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I do not wear many mainstream perfumes, preferring instead to wear essential oils and Nag Champa, but this is one perfume that I have loved and worn from the day that I first "sniffed" it, and I have had a bottle of this in the house for nearly 20 years (not the same bottle obviousy!). It was introduced to me by a woman that I had a short term crush on in my "yoof", she always smelled delicious and this was why.
This was pre-internet of course and it was harder to track things down but eventually I found a bottle of this for the whopping price of £38 (in 1994). Since the internet is now available to us all, this perfume is relatively easy to find although it was briefly discontinued for a while and Ebay was the only place that you could find it. It is now is available on Amazon and on chemist sites so I guess Tocade is once again popular.
Tocade is made by Rochas who are a fashion, beauty, and perfume house founded in 1925. Unfortunately the company is now owned by Proctor & Gamble who are huge animal testers so I have had to rethink my purchase of this. Luckily I have several bottles in the house and I am hoping that Rochas will again be sold at some point to somebody more ethical before I run out. If not then I will be not purchasing anymore and my two decades of wearing this will end.
First in the shops in 1994, the company describe this perfume as sensual and passionate. Every time that I have worn this I have had comments (positive ones I hasten to add). The overwhelming initial impression of this perfume on the skin is a very rich vanilla without the sweetness, which warms up and mixes into a sandalwood type scent. The smell is warm and delicious and I suppose that it has become my "signature scent".
The perfume was designed by Maurice Roucel for Roche, who created green top notes alongside bergamot, freesia and geranium. The heart is described as "temperament and provoking" (which sounds terribly lovey-ish) containing pure notes of jasmine, orris, and magnolia with lily of the valley. The base note consists of amber, musk, cedar, patchouli, warm vanilla.
The first thing that hits you about this perfume is the striking Art Deco inspired bottle which was designed by French artist and designer Serge Mansau for Rochas. The bottle is which is full of an orangey amber liquid which matches the lid colour. The glass bottle is chunky and solid and survives being knocked on the floor regularly by a cat, so I would say it is well made. The "squirty bit" aka atomiser is a golden colour as it the bezel around the neck. The bottle comes in a oblong red cardboard box and the perfume is strong enough to experience from the moment it is unpackaged.
I know that perfumes react to every wearer differently according to chemical reactions on skin etc, and with me the warmth of my skin seems to encourage the sandalwood and vanilla notes of the perfume. It lingers a long time and does not need topping up. Rochas state that it is best as an evening perfume as it is a heavy scent but I wear it for any occasion that takes me. Although strong it is not overpowering nor remotely offensive like some awful floral perfumes. There is no skin irritation with this for me and I have worn it to the beach and had no reaction in very hot sun nor after being in the sea.
This is a beautiful perfume for those who like vanilla scents but do not enjoy the sickly aspect of vanilla. Toned down with some florals and rich sandalwood, this is not too sweet. It makes an impression and people will comment when you wear it.
The ingredients are somewhat scary:
Alcohol Denat, Aqua / Water / EAU, Parfum / Fragrance, Limonene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Linalool, Benzophenone-3, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral, Eugenol,Buthylphenyl MethylpropionalPropylene Glycol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Disodium Edta, FD&C Yellow No 5 (CI19140) FD&C Blue No 1 (CI42090)
As with all perfumes. store in a cool place and avoid the eyes. It will tarnish wood if it leaks!
Summary of the scent:
Notes of bergamot, geranium, iris, jasmine, rosewood, amber, musk and vanilla. Lasts a long time. On me the scent is predominantly a sandalwood/ vanilla combination. Gorgeous exotic scent.
Prices start at £29.99 for 100ml.
Tocade for Women is a refined, oriental, scent that was launched by Rochase in 1994. It contains notes of bergamot, geranium, iris, jasmine, rosewood, amber, musk and vanilla and is recommended for evening wear.