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Eau de Rochas (1970)
by Rochas

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Eau de Rochas information

Year of Launch1970
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 95 votes)

People and companies

HouseRochas
PerfumerNicolas Mamounas
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchRoussel-Uclaf

About Eau de Rochas

Eau de Rochas is a feminine perfume by Rochas. The scent was launched in 1970 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Nicolas Mamounas

Eau de Rochas fragrance notes

Reviews of Eau de Rochas

A sophisticated monument of "electric" cologne with a dominant brightly citric/herbal/floral minty accord. Neroli, bergamot, basil and rose-jasmine-carnation provide a supremely classic-naïf cologney vibe while an anisic/licoricey/lemony presence discloses a touch of cool "latin" aromatic exoticism. The juice is freshly tart and sparkling, recalling several Guerlain Aqua Allegoria or 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser. Dry down is muskier with an amber/patchouli dominant presence (and quite refined on subtle florals). A classic timeless concept. Stunning bottle from a left back glorious past.
12th October, 2017
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we are told. Rochas' startlingly original "sour" lemon scent for men, Moustache, from 1949, was the first to my knowledge, to introduce this unusual take on a citrus cologne. The note was referred to as a bit of animalic to anchor the citrus blend.

In 1966 Dior copied the formula with its Eau Sauvage, but balanced it differently, relegating the sour notes to the background.

In 1970 Rochas took its old formula for Moustache, and probably encouraged by the success of Dior's copy, polished it off, made it subtler, and re-introduced it as a feminine, Eau de Rochas.

All this is fascinating to me, and all three of these are hits in my book. Since Eau de Rochas was originally intended for women, the sour or dirty note is not as pronounced as it was in Moustache. Still i is to my nose a very light version of that great masculine.

The citrus blend of bergamot, lime, lemon, verbena, grapefruit and mandarin never fades, supported as it is by the patchouli and amber. A great summer scent in whichever of the three you decide to invest.
20th October, 2015
Despite containing lime, mandarin, lemon, grapefruit and bergamot, this doesn't feel like a cologne. The structure is confused; lacking coherence, the various blocks do not pull together and somewhere between the citrus, dry powder and a sour floral note it loses its way. In the modern version the result is well described as 'queasy' by RachelGrigg on another fragrance review website.

Appearing a year later than the simpler and superior dark mossy citrus of Ô de Lancôme in a virtually identical bottle, it is tempting to speculate that it was a 'me too' version that copied the form but didn't understand the spirit of the thing.

This clone de ô just doesn't work.

**
06th July, 2015
kewart Show all reviews
United Kingdom
There's something about this wonderful scent that makes me want to wear a floaty, diaphanous dress and sit by a pool sipping a cocktail. It perks me up and relaxes me at the same time with its beautiful blend of lime, grapefruit, lemon, carnation, coriander a smidgen of patchouli, oakmoss, musk and sandalwood.

I really can't imagine a more suitable concoction to spritz on when the heat is on and the days are long.
As it melds with my skin it becomes very sensuous and could easily be unisex in the way the Eau Sauvage became in the 70's.

French chic at its very best!
30th June, 2015
Genre: Citrus

This is wonderful! A very bright, tart lemon-grapefruit accord with an anise or black licorice grace note makes for a brilliantly original take on the traditional eau de Cologne formula. The effect is short-lived, but great fun while it lasts, and the brisk, natural-smelling woods and patchouli drydown is a gratifying exit.
13th June, 2014
Can hardly stand the immense citrus blast of the opening in my vintage bottle.. but when it settles its a hit! Settles warm, but without any sweetness.Mineral freshness, as unisex as it gets to my nose.
24th November, 2012

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