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Key feature :
Brand: Rochas Femme
Launched: World war 1943
Type: Eau de toilet
Classified as: Woody, earthy , spicy and fruity.
Suitable for : evening or special occasions.
My ever existing love for perfume never dies especially if it's a woody or spicy one. They just seem to cling on to you just that extra bit longer, they just seem denser. Old fashioned perfumes have a unique smell that can be easily identified. The celebrity perfumes nowadays are contained in extremely attractive bottles however perhaps the smell is not quite up to the standards. Most of them start off with a really exciting smell but ending up just fading away after a few hours.
When browsing for topics to write a review about, I was surprised that no one reviewed this perfume before so I decided to give it justice and review it.
== Rochas Femme ==
This perfume has been around forever, it's been worn by women from different generations, yet it never fails to disappoint. The mastermind behind this perfume is a man who goes by the name of Edmond Roudnitska. He is also the nose behind fabulous perfumes such as Dior Dior and Eau Sauvage .
== My long relationship with femme Rocha ==
I've been exposed to this perfume probably ever since I was born. I can recount it being worn by my mother on several occasions when I was a young child. I can vividly recount the smell of Femme Rocha following me everywhere around the house, though I must emphasise on the fact that a bottle of the perfume was more concentrated and a lot stronger than the version I am currently reviewing.
I would say Rochas Femme smells along the lines of Shalimar which is another personal favourite, it certainly does have notes of a very similar nature. I've been an avid user of Rochas Femme for over 20 years, which ironically is a longer time period than that of my marriage to Mr Dreamz! Now although I've been using this perfume for such a long time, it's not always been the same smell. It's certainly changed over the years, in the sense that it's become slightly lighter and a little bit fruitier.
== The packaging and the bottle ==
The old saying of simplicity is beauty certainly applies to the perfume. The box colour is primarily black in colour, with the name of the perfume and the Rochas Femme logo printed in gold.
One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the bottler. It still has the same classic curvy look as before. The sprayer is covered by beautifully shaped golden cap which has the perfume's name engraved on the upper part of it making it look extremely classy.
== The colour of the perfume and the smell ==
The colour of the perfume is slightly darker than most perfumes, it is an Ambery-orangey. Please note that because of the darker colour of the perfume it might stain your clothes so try to spray it from a distance at least 10-15 cm.
Before starting to review the perfume I would like to take you through the notes briefly just to give you a quick information about the unique blend that is present in Rochas Femme .
== Notes for Femme: ==
=== Top notes: Peach, Plum, berbamot, rosewood, lemon ===
=== Middle notes: jasmine, may rose, ylang ylang, orris, clove ===
=== Base notes:patchouli, musk,amber, civet, oakmoss ,vanilla, benzoin, leather ===
== My opinion ==
When I sprayed the perfume, the smell was one that consisted of strong fruity notes. It was definitely fruity, maybe slightly overpowering but it wasn't sickly sweet. I don't know why, but it reminded me of Christmas and the smell of mulled wine. The sweetness of the plums and peaches gave it that fresh fruity scent. The dash of rosewood helped contribute to the sweetness. The sweetness was somewhat controlled by a hint of lemon, that slight citrus scent gave it a little tangy kick.
After 30 minutes or so, the scent started to settle down a bit. The sweetness of the previous note was still present, however new notes started appear. It became more of floral scent now with a slight spicy kick to it.
A few hours later, the perfume was still strong yet it wasn't as sophisticated than when it was first sprayed, which was expected. It became more musky and woody. It's reminiscent of a rainy Sunday in autumn, where your senses are tingled by the earthy smell from the ground around you. Although vanilla was mentioned a base note, I couldn't really smell any vanilla there. This may be due to the fact that there was slightly too much amber there which was dominating most of fragrance at this stage. It ended with dry powdery and rich scent that settled in beautifully.
I love it; it is one of my favourite. It is long-lasting and very warm hearted and spicy. Although it's one of my favourites, I don't wear it all the time. It's a classy perfume for classy times; I just can't imagine myself wearing at while on the school run or when going out shopping at my local town centre. It's a very classy and sophisticated perfume which I only wear on very special occasions such as weddings or parties or simply wear it to at home to please myself ïS
It's more of a mature perfume for older women than a perfume for the teenage group but it had an amazing impact on me, it just seemed to blend beautifully with my skin. It felt really light and delicate, but that was only in my case as it might not work on sweaty skin type. Certainly in the case of my younger sister, it smelt like she'd just sprayed spicy sausage fragrance on herself so make sure to try it out before trying it.
== Price and availability ==
Although this perfume is from a famous designer house, surprisingly it is very reasonably priced. You can buy the 100 ml bottle for as little as £20-£25 from allbeauty.com or Amazon.co.uk, an immaculate price for such precious perfume. Mind you it is a lot cheaper than some of the tatty celebrity perfumes that are sold, usually those don't last longer than when I first leave the house!
== My recommendation ==
I would highly recommend it especially if you are into woody/musky perfumes, it will last all day, it's suitable for special occasions and romantic occasions. I must point out that it may not be everyone's cup of tea and that it may be more appealing to older women but I used to wear it when I was a teen so you'll never know until you try it out.
I will give it 9/10
I deducted one point because it does stain your clothes so be careful not to spray too close on your garments.
== Ingredients ==
Alcohol, Aqua/Water, Parfum/Fragrance, Ethylhexyl, Methoxycinnamate, Alpha Isomethyl, Ionone, Linalool, Limonene, Benzophenone-3, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Bht, Generiol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citral, Farnesol, Isoeugenol, C1 14700/Red 4, C1 19140/Yellow6, C142080/Blue 1
Femme by Rochas. A wonderful perfume, deep, seductive with hints of the orient. Discovered this perfume many years ago and for some time it was my signature: unusual, original, distinctive and very classy. The bottle is a sexy feminine shape - long before J-P Gaultier! - and looks as modern as when I first discovered it. These days it does not appear to be available on the high street but ladies take note, this fragrance is worth looking for on the internet. The prices are cheap for what is a very special perfume so do not be put off. I would describe it as close to the original Gaultier or Vivienne Westward so a bottle of this provides something a little different at a bargain price. Be brave - surely a small rise in demand may see this back on the shelves and DO NOT confuse it with Femme by Boss which I have never smelt.
This is the most sublime fragrance for girls or women of any age. I have been wearing this particular fragrance for more than 20 years and it is still as suitable for me today as it was then. It's a timeless perfume, not too oriental or sophisticated, but not too young and / or fresh either. It keeps it's strength over long periods and is just as suitable for daywear as in the evening. Coming in a black 'lacey' design box and a beautiful and luxuriousl looking 'heart' shaped bottle with a'gold' top, it sells for aroung the £15 mark. It's wonderful. I recommend it.
This feminine scent was released by Rochas in 1944. It has top notes of plum and peach, blended with jasmine, rose and soft warm undertones of patchouli and musk. It is recommended for evening wear.