The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Absolutely Sublime – Sublime by Jean Patou


WHAT I SMELL:  How can you not love a perfume’s opening when it’s rounded and buttery and topped with bergamot and orange?!  Sublime’s opening is incredibly full, rich and succulent, almost as if it’s an exotic fruit full of juice and ready to explode.   The perfume is heady without being completely over the top and the ylang-ylang is deliciously creamy.  After a few minutes, a light dust of oak moss appears, but it sits quietly under the wafting flowers and a light vanilla.  The perfume smells like it’s plucked from the heart of the Caribbean, but at the same time, there’s something incredibly cool and controlled about it that removes it from that locale.  As the perfume develops, it becomes more powdery, but no less radiant. After 20 minutes or so, the perfume softens, the florals become lighter, the powder becomes more pronounced and the warmed base becomes more prevalent.  What doesn’t change is that the perfume remains an incredible beauty.  In the end, you’re left with a golden dusty floral that is just the right amount of proper and just the right amount of pretty.

From the Jean Patou website:

SUBLIME is a joyous floral explosion, rich and rounded in contour and soft in texture. Its secret resides in the heart notes where floral notes are played against each other – rose and jasmine are combined with lily-of-the-valley and orange blossom, enhanced by warm notes of vetiver, sandalwood and oak moss. A vibrant cocktail of orange and mandarin provides sparkle and freshness, married with Ylang-Ylang from the Comoro Islands. The femininity and sensuality of Sublime gently emerges in the Vanilla base note.

Flight: Bergamot, Mandarin, Orange, Ylang Ylang
Fullness: Rose, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom
Wake: Madagascar Vanilla, Amber, Sandalwood

Ellen Farner Umbrellas of CherbourgWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Ellen Farner as Madeleine in the “Umbrellas of Cherbourg”…an unassuming classic beauty.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SUBLIME: gorgeous, contained, sublime

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SUBLIME: The Non-Blonde, AustralianPerfumeJunkies

BOTTOM LINE:  Sublime seems to take the back seat to Jean Patou’s Joy and 1000; but this understated floral beauty should be second to none.  Not as big as 1000 and not as taut at Joy, Sublime is a perfectly named perfume that in my book is an easier wear than both 1000 and Joy.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Nose: Jean Kerleo
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: Prices vary greatly online, but can be found for around $50 for 1.7 oz. eau de parfum.  Review based on current eau de parfum version.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

36 thoughts on “Absolutely Sublime – Sublime by Jean Patou

  1. Never tried any Patou scents except Joy, which smells awful on my skin. This one sounds good.


    • Joy is a perfume that has to fit your mood perfectly when you wear it. Otherwise it can go completely sour. 1000 is really lovely, but it is a BIG floral…again, you have to be in the right mood. I see Sublime as a wear anytime fragrance. I hoe you get to try it.


  2. I think I had this confused with something else. Sublime sounds lovely. For some reason I thought it was sharp and green. I wonder what made me think that. Obviously I got something mixed up. Maybe I had a mislabeled sample? Strange.


  3. Possibly my favourite Patou! It is unctuous and luscious as you say. Fat and sunny. Am a sucker for ylang-ylang at the best of times.


  4. I loved this, and wish it was easier to find. i have 1000, Joy, and Eau de Patou. I love them all. All were blind buys, based on reviews. I opened the bottle of 1000 on my birthday and hoped it would be good. I sprayed it on, and that expensive jasmine rolled out…I was so happy! It was a freezing cold day and the crystal clear notes just made me…happy. LOL what can I say-I am an uncomlicated person! I look forward to trying this, based on your review.




    • Hi Carole – You should be able to find Sublime online easily. I have to admit, after writing this post, I purchased a bottle for $41 from…and that included shipping! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Great you are reviewing Sublime, S! Sublime is my favorite Patou, I have vintage bottles to last me a lifetime:-) love its little dirtyness. A marvelous and gorgeous beauty.

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  6. I have a vintage parfum of this lying around somewhere. There is way too much sandalwood and general butteriness for me personally, but I do think it is an absolute sex bomb. On the right person (woman?) it could be quite irresistible. Smouldering and gilded.

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  7. This sounds right up my alley!
    Dammit, I’m pretty sure there’s at least a dabber if not a decant floating in The Sample Sea. 😉


  8. This was fun to read. I just tested the vintage EDP of Sublime last week and thought the ylang ylang was gorgeous. I love my vintage Patou perfumes–Joy, 1000, Amour Amour, Moment Supreme–but I avoided Sublime for a long while because I thought it would be too sweet. Fellow vintage lovers, fear not, Sublime is beautifully balanced. And I don’t get civet in the vintage EDP, just the slightest hint of saltiness.

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  9. So good to see some love for Sublime! I’m afraid it has fallen out of favor lately. I have a bottle from the late ’90s and it is still gorgeous. It reminds me of some Italian perfumes – big, fat, seductively happy scents, like a confident woman who’s not afraid to toss her hair back and let loose a big, warm laugh!


  10. I’ve never saw this perfume or even heard about it but now for some reason I really want to try it. I need to find Nordstrom that carries that brand around here.


    • U – Like I said, it’s overlooked. Heck, I overlooked it as it’s been sitting in my pile of untested samples for years. I did notice that it’s currently on sale at Nordstrom….so they do carry it…but you probably can get a better price online. Have fun searching!


    • Dearest, I will get you a sample if I find it at Nordstrom…I’m planning on stopping by later!

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    • Sadly, there were no testers…but because I decided to use my 10-points day (why waste the equivalent of a 10% discount), I spent way to too much on … stuff … and only one of which was perfume which the SA had to order from the Seattle store.


  11. Sublime is so overlooked that I overlooked your review. Like Undina, I now feel compelled to seek it out at Nordstrom and if I like it, order it online (nasty nasty). I am jealous of your Ari get-together with so many of my perfume friends!


  12. Can anyone tell me when they changed the formula and when they changed the bottles? I fell in love with it in the early 90’s and I wear it daily. I just find the newer version a little less full.


    • Rochelle – I’m not sure, but I can tell you that I had some vintage parfum that was incredibly deep and almost dark in body that was nothing like my newere EdP version. If they do change the formula, they’ll never announce it when they do. Maybe try to find some vintage on eBay?


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