Henri Alméras

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Henri Alméras (1892–1965) was a French perfumer. He was best known for creating many perfumes for Patou, including Amour Amour and Joy.[1] [2][3]

List of creations for Jean Patou[edit]

  • Amour Amour (1925): part of a trilogy of perfumes that includes Que Sais-Je? and Adieu Sagesse, Amour Amour represents the initial rush of romantic love. Amour Amour is a floral fragrance.
  • Que Sais-Je? (1925): represents the hesitation one feels before acting on romantic feelings. Que sais je? is a fruity fragrance with notes of peach, apricot, orange flower, jasmine, and rose.
  • Adieu Sagesse (1925): represents the moment when one surrenders to passion. Adieu Sagesse is a floral fragrance with notes of neroli, lily-of-the-valley, carnation, tuberose, and opopanax. It has a base of musk and civet.
  • Chaldée (1927): Chaldée was inspired by Patou's own Huile de Chaldée, the first ever suntan lotion. It celebrates the new fashion for suntanning that arose in the 1920s. The name is a reference to Chaldea, and the fragrance is a dry blend of spices, amber, and opopanax.
  • Moment Suprême (1929): a spicy amber fragrance with notes of geranium, clove, bergamot, rose and jasmine.
  • Joy (1929): Released at the beginning of the Great Depression, Joy is Jean Patou's most famous fragrance. When it came out, it was known as the "costliest perfume in the world." Joy is a classic example of the floral perfume genre, and it is known for its notes of Bulgarian rose and French jasmine.
  • Divine Folie (1933): an amber floral fragrance with notes of ylang-ylang, neroli, iris, vetiver, jasmine, rose, musk and vanilla.
  • Normandie (1935): released to celebrate the launch of the luxury French ocean liner of the same name, Normandie is a chypre fragrance with wood and fruit notes.
  • Vacances (1936): released to celebrate the first paid holidays in France, Vacances is a fresh floral fragrance with notes of hawthorn, galbanum, hyacinth, lilac and mimosa.
  • Colony (1938): a fruity chypre with a prominent note of pineapple, Colony was inspired by the warm climate of tropical islands.

All of these perfumes are preserved in the archives of the Osmothèque, where they are accessible to the public.[4]


  1. ^ "Henri Alméras". Perfume Projects. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ Ellen Willer and Phillippe Lorin. Jean Patou Ma Collection: Parfums D'Epoque 1925-1964. Paris: Jean Patou. 
  3. ^ "Moments of a century". Jean Patou. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  4. ^ Osmothèque - Conservatoire international des parfums. Official website. Web.

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