This was my first "grown up" scent in the 60's and remains a favorite. Classic floral, crisply elegant and smoothly blended it has always been a perfect daytime scent for me. I'm a sucker for Bulgarian rose & jasmine; the iris does not take front stage on me, and the sandalwood and cedar give it a comforting base note. Though reformulated I'm told, the current version smells no different to me than the original. Inspired by Chanel No 5 with many of the same notes - they are nothing alike, on me.
MR has a cleaner feel to it; very white gloves and tailored suit, but with softly ruffled blouse beneath.
I fell in love & treasure this perfume.
Madame Rochas is the archetypal French floral: overtly feminine, lush, complex, beautiful, and refined. It is similar in style to Arpege, but more powdery and less woody in the drydown. My husband says "soap" (probably the powder, and his less-sophisticated nose), but to me this is a classic romantic fragrance.