Eau de Rochas Homme 1993 Eau de Toilette

Version from 1993
Eau de Rochas Homme (1993) (Eau de Toilette) by Rochas
Bottle Design Serge Mansau
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Eau de Rochas Homme (1993) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Rochas for men and was released in 1993. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It was last marketed by Procter & Gamble / Metropolitan Cosmetics. Pronunciation
Goes well with Fat Electrician
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Main accords

Citrus
Fresh
Green
Spicy
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LemonLemon LimeLime BergamotBergamot Lemon vervainLemon vervain AldehydesAldehydes BasilBasil Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CorianderCoriander FreesiaFreesia CarnationCarnation JasmineJasmine Lily of the valleyLily of the valley RoseRose VioletViolet
Base Notes Base Notes
OakmossOakmoss VetiverVetiver CedarCedar MuskMusk AmberAmber

Perfumer

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7.8302 Ratings
Longevity
6.4242 Ratings
Sillage
5.9236 Ratings
Bottle
7.5251 Ratings
Value for money
8.865 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 29.02.2024.

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Fittleworth

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Fittleworth
Fittleworth
Top Review 52  
Everything used to be better!
Why, why must fragrances that once were really good and enjoyed great popularity be disfigured by reformulations?
I have not yet found an answer to this question.
Maybe it is the urge of one or the other perfumer to combine his or her own name with that of a great or at least successful fragrance?
Perhaps reformulations are also an adaptation to increasingly absurd regulations ...
Perhaps the management of this or that fragrance manufacturer believes they have to serve a fashion by adapting fragrances to a trend that elevates boring smoothness and uniformity to an art form.
Perhaps the one or other fragrance designer would like to remember ...?
Perhaps all these reasons are mixed up, and perhaps the rampant reform frenzy could be explained quite differently ...

Eau de Rocha's Homme, in its original 1993 version, was a bright, citric fragrance that exuded an enormous lucid freshness.
An omnipresent lemon, unsweet and very natural, was the leitmotif of this fragrance, opening the top note, which was wonderfully and carefully complemented by basil, taming any sweetness that might be present.
Lime, tangerine and bergamot underlay this combination of lemon and basil in a round but very reserved way A pleasant coolness, not to say coldness, which seemed like the clear water of a mountain stream, was contributed by the discreetly added aldehydes.
That was great, that was wonderful.

The heart note of the original version from 1993 was composed of a very successful interplay of floral notes, whereby carnation, jasmine and lily of the valley were combined with the still very present lemon and fresh, cool basil.

The base note grounded the fragrance skilfully with amber, but especially with oakmoss.
Vetiver and cedar were noticeable in echoes, but were still outshone by the very persistent lemon.
This tart, citric persistence was most likely due to the aldehydes, but it literally made the fragrance a perennial in every sense of the word. The endurance was enormous for a citric scent and was about 6-7 hours before the scent became skin-tight.

For reasons I cannot explain, this all-round successful, very popular fragrance was then reformulated in 2015.
Responsible for this was Giles Romey, who had already created the original version of 1993.
I would like to ask him, what reasons caused him to disfigure his own, really quite outstanding fragrance in such a way ...

In the reformulated version of 2015, the top note is composed of bergamot, lemon, lime and mandarin.
Compared to the original version of 1993, basil, lemon verbena and the aldehydes are now missing.
As a result, this top note has neither the freshness nor the persistence of the original version. The citric top note is now much sweeter, much less fresh, but above all it lacks the crystal-clear, sparkling, crystalline coolness of the older version.
It lacks the uniqueness that made the 1993 version stand out from other citrus scents.

The heart note of the reformulated fragrance is now completely different from the original version.
In the 1993 edition, floral notes combined with radiant citric notes provided depth, volume and a bright, fresh, transparent fragrance. In the reformulated version, these floral notes were simply replaced by pine and mugwort. Coriander has remained, but seems barely perceptible, and the basil that has now been added here obviously cannot hold its own against the pine.
It seems to me that the significantly weaker citric of the reformulated version is far from being able to establish the connection between the top note and the heart note as skilfully as in the original version of 1993.
The reformulated version of 2015 lacks the power, the fresh coolness, the transparency, the crystal sharpness.

Nor can this be remedied by keeping the base note the same - at least on paper. I personally find the base note also weaker, duller and more short-lived than the original version.

At this point I would like to compare the ingredients of the two versions of this fragrance once again, so that a comparison is possible:
Eau de Rochas Homme (1993)
Top note: aldehydes, basil, bergamot, lime, tangerine lemon, lemon verbena
Heart notes: freesia, carnation, jasmine, coriander, lily of the valley, rose, violet
Base notes: Amber, oakmoss, musk, vetiver, cedar

Eau de Rochas Homme (2015)
Top note: Bergamot, lemon, lime, tangerine
Heart notes: coriander, basil, pine, mugwort
Base notes: Amber, musk, oakmoss, vetiver, cedar

These changes, indeed the complete replacement of the heart note in conjunction with the consistent and unsightly pruning of the top note, mean that one has to compare two scents that are remotely similar but de facto very different.

No, the reformulated fragrance of 2015 is no longer the original fragrance of 1993!

I concede that the 2015 version bears a distant resemblance to the 1993 edition, but it is definitely not the same fragrance.
If we consider without bias how many components of the original fragrance were left out during the reformulation (aldehydes, lemon verbena, basil in the top note, freesia, carnation, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, violet in the heart note) in order to be replaced by a few new ones (pine, mugwort, basil in the heart note), we can see that it can no longer be an identical fragrance.

I am very disappointed that the reformulated fragrance, which is only a faint shadow of its original version, is still marketed under the same name.
It's not the same scent anymore!

Unfortunately, it seems almost impossible to find the original 1993 version. So if you still have a remnant of this great fragrance, consider yourselves lucky and enjoy it.
I still own a bottle of the 1993 version, but unfortunately the content is dreadfully running out ...
Tempi passati.
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Pollita

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Pollita
Pollita
Top Review 40  
Used vacation - beautiful scent!
They exist, these used years. And I don't mean 2020. It's been a while since things have been right for us. We moved, and we got completely messed up. There wasn't much time for holidays, but we wanted to treat ourselves to something nice after all the stress. So we booked a very expensive hotel with all the frills. In the internet everything noble, elegant with extras here and extras there.

The reality was different. Behind the facade was a rip-off hotel with the typical, mostly drunk all-inclusive vacationers. All "additional offers" with which one had advertised cost extra and were connected with unpleasant restrictions. All in all: total flop!

No sooner were we there than we fled. Anything to get out of the bunker. We rented cars, tinkered with the bus around and just made the best of it. Of course, we also went to a perfumery, like on every holiday in Spain. Mr. Pollito tested here and there until I discovered this Rochas. Since the brand and bottle appealed to me and I honestly couldn't get too much out of the more modern men's fragrances, I recommended this classic to him without further ado. And then he was allowed to go with it
Eau de Rochas is a wonderful summer scent. Sparkling, fresh, slightly herbaceous but always with a certain understatement, which I like very much. Even my very dearest frequent sprayer at my side can't put me off, because this wonderfully cool freshness is absolutely never too much. I like the citric, the spicy notes as well as the pleasant wood and green tones in the background. The vetiver is well recognizable and lets the fragrance drift nicely into the green, which I like very much.

To my great surprise, we have a chypre here. And I am by no means a chypre lover, because when I was a child, I found these oakmoss based notes to be mostly simply austere. But don't panic. There's nothing strict about eau de rochas. It is wonderfully modern and for my nose it suits gentlemen of all ages. It suits the student, the businessman and goes just as well with the casual, summery look. I think it was DerDefcon who recently asked for a fragrance for high temperatures. For me it's clearly this Rochas. It only lasts for about five hours, but with a summer scent in this price range, you can't complain at all.

All in all, this messed up holiday had something good, as we discovered a very fine scent. It's worth something!
Unfortunately, I can't say for sure which version it was, which I bought at least 2-3 times more for my husband. After Fittleworth's comment I'm a bit unsure now. But I'd rather bet on the new version, because it should have been 2013.
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HugoMontez

71 Reviews
HugoMontez
HugoMontez
Very helpful Review 9  
Timeless masterpiece
1993 was almost 30 years ago and, at that time, perfumery was changing. Masculines were trying new grounds, with a new freshness. Dihydromyrcenol was a new thing, with Cool Water and Drakkar Noir's popularity, and even Calone was already being used in some masculines ( Kenzo pour Homme Eau de Toilette or New West for Him Skinscent ) .

But Rochas, and Gilles Romey, who did 5 years later the excelent Rocabar Eau de Toilette , worked on a masculine counterpart of Eau de Rochas ( A classic chypre-citrus fragrance for women that it's still iconic and a bestseller of the brand).
But looking for the Homme version, the fragrance is one of my favorite fresh citric fragrances out there and the reason of it it's because it has one foot on the classic woody citrus masculine concept (Eau Sauvage or Chanel Pour Monsieur) and the other in a unique and complex resinous field.

Gilles Romey did a great job and this is probably one of the best citrus out there along with Eau Sauvage and Chanel Pour Monsieur. Its basically a lemon and verbena combo with a woody-resinous accord in the base, manly made with myrrh. Adds a bit of sweetness and brightness and amplifies the performance. Very distinctive and convincing. Being able to put myrrh in a citrus based scent without making it too sweet and oriental, is a masterfull job and i appreciate that a lot.

Performs really good (i have the old formula from the early 00s but i wore decants of the newer stuff and it's really close and well performer also) and has a refreshing yet gentleman aura around it. Easily recomendable and a must buy, really.

A fragnrace that never goes out of style without being to predictable.

5/5

EDIT: i almost forgot to mention that this is a super inexpensive fragrance on online discounters, which is a plus and another reason to have it in your collection.
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Flannelman

12 Reviews
Flannelman
Flannelman
Top Review 4  
Fresh, energetic, well balanced
Eau de Rochas Pour Homme is an (apparently) simple yet well crafted citrus scent. But it's not just that...

It opens with sharp, sunny top notes of lime, bergamot and lemon verbena followed by a more subtle aromatic note of basil: it's obvious from the start that this is a fragrance for glorious spring or summer days. Yes, it's heavy on the citrus. But it is, I think, one of the better designer citrus fragrances around; and as we all know, citrus fragrances abound.

The heart in Eau de Rochas Pour Homme is a beautiful, refined blend of flowers — white for the most part. This, I find, gives the fragrance lightness and elegance. In Geoffrey Beene's Bowling Green, a strong pine needle note reinforces the citrus right from the top. Here, instead, it is much more subdued but nonetheless lifts up the floral accord in the heart, makes it more interesting and gives it depth. Nice touch.

Transitions are well marked in this fragrance but longevity is average, and we soon reach a warm woody (and, to some extent, resinous) drydown; vétiver and cedar play the main role here, assisted by fainter notes of oakmoss. I can't say that I can detect any musk, eventhough it is supposed to be there. But I don't think it's actually needed.

To summarise: Eau de Rochas Pour Homme is a classy, fresh, energetic, refined and well balanced fragrance...
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Goynen67

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Goynen67
Goynen67
Helpful Review 5  
Lost Fresh Food
Deja vu... I'm reading Rocha's here and I see this perfume bottle. Immediately the memory of this fragrance is so present as if it had entered my nose yesterday. Fresh, citrus, spicy. Clear like water, angular and sharp like glass, fresh and green like a herb meadow with a few spring flowers. Why the smell disappeared from my everyday life over 20 years ago is actually unforgivable. But it was right back in my memory, a clear picture of this well-balanced perfume, which can be described as classic. Even though it has a certain simplicity, the fragrance is very unique and distinctive. It's not a revolution, not a star on the shelf, but for me a clear statement. Cool and clear with summer in the heart.
I consider durability here to be relatively strong and above the average of many other citrus-fresh perfumes. Silage falls off clearly after 2 hours but not completely. If you like it classically fresh, without complex substructure and without much flowers and wood, please take it
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 4 years ago
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The most beautiful lemon in the opening! The most beautiful lemon in the heart! The most beautiful lemon in the base! And lemons.
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Syzygy73Syzygy73 6 years ago
More chypre than citrus. Oakmoss is the star in this wonderfully blended old school summer scent that nods elegantly to Chanel's Monsieur.
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ElysiumElysium 2 years ago
The freshness of a river at the beginning of summer, the sparkling of a citrus salad and the scent of meadows in bloom. Astounding.
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MarabuntaMarabunta 2 years ago
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OG - 1st scent I ever chose in a Perfumery. 1st signature; I was a child. Green & bitter citrus, warm myrrh, musky oakmoss. A nostalgic one.
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MrHonestMrHonest 1 year ago
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A great bright but synthetic and 'gummy' citrus explosion that transitions quickly into a generic floral-vetiver-musk. Bit of a letdown tbh.
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