67% would repurchase
on 1/17/2018 8:31:00 PM
More reviews by valmont32677
This is matronly good for a spinster like myself. I’m 40. “I will live my life as I will undoubtedly die, alone.” This is classy. For the woman who knows herself & knows what she wants. Classique & floral I smell a lot of different flowers smushed together but I love it. It’s distinctive & elegant. I got it from the Vermont country store catalogue. The man on the phone raved about this to my mom (blind buy) when she was buying me arpege (also blind). 101% Heavenly. If elegance could be bottled this is it!! I love the shape of the bottle. Def rebuy!!
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on 7/22/2017 6:24:00 PM
More reviews by BigEars
This has all the class and elegance of an old school chypre. It is a trifle powdery, soft and subtle but it lasts ages on my skin. I don't get a massive rose presence which is supposed to be there. My skin amplifies creamy woods. It is warm and cuddly like a scented hug. May I never be without it. I have it and Joy but I reach for this more often.
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on 3/31/2016 5:33:00 AM
More reviews by rasputin2
Jean Patou QUE SAIS-JE? [1925; nose: Henri Almeras]. Aldehydic/Fruity/Woody Type.This classic beauty was released by the house of Patou in 1925, the year of the Arts Decoratifs Exposition in Paris... the arts convention that officially launched the "Art Deco" style (even though Europeans have always called it "Le Style Moderne", not Art Deco).QUE SAIS-JE?, which means literally "What do *I* know?", refers to the dizzy beginning of a romance, when one is not thinking wisely or prudently, but rather with emotional ardor. The scent was originally released as part of a trilogy, each suggested for a different wearer's haircolor. :-) QSJ was recommended for brunettes; AMOUR AMOUR for blondes, and ADIEU SAGESSE for redheads.QSJ is a sweet, fruity, nutty, woody fragrance. It opens with bright, boozy aldehydes, and a peach/pear fruitiness that smells like a peach brandy or hard pear cider. The floralcy is sweet, yet subdued, somewhat "anonymous": rose, jasmin and ylang-ylang form a soft, muted cushion designed to spotlight the fruit characteristics. In the heart, the fruit takes on a juicy pear-like deliciousness, slathered in a drippy, indolic honey. Hazelnut confers a nutty warmth, and a delicate herbal accord of French thyme, tarragon, menthol and clove spice up the fruit. The base is a woody accord of cedar, sandalwood, benzoin, a vanilla in its floral guise, musks, and au fond, an unusual, improbable stony/dusty note of myrrh, which anchors and counterbalances the perfume's essential sweetness.QSJ? is now long-discontinued and rather difficult to find, though it occasionally crops up on eBay. One must be sure to look for the 1980's "Ma Collection" re-issue, and take great pains to avoid the monstrous, incorrect bastardization it received upon re-launch in 2014.Highly recommended. Respected Swiss perfumer Andy Tauer considers QUE SAIS-JE? to be a classic masterpiece that every perfumer must experience at least once in his/her nose training.
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on 12/9/2015 6:45:00 PM
More reviews by xtrasweetwifeyx
worst smell ever! yuck! wouldn't recommend if you are in your 20's and 30's..
on 1/17/2015 11:14:00 PM
More reviews by Aimbl
Skin chemistry issue, namely dirty hair note as described by ellizam's helpful and very informative review below. She attributes this to costus root in colony, also in Piguet's Bandit and a few other perfumes. I have a hard time with. Bandit; I always thought it was because it was somehow overly phenolic or length dry, but I will keep an eye out for costus root in the future. I really wanted this to work. Fortunately, I was able to buy a small mini of patou EdT (from the Ma collection) for a very reasonable price. Other than skin chemistry, this felt very water fruit accord to me. It also felt very translucent. I wasnt expecting that because I was thinking this would be like Mitsouko, which unfolds as a warm, golden, dry chypre on me. However, I am a fan of Mitsouko in the 2013 extrait and in vintage PdT, not EdT, so perhaps it's also an unfair comparison. When I retested my mini months later, (in the course of sampling Patou Sublime and thinking about Caron Acasiosa, I still got the problematic opening, but the dry down was more evocative of Mitsouko. I feel that the spice in Mitsouko adds necessary depth and warmth that makes it bloom very nicely on me, so while I appreciate Colony, it's not one that I would choose to wear.
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