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Byzance (1987)
by Rochas

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Byzance information

Year of Launch1987
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 156 votes)

People and companies

HouseRochas
PerfumerNicolas Mamounas
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchWella

About Byzance

Byzance is a feminine perfume by Rochas. The scent was launched in 1987 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Nicolas Mamounas

Byzance fragrance notes

Reviews of Byzance

Old Byzance was like a smoother relative of vintage Shalimar. She had a similar, if less curvy build to her oriental cousin and was creamy and lighter, with a soapy - fruity - raspy disinfectant tuberose, which partly replaced the camphor and civet raunch at the top of the Guerlain. But as it develops, Byzance moves away from comparisons with Shalimar - the oriental ur-mother (thanks Claire) to become more of a generic sweet oriental that just happens to have a note of tuberose. And even though Byzance is much newer than classics like Joy and Arpège, it still had something of their rich and creamy feel. But that doesn't mean it transcends it's era in the way that some classics do, the oriental tuberose style really nails it down to the 1980's. Despite all that, this was still a fine piece of work, and if you happen to be glamming it up, vintage Byzance might be just the thing for your Night at the Opera...

4*

Little blue vintage bottle
18th March, 2020 (last edited: 15th April, 2020)
This is a stunner! It smells just like 1987, in that it's one of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink big 80's florientals, but plays much more nicely than Poison, for example. I absolutely love it, have just finished a vintage mini, and will be on the lookout for others.
06th January, 2019
Aldehydes take the lead. The heart reveals LOTV, dark jasmine, old rose, bitterish ylang ylang. No tuberose - yet. The heart is a familiar tune - I've owned this before, years ago. It has a dark and musty, for lack of a better phrase, old boudoir accord. Byzance is not like modern stuff of today. It is a throwback.

There is it - the tuberose. Not strong or overbearing but, it is there. The heart, is very long-lasting.

The base reveals animalic musk at first. Wood lies beneath. A touch of vanilla and amber. A sharp note lingers. A very beautiful, feminine perfume. A classic.
27th November, 2018
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United Kingdom
Review of the EdP from a bottle purchased about 25 years ago:
The opening blast is delicious: an orangey opening blast that is laden with aldehydes, but that is very soon pleasantly complimented by an emerging muguet of impressive quality.

In the drydown the metamorphosis to a pure floral composition is complete: jasmine and a somewhat faint rose are detected, but it is especially the dyad of tuberose and, more prominently, a rich ylang-ylang that is the centre piece of the heart notes. The ylang-ylang mixes with the muguet very nicely, and the sweetness resulting from this floral merger is never too intense or cloying.

In the base I mainly get added vanilla with white musks and a nonspecific woodsy undertone.

The sillage is soft, the projection very good and the longevity seven hours on my skin.

A lovely blend for cooler spring days, that is characterised by the presence of a pleasant powdery undercurrent, which give the while and elegant and mature touch. The quality if the ingredients is very good, and whilst the performance is not exact stellar and the base is rather nondescript and the least exciting part, overall it is quite an agreeable and well-crafted scent. 3.25/5.
24th October, 2017
Genre: Floral Oriental

Inside that pretty blue bottle, Byzance is a mildly startling pastel violet liquid. Don’t get too much of this stuff on your light colored clothing! A purple potion it may be, but the opening notes are white flowers, including jasmine and some rose, which for some reason call to mind a warm night on a tropical Pacific island. There is vanilla in the blend as well, along with some white musk that underpins the middle notes. A touch of wood and dry spices hone just enough edge on the central accord to keep it from straying into banal, overly sweet vanilla oriental territory. The drydown is moderately lasting and consists largely of musk and vanilla, with lingering traces of the flowers cropping up from time to time.

Byzance is quietly seductive, without being distracting or randy, as some heavier oriental scents can be. It is pretty, well crafted, and adaptable to many moods, environments and seasons. This is a good all-rounder that’s individual enough to avoid mediocrity without being too outlandish for everyday wear. Nice.
10th June, 2014
The initial blast is marvelous - a light tuberose, jasmine, rose floral with a strong warm base of sandalwood, vanilla, musk, cardamom and amber. I sampled the vintage edp.

Unfortunately, on me it lasts no more than a half hour before needing re-application. Other than that, it's a very nice floral oriental.

If only the strength of that initial blast had lasted over hours, like the power of Madame Rochas, it might have been higher up in my esteem.
10th March, 2014

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