Madame Rochas (1960)

The aldehydes in vintage Madame Rochas remind me of those in vintage White Linen. They’re crisp, green, and a bit spicy. Very clean! (And they’re both floral aldehydes)

But, the orris root, vetiver, and oakmoss really stand out (to my nose) to a large degree in vintage Madame Rochas. The florals are tender and they do add a certain piquant, delicate beauty. And the aldehydes, again, are certainly present, but they do not dominant that spicy oakmoss. Not on my skin.

Even though I tend to “clean things up” on my skin, generally speaking, this is an exception. I think it’s the jasmine… Jasmine goes totally wild on my skin.

Indeed. While Madame Rochas is still polite, she is certainly a woman. And on my skin this fragrance is actually animalic. Indolic even. The jasmine and musk are not playing games…

Actually, I think I would have to be in just the right mood to wear this one. It’s truly that punchy, lusty and dirty… (Regardless of the aldehydes.) But it’s an absolutely necessary fragrance for my collection!

Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon and neroli. Middle notes: jasmine, rose, tuberose, Lily-of-the-valley, orris root, ylang-ylang, violet and narcissus. Base notes: sandalwood, vetiver, musk, cedar, oakmoss and tonka beans. 

Nose: Guy Robert