Alchimie 1998 Eau de Parfum

Alchimie (Eau de Parfum) by Rochas
Bottle Design Serge Mansau
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8.1 / 10 167 Ratings
Alchimie (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Rochas for women and was released in 1998. The scent is floral-oriental. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Floral
Oriental
Sweet
Fruity
Spicy

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LilacLilac BlackcurrantBlackcurrant HyacinthHyacinth PeachPeach PearPear PlumPlum BergamotBergamot CassiaCassia GrapefruitGrapefruit Mandarin orangeMandarin orange CucumberCucumber
Heart Notes Heart Notes
HeliotropeHeliotrope JasmineJasmine Lily of the valleyLily of the valley WisteriaWisteria Black locustBlack locust CoconutCoconut RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
SandalwoodSandalwood AmberAmber CaramelCaramel Glycyrrhiza glabraGlycyrrhiza glabra MuskMusk Tonka beanTonka bean VanillaVanilla

Perfumer

Ratings
Scent
8.1167 Ratings
Longevity
7.9117 Ratings
Sillage
7.2121 Ratings
Bottle
8.2133 Ratings
Value for money
7.625 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 28.02.2024.

Reviews

3 in-depth fragrance descriptions
5
Pricing
6
Bottle
6
Sillage
8
Longevity
6
Scent
Leimbacher

417 Reviews
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Leimbacher
Leimbacher
Top Review 12  
As an alchemist on the wrong track
"Alchimie" by Rochas - another stop on my route of discontinued pearls. A flower tornado by Cavallier-Belletrud that could never find its target audience. Or only after it had been tamped down by a few patient perfumas. But which, alas, cannot ignite any passion in me, nor any mourning for its withering...

If you put on "Alchemy", then you know what you get as an overt theme, an opulent florality, but otherwise this tangled wonder elixir is full of debauchery, detours and side buds. This, of course, can irritate, especially the more mainstream testers. So the premature capping of the stocks is hardly surprising. Sometimes you smell mild vanilla, sometimes creamy sandalwood. Very often, however, quite a few flowers wink through in turn, from the staid lilac to the distinguished rose, a broad tableau that cheekily and cheerfully undercut, undermine and exchange each other. Playful and confused, puffy and unclear. A bouquet without rules, a fragrance without a clear direction for me. Even if that sounds too strict. There probably should have been a clear "main character" for me. So it remains with good, but not memorable.

Flacon: 90s kitsch. I like. Kunstwerkig.
Sillage: grumpy and yet comes barely crooked
Durability: 7-9 hours, rather more, at that time one let oneself in this discipline hardly lumpen

Conclusion: a chaotic (but never completely cacophonous!) Mix of powerhouse and showcase lady, of fruitiness and floral dream, of exoticism and Parisian noblesse. Hard to grasp, hard to love for me. Just fine. Fruity free thinker and globetrotter
3 Comments
10
Bottle
9
Sillage
8
Longevity
9
Scent
Pollita

220 Reviews
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Pollita
Pollita
Top Review 49  
Mrs. Polly and the hired help. Today: Alchemy
My Outlook calendar tells me that today is my former colleague's birthday. But I don't even have her contact details anymore. I never wrote them down. Nevertheless, Outlook hasn't forgotten that she can celebrate her special day today. And I still haven't forgotten how she used to hang from my neck when I wore Alchimie by Rochas. The right incentive, then, to dedicate a comment today to this sadly discontinued fragrance.

Composed in 1998 by Belletrud, I bought this sweet-spicy oriental, like so many others, on holiday in Ibiza. I suspect it was in 2004 or 2005, as I was holding that job at the time. Looking at the fragrance pyramid today, I really wonder what I liked about it back then. Coconut? Yuck! Cucumber? Oh my! And then lily of the valley? All not exactly the notes I favor. But when I take a second look at the notes, I immediately see why the little Rochas in this adorable bottle has taken my heart by storm. Peach and plum, in fact, are what I find in the top notes, along with the goofy cucumber. As well as a blackcurrant. One look at my collection is enough and you can quickly see that I was on the right track with Alchimie. At the heart, we have lily of the valley, which by the way I quite tolerate in many a fragrance, as well as jasmine and heliotrope, now much appreciated by me. Roses also work for me occasionally, as long as they are skilfully interwoven and we don't have a floral whopper par excellence. And we don't have that with Alchimie, of course.

In the base is then pretty much everything in it, which likes Ms. Pollita anyway. Musk, vanilla and tonka are mostly welcome with me, although tonka must also always hold back a bit. The only thing that makes me a bit suspicious is the sandalwood, but for a nineties fragrance, I assume that cashmeran was not used here, but something of higher quality. This may also be the reason why I parted with all the fragrances similar to my then beloved Alchimie. We had cashmeran everywhere. And it always started to annoy me at some point, at least once the initial enthusiasm had worn off.
Alchemy, on the other hand, never bugged me. Even if I felt the permanent sniffing and Dahinschmelzen my colleague sometimes already as a small bissl annoying. Nevertheless, I've secretly pleased of course, that my perfume has pleased her (and the chicken probably as well ;))

Yes, that was definitely one of the really good ones too. Maybe he may also move back in with me at some point? Am currently anyway on the vintage trip.
46 Comments
7.5
Bottle
5
Sillage
7.5
Longevity
10
Scent
Zora

16 Reviews
Zora
Zora
Helpful Review 5  
Like a Ruby from Burma ... precious and rare
What my nose smells here resembles what my eyes see when they look at a precious Burma Ruby. The eyes begin to shine and a longing is stirring, "I must have you, no matter what!" All those good intentions not to buy any more perfumes are melting away along with the will to even try to resist. Reason is now placed on the back burner.

If I associate this scent with a gem, it would be a Burma Ruby. Velvety, pidgeon blood red color, precious and noble.

This is a very complex, well-balanced fragrance which I cannot easily classify. A floriental, a gourmand, where fruits artfully mingle with flowers, where vanilla mixes with woods ... gently this scent transports me into a dream state.

Not too weak and not too strong. Sweet, but not too sweet.

Most women covet diamonds and only very few know that a pidgeon blood red ruby from Burma is far more valuable. So it is sometimes with fragrances. Many have been underestimated and still are.

Admittedly, this perfume has escaped me until today. Was it the marketing? Was it the choice of name?

I don't know. I will never own a ruby from Burma, I just cannot afford it. But I will trace and find, and own, this rare jewel among fragrances ... at no matter what the cost.
(Translation: Pipette)
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