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Beauty Notes: Jean Patou's Joy (vintage parfum)


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, February 17, 2008 8:22 PM (Eastern)

jericho


Ah, it's wonderful.

I've smelled Joy before, many many times. But not recently, and not in California. Meaning it's been well over twenty years since last I smelled it.

This is the quintessential East Coast/Southern, possibly English rose perfume...not the Middle Eastern rose of Montale, nor Annick Goutal's continental rose. This just reminds me of home, but not in the same style as Creed's Fleurissimo, which I didn't like, so much as simply recognized.

What I'm smelling is nostalgia. A meld of East Coast rose gardens, women in fur coats (they still wore them when I was a kid, though the fashion was already waning), lipstick and powder...women who always kept the family going, and together, and fed, and in clean clothes; unsung female heroes. This is not a weak nor watery rose, not a toy rose. It has a sort of gorgeous maturity to it, a quiet splendor, without being hopelessly old school, or, to coin a term, "old lady."

There's jasmine in it too, classical jasmine (not, say, Montale's mellow star jasmine), but the rose is in front.

All in all...it's on my wish list. I'm not planning on buying it right away; I'd like to make a dent in my Montale perfumes first.

Okay, so what's the picture? It's from Jericho, a television show that's been aired here before, but I missed it, and caught it only now. It was made in 2005 in a total of five episodes, set in London in 1958. The thing is this...like Joy, it's a gorgeous, yet spare, show. There is this odd intense nostalgia about it, about the lead character's workplace (male-dominated, dog-eat-dog), personal life (easily the hottest thing I've seen on tv in years), and environment, wreathed in cigarette smoke and alcohol. It's the perfect encapsulation of a time and place.

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February 18, 2008 1:13 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hm... the jasmine seems slightly the stronger, to me, but then I'm more comfortable with rose. Imo, I think they're well-balanced by each other. I find it ageless (in that it defies the trends), but nevertheless of a certain age (in that, I feel gauche in it).

I'm not sure if vintage and reorchestration will make much of a difference (I have not smelled it before I tried it), but I suspect concentration might.

 
February 19, 2008 11:17 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I think you're right...Patou is unlikely to have changed much. I was a bit stunned when I smelled the Sublime sample--it's exactly the way I remembered it smelling, back in the mid-90's when I went to Nordies and sampled it.

On me there is only a bit of jasmine.

I'm not much of a parfum person, I can dig the idea but eau de parfum tends to suit me better.

 
February 21, 2008 10:57 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Me too, except when there is a decided difference (Chanel No. 19 EDT is pitiful, but the parfum is a marvel). I like an EDP because I really like to spray with abandon.

 

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