Hi Posse. How do I not know about Voyageur by Jean Kerleo for Jean Patou? Released in 1995, I was living in London and often frequented the hallowed perfume halls of Selfridge & Co, Harvey Nix and Harrods. So strange to me that it completely passed me by. Back then the squirt bitches (of both sexes) were giving away minis like it was Xmas every day. Anyway, trawling FragranceNet the other week and buying some Sira des Indes for gifts I noticed it in the Patou section. A 5ml mini for about US$5 with the boat, throw it in.
I’m still very bitter that LVMH bought Patou and killed the perfumes. Currently hoarding them all and gifting as many as I can to keep the memory alive. Not just among perfumistas.
Voyageur by Jean Patou 1995
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange, Grapefruit
Heart: Sage, Lavender
Base: Oakmoss, Cedar, Sandalwood
Ahhhh! Voyageur has that 1990s vibe of citrus woody aromatic dressed up as water, as purveyed by Issey Miyake in the L’Eau d’Issey range but done so much smoother. Also it feels like an amalgamation of that vibe with traditional menswear. A lot less pungent too. Here we have a fragrance that is so delightfully under the radar that it might not have performed well in the perfume halls of the 1990s. Everyone was saying they were over the power perfumes but they were just as brutally obnoxious, from a different direction.
The heart is soft focus herbaceousness underpinned by woods and the citrus maintains a very faint presence a long ways into dry down. Considering how quiet the fragrance is the longevity is excellent. I can seriously imagine Voyageur being a huge hit in the Asian countries that find loud perfumes rude and obnoxious.
Though definitely aimed at the blokes anyone could wear Voyageur. Projection is very small, introverted perfume, longevity is all day. I swiped some on the the evening and could still smell soft whispers this morning.
Having a look around the internet there aren’t even that many second hand bottles for sale and nothing over US$300, even for full 100ml BNIC. I’m wondering if it wasn’t around for long. Some of the full sized bottles also come with the ship. SO COOL! No I didn’t go purchasing. I’m having a couple of tooth implants done so all discretionary spending money is being filtered towards that.
I loved this piece where Tom reminisces about Patou’s Joy!
Did you ever see or smell Voyageur?