Madame Rochas is a aldehydic floral with chypre leanings and recalls (in the best possible way) fine French soap.
A special quality of rose absolute, jasmine and lily of the valley, together with a chord of aliphatic aldehydes, gives the perfume its essential soapy-floral character. Unlike Chanel’s No.5, for example, which rounds this complex with prominent ylang-ylang and vanilla, in Madame Rochas it remains dry with a mossiness that is discernable from the opening. The whole thing feels very prim and proper, with only a little ambery sweetness but quite a lot of sandalwood and vetiveryl acetate for vertical support.
Nose: Guy Robert
Release date: 1960
Notes (per Fragrantica): bergamot, aldehydes, lemon, neroli, lily of the valley, orris root, ylang-ylang, violet, narcissus, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, cedar, oakmoss, tonka bean.