Hey Hey Vintage Fragheads,
1000 was a fragrance I had basically ignored. Joy was my Patou fragrance and at some point I had a Sira des Indes too but though it was lovely it didn’t float my boat at the time and I sold it on. Back in 2014 my mate Michael & I went for a 2 hour private class at the Osmotheque in Versailles, Paris (the suburb, not the palace, walking distance though) and when we got there out tutor was none other than Jean Kerleo himself. It was the most fabulously surreal afternoon and I will never forget it. The photo below is taken when Patricia de Nicolai came in to thank us and very kindly tell us it was time to leave. We’d still be there had she not.
1000 EdT vintage by Jean Patou 1972
1000 EdT vintage by Jean Kerleo
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Osmanthus, violet, apricot
Heart: Jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose, geranium
Base: Sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss
A floral chypre! Yep. My knowledge of chypre (sketchy at best even though I love them) is that they have no flowers because Cyprus (or Chypre as it’s also known) is all about citrus, foliage, conifers and herbs. Anyway, so many of my chypre loves have flowers who am I to bitch?
This bottle was a recent eBay purchase and I already have some pristine vintage parfum so I have a pretty good base line to mark it from.
The osmanthus, violet and apricot in the opening are there if I look for them, particularly the violet and I would have picked fruit but not that it was apricot and would add there also seems to be a low-key slug of citrus. Aldehydes too, giving a softly oily radiance to everything.
The hearts bouquet is basically overrun by the base with only a passing reference to roses that I can pick and without notes I probably would have missed them too. Not incredibly creamy sandalwood and furry oakmoss seem the stars of the show for me and I am 100% OK with that. After reading NST review I realised that there are also animalics that I was totally nose deaf to, having smelled Jean Kerleo’s remaining musk tincture the memory jumped out at me again. Heavenly.
1000 is dressed up and ready to rumble, what I really want to do is triple spritz my chest and go grocery shopping or clean the car. The sheer weight of its glamour would be excellent as a backdrop to the turbines of tedium.
Further reading: Now Smell This and Non Blonde
The current 1000 is available in department stores and on the discount sites.
Surrender To Chance has EdP & Parfum samples starting at $6/ml
How about you? Ever wear the really flashy good frags to light up the everyday?
5 thoughts on “1000 EdT vintage by Jean Kerleo for Jean Patou 1972”
For me the way I intoduce some glamour into my day is by wearing frags. If I waited for special occasions then I’d rarely wear them. So yeah – I try to find ways to wear my favorites whenever I can – whatever they are.
Fragrance can take us anywhere in our mind. 100% agree.
My vintages are actually the real treasures I own. I used to collect them and keep them safe. Until I’ve realized that they could turn any moment so nowadays I give them more chances to shine. They brighten up my day absolutely every time I wear them. I don’t know 1000, not even the current version, but your description makes me want to go on a hunt for a small vintage bottle.
Hi there Neva,
It’s well worth the hunt.
Yeah, wear them all. As often as possible. What better way to enjoy life than fragrantly.
Yes if I am bored or restless I put on something glamorous for sure …you’re right Portia no better way to enjoy life..🦄😍❤️
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