Vintage Chanel No. 19, vintage Fidji and vintage Jean Couturier Coriandre are in the same 1960’s/1970’s green, opulent land of evocatively bitter oakmoss, provocative florals and sharp bergamot. To wear a well preserved vintage bottle of one of these is nearly life-changing.
And that my friends is why vintage Mystère de Rochas (Rochas 1978) is relatively expensive (for a bottle of perfume) these days. A 2 fl. oz. bottle can easily be around $400.00. Just for a Rochas!? Why yes. It’s that exquisite.
Of course, not all will clamor to its pristine shrine of mystery. Some may find it off-putting in this day of sweet, friendly scents made for certain glamor or agreeability. And don’t get me wrong, those have their very valuable and highly commendable places… I own those bottles too and love wearing them. …But then there are the raw, honest beauties of bygone eras of now impossible ingredients who dare to offend but of course just end up moving a perfume lover’s heart instead. Mystère de Rochas is one of them.
Too bad I just have a mini. I’ll add it to my list. Ha!
Nose: Nicholas Mamounas
Top notes: Coriandre, galbanum, hiacynth, aldehydes and bergamot. Middle notes: Carmation, tuberose, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, narcissus, rose de mai, cumin, rosemary, gardenia and plum. Base notes: Styrax, cypress, patchouli, musk, civet, oakmoss, cedar and sandalwood.