WHAT I SMELL: 1000 opens with warm peachy aldehydes that quickly meld into a blend of violets and rose. The combination of the osmanthus and the florals make for a heady, overly ripened, thickened and metallic perfumed football helmet. Once the helmet’s on, there’s also a buzzing layer of sandalwood that provides an aura of hair spray. But not to worry as a little more passing time reveals a softer side with a more creamy rose taking center stage. 1000 is big, actually bigger than big. Its florals are magnified with an intensity that doesn’t allow you to look away. At the heart of the perfume, tucked underneath is the muted shadow of Patou Joy. Joy tends to be remote and aloof, but 1000 is easily the the more outgoing and gregarious cousin. But the DNA is unmistakable. After some time, 1000 begins to lose some of her exuberance and the metallics and sharpened edges fall away and it makes 1000 more elegant and more wearable. In the end, 1000 leaves us with a big and warmed floral heart.
Top notes are Osmanthus, Violet and Apricot; middle notes are Rose, Jasmine, Geranium and Lily-of-the-Valley; base notes are Sandalwood, Patchouli and Oak.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Hooker with a heart of gold.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE 1000: heady, out-there, gregarious
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 1000: Perfume Smellin’ Things, I Smell Therefore I Am, Bois de Jasmin
BOTTOM LINE: 1000 is a perfume that seems to get lost in the sea of big florals. To me, it’s one of those perfumes that you really need to be in the mood for and that said, the mood just doesn’t come along all that often. I really want to love her…but she’s a bit too “sharp” for me. In any case, 1000 requires that you are light to the touch with your application. But the true bottom line is that Jean Patou perfumes have been discontinued and are no longer in production. Luckily, you can find them on some of discount sites, but for how long?
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral
- Nose: Jean Kerleo
- Classification: Feminine
- Expense: Varies
Review based on the 2014 eau de parfum version.