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


2015-07-11 20.52.58 (2)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 lovely.

The next time I have any sort of celebration to attend I’m definitely wearing this gorgeous gem. And if there will be dancing at said celebration I’ll be very prepared…

Top notes: green notes, freesia, geranium, and bergamot.  Middle notes: magnolia, iris, orchid, rose, lily-of-the-valley, and jasmine.  Base notes: musk, patchouli, amber, and cedar.

Yesterday our family went for a small excursion to the countryside.  We went to antique stores and found a few treasures. We had ice cream and french fries and took walks.  It was nice.

Life goes by so fast doesn’t it.

Sorry I’ve been so vague lately.  I’m an introvert and I’ve been quiet around everyone actually…   I think I’m processing a lot right now. 🙂

Thanks again for reading.


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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.

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In the drydown it becomes sexy, elegant, warm, spicier and very pretty.  It’s definitely a fragrance for an adult and that’s not a bad thing.

At some point I would like to purchase the 2013 formulation of Femme.  I’ve heard that it actually is the closest yet to the original, however, the common to find 1989 formulation is certainly not a disappointment.

Top notes: peach, plum, cinnamon, apricot, Brazilian rosewood, bergamot, and lemon.  Middle notes: iris, cloves, jasmine, carnation, ylang ylang, rosemary, and rose.  Base notes: benzoin, musk, patchouli, amber, leather, oakmoss and vanilla.

Yesterday was nice.  I mostly sipped tea and wine, nibbled on dark chocolate and wrote the entire day while it rained outside.  My mother took care of my son.  It was great. 🙂

I hope you’re having a good week dear reader.


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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 of cumin in some variations and animalic notes in others it supposedly hints at even the intimate scents given off by said beautiful woman, which makes it what some people would call a “dirty” or “naughty” sort of fragrance.  In fact, to match with the persona of Rochas Femme, there are some who claim that the provocative movie icon Mae West was the inspiration for the curvy shape of the bottle.

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In any case, this scent is one of my favorites.  Whether it’s truly “naughty” or not it’s a gorgeous masterpiece by most people’s estimation and it seems to work well with my skin chemistry (I feel quite fortunate).  And by the way, the two bottles pictured above are from different eras. I think one is from the 60’s or 70’s and the other is from earlier than that (50’s or 40’s maybe), but again, both are filled with decidedly lovely Femme.

I may even wear Rochas Femme for Valentine’s Day, although it’s unclear.  I’m being very picky this year because I’ve put a good deal of thought into what I’m wearing that night and picking a scent to match can be a bit tricky.  We’ll see.

Whatever I pick though, I’m looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year.  It’s not every year I can honestly say that, but this year it’s the truth.  🙂  I hope it goes well.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to spend the night eating ice cream and watching romantic movies on your own?  Will you be going out with friends?  Or is there a romantic person of interest you are spending it with? I always find it interesting to see how people celebrate holidays, and Valentine’s Day is particularly fascinating.  I mean, I can’t say that I was the best at truly enjoying it when I was single, but in hindsight, those years had a lot of good in them too.  I think, ideally, Valentine’s Day should be about love, and not just the romantic sort.  So, however you do or don’t celebrate, I hope you have a very, very nice Valentine’s Day.

Until Sunday. 🙂