Moustache Original 1949 2018

Moustache Original 1949 by Rochas
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Moustache Original 1949 is a popular perfume by Rochas for men and was released in 2018. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is being marketed by Inter Parfums. Pronunciation
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Citrus
Fresh
Spicy
Floral
Green

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes LemonLemon BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes LavenderLavender NeroliNeroli VioletViolet
Base Notes Base Notes PatchouliPatchouli White muskWhite musk
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Scent
8.0120 Ratings
Longevity
7.1112 Ratings
Sillage
6.7113 Ratings
Bottle
8.7120 Ratings
Value for money
9.168 Ratings
Submitted by Rivegauche, last update on 07.03.2023.
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MrHonest

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MrHonest
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A reminder of simpler times.
Having been a devout fan of the much hyped edp (which is more of a rosey benzoin tea scent), I felt like I had to get this one to complete the set, if not to experience another one of Roudnitska’s creations.

The initial blast is almost identical to Honey & Lemon from J-Scent with that deep syrupy honey and fizzy lemon combo. Fantastic stuff. There’s a touch of something spicy-mossy in the background too, but it’s still a good distance away. Within about 5 minutes, all of that is quickly left behind to make way for an obvious, yet perfectly blended lavender and violet. And make no mistake, it’s a quality lavender, not the cheap sort that ladens the shelves at your local candle shop. There’s also a strange skin-like funk in there that kind of reminds me of the inside of a shoe?? It’s a bit bizarre, but not entirely unfamiliar nor unpleasant, and it only seems to become somewhat noticeable in the transition before the lavender takes over at the 10-15 minute mark. Combined with what’s left of the sweetness from the honey (the lemon is completely gone at that point), the violet, musk, and some kind of spicy mustiness creates the effect of a gentlemanly fog slowly rising from a tweed jacket. A beautiful blend, but very different to what you get in the opening.

In fact, it only took me a few minutes to understand why this scent was so lovingly nostalgic. Initially, it was a love at first sniff with a hint of familiarity; but the longer it stayed on the skin, the more obvious it became that the barbershop-y lavender blend was shockingly similar to Mennen’s Original Skin Bracer aftershave from the 1980s - minus the vanilla. That scent would be forever associated with my father when I was just starting gradeschool and would eventually go on to embody my childhood – multi-coloured breakfast cereals, Dick Tracy, early morning fishing and Super Mario Bros. It was also one of the first fragrances that began my love for aftershaves and later, perfume. But as the violet begins to fade at about the 30 minute mark in Moustache, a touch of patchouli becomes evident, leaving behind a moderately soft, quasi-sweet lavender, musk and patchouli until the very end.

Overall, despite its popular reputation as a lemony fragrance, Moustache edt is anything but. In fact, it’s predominantly a soft and gentlemanly lavender for most of its life, if not for the first half hour where nearly all of the magic happens. From the massive blast of honeyed lemon, to the strange funk, soft violet and beautiful lavender drydown, it’s quite a journey to take in such a short period of time; yet frankly an absolute joy to experience. Kind of like life.

I can only imagine what life in France must’ve been like only a few years following the second world war when the original Moustache was perfumed, but there’s a small part of me that feels hopeful whenever I smell this scent - like things are looking up, or that a brighter dawn is just on the horizon - timeless beauty perhaps, or the cover of a fresh book that promises an exciting, yet comforting adventure. Whether or not that was Roudnitska’s original vision is beyond me, but I’m certain that everyone could use a bit more of that sentiment nowadays.

As for performance, longevity and projection are below average (especially the projection), but there’s still the option of jumping on the edt concentree if you’re looking for a louder and more animalic version. The trade-off is the presentation, which is significantly better than the older bottles imo, with heavier ribbed glass and a beautiful golden metal cap. I absolutely adore it. Top tier at this price point.

As for the similarities with other fragrances, I get the comparison with Eau Sauvage edt, especially with that lemon and lavender, but it’s far less herbal and harsh than both AdP’s Colonia and Artisan Pure. In fact, it’s nowhere near the Varvatos tbh. Moustache is simply smoother, gentler, less green, more reassuring, and frankly, more beautiful. Can’t say that those looking for an outright fougere like Azzaro’s Pour Homme or Beau de Jour will be completely satisfied, but the gentlemanly French touch is unmistakeable. A near perfect scent for a burgeoning father who enjoys soft fragrances with a touch of nostalgia. Perhaps not a 21st century bestselling club banger - whatever that means - but a timeless symbol of hope, dedication and work ethic in simpler times. Cher Edmond, je vous salue.
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The lemon magic forest (lemon - musk),
G.F. Trumper released a fragrance 82 years earlier that was almost identical to Wild Fern. It had the same masculine, woodsy oakmoss note, but had much more musk, too much I think. It had something almost fairy-tale like, deeply reminiscent of dark woods, but also shallow green meadows and valleys - of course looking out of the aristocratic monocle - but also slightly overpowering (the musk). Green and lots of musk is a brand in itself. With the best will in the world, I can hardly imagine that E. R. did not know this fragrance, although I would never accuse the master of having made copies. Everyone has always been inspired by everything and everyone. Hypothetically, if he had the idea of making this fragrance a little less dreamy British dandy (the country dandy) and instead a little more sparkling, toning and Mediterranean, then the calculation would have been 100% correct. He has managed to transport this fragrance to his homeland, so to speak, and to give it his personal and therefore also original French stamp. Yes, yes, E.R. you little rascal, now I have found out about you ... Pardon me, master, I became impertinent.
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Moustache (moustache) - the name says it all
I bought it now on the Canary Islands, the timelessly beautiful bottle, after I couldn't get it anywhere in Germany before my departure. Therefore now a comment, which is coined by Atlantic noise and by palm leaves wobbling in the sun. In wet and cold Germany it might have been different.
It is reformulated and I do not know the original from 1949 and I cannot imagine that there is still a usable, not tilted original filling, so that the comparison would be possible only with successors.
Moustache starts very fresh and citric, but quickly gets a green-herbal note on my skin, which is strange to me at first. A first hull of the nose, then interest, the nose wanders again and again to the spray place. Something is contained, which reminds me rather of basil in other scents, which should not be contained here however. The trail's evaporating. A little violet and lavender add a floral accent. This note makes up the fragrance, because citrus and floral are now in interplay. This looks classic masculine, no soft warm tones at first. Rather a bit rough and yet with style.

Maybe even a little pricking like a freshly clipped mustache. No silent step, not covered (except perhaps by the matching chest hair to the moustache). Patchouli and musk, however, then take over from hour one on my skin the harmonization. The moustache now becomes conciliatory, cuddly, similar to the moustache that was still piquing earlier, which becomes softer after brushing and oiling.

The fragrance must certainly be placed in the context of 1949, when Thérèsa and Edmond Roudnitska created the original fragrance. As far as I know in Grasse.
After the Second World War, Europe was still in the process of reconstruction. Nevertheless, fragrances had always been created and sold during and after the war. Cultiveness, style and the joy of perfume survive every brutalization.
The peoples of Europe still suspected each other and one was still far away from the European Coal and Steel Community or even a European Union.
But today I can fly to the Canary Islands without a visa and buy my Moustache with the Euro.

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Top Review 64  
Poison fang pulled
Uncommented fragrances No. 129

There are many reformulated classics. Many were ruined, thanks to the exaggerated demands of IFRA. But when a new fragrance so unmistakably indicates that it should be based on the original from 1949, vintage friends become nervous (see blog about the two new "old" Moustache variants) and sometimes tend to order blind in a hurry.
In the meantime, the fragrance is with me and I compare it with the actual original from 1949. Can that go well?
Of course this is not really possible, because Moustache from 1949 was also reworked several times, tamed (the original version is said to have been more animalistic than the variant in the angular matt bottle with the unambiguous dark yellow liquid): there is no real reference. In addition, even the last version of Moustache available on the market has usually been on the lid for several years, which means that an ageing process with scent can no longer be ruled out. This also seems to be the case with my moustache water from the early 2000s. Nevertheless, a comparison with caution and limited validity is possible in my opinion.
Outside before I leave the second new version (Roches Moustache EdP: s.d.).

Moustache Original 1949 (the new one up there) is - and I'll send this ahead - from my point of view well done. Like its predecessor, the fragrance is consistently bergamot citrus, powdery (musk), has further discreet floral undertones and also a herbaceous component (in the old one, basil was explicitly mentioned as a herbaceous clay, which was also well imaginable, and lavender, in the new one in 1949 it is only lavender, but this can be due to a shortened presentation of the ingredients). In the old Moustache the sweet animal note was conspicuous, which I always put on the honey (missing in this version) and the musk. This was avoided with the contemporary moustache, which was certainly a wise decision, because a rogue who had at that time obvious associations with the yellow liquid. Moustache was a marking male at that time, nowadays he is masculine, but he wears a hipster mustache. Is that bad? No, it isn't, because I now believe that many vintage fragrances, as much as I loved them then (and now), would seem out of place among contemporaries. That's what a true lover of old scents says.
So the yellow snake was pulled a poison fang, but the second one was overlooked (musk powdery citrus and bergamot) and also this mixture may take some getting used to for today's wearers
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MrHonestMrHonest 9 months ago
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Strong honey and lemon at the top, drying down to a very soft lavender, musk and violet. Perfect touch of patchouli. Comfortingly nostalgic.
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 1 year ago
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A nice and classic powdery lemon. In between Chanel Pour Monsieur and YSL Pour Homme. The major difference is the violet-lavender combo. 3/5
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