Founded back in 1925, French fashion house Rochas has been creating iconic fragrances for decades. Fruity, spicy Femme, for example, despite being created in the forties, is still a bestseller to date. But now there’s a new ‘it girl’ on the block and that’s Mademoiselle Rochas EDP (R795 for 30ml, R995 for 50ml and R1195 for 90ml, selected Truworths stores.)
A floral-gourmand, Mademoiselle Rochas embraces the brand’s original philosophy – ‘audacity, youth and Parisian elegance’ – but adds a playful flirtiness to the mix. The Mademoiselle Rochas wearer is a spontaneous, fun-loving girl who’s always on the go. She will, however, always make time for her friends and is admired for her cheerful, happy heart and effortless sense of style.
Notes-wise, you’re looking at candied apple and blackcurrant up top with a heart full of rose and Egyptian jasmine on a bed of sandalwood, musk and ambergis. On me, the candied apple comes through loud and clear and I like that it smells like a pink lollipop as opposed to toffee. It’s definitely more ‘candied apple’ than ‘toffee apple’, if that makes sense. The rose soon sweeps in but it’s a lush, green version that tempers the sweet opening and then you end up with warm, sheer musk dry down given a glow from residual sugar.
While it’s definitely a youthful fragrance I do think that anyone who’s young at heart and appreciates a sugary gourmand like Lancome La Vie est Belle or Angel Eau Sucree (remember that?) is going to fall in love with it. It’s a lovely day time scent for spring when you’re heading off to do something fun with your girl friends.
As for the heavy, luxe-feeling bottle, I think it’s pretty gorgeous. If you flip it around you’ll find a li’l surprise on the back…
I also love the white ribbon around the cap – a Rochas signature – that gives it an elegant little finish.
Want to get your hands on a bottle of your own? I’ve got a 50ml bottle to give away and you can enter to win it via the comments section below telling me what you’d most like to do on a sunny spring day in Paris. (My day would probably start with pain au chocolat dipped in hot chocolate followed by two hours in the Sephora by the Champs-Elysees while my sister, who lives in France, whines and cries and begs for us to move on.)
This competition is open to South African residents only and a winner will be drawn at 5pm on 19 October 2017.
This competition is now closed. A big congrats to winner Jennifer Perumal.