Rochas Audace ~ fragrance review

Rochas Audace advert, 1970s

Last Friday I was leaving Powell’s when a street fashion photographer asked to take my photo. Now, I’m not a particularly fashionable dresser. That afternoon, I was wearing a variety of clashing plaids — a Pendleton skirt and a jacket from a Western wear store in Oklahoma among them, both culled from Goodwill — and a 1940s floral silk scarf. (I will point out that my boots were pretty great, though.) “Me?” I asked the photographer. “This?

“I like the crazy mix,” she said. “It works.”

That’s how I feel about Rochas Audace. On paper, it reads like a strident jumble of notes. On skin, it works…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 24

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, Comme des Garçons + Pharrell Williams, ERH1012 and Yves Saint Laurent; plus new packaging for Rochas.

Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Pop Electric collection

From Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, the Pop Electric collection, featuring Baby, G, Love, Lil’ Angel and Music: “The new collection of five fragrances, originally introduced in 2008, features the Harajuku Girls dressed with a pop electric vibe. Dipped in molten chrome in vibrant jewel tones, they are individual pieces of whimsical pop art…”

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 5

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special editions from Ferragamo, Viktor & Rolf, Estee Lauder and Rochas.

Ferragamo Signorina mini fragrance

From Salvatore Ferragamo, the Mini Fragrance Collection, featuring 20 ml bottles of Signorina Eau de Parfum, Signorina Eau de Toilette (shown), and the new Signorina Eleganza. The bottle designs were inspired by spinning tops. £30 each at Debenhams or House of Fraser in the UK…

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Perfume: When Everything Old is New Again

Yves Saint Laurent Champagne advert

Every once in a while I open my perfume cabinet’s doors and am overwhelmed by the rows of bottles crammed shoulder to shoulder like glass soldiers. When it gets to be too much, I start giving bottles away. Rochas Tocade is an example. I bought it at an online discounter ages ago, but it was so sweet that it annoyed me. I swapped it away not long after. Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse is another example. I told myself that liked it a lot, but I rarely wore it. When I met someone who liked it better, I gave it away.

Earlier this week I found both Tocade and Yvresse (in its earlier incarnation, Champagne) at Goodwill and snapped them up. It had been so long since I’d smelled either one, and I as soon as I saw their bottles I missed them. Well, I won’t be giving them away again any time soon. Instead of cloying, Tocade smells almost golden on my skin and is just trashy enough to be fun. Champagne’s nectarine is so much juicier than I’d remembered, and its abundant moss is a deliciously fusty contrast.

Over the past six months, I’ve had a good time “shopping” in my own perfume collection and rediscovering fragrances I thought I knew…

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