Monday, December 27, 2010

Joy Perfume - History

As promised of Joy Perfume, I found another great discription of Joy perfume. This great article from gives a better discription of the smell and history of Joy perfume:

Known as the most expensive perfumes in the world, Jean Patou has left an indelible mark on the fragrance market with Joy Perfume. From his humble beginnings after World War I and the Wall Street Crash, he raised the bar of luxury in spite of difficult times and inspired the women of America with his Joy perfume. Although from French descent, he reveres his American clientele too well that he created a perfume that contains double of the required essential oils, thus doubling or even tripling the price of perfumes of his time.

Joy perfume celebrates the floral purity of its composition without compromising on the number of flowers used to create every drop of this luxurious merchandise. Ten thousand jasmines and twenty eight dozen of May roses are required to produce 30mL of this highly revered perfume. It opens up with Bulgarian Rose, tuberose and ylang-ylang. The heart sinks with jasmine and Grasse and dry down with May rose. An exceptional taste only for those who can afford it, it became a parody and a light of hope to the difficult times of the World War and the crashing economy.

There have been many other fragrances that have been released under the Jean Patou name and have lived up to the expectations of its loyal clientele. After the success of Joy and other fragrances, Ma Liberte was released in 1987 as an oriental floral fragrance. Opening with citrus notes and heliotrope; heart of lavender, jasmine, rose and cloves and base with sandalwood, spicy nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla and blends with vetivir, cedar, patchouli and musk.

Standing out from the crowd is a woman that is offered with Sublime by the Jean Patou House. A mixture of the most delicate yet sensual notes, the top notes are of bergamot, tangerine and coriander with green accords to give you a fresh and sweet tinge. Middle notes go floral with ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine and neroli oil while it dries down with vanilla, sandalwood, civet, and cedar. Packaged in an elegant bottle that whispers elegance, it is crowned with a gold stopper to exude luxury.

Apparently I'm not the only joy perfume lover around. There is so much information avaliable to share on all of Jean Patou's fragrances. Thanks Nadine VanKurk for the quick, easy to read history and overview of Joy Perfume!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joy Perfume - created with care

I was searching for some more historical informaton on joy perfume and found this info on (cute I know). Some of this information is redundant to one of my older posts but there are a few new tid-bits in here:

JOY was created with a lot of care, just like the most expensive Haute-Cotture dress, and thus it was extraordinary and timeless. It was presented by Jean Patou as 'the world's most expensive perfume' right at the time of The Great Depression in 1929, when the market of luxury fashion crushed and Jean Patou's house could survive only through the perfumes.

JOY is created of rare flowers in unique concentration of 10600 flowers of jasmine and 28 dozens of roses which adorn the exceptional heart of this perfume. With the time JOY attains enormous success and became the second best selling perfume of all times (the first best-selling is the legendary Chanel N°5).

Intense and luscious with alluring floral composition, JOY was created by Henri Alméras, who made its top notes irresistibly delightful. The composition starts with fragrant jilt tuberose, luscious rose, ylang-ylang blossom, aldehydes, sweet and mouthwatering pear, and green notes. The heart beats passionately in pure and sweetly fresh jasmine notes, seductive and balmy spicy and darkened iris root. The base whiffs with sensual musk, warm and milky-powdery sandalwood, with mild musky civet tones.

The bottle, of simple and straight lines with a golden thread around its neck, was designed by the architect Louis Süe in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sizes for Eau de Parfume and 30ml and 50ml sizes for Eau de Toilette. Regardelss of its simplicity, the bottle leaves an impression of luxury and hints that its content is one of the best perfumes of the world. In 1932 Jean Patou designed a small black and red bottle in which this perfume is also presented.


Ahhh yes... the joys of joy perfume.

Joy Perfume - Welcome

Joy perfume has been my most favored fragrance for years. I've dedicated this to the perfume and information on it. I've see tons of great information on the web and will share it here with you. I'll also be sharing information on other Jean Patou fragrances and other personal fave's I find along the way. Now, to give you some background information on Joy perfume. I got this from and it gives a pretty good high-level overview of the history.

Joy is a perfume created for Parisian couturier Jean Patou by perfumer Henri Almeras in 1929. It is considered to be one of the greatest fragrances created and is a landmark example of the floral genre in perfumery.

Joy was created as a reaction to the 1929 Wall Street Crash, which had diminished the fortunes of Jean Patou's wealthy American clientele. Despite its elevated price and the depressed economic environment, Joy became an instant success and has remained Jean Patou's most famous fragrance.

At the heart of Joy is a luxurious combination of jasmine and rose. 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses are required to create 30ml of the parfum, hence its very high selling price. Joy also contains other flowers such as Ylang ylang, Michelia Alba and Tuberose. Despite its many ingredients, Joy does not smell like a specific flower. According to Luca Turin, "the whole point of its formula was to achieve the platonic idea of a flower, not one particular earthly manifestation." The bottle was created by French architect and artisan Louis Süe and was designed to have a simple, classical feel.

In 2002, the House of Jean Patou created Enjoy, a contemporary take on Joy meant for younger women.


That is a very short history but there are tons of other resourses online I'll share with you as time goes on. Thanks for checking out Joy Perfume today