Madame Rochas 1989 Eau de Parfum

Version from 1989
Madame Rochas (1989) (Eau de Parfum) by Rochas
Bottle Design Pierre Dinand
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Madame Rochas (1989) (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Rochas for women and was released in 1989. The scent is floral-chypreartig. It was last marketed by Wella / Intercosmetics. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Floral
Chypre
Spicy
Woody
Powdery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Orange blossomOrange blossom NeroliNeroli BroomBroom HoneysuckleHoneysuckle
Heart Notes Heart Notes
JasmineJasmine Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang Bulgarian roseBulgarian rose TuberoseTuberose IrisIris
Base Notes Base Notes
MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood VetiverVetiver AmberAmber CedarCedar

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7.991 Ratings
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7.877 Ratings
Sillage
7.481 Ratings
Bottle
7.982 Ratings
Value for money
7.610 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 19.03.2024.

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Ttfortwo

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Ttfortwo
Top Review 30  
Timeless elegance
A sand-colored, precisely sewn blazer. The blouse made of light silk, exquisite drapery. Leather belt. A handbag, fine leather, camel. A foulard, skilfully wrapped around their handles. Two butter-soft sand-coloured gloved women's hands, one of them pulling a bottle of "Madame Rochas" out of her pocket, or is she just putting it back? Sand, beige, light brown, dark gold, these are the colours. Stylish, elegant and adult the impression. Absolutely timeless - or at least almost timeless, it is only details that reveal the age of the advertising motif: The belt, for example, which sits very high in the waist, gloves as an accessory (and not as protection against freezing).

No woman's body that somehow bends could have ever depicted the serious reserved elegance of "Madame Rochas" more accurately than in this advertising motif, which originates from the 80s, but which doesn't matter at all, it would also fit for the 60s or for the day before yesterday and both for the 1960s original Madame, the one by Guy Robert, as well as for the version from 1989.

I assume that I own the 1989 version, even if I bought it new. It is the iconic hexagonal bottle, the producer is "Inter Parfums".

"Madame" starts somewhat herbaceous and with a very disciplined orange blossom, overall rather slim and with a slightly roughened texture. Restrained. Tamed. Tight upright with measured gait.

In delicate contrast to this very controlled opening, there is a subtle warm spicy note that will permeate the whole fragrance and become clearer over time: Look, there is a sensual flame blazing in the depths, Madame can also do differently. It will take some time until this promise is completely fulfilled, Madame has stamina and a little bit of evil she is too, because at no time does she give up control and her charms only peu à peu and finest dosed free.

The flowers of the heart note are also like this: restrained, unplayfully arranged with a certain coolness and distance. Madame has grey eyes. There is at times a slight bitterness, a tart metallic note, subtle and delicate and masterfully integrated and at the same time this warm, matt-golden shimmering warmth, somewhat more audible now already, almost tangible, but only almost. Finely dosed eroticism, distance and closeness, deliciously delayed and always controlled.

Now I find Madame stunning and stunningly beautiful: My clothes still have delicate veils of the adult serious heart note, but on my wrists the base already smells, very close, sandal creamy, dry and warm ambered, sensual to sink into. That's not a theater thunder, that's real.

And last but not least: Also in the Eau de Toilette version a cross-country skier who wants to be dosed consciously.
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Duftsucht

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Top Review 26  
The spirits of the past
Actually, this scent that I just sprayed on shouldn't be in my hand at all - actually the vintage version of Femme/Rochas should be there right now. Due to a deal in the souk, where apparently neither the saleswoman nor I looked closely enough, it was overlooked that it was not a femme, but Madame. I only noticed the mistake at the moment of spraying on, because the scent immediately took me back to my childhood.

My mother, two of my sisters and I are standing in the flat, beautifully dressed and pretty. We're about to go to a concert together. As the youngest I'm especially excited, it's not so long ago that I can finally come along with the "big ones" and don't have to stay at home alone on concert evenings. I hated staying home alone - as the smallest of fives this was extremely rare - and I was really terribly scared. This always led me to switch on the lights in all the rooms of the apartment, always speaking loudly to an imaginary person when entering the still dark rooms. Of course, to convince the villain, already lurking in my fantasy in the dark room, that he wouldn't be dealing with me alone. What I expected from this deceptive manoeuvre, I can no longer comprehend today...

But that night, I can come with you. When we are about to leave the apartment and my mother already stretches out her hand to the clutch (the very flat one made of light snake leather, which was only taken out of her cloth bag for concerts and into which only a few loose bills for the taxi fit next to a handkerchief, comb, key, the theatre tickets), she suddenly hesitates, pulls her hand back, disappears into her bedroom again and comes back - wonderfully fragrant for my child's nose. It is an adult, elegant fragrance, perfect for the occasion.

Sometimes, when I'm alone at home, I go into the bedroom to the toilet table where my mother's perfumes are. It is such an old-fashioned one with a three-part mirror in which you can look at your own back of the head. But you can also adjust the mirrors so that you can see yourself disappearing almost infinitely into the distance - and sometimes, when I'm bored, I spend my time trying to count them, these infinitely many ego's...

Amazing what detailed memories a breath of Madame Rochas takes from the depths of the past and brings them into the present. In the left drawer of the little table my mother kept her handkerchiefs - which were embroidered or crocheted with lace for "beautiful", delicate webs. Beautiful, transparent and translucent, in my eyes (then as now) very unsuitable for their actual purpose. A sprayer of "Madame" was always applied to one of these cloths - and so the silk lining of the theatre bag had already absorbed the scent itself, so that each time it was opened and closed it would release the bag in a small cloud of scent.

And this little cloud delights me very much. The beginning is already lavish with aldehydes and not really my favorite part of the fragrance. Somewhat pungent, slightly metallic-fruity-floral in the first minutes, then arranged into an extremely tasty bouquet. Not a natural meadow bouquet, but an elegant, rather formal affair. Maybe a bouquet on a wedding table with orange blossoms, as the bride wears in her hair. Here, however, supplemented by luxuriant tropical fragrances, nicely neatly kept in check by a hint of bitterness and a more bitter herbaceous part, which forms a wonderful counterweight to the honey sweetness of the flowers. "Madame" stands on a bed of fine woods, a trace of vetiver adds a dash of green powder.

I very much enjoy this spirit of the past, which so unexpectedly moved in with me, and welcome the surprise guest warmly to me!
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pudelbonzo

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Top Review 15  
ahead of time
Back in the 80s, when I had seen the film "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" - and my best friend had read the book to me in the park under shady trees - we both raved about Juliette Binoche.

Thomas had made himself smart and told me that Juliette was also born under the sign of the fishes - just like me.
A nice subtle compliment to me - he is not my best friend without a reason.

Then the beautiful Juliette appeared as the advertising face for Madame Rochas - and I rushed to auction a bottle on ebay.

Would the fragrance convey the lightness of being - and the sensuality of the leading actress?

But already the first spray irritated me - or threw me on the sofa.
I did not expect this opulence.
He was so chypry flowery that he wore me out.
This abundance of flowers was beguiling - but too much for my humble self.
And that in the most audacious sense of the word.
The scent was a few sizes too big for me.

Even my ma waved away - over-elegant to madam-like - were her words.

So the Madame ended up on ebay again - which I regret today.
Now, 20 years later, I might have grown into this voluminous fragrance.

As so often in life, it depends on the right time - and I met Madame Rochas too early.

To compensate, the more playful - but still feminine Mademoiselle has moved in with me.

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Mirimi

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The liaison of Rive Gauche, Fenjala, Cléa and classic Chypre
According to batch ( 0008 rue de Miromesmil) of 2008 ...I hold here a bottle ( a tester) USA, in the hand...( found at my mother)...
Prelude fresh , orange blossom floral lushness, honeysuckle..
and probably tart fresh broom.
Madame R. then goes into a first metallic florality( Rive Gauche/ Calandre- esque..)
And then come this balsamic creaminess with a hint of soap WITHOUT clove..
Is it just me that this scent trail reminds me of the classic Fenjala bath oil/ bubble bath?!
Or is there something linked wrong in my limbic system?

At some point the scent becomes deeper, more lush, more golden, warmer...more balsamic....
Could it be that in the mid to late
Direction base note Madame Rochas reminds of the Cléa of Yves Rocker, or even the original Chloé??
I am curious if there are opinions on this.
After about 1-1.5 hrs calls the madame again I'm a Chypre and so she is right, because
after the buttery powdery balsamic (I have to think of powdered sugar, which melts on too warm buttery vanilla crescent - not because of the Zuckrigkeit, but because the congestion sugar powder melts with cremigkeit...) it is more tart, woody, edgier.
Chypreiger.. Also away from the Urfeminine to the cooler, clear green Chypre.
I've rarely experienced anything like this.
This fragrance does not seem to be vintage according to batch u address, but is really phenomenally classic, traditional and absolutely vintage without being old-fashioned..
And just means the Madame on my wrist again unchypriger once again in the baldamisch creamy back snuggle.
Wow... refined surprising woman !
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7.5
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7.5
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review 8  
Another Rochas Reformulation Better than Most Twenty-First-Century New Launches
I understand the movement toward simplicity, and I realize that some people are turned off by "old" perfumes, but I have to say that after trying a few contemporary fragrances, I find it extraordinarily nice to don something as wonderful, complex, and unique as MADAME ROCHAS. This is a perfume. This is a creation. This was the product not of painstaking marketing analysis but of the art of perfumery. MADAME ROCHAS participates directly in the Platonic Form of Perfume.

She opens as a slightly citrusy floral aldehyde and then moves through layer after layer of luxuriousness, finally ending in a powdery chypre drydown that lingers on and on with a substantial but not suffocating sillage. Every single stage in the development, even as the scent slowly fades away, hours after only light application, is stunningly beautiful.

Wearing MADAME ROCHAS is a lesson in what the fine art of perfume has been, and I do hope that it will not disappear, slain by the procrustean forces of image-based capitalism which lead so many peddlers to focus entirely on package with scant attention to product.

While there are many who lament the crime of reformulation, I must say that the reformulations familiar to me (including this bottle of MADAME ROCHAS and also ROCHAS FEMME, both reformulated in 1989), are still vastly superior to most of the first-run juices out there today. MADAME ROCHAS may not be a great office scent, but this is a great perfume.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 6 years ago
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This perfume is a myth. Rich, warm, maybe a little "old style", but surely well composed and longlasting.
Let's play to the ladies!
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