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on 10/2/2014 6:12:00 PM
More reviews by mhubbard
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
This was a gift. For full disclosure, I am a lover of gourmands and some various odd-ball scents. While I can see the appeal of Joy, unfortunately I am one of those who can truly smell the animalic poo-poo note in it. As such, it is simply a bit too old-fashioned for my taste. Alarming and dated as one reviewer put it. Not suitable for work, questionably appropriate for romance and certainly not for down-time relaxation.....oh well. I will keep my bottle for the odd moment, but would not repurchase.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 7/17/2014 4:27:00 PM
More reviews by cocochanel4ever
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Last summer I ordered COCO pure parfum on ebay, and seller was nice to put the edt Joy by Jean Patou as a free gift. I was so scared to spray it on skin, so instead sprayed in the package box it came with. What can I say? Terrible terrible smell! but I didn't throw it away, just put it away in my closet. Today I stopped by little Vintage shop, and guess what I see there: Vintage, Pure Parfum Joy Jean Patou, 1oz, made in France. Box looks very old, but bottle inside is new. Remembering my previous experience with edt, I wasn't sure I want to smell it, but beautiful price of 12$ (and on ebay they go for 350$ and up) made me buy it. Thank you Jesus I bought it!!! I barely touched my skin with crystal stopper, not even 1 drop, and most beautiful fragrance filled the room. Sorry Chanels and Shalimar, my new love is Joy. No cat pee, as some reviewers detect in it, just smooth rounded jasmine and rose. I can't stop smelling my wrist. Quality of the parfum is amazing! Im still scared to get my edt bottle out and compare it side by side. 30ml of this pure Joy is wonderful, but I will search for another bottle or bottles)) My inner hamster wants to get as much of this stuff as possible because it's rare and vintage and hard to find. I never tried modern Joy, but as with every perfume, vintage is always better because only natural ingredients were used. Little tip for any vintage perfume lover as myself: it is possible to find rare and vintage perfume at garage sales, estate sales, vintage shops and thrift stores. there is also Ebay, but it's better to smell fragrance first, to make sure it is not fake or spoiled. well, that's it about Joy. Wonderful perfume, and in pure parfum form it's heaven. Highly recommend. EDITI DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED... BUT ONLY THING I CAN SMELL IS CIVET IN THIS PERFUM(((( SMELLS EXACTLY LIKE CAT'S LITTER BOX. CANNOT WEAR IT ANYMORE.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 6/19/2014 7:20:00 PM
More reviews by shadedmaryy
Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
My sister in-law who lives in Hollywood gave me a cute tiny little bottle of Joy, I've had this sweetie for years. Today because it is almost 80+% empty, I decided to make something different out of it, that would not clash with the small amount of Joy left, so decided to top it up with Chanel No 5 and it smells pretty good like that.The tiny bottle is a screw top so I'm able to re-fill it with anything and keep it in my purse. Joy is not a favorite of mine, so would never buy it.Stale cat pee reeks and is repugnant but fresh cat pee does not reek and Joy certainly does smell like fresh cat pee to me. I've got cats who use sand trays so I know what fresh cat pee smells like. I've noticed that the female cats pee smells a bit different to the male cats pee and Joy smells like fresh male cats pee.
on 5/19/2014 10:32:00 AM
More reviews by snkatha
Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine
The second I sprayed this on myself I thought insecticide. I've heard others call this cat pee & I get what they mean! It's very sharp! 15 mins I can still smell insecticide with flowers starting to peek through. Then there's this beautiful woody scent starting to come through & I can smell the roses in this & the insecticide smell is gone. This is when I start enjoying this scent. The florals, the woods almost like incense, there's a bit of powder in there....This perfume keeps morphing & revealing itself bit by bit. It definitely is a classic, classy scent The beginning scared me but it morphs into something lovely.
on 5/16/2014 9:12:00 AM
More reviews by gypsytejas
Age: 56 & Over
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Amendment to my first review. I bought a vintage, sealed bottle (black) on ebay and it is a beautiful, dense floral. It smells like you are in a bouquet of roses. A bit musky, and not a girly scent.. It is a vintage scent, but wouldn't say old lady. Nothing else smells like it. When I put it on I imagine well dressed lady with a hat, red nails, a scarf of those minks connected, stockings, and a martini glass. Bette Davis in All about Eve. It's still unique, sophisticated and very French. If you are interested in vintage perfumes it is a must try. Maybe get a decant on Etsy. My first review was for a bottle that I now believe was fake (also bought on ebay) " I found that stuff un-wearable and unbearable. It smelled like a damp, dirty dog who had also rolled in fresh deer dung. I have a dog who has done that so know how it smells. My husband even came in the room an hour after I lightly spritzed one wrist and said the dog needed a bath "
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 6/21/2013 3:23:00 PM
More reviews by SUPAtime
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
Great to have as a reference, but not very wearable for me. I only have the EdT which I find rosier than the EdP (I've never had the opportunity to smell the parfum) with slightly less jasmine. The rose is surprisingly lemony and fresh and contrasts well with the highly indolic jasmine and tuberose. There's some powdery iris and a fair amount of ylang ylang. All of it is blended smoothly to create a big, old fashioned floral. The animalic notes in the base are alarming and dated. I can't say that I like Joy but it's so impressive and such an interesting perfume, I have to give it at least 4 lipsticks. There is something fascinating about it... truly a perfume of a different era.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 2/2/2013 2:25:00 PM
More reviews by gmstrack
Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm
Hair: Red, Straight, Medium
Joy by Jean Patou can be described as the quintessential vintage fragrance overflowing with rose, aldehydes, and civet. The civet is definitely loud and dirty, but it blends with the sweet, juicy aspect of the rose rendering it velvety and luscious. When I wear Joy, I conservatively apply it and keep a modern appearance. I’d love to meet someone who swims in this fragrance :)
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 6/5/2011 9:03:00 AM
More reviews by lindyloo
Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This review is for the pure parfum.This is the Summer of my quest for a signature scent and so far it has been disappointing. After years, and years of being a perfume junkie I am going back to the classics, trying to find that scent that will "just do it" for me. My latest expenditure was Joy pure parfum. Again, relying on the book Perfumes the Guide, and their raving review of Joy parfum, I threw all fate to the wind and spent the $275. Well, 3 days later I am still asking myself - What were you thinking? It goes on pungent, I mean really pungent! Very hard to take. So pungent, you don't want to be around others so as not to offend anyone. After 30 minutes a bouquet of florals opens up - rose, jasmine, tuberose - but not distinct. Bold, overpowering. I was waiting for a smooth symphony of bold florals, something to send me soaring, but it never came. I kept waiting for that beautiful aroma to waft up from my wrists that would sooth me, make me feel sensuous - nothing. Then came the dry-down. I can only describe it in one word - horrid. On me, the low note comes across as a strong civet. Repulsive, cat pee repulsive. After the third day of wearing it, waiting for something different to happen each day, I gave up. I cannot wear this again. What an expensive lesson to learn. There is never the pure parfum on display in the store as a tester. I shoud have tried the edp and then made a decision. Thank God my husband was on a business trip and was not around to question "what the hell are your wearing now/'
13 out of 19 people found this review helpful.
on 8/12/2010 5:14:00 PM
More reviews by sunnyonne1
a most boring floral. Not even worthy of me wasting my thoughts and words. It stinks like a gazzillion flowers. Lacks originality and complexity. If you love carrying armloads of bouquets, this one is for you. Long ago, it was a gift from my mother-in-law. I loved her, but hated this gift.
on 7/5/2010 1:38:00 AM
More reviews by happywoman28
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
Ok this will sound crazy but when I apply this I actually hear it rolling down, like someone sliding his hand down the strings of a cello, and then a hushed thump of a bass drum. It rolls out the rose, sort of wheels it down a red carpet. It then continues to evolve and morph, showing various angles of the rose garden and jasmin blooms. And talk about money! If you could actually smell what being rich and of the top echelons would smell like, this would be it. It's intimidating. There is not a woman on earth that I am aware of who could possibly live up to the heights of elegance and goddess-like sophistication this incredible fragrance displays (possibly Catherine DeNeuve now that I think of it). I have to wear my hair in a French Twist and have my skin and eyebrows perfect when I wear this. It is SO worth the money for the real perfume, if being transported to a higher realm is important to you.
8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
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