Eau de Patou opens with an amazing slightly herbal citrus consisting mainly of orange, but also Sicilian lemon, lime and grapefruit. The effervescent fresh citrus remains into the early heart notes, but in a much more subdued smooth state, giving way to an orange blossom and jasmine-like ylang-ylang floral tandem. In the dry-down, the orange blossom begins to fade just a hair, now blending near-perfectly with strong amber and oakmoss from the base. Projection is above average and longevity is exceptional.
Eau de Patou has got to have some of the best opening accords of any scent I have smelled. The light herbal citrus is absolutely to die for. Adding to the open, while orange blossom is not a note I tend to enjoy as a rule, it is used so beautifully here by the master himself, Jean Kerleo, that even the most ardent detractor of the note has to enjoy it and I certainly did. If I have any gripe with the scent, it is the amber and oakmoss in the base are just a bit on the strong side, slightly overpowering the orange blossom a bit during the dry-down. I really am just reaching for minor gripes in an outstanding overall composition though; and as an aside, gender watching observers should absolutely ignore the "feminine" label on Eau de Patou, as it is perfectly unisex and will smell incredible on anyone. Certainly Eau de Patou deserves mention in any conversation of the best citrus floral scents of all-time, earning a very strong 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5. I strongly recommend citrus floral and oakmoss lovers pick this one up while you still can.