A real masterpiece that evokes happy memories (this was the scent employed by my mother throughout my childhood), Femme Rochas is a chypre fruity introduced in 1944 and developed during the Second World War by one of the greatest perfumers ever, Edmond Roudnitska. The fashion house established in 1925 by Marcel Rochas needed a feminine haute couture fragrance and the meeting with Mr. Roudnitska provided the solution for that necessity. As Marcel Rochas used to say “A woman must be smelled before she is seen. When the door opens, her image wafts to my nostrils: if I don’t know her, it conjures up imaginary visions; if I do, it is a delightful prelude”, the construction of Edmond Roudnitska is based on the warm chypre accords, contrasting with the sensuality of the amber notes.
The initial accords of Femme Rochas represent a pungent blend of: bergamot, plum, peach, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. Later, the mid development unfolds the flowery character with notes of rose, ylang-ylang, clove, iris and rosemary. In the base, leather is added for consistency, in a combination with sweet vanilla, oakmoss, benzoin, white musk, patchouli and warm amber.
The bottle that holds the perfume represents a work of art by itself. Designed by Marcel Rochas and inspired by the hips of famous American actress Mae West, the shape resembles an amphora, in an illustration of the ideal woman with slim waist and generous curves, as seen by Mr. Rochas. The fragrance was re-formulated in 1989 and in spite of the fact that this is a gorgeous fragrance, Femme Rochas is not for any woman, being more suitable for the lady who feels comfortable with seducing only by her presence.
Femme Rochas Perfume Details
- Femme Rochas is available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is exceptional.
- Olfactory Group: Chypre Fruity
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 1944
- Perfumer: Edmond Roudnitska
- Recommended Wear: Evening
- Dress Code: Casual