due to being IFRA-sanitised. The new formulation is no longer a floral chypre, but a floral with a questionable attempt to mimic the chypre ingredients - hence the rather generic patchouli towards the end.

By itself it is all right. As a re-interpretation of an iconic classic, it falls short. 2/75/5.
25th February, 2017
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
The dictionary tells us that a sacred cow is an idiom that represents an idea, custom, or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism (with reference to the Hindus' respect for the cow as a sacred animal). Jean Kerleo’s 1980 Patou Pour Homme is a sacred cow if ever there was one.

Interestingly, when Patou Pour Homme was first released, it was not a big hit and, like the writer John Kennedy O’Toole, only received acclaim and adoration after its death. Patou made an attempt at product placement, positioning it as Don Johnson’s signature scent in Miami Vice, but it never took off, despite its brilliance. Discontinued, it became the Holy Grail of vintage perfume collectors, demanding prices commensurate with its demand.

Fast forward to 2014 when the House of Patou, under its new owners Shaneel Enterprises, reissued this mythical fragrance as part of their Collection Heritage under the direction of house perfumer Thomas Fontaine. This was huge news and eagerly awaited by the perfume community who sharpened their knives and were prepared to use them, should the reformulation fall short of expectations. The only other relaunch as keenly scrutinized has been the relaunch of another sacred cow, Helmut Lang’s Cuiron.

The relaunched scent is currently available and is very good—very good, indeed. Is it as good as Kerleo’s masterpiece? Far be it from me to say….

What I can say is that the new scent, in an IFRA-dominated word, has lost its oakmoss and Mysore sandalwood—well, that is no surprise—and gained a floral heart with lavender, jasmine, rose and violet joining the lineup, edging out the original vetiver, cedar patchouli and clary sage. These floral notes are more commonly used in feminine perfumes and the rose/jasmine accord is almost a house note for Patou, whose landmark perfume, Joy, is based on it.

Has Patou Pour Homme been emasculated, or just brought into the current age? The new scent is completely wearable now and while it may not have the richness and complexity of the original—or its resolutely masculine edge—it is beautiful, rich and expensive smelling. The spicy top notes of pepper are freshened by citrus and galbanum. A floral heart emerges that might once have seemed too feminine but now feels comfortably masculine. The base of leather and patchouli, while it does not compare to the woods and moss in the original, provides a warm, lingering drydown.

The reformulated Patou Pour Homme may no longer walk on water but it is still a very good scent—no longer a sacred cow, but just a quality, distinctive men’s scent. This could easily find a following in the market the way that the original never did; it has come out from under a bell jar and into our time. Seekers of perfection will continue their quest for vintage juice, but if you have not tried the original, try this—it is very good.

17th October, 2016 (last edited: 19th October, 2016)
The main problem with this EDT is what they called it. If it was named "Jean Patou Et Maintenant, Quelque Chose de Different," everything would have been OK. It is actually a very nice patchouli-Vetiver-pepper, with a bit of some spicier wood.

I don't smell any sandalwood. I'd say that the Mysore-oak moss creamy earthiness emphasized in that other (dramatically different) JP release, has been (necessarily!) forsaken in favor of emphasis on the raspy-pencil-ly accord in the old, given some oomph with something rubbery-ozone-IsoE(?) I get a little fruit which I think of as calone-fruit rather than indole-fruit. The result is a thinner, much more modern feel, pleasant and interesting but not lush like that other stuff.

Definitely a thumbs-up on its own merits. Less harsh, more mature and more well-dressed than many modern masculines. Easily wearable. Similar to the old stuff in certain ways, but imagine Mila Kunis with an ordinarily pretty face instead of her own gorgeous one: you'd be happy to date her, but you'd be disappointed if you were expecting Mila Kunis.
09th January, 2015

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