Val the Cookie Queen
Greetings APJ Brats
Although the Sale Gosse was launched in 2017, it is only now that it has become semi-available. Initially it could only be bought in Paris, and only earlier this year did it become available in some stores, London, Italy, and maybe somewhere in the US? However you can now purchase it online from Frederic Malle. I was informed by Malle in the Burlington Arcade, London that it would not be going into every Malle point-of-sale. Which basically means you would have to buy it blind, and we never do that huh?
Sale Gosse by Fanny Bal for Frederic Malle 2017
Tara of A Bottled Rose and I, Malle Babes that we are, took the chance to try it when we were together in London earlier in the year and we have wanted it ever since.
I still don’t have it. I did not want to buy a whole bottle based on the memory only, at least not in this case. I nabbed myself 20 mls from an Austrian über-perfumista friend who was kind enough to calm my lemming down.
“Dirty Brat” is the literal translation of Sale Gosse, and it was created by Fanny Bal, trainee/apprentice to Dominique Ropion. It is not a scent created for kids, despite what you might read from people. Those who bitched about Malle for targeting children for his 180 Euro perfume really ought to get a life, and inform themselves. Rolls eyes. Malle just asked the perfumer to create a scent representing childhood, an eau-de-cologne. Hence the idea of a Malabar bubble gum note that we find so deliciously embedded in the middle notes.
Top: Neroli oil, Bergamot, Petitgrain. Middle; Narcisse Absolute, Rose, Violet. Base: Musc.
Sale Gosse Opens with a shit ton of pettigrain, neroli, bergamot, maybe some rosemary, classic EdC but I reckon pretty amped up. The rose and violet veer off into the sweet juicy hint of the Malabar chewing gum it represents, a candied edge. Perhaps the narcisse stops it from being oversweet. It is so enchanting and it is at this point it morphs into a perfume for me, rather than an eau-de-cologne. Wearing it now I see the cooler weather really bringing the rose out. The musk base keeps the scent alive for hours on my skin, and is surprisingly sensual. I have a feeling it will be as beautiful in winter as it is in summer. I still want a bottle. (It really is quite a rose scent, the photo below taken by Michaela Maringer, my decant from that very bottle.)
Did you all catch up on Portia’s Saturday Question: What Is Your Guilty Fragrant Pleasure?
I do have a major idiosyncratic perfume behaviour, which didn’t quite fit in as a guilty pleasure and I will share it here quickly. I cannot apply perfume without having shoes on my feet. If I am not quite ready to go out then I put flip-flops on before spraying. Always. AND as I mentioned in the Saturday Question comments, I am a total perfume snob. It has two advantages. One, I have a very small collection, as most stuff does not make the grade. Two, I always smell fabulous as I only wear the best. Life way too short for crap. All perfume opinions my own of course.
Bubble Gum Bussis