If you are looking for the quintessential jasmine perfume, look no further than Jean Patou Joy. Introduced in 1930, a time when money to spend on perfume was hard to come by, Joy is known as much for its high material standards as it is for its smooth and noble floral scent. Jean Patou was not one to compromise contents in order to make his perfume more affordable during the Great Depression. He insisted that 10,600 jasmine blossoms and 28 dozen roses are produced in every one ounce of Joy. Not only that, but the jasmine couldn’t be just any jasmine and the rose couldn’t be just any rose.

Patou would only accept jasmine grandiflorum, grown only in Grasse in southern France. His roses could only be Damascene rose grown in Bulgaria and Rose de Mai, also from Grasse. The fields where these flowers were grown were closely monitored to ensure they would meet the high standards set by the House of Patou. Vintage Joy, with its regal ingredients, may never be equaled, even in the current batches of the perfume. The kind of attention required to produce such a magnificent perfume is rare these days, and although the house insists the quality of Joy remains the same, it is probable that the formula has undergone some minor changes.

Joy is Still Full of Grandeur

Even if the quality of Joy by Jean Patou Joy may have slipped slightly since its inception, it is still a classic scent that rivals any other jasmine perfume on the market today. It is a regal scent that is carefully crafted to evoke images of elegant dinner parties at the height of the Roaring 20s. The jasmine scent in the perfume is magical, and sings through the fragrance like a soprano solo in a masterful opera. The rose scent is more subtle, but just as powerful, permeating the entire perfume like a soft lullaby calming a sleepy infant.

Jean Patou Joy Perfume is the second best-selling perfume in history, trailing only the peerless Chanel No. 5 in sales. It remains just as popular with today’s women as it was in the early part of the 20th century. Its luscious floral composition is timeless, as rose and jasmine are closely associated with femininity regardless of the time period. Women of all ages want to evoke feminine characteristics, particularly when in close proximity of male companions. Joy is a perfume that continues to fill this need, nearly 85 years after it was first introduced.

Jean Patou Joy Notes

As with any perfume, Joy’s top notes are intended to intrigue and entice. The tuberose, ylang-ylang blossom, pear, rose, and green notes are both interesting and alluring. If you want a scent that draws people closer with a single whiff, Joy Jean Patou is what you have been looking for. These top notes are combined in such a way that you want to know what the rest of the scent will hold. Even though the top notes would be sufficient enough to make Joy a delightful perfume, the middle notes soon take over.

The heart of Joy is where the jasmine resides. It is masterfully blended with iris root to create a slightly spicy and subtly seductive scent. The jasmine provides a luxurious aspect to the fragrance that makes it an ideal option for opulent dinner parties or extravagant outings to palaces or mansions. It is the 10,600 jasmine flowers that are present in every ounce of perfume that equate this perfume with wealth and formality. The 28 dozen roses in the opening set the stage for the jasmine heart, but the jasmine itself is what this perfume is all about.

The base of Jean Patou Joy is not as spectacular is its opening and heart, but it doesn’t have to be. The musk, sandalwood, and civet tones infused in the fragrance to temper the bursts of floral in the top and middle notes. It is a taste of warmth in an otherwise bright perfume; a bit of common sense in an otherwise over-the-top fragrance. When the rest of the perfume has taken you to joyous heights, the base is reorienting, bringing you back down to earth as the fragrance dries down.

Expensive, but Worth It

Jean Patou Joy was once billed as the most expensive perfume in the world. It was intended to be a bit of extravagance during an otherwise dismal world after the stock market crash of 1929. Its name, Joy, was not an accident. Patou reportedly wanted to infuse the world, and especially the United States with a small measure of happiness as it dealt with the aftermath of the crash. He sent 250 of his most important clients in America a bottle of his unique perfume, giving them a burst of joy that was rare in those days.

Although it is no longer the most expensive fragrance in the world, it is still an expensive treat. Its price ranges from about $70 to upwards of $115 per bottle. This is not a perfume that you would want to wear every day, unless you have the financial means to keep yourself in stock. Instead, Jean Patou Joy is meant for special occasions when you want to stand out from the crowd. Even if everyone else in the room is wearing a jasmine perfume, you will still be on center stage because your jasmine perfume is a classic.

The Bottle

jean patou joy perfumeDespite the extravagant liquid inside, the bottle containing Jean Patou Joy is very simple. It is a basic rectangular shape, with a silver stopper topping the flacon. The bottle itself is clear, meaning to put the fragrance itself on display, rather than the container. A gold thread is wrapped around the neck of the bottle, giving it a bit more personality than a simple glass container would normally have. However, with today’s perfumes trying to outdo one another with over-the-top flacons, the simple understatement of this bottle connotes an elegance that its competitors just don’t have.

Jean Patou Joy is available in 30 ml, 50 ml, and 100 ml for the Eau de Parfume formula, and 30 ml and 50 ml for the Eau de Toilette formula. Although the bottle may not stand out on your dressing table among the more creative containers, it still stands alone as a beacon of luxury and opulence. In fact, the eye is likely drawn to it more because of its simplicity than it would be otherwise, because the eye appreciates simple and straight lines, equating them with elegance and luxury.

Try it Again for The First Time

Jean Patou Joy is a scent that may not be appreciated by a young audience until that audience grows up. If you’ve tried Joy before and you didn’t care for it, it might be time to try it again. As you mature, your senses are drawn to more mature scents and Joy is one such scent. This does not mean you have to be old to enjoy this fragrance. Rather, you have to be at a stage in your life where flirty and fun are no longer the dominant characteristics you want to evoke with your perfume. You are ready to convey maturity and femininity in an elegant and luxurious way that other fragrances are unable to match.