What a delightful find!
A warm "rosy floral," as described by Barbara Herman. This is certainly unisex and one of the few rose scents men can wear easily - think Pehnaligon's classic Hammam Bouquet.
There seems to be a controversy as to whether this was named after the "popular French brand of cigarettes" or the direct translation as the essence of the "Gallic woman." The resemblance of the bottle design to the actual cigarette package design tends to shift the question one way, but if one considers that the cigarette itself was designed as expressing the other argument, you have it both ways.
There is an interesting tobacco scent underlying the rose bouquet. This takes its unique place alongside Caron's classic Tabac Blond, as being specifically geared towards the woman who smokes cigarettes - a tobacco quite different from the pipe or cigar variety aimed at men.
Quite a gem and luckily still available on Ebay.
Top notes: Bergamot, Coriander, Hyacinth
Heart notes: Jasmine, Rose, Orris, Tuberose, Muguet
Base notes: Musk, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Amber, Civet
I continue to be amazed that Gauloise is marketed as a "feminine" scent. It remains one of my favorite afterscents, and my go-to EDT following a straight-razor shave with QED "Wild Rose" shaving soap -- the combination is pleasantly aromatic, especially so for the two-decades-long ex-smoker.
The name has nothing to do with the brand of cigarettes (also defunct) but rather alludes to the archetypical French woman: La Gauloise: The Gallic woman. It was a powdery floral with a personality. Vive la France!
07th July, 2012 (last edited: 10th September, 2012)
I find it interesting that a fragrance with this name and style of packaging turns out to be a feminine. The Perfume Intelligence database describes Gauloise as a "fresh green mossy woods powdery-floral aldehyde", and that agrees very much with what I smell.
Gauloise is a popular brand of strong cigarettes produced in France since 1910. The styling of the flacon in the photo (an open cigarette packet), leaves little doubt that this fragrance pays homage to its namesake tobacco sticks. As such, I was initially surprised that Gauloise (the perfume) had no discernible tobacco note - but if it was targeted at smokers, I guess there'd be no need. This fragrance may have been designed to compliment (and probably freshen) the ashtray odours of the person wearing it.
The strangeness (to my eyes at least) of this fragrance's marketing highlights the decline of smoking culture worldwide, which is no bad thing. But it's a shame that Molyneux's Gauloise is also fading into the past, because it really is a delicate, beautiful scent (if rather fleeting, at least in EDT form). If you love fresh aldehydic florals and come across a bottle of this almost-forgotten treasure, I urge you to give it a try.
While it is a floral, it has a musky sensuality to it as well. It has 'legs' too, lasting for several hours as the scent evlolves Every time I wear this I get stopped by both men and women asking me what fragrance I'm wearing. I can tell you the men definitely love it on me when I wear it!
Smells waxy - like lipstick. Pass.