Globe 1990 Eau de Toilette

Globe (Eau de Toilette) by Rochas
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7.9 / 10 97 Ratings
Globe (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Rochas for men and was released in 1990. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Main accords

Spicy
Woody
Leathery
Floral
Green

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
BergamotBergamot CarawayCaraway CorianderCoriander LemonLemon TarragonTarragon
Heart Notes Heart Notes
FirFir JasmineJasmine RoseRose CarnationCarnation GeraniumGeranium Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Base Notes Base Notes
CedarCedar LeatherLeather SandalwoodSandalwood PatchouliPatchouli VetiverVetiver LabdanumLabdanum MuskMusk
Ratings
Scent
7.997 Ratings
Longevity
7.578 Ratings
Sillage
7.179 Ratings
Bottle
7.990 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.03.2023.

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Taurus

301 Reviews
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Taurus
Taurus
Top Review 11  
The Globe moves mountains
... doubt is climbing them. I think the slightly modified quote fits quite well, because Globe by Rochas doesn't make it quite so easy. He's getting off absolutely fine here and I have a huge heart for vintage scents. But at the beginning it is too much 90s for me and therefore from an olfactory epoch, which in contrast to the 70s and 80s puts me less in euphoria.

One reason for this is that Globe plays too much with artificial approaches and thus reminds us a bit of shower gel. Yes, there was the ultra-violent word again, but that was the first thing that came to my mind when I took a sniff, although I had promised myself much more.

Globe initially opens fresh and spicy, with a somewhat simple soap note and minimal citric twitches. The fragrance then moves more into the floral-coniferous area, with a slight warmth but lacking in sophistication.

After a good hour, Globe becomes a little more interesting, because it reveals some facets between restrained animalism and timid powderiness - almost like a little journey with some interesting and less interesting stops in between.

At the summit of the trip you will reach a pleasantly balanced and valuable mixture of fir, patchouli and sandalwood. Wonderful - why not like this? One was almost inclined to give up early and miss the climax. So Globe has just gotten a good turn, even if the fir-like shower gel vibe of the 90s plays a role that is too intense for my taste.

In contrast, the distinctive limited edition flacon with the metal frame is 100 percent successful from the outset. He had something!
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10
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7.5
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7.5
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9
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Apicius

222 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Top Review 11  
The World in a Bottle?
Perfumes come and go – many that fade away have been in no way remarkable. However, our attitudes towards discontinued ones are determined by the exceptional fragrances that you miss ever single day. Surely, I would count in Globe.

Globe was released by Rochas in the early 1990's, and it was a kind of intermediate fragrance. It had the complexness of the gent's perfumes of the decades before but it was already lean enough for the new millennium. I believe it had been reformulated one or two years after its first release. The vintage version did not appeal to me when I came across it: I remember it was rather resinous and very much on the oriental side. The one I have is lighter and easier to wear.

I think Rochas presumably made a mistake by presenting Globe as a kind of Art Deko perfume. It came in a wonderfully designed perfume bottle that matched perfectly with the style of that period, and so did the fragrance. The vintage version came with a silvery application to the 100 ml flacon which gave it a very noble look. Sadly, this was cut down later. I cannot remember Art Deko style being trendy in the nineties. The fragrance itself had to very much compensate the shortcomings of its marketing.

Being very complex, Globe is really hard to describe. If I should put it into a single sentence, I'd label it as a carnation scent for men. The floral side is in no way prominent, yet, it is discernible. There are also herbaceous and spicy notes as you can see in the pyramid. However, Globe is one of those perfumes that you would hardly do any justice by commenting on a few of its notes.

Globe is truly unique. For me, it has a somewhat shaded or detached character, and its colour tone would be petrol (as its outer package). It is a perfect weekend fragrance. I like to wear it on a rather cool summer day, with cloudy skies and maybe rain. It has an air of Sunday relaxation, of a recreational walk in a park or simply of doing nothing in particular. I suppose, the original story behind that name was something more spectacular.

There is a general rule: no blind buys! But how can anyone follow that rule and explore the best discontinued fragrances still around? Globe is still available on the net, and for a reasonable price. It has grown on me, and I do not want to miss it. Recommendable? For sure!
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review 6  
lost boys
Globe is one of the lost boys from the 90s. Guerlain Heritage (the only one of the bunch still in production), Jacomo Anthracite, Givenchy Insense, Paco Rabanne Tenere.  Diverse trends led to the perfumes of the 90s. The fougères from the 70s, the power frags from the 80s, the remapping of the terrain by Davidoff Cool Water. The fragrances themselves have a range of olfactory qualities and don’t smell alike, but they are a cohort, and they were launched into similar markets. There are a plenty of opinions as to why this set of fragrances didn't take hold, and an equal number of opinions as to the meaning of their failures. 

Assuming all of the above forces and trends, let's just take a look at the perfume.

Globe didn't jump out at me the first time I wore it. I certainly have fallen for perfumes at first sniff (Insense, 1969, Egoiste, Liaisons Dangereuses.) These perfumes back up their promises with the goods. If what you're selling is (capital-B) Beauty, you better be ravishing. I've had to work on some of the more meaningful perfumes.  (Aromatics Elixir, Cristalle, Vol De Nuit.). Not every perfume offers the same thing, and my love or value of a perfume isn't be based strictly on the first impression.  In fact, it's the challenging perfumes that bring me back.  Uncertainty can be delicious. 

The perfume that Globe brought to mind when I first tried it, is Baldessarini, a perfume I don’t particularly like. I find Baldessarini a ‘sweet nothing’. All I get from it is a lingering sweetness. There were some vague perfumes coming out at this time, with blurred qualities. Vaguely sweet. Vaguely fresh. Vaguely water-like.  Some conquered this era and were able to pursue minimalism. Case in point is Jean-Claude Ellena, currently the in-house perfumer for Hermes, whom many cite as the creator of Globe.  (Wikipedia and Now Smell This.  Fragrantica and Basenotes cite Nicolas Mamounas, the perfumer who created Byzance, Mystere and others for Rochas, as the perfumer who composed Globe.) Many perfume houses misunderstood the impetus for minimalism and instead created wan, pale, diluted perfumes.  

I missed the point when I looked at Globe through the lens of Baldessarini. With Globe, Rochas offered not so much minimalism as subtlety. Globe is a sweet floral chypre, with a medicinal tone that ties the balsams to a peppery carnation, offering not so much an exact scent as a feeling of chilled sweetness.   It suggests the apprehensiveness of an overcast day. Will the cover break, or will it rain? Globe smells like glare and the palor of light through clouds, and connotes weather in the same way that Hermes Equipage does. Equipage is more crisp and incisive, but both share a coolness that I associate with a cool season or climate. Also Like Equipage, Globe has grown on me and I’ve come to appreciate its virtues over the years. I wonder how Globe would fare if it were released today.

Why Globe was discontinued is an open question. Luca Turin groups Globe with the 'lost boys' I mention above, suggesting that they were too good or too pure to survive an era that called for cleansing and reparation from its men's fragrances. I won't disagree. Shame, though. Globe would have been a great alternative to so many of the sport/fresh/aqua fragrances of the 1990s. It rang a few of the proper bells, being chilled and smooth, but didn't come with the mark of being a Cool Water clone. 
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HugoMontez

71 Reviews
HugoMontez
HugoMontez
Helpful Review 4  
What a beautiful world!
I bought a mini 15ml splash bottle a couple of months ago. At first, i found it similiar to Insensé (that fir balsam, more precisely) but a bit weak, although, i decanted to a sprayer and now i can fully appretiate it. It's fantastic. It doesn't have the florals and freshness of Insensé, but it shares the green fir balsam.

Ellena told that the briefing for this fragrance was something like "i want a fragrance that it's smelled right when one enters the room". I dont think it is that potent, but even Ellena didn't want it to be. He seemed to be a bit frustrated with the result because, at the time, the market had changed and this type of fragrances were not the ones who people reach for. Later on, the guy from Rochas admitted to Ellena that he was wrong.

But, although the fragrance is a bit old fashioned for the time, it's not the type of fragrance that nowadays it will be perceived as dated because it doesn't feature strong patchouli, oakmoss, animalics or dirty leather. It's all very "natural", with a french sophistication and the touch of Ellena.

He changed his style after this one, with the Eau Parfumeé for Bvlgari in 1992, but this one has some mild and fresh spices that he later start to use in high amounts. The coriander and cumin are very well blended, never too strong and heavenly melted in sandalwood and fir balsam.

The result is a longlasting woody spicy fragrance with some florals (carnation is quite evident) and greens. Soft, charming, inviting, divine. A fantastic fragrance that can be worn at every season and that i will have to find a bigger bottle to enjoy it for more years.
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5
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Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
3  
This World is Flat
Putting this on brings out that old dry basement chemist smell, mingled with generic milled hotel soap. The soap smell fades quickly and then storax/cumin aroma takes over. After a bit it smells papery, Overall, Globe is a generic, warm, medicinal, and milquetoast kind of scent - nothing revolutionary or really interesting. I suppose I got a bad bottle, or for me, this world is flat.
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
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8.5
Scent
Globe was a very interesting attempt to put florals as the core of a masculine scent. But it came too early. Insensé nailed it 3 years later
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 2 years ago
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Old school scent with a citric and spicy opening. A floral heart with almost no sweetness. In the base, you get abundant woods and leather.
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