WHAT I SMELL: Joy (current version eau de parfum) is truly a joy when it first goes on the skin as it’s full of lush ylang-ylang and soapy white flowers and bright aldehydes. It’s a clean smell and one that’s slightly metallic. The florals are wrapped up in warmth, but at the same time there is a coolness or a bit of aloofness that makes the perfume proper and rather removed. After some time, a light controlled rose blends with the metallic notes and the soapiness begins to dissipate. As Joy continues its slow and deliberate path, a jasmine blends itself with the rose…but combined, they’re still very controlled and incredibly proper. Joy doesn’t transform or morph very much, but in the end, the florals fade and soften a bit, and what you’re left is a lightly warm breeze of light floral sandalwood musk.
From the Jean Patou website:
Created in 1930 at the height of the economic crisis. Joy, a sumptuous blend of roses and jasmine, is the antidote to gloom. Conceived as a perfume to reveal the essence of femininity of every woman, “Joy” is a timeless fragrance, the signature of the house Jean Patou.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE JOY: controlled, reserved, distant
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JOY: There are many reviews on Joy, but I haven’t found any on the current eau de parfum version.
BOTTOM LINE: Joy is legendary as the pillar of the house of Jean Patou. That said, I can’t honestly say that I don’t know anyone who continues to wear the perfume. Classics don’t always transfer well to the modern age and to me, Joy is a bit too removed in its personality. However, I’ll admit that I have a vintage bottle of the eau de cologne version from the 1970s. It’s clearly Joy, but it’s a much lighter wear as the florals aren’t tinged with the metallic edge and it’s just so much easier to like (but not love as it still leaves me a bit cold).
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral
- Nose: Henri Almeras
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: Varies