Lui Rochas 2003

Lui Rochas by Rochas
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8.1 / 10 114 Ratings
Lui Rochas is a popular perfume by Rochas for men and was released in 2003. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Main accords

Woody
Spicy
Sweet
Citrus
Oriental

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
NeroliNeroli LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CedarwoodCedarwood Sycamore woodSycamore wood SweetgrassSweetgrass
Base Notes Base Notes
VanillaVanilla PatchouliPatchouli AmberAmber

Perfumers

Ratings
Scent
8.1114 Ratings
Longevity
8.185 Ratings
Sillage
7.481 Ratings
Bottle
7.990 Ratings
Value for money
7.015 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 19.07.2023.

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5 in-depth fragrance descriptions
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8.5
Scent
N471v3

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N471v3
N471v3
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Green déjà vu
Am I the only one for whom "Lui Rochas" smells like a direct relative of "Sculpture Homme", but even more so "Antidote" by Viktor & Rolf?

But really so close, in the blind test I would have insisted that this is a new edition or a flanker of it.

And I'm not saying that antidote smells like sculpture, but..
Okay, okay... I'll take the trouble. So Antidote and Sculpture share the following notes:
Bergamot, orange blossom, lemon (grapefruit), mandarin, rose geranium, lily of the valley (vs. violet), amber, tonka bean, cedar.

Now these are only the matching notes (similar notes in brackets), but even without the notes in brackets it would be enough to recognize a sufficient match.

Somehow both have something green and balsamic about them, and while Antidote is more of a powdery, floral style, Sculpture is more of a fresh, cologne-style approach.

Anyway, my nostrils will ring every alarm bell when I hear Lui Rochas. For me, this is clearly a green, balsamic, slightly sweet scent that reminds me of these two,- and in a very positive way.
The result is a really good and pleasant smell, more interesting and expressive than Sculpture, but more portable than Antidote (for me this is simply more artwork than daily companion).
Really pleasant, charismatic, individual (people don't often smell like this), and even signature-worthy.

I strongly recommend you to test the fragrance, many will like it and it is really timeless.
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ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review 7  
Criminally underrated
The “classic” citrus-woody masculine fragrances (what was once the original and only “eau de cologne”, shortly) have always been quite an issue for me. I respect them and most of them smell really nice for me, but (call me shallow) a really boring kind of nice. I never owned one, mostly because I always find them too light and inoffensive; more than proper “fragrances” as I like to enjoy them, they seem more toilet waters to splash on after a shower and forget about them. Something fresh and clean, and that’s it. Usually with a crap longevity, too. Nothing wrong with that; just not my cup of tea. Well, Lui by Rochas is finally the first citrus scent that amazes me instead – not only I like it, I am literally *amazed*. Briefly put, it is a sort of soapy, woody citrus scent with a dark amber-patchouli shade: from this description it may seem the most generic, demure and boring masculine designer ever, but on the contrary... well, for some reasons that I don’t get (I guess this is the “magic” which sometimes sets the difference between good scents and mediocre scents), it smells incredibly good. Irresistibly good, much (much!) more than it may seem. It has a really peculiar dense texture which makes it velvety, bold, sophisticated in a sort of sharper, more “self-conscious” way than most of other citrus-centered “barbershop” scents – which are often more understated. The “trick” here is probably the warm roundness of amber and the earthy darkness of patchouli, which blend together with a hint of vanillic dust to create a richer scenario for the formal and clean brightness of the citrus-woody (and slightly floral) notes. The result is this irresistibly distinctive, refined, pleasant scent: clean and cozy on one side, making it versatile and safe, but with creative and unusual darker nuances making it something more than that – a true statement of contemporary elegance. Perfect projection and fantastic longevity. Ridicolously good, criminally discontinued, grab it if you find one.

8,5/10
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RhythmnHues

27 Reviews
RhythmnHues
RhythmnHues
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Woody-Amber Fougere
With a Linalool rich top and Coumarin in the base, this feels more like a (woody-amber) Fougere than a Chypre.

The backbone is definitely made of Iso-E-Super & Vertofix. The woody aspect of this perfume starts right at the top with woody-citruses like Mandarin/Tangerine and Petitgrain. Some Lemon to lift the whole citrus accord up a notch. The heart is mostly white flowers - Neroli and Muguet(lily of the valley) with some Rose accents and maybe a touch of Ionones (orris/violets/woody-floral) to bridge the florals to the woody base. I do not detect a prominent Hedione note which is used quite commonly in most perfumes to provide diffusion - I feel the Muguet materials and the IsoESuper + Vertofix do most for the diffusive nature of this one.

Hints of Sandalwood introduce the base with a soft, creamy, woody tone complemented with sweetness from Coumarin (the bison grass/sweet grass note listed in the pyramid) and Vanillin. The Patchouli with the Labdanum (and possibly Benzoin) make the base a lot darker, and earthier than the top & heart of the perfume. Cedarwood gives the whole Woody accord some freshness, a slightly rough edge, and some possible added powder-y-ness. And finally, maybe, some clean, white, linen like Musks to fix it to the skin and provide some extra diffusion in the base.

This definitely feels like a modernized take on Guerlain's Habit Rouge (hence Shalimar). Citruses>White Flowers>Woods>Vanilla&Patchouli. And since it's nowhere as nuclear as Habit Rouge, it wears much easier.

Absolutely beautiful perfume. But definitely not worth the prices quoted on eBay.

8.5/10
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GMK

30 Reviews
GMK
GMK
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The Legend died in Oblivion.
Many of the classic fragrances have unfortunately been discontinued or reformulated , i dont know if its a money making strategy by introducing new aquatic, bland watery , cheapo synthetic things or something else but LUI was undoubtedly an underrated fragrance , smells very natural and has some soothing elements.
Whenever I wear this legendary fragrance I feel like very special, receive tons of compliments and always think why they discontinued such a marvelous scent, anyway I have managed to keep some juice with me for rest of my life.

Stunning stuff.
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BrianBuchanan

355 Reviews
BrianBuchanan
BrianBuchanan
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Long and Sweet
"C'est trop bon !" the French sometimes say; 'it's really good' : meaning literally - it's too good.
A powdery toffee woods with a weird hint of medicine ... those who know Joop! Homme will see the connection...
If you want Bitter-Sweet you may like this, but be careful how you go, you may find it "trop bonbon".
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6 short views on the fragrance
SoapySoapy 8 months ago
Strong orange blossom meets 'amberwoods'. The latter are pushing just a bit past the boundary of acceptability for me. Narcotic!
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
10
Bottle
8
Sillage
9
Longevity
7.5
Scent
A patchouli-amber combo with a unpredictable and long-lasting freshness on top. It could be better if the woody amber wasn't so strong. 3/5
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RamonkuRamonku 2 years ago
5
Bottle
5
Sillage
5
Longevity
6
Scent
I feel mostly the vanilla-patchouli combo and smooth wood notes. Somehow powdery. For cold weather.
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Finerthings8Finerthings8 2 years ago
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8
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Great parfum.it has one of the best opening tangy neroli/lemon followed by woody heart notes and patchouli at the base.Really magical
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PedroCabralPedroCabral 2 years ago
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9
Longevity
8.5
Scent
One of the best vanillas you will feel in a perfume, indescribable. Nothing synthetic, absolutely nothing! Too bad it was discontinued...
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