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…

Tocade

Musky, sensual, green and romantic is Tocade by Rochas (Rochas 1994).  It’s floral, but extraordinarily tangy and luscious. Freesia dances with magnolia, and iris.  Musk and cedar flirt with the geranium and green notes.  This pefume is party.  It’s a dance.   The amber and patchouli are tanned and wearing bow ties.  It’s lovely.  Truly…

Femme

The 1989 formulation of Rochas Femme is breathless, beautiful and spicy.  It’s powdery and sweet with fruit notes.  And, Rochas Femme is actually still fairly remarkable despite the several reformulations it’s endured over the decades.  It still retains an air of mystery and romance. In the drydown it becomes sexy, elegant, warm, spicier and very…

Femme

Femme, created by Edmond Roudnitska for Rochas in 1943 starts off with a deeply intriguing and unique mixture of aldehydes, plum, spice and citrus and then warms up to a musky, sandalwood depth in the drydown.  Many say that it reminds them of a the skin of a beautiful woman.  And, with the wild card note…