Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Friday, November 13, 2009

Eau de Patou

Sicilian Citrus, Guinea Orange, Tunisian Orange Blossom, Pepper, Honeysuckle, Ylang Ylang, Nasturtium flowers, Musk, Moss, Amber and Civet.

The venerable Eau de Patou. I smiled as I typed that. Jean Kerleo struck gold here 4 years prior to Patou Pour Homme. This 1976 Citric Floral is very quietly one of the best you will stumble upon. In spite of this being marketed to women and hosting a slew of floral notes, this leans in the middle of the spectrum and is too good a fragrance NOT to wear. I wear it and enjoy it immensely in the warmer months.

There's a creamy quality to this citric classic. Eau de Patou is a bouquet in essence, with citrus leading the way and sensual notes holding up the foundation. The profound heart accord is so smooth that it gives the impression of something whipped in a blender. It is literally without ripple and glossy as ice after it has been passed over by a Zamboni machine. The overall effect this has on me is that Eau de Patou wears like a fragrance that has versatility. This would be appropriate for evenings out, social events or a stay-at-home with the better half.

The zesty orange notes in the opening have fairly good longevity. Pepper gives them a subtle bite, but it's very polite. The floral triumvirate of Honeysuckle, Ylang and Nasturtium are quite the players. They contribute a slightly sweet and spicy floral aroma that has excellent presence. Whiffs of honey come and go and later in the progression this is complimented further by civet. It doesn't become animalic, but it does evolve a sensuality.

In drydown, a quiet mossy musk and resin unceremoniously slip themselves into the fold. Even then, I can still detect a delectable orange with spicy florals. Let's just sum this up by saying that Jean Kerleo rocks. Enuff said............

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