Belated Happy Birthday to Scentsibility!
Still basking in the glow of my Sunday in the Park with Perfumistas....or something like that.
Wanted a classic but discontinued masculine this morning.
Rochas Monsieur Rochas Concentree
A bit of a disclaimer up front this is not the "pink juice" version of Monsieur Rochas available everywhere and re-formulated, that re-formulated version is not bad but compared to the Concentree it pales.
In 1969 Guy Robert followed up his release of Monsieur Rochas with a Concentree version almost immediately. I am always curious why a perfumer chooses to do this. Did M. Robert want to work the same notes differently, which he does. Did M. Robert want to make something with a little more heft, which he does. Or did M. Robert want to make a more chypre version of the fougere like version of the original, which he also does. Whatever the motivation the Concentree is one of the finest men's chypres out there.
The top of Monsieur Rochas Concentree begins with a much more concentrated citrus blast of lemon and bergamot. This is traditional masculine territory and it is a zesty beginning. The heart begins with a mix of the green geranium accord mixed with the clove-like aspect of carnation. This is intense and tilts Monsieur Rochas Concentree firmly into green territory. Cedar joins the mix allowing for a clean woodiness to accentuate the floral pair. The base is the classic chypre mix of oakmoss and musk. M. Robert adds in vetiver and patchouli and that adds depth and longevity to the base. The final phase of this as the spicy green floral gives way to the dusty oakmoss laden chypre aspects is sublime every time I wear this.
Monsieur Rochas Concentree has average longevity and average sillage, both of which are a touch disappointing in a Concentree level fragrance.
It looks like Monsieur Rochas Concentree is another sad casualty of the IFRA's need to rid the perfumed world of oakmoss. The unfortunate aspect is all of these amazing creations will soon be memories. Thankfully I still have enough to keep creating some current ones.
Have a Terrific Tuesday everyone.