Enjoy by Jean Patou
Bottle Design: Lutz Herrmann
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Enjoy is a popular perfume by Jean Patou for women and was released in 2002. The scent is fruity-floral. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBanana, Bergamot, Pear, Cassia, Mandarin, Orange, Blackcurrant
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Patchouli, Vanilla

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Scent

7.6 (57 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (40 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (29 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (37 Ratings)
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    6
enjoy
Enjoy was the sequel to a trio of perfumes from 2001 that launched Jean-Michel Duriez as in-house perfumer at Jean Patou. Pan Ame, Hip and Nacre were all fruity-florals centered on a pear note. Of the three, I’ve only smelled Pan Ame, which was clearly a precursor to Enjoy. 2001 was a tough year to re-launch a traditional house and reframe it as modern and accessible. I doubt it helped that the three perfumes were all in the same genre and shared the same uncommon note of pear. I imagine it was an attempt to create a signature house accord in one fell swoop. An unsuccessful attempt—all were fairly quickly discontinued.

Enjoy was an early version of the so-called “nouvelles-chypres” of the time like Miss Dior Chérie (2005) and Narciso for Her (2004). These perfumes substituted a musky patchouli base for the verboten oakmoss of the traditional chypre. The style now seems dated and era-specific, but Enjoy was one of the more successful iterations of the style.

Enjoy builds on Pan Ame’s unripe pear, grounding it in a clean patchouli base. The grainy pear note is balanced by crunchy blackcurrant on one side and an acetone musk on the other. The floral notes, jasmine and rose, have a high-piched synthetic tone that give a tinny quality to the heartnotes. The kicker is an unripe banana note that falls in line with the blackcurrant, tracing a starchy green line through the duration of the perfume. It’s a note that Duriez would set in a tropical floral, creamy woody setting in 2006’s Sira des Indes.

Compared to the syrupy fruity-florals of its time, Enjoy was considered a bit unsmiling and tight-assed. Even from the perspective of 2016, it seems a bit prim, if balanced. There is a sweetness to the perfume, especially in the drydown, but it has a saccharine quality that keeps the fruit from having a three-dimensionality. Enjoy doesn’t hide its artificiality. It molds the high-pitched florals and grainy fruits into a crystalline configuration that suits the perfume’s sharp edges.

Duriez authored the fabled Yohji Essential and Yohji Homme at the end of the 1990s, the same time he made Un Amour de Patou and Patou For Ever. Yohji Yamamoto’s perfumes were made by Jean Patou and his work for both houses were the launch pad for his taking on the in-house post at Patou that Jean Kerléo was to relinquish in 1999.

All of Duriez’s perfumes for Patou have all been discontinued, wiping the Patou pears from the market. Coincidentally, this means that none of the perfumes from Proctor and Gamble’s ownership of Patou (2001-2011) remain in the line-up. After Duriez left Patou, the company took a different direction under perfumer Thomas Fontaine and owner Designer Parfums Limited, recomposing nine Patou perfumes originally released from the 1920s-1980s. The current line-up consists of this Heritage Collection, the seminal Joy, and two perfumes from the Kerléo era, 1000 and Sublime. However it came about, the Patou brand turned away from creating new perfumes and made itself into a museum. It is an open question what direction the brand will take in the future.
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Gold

468 Reviews
Gold
Gold
Helpful Review    5
"Joy" rejuvenated
What an utterly beautiful, adorable, pretty perfume. Smells like "Joy" rejuvenated. Spring in a bottle. Fantastic swirly, flowery top-note, a heart of rose and jasmine. The colour I associate with it is rosy-red. The music I associate is a piano-concert by Mozart. I actually once followed a woman who wore it and asked her about the name of her fragrance. And this is an exceptional thing for me to do.
"Enjoy" is an exceptional fragrance.
7.0/10
Awesomeness

247 Reviews
Awesomeness
Awesomeness
Helpful Review    3
A fruity floral that is better than the vast majority of fruity florals
Enjoy opens like sweet tea on me, and then it stays that way for a good 1-2 hours. It must be the combination of cassia and fruit giving me the impression of sweet tea. Then, Enjoy strengthens on me and I get a bit of the floral character, although I can't pick out individual notes. That's another hour or two. However, the base kind of peters out & it wears very much like a skin scent 5-6 hours out. I wish Enjoy would really project itself at the bottom, because that would make it a 5-star fragrance for me.

Overall, 4 of 5 stars with extra kudos for an unusual opening & lasting heart (3-4 hours), but a wish for more longevity and umpf from the base.

As long as you're not expecting a classic scent and are OK with fruity florals, Enjoy is sample worthy. Thanks to a generous member, I am now the proud owner of this little beauty.

16th September, 2010
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Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
Helpful Review    3
Enjoy
A soapish beging but in a few seconds
dries to a scent of black current tart
and suble sweet banana it's refreshed
with cassia and orange to make it zesty
and the pear makes it smooth. for me
in perfumes i'v always have a hard time
detecting eather the rose or the jasmine
notes. the drydown is with the usual
mix of amber and musk with an occasional
vanilla.

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