Taken as is, this is a decent floral. It goes on with rose and violets, making way for lilies and tuberose, and ending up as rosy orange blossom. It's soapy and there's just a tiny hint of plastic in the background from the aldehydes.
If compared to the grand floral chypres by which this is inspired, it can come off as simple and loud, but it's still miles better than the strawberry candy bombs that pass for perfumes today. If you enjoy big, insistent 80's florals like Estee Lauder or Giorgio, then Fleur might just be a great fit. Neither grand nor terrible, it's just a proud, soapy mix of flowers and that's OK by me.
Fleur de Rocaille is a soapy white flower arrangement that centers on a strident rose note. It’s the kind of prim – even stuffy – composition that gets labeled as “old lady,” but in this case the construction is crude enough to evoke air freshener. Loud, linear, and abrasive, with an extended drydown that devolves into undiluted detergent and rose. I believe the technical term is “ick.”
Glaring, raucous, loud and cheap - this is a floral medley from 1993 that smells like the proverbial "old lady" perfume and a tiny bit of it gives the impression you've bathed in a tub of it.
Very sweet, overpowering and most unpleasant. If I didn't know Caron better, I'd believe it was a joke played on an unsuspecting public.
Before writing this review, I mistook Fleur de Rocaille (1993) for FleurS de Rocaille (1933) by Caron. After some research, I realized that I’ve yet to sniff the 1933 fragrance and based on the note descriptions, the two fragrances differ quite a bit. Here are is my impression of Fleur de Rocaille:
The opening is loaded with sweet floral and a touch of aldehydes. For flowers, I’m picking up lilac and maybe jasmine, but the effect is simultaneously muted and abrasive; this is a jagged, airbrushed bouquet found on greeting cards from the 1990s. The aldehydes are not very pronounced, but there is something off-putting lurking in the composition that reminds me of hairspray. Development on the skin is linear, so in this case, time isn’t a problem solver. In spite of my disappointment, I still want to try FleurS de Rocaille; hopefully, I will not mistake that one for hair product.
24 Fauberg's little sister. Classy floral, very feminine. Like it and love the pretty bottle, too.