Farewell Wisdom: The Blind Buy and Patou Adieu Sagesse

We all go a little mad sometimes..” -Norman Bates

Okay, who hasn’t gone a little nuts and just went for a blind buy online. I’ve done it with clothing- sometimes for good, sometimes tragically for not-so-good (do not trust the French when they call something “extra large”) So, the other day through some combination of fate, timing, coupons, and perhaps the phases of the moon I managed to score a full, sealed bottle of Patou Adieu Sagesse, which I have never tried and looking at the notes after purchasing, wasn’t sure that I would even care for.

Adieu Sagesse (the 1925 original) was the third part of a trilogy from Patou that started with Amour-Amour, went through Que Sais-Je? And finally landed here- the part of love where you finally fall, throwing caution to the wind, allowing oneself to fall heedlessly without thought of the possible pitfalls and heartaches ahead.

Reads like a blind buy, right?

This is of course not the stuff that the shopper at Patou or Saks or Bullocks Wilshire was getting in the 1920’s (or even the 1980’s)- this is part of the Heritage Collection that was released in the mid 2010s. I have a bottle of that vintage Colony and it’s fairly close to what the smidge of the old stuff I had smells like- of course without a wayback machine I can’t say how close. Marina at PST back in 2008 wrote of it as being carnation heavy, and carnation is for me somewhat difficult- it can be just lovely like the discontinued Miller Harris one I can’t remember the name of, or I can go a little funeral home and not in an interesting, goth, JAR kind of way.

So, am I head over heels?

Not really. It’s lovely- fresh white flowers with a crisp, almost apple-like freshness and the blameless carnation. As it wears on me it gets a little spicier and a little coconutty and slightly powdery. I don’t know if there’s something in it that I am simply not smelling or it’s the actual juice but I think I could bathe in this and not offend anyone with a perfume OD.

How much would you like this for your dressing table?

Of course that doesn’t exactly read like head-over heels, wild abandonment adoration, does it? I think it’s going to be more a quiet sort of love. But that sort is often more lasting, isn’t it?

This version is available on the interwebs at various prices, usually abut $85 for a large 3.3 ounce. Considering that Patou is dead as smelt, if you want it, grab it now. I did.

Images: My iPhone, Pexels and Wikimedia Commons

  • Musette says:

    I love a good carnation – L’Origan (the vintage Coty) is fabulous as is Amouage Dia, which always brings to mind the lovely, late Gaia – she wrote a fabulous post about Dia. I was wearing it today – very ladylike…but with a certain sumpin’..

  • Maggiecat says:

    Isn’t this the one that’s supposed to be for redheads? Or is that one of the other two in the series?

    • Maya says:

      Redhead it is. Amour Amour is for blondes and
      Que Sais-Je? is for brunettes. They are both pretty, but I love Adieu Sagesse (Farewell Wisdom) most of all and in more ways than one, even though I’m a brunette.

      • Tom says:

        I’d like to try the other two, even though at this stage I’m none of these above (“distinguished silver” as John Irving wrote)

    • Tom says:

      You’re right. This is the redhead one.

  • Dina C. says:

    Blind buys can be tricky. I only succumb to the temptation of them a couple times a year. I cheat and look up notes first!

  • March says:

    Oh, I love a good blind buy story! Hey, it’s fun, and if we’re not thrilled with the purchase it can be gifted or sold or otherwise passed on … this doesn’t sound like the kind of passion I’d be expecting (or for that matter much like “me”.) I do love a carnation, somewhere I have a bottle of that cheap Russian (?) one. Thanks for the read!

    • Tom says:

      Carnation is iffy for me- this one works. It’s just kind of.. quiet is the word I am thinking of..

  • rosarita says:

    I got a bottle of Chaldee in a swap and love it, it’s different from anything else in my collection. L’Heure Attendue is one I’d like to try.

  • cinnamon says:

    The only Patou I ever wore was Joy (the EdP years ago) and it just didn’t quite work. I never investigated further (probably my loss). I think a blind buy every once in a while is expected — how can we not? And I love carnation in perfume as it tends to be peppery and cardboardy on me but a bit sweeter and happier than iris. One day someone will get it in their head to reprise Caron Bellodgia well. I live in hope.

  • Portia says:

    I bet it will grow on you as you use it up and then be a great sadness when you can never find it again Tom.
    Portia xx

  • Kathleen says:

    I have a few bottles from the Heritage Collection; however, have never sniffed Adieu Sagesse. Curious now! I’m sorry these lovely perfumes have been discontinued.

    • Tom says:

      I’m curious about some of the others. It’s a crime that this house is gone. Joy alone should be protected like the bald eagle..

  • Maya says:

    The answer to your question under the picture is “very much”.
    I am a big fan of Patou and was lucky to be able to try the trio – the 80’s version from the Ma Collection. All three are lovely but Adieu Sagesse is the one I love and the name is perfect. I’ll play with the idea of this last version bottle.