Jean Paul Gaultier has been a favourite of mine since his Eurotrash days (do you remember that great post pub show he hosted on TV with Antoine de Caunes? Fabulous.)
JPG was the darling of the Nineties, getting men into kilts and Breton shirts and Madonna into her iconic pointy bras – and sometimes no bra at all if the iconic topless dress is anything to go by. Those Gallic eyes have lost none of their twinkle and I declare myself a fan.
However, JPG loses a few points (but none of the love) for the sheer vast number of flankers around the fabulous Classique. I have reviewed Jean Paul Gaultier Classique elsewhere in this blog and I liked its soapy/acetone-y/feminine vibe, but it looks like someone, somewhere thought “here’s an idea! Let’s make so many flankers that even the die hard fans could never possibly list them all!” and so it was.
However, redemption is in sight for today I am wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense and it’s marvellous.
Opening with bright white flowers and a hint of vanilla, Classique Intense makes its presence felt straight away. The choice of flowers is interesting: there is no tuberose, but lots of Tiare flower. This means you get headiness, with less full fat cream but plenty of coconut and soap. I happen to love this so I don’t mind, but coconut dodgers (great mental image! Would make a good Wii game) may wish to take a back seat.
The middle phase goes a bit woody on me and lies flat for a little while, but then the base notes emerge and in comes patchouli, a few more white flowers coming back as the woodiness fades, and a delicate hint of vanilla that makes this confusingly, borderline frangipani in places, what with the coconutty foodie thing going on. No matter, it’s marvellous and with just a touch of juiciness in the restrained pomegranate, you have a great, and intense, woody white floral.
Ignore the millions of flankers- I have neither the time nor the inclination to even know where to begin, but the original Jean Paul Gaultier Classique is worth seeking out if you haven’t done already.
Stockists You can buy Classique Intense online ( or in store) from the Fragrance Shop in the UK, or online from Next or online and in store from Boots (who also do click and collect if you don’t want to pay postage). I couldn’t find it on any USA sites so I am guessing the launch over there will be coming soon.