Femme Frenzy part one a review of Vintage Femme by Rochas

Ever since I read The Bombshell Manual of Style by Lauern Stover, I have been fascinated by vintage perfumes.  The various and sundry perfumes mentioned by the book have been systematicaly ordered and sampled by me in hopes of transferring some of the mystical and mythical appeal on to myself. In some, I have felt the magic. In others I scratched my head (in a very sexy manner) and wondered what Stover could have been thinking. Here is what she writes about Rochas Femme :

“A feminine, warm, embracing, sweater-girl scent.  Perfect for intimate affairs in small rooms, in front of fireplaces, French restaurants.  Ideal for evening tweeds; snug cashmere twinsets in taupe, ivory, peach, and black; dark clingy knits and cocktail dresses.  Femme adores plunging necklines which are best with an understated perfume that’s a little woodsy, soft and complex. (Celebrity user:  Mae West) ”

Rochas Femme has been somewhat of a dilemma for me.  First, Stover does not specify which formulation.  I have tried and appreciated both.  This particular review is for the vintage version which was later reworked and  rereleased.  Notes include peach, plum, bergamot/lemon, cinnamon,cloves, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, musk . A History of Femme can be found here at OsMoz http://www.osmoz.com/mag/fiche_reportage1.asp?ID=222&CATEGORIE=REPORT&LANGUE=en

I cannot argue much with Ms Stovers description of the perfume.  It is feminine and warm.  And it is Ideal for a fireside encounter.  While wearing this perfume I see myself in front of a roaring fire on a bearskin rug in a darkened room.  I’m kittenishly curled up around a sexy Cary Grant-like man and we’re enjoying some deep red wine.  Possibly mulled wine.  We’re feeding each other peaches and plums with a brown sugar syrup.  He’s nuzzling my neck and breathes in my soft musky sweet skin as the amber glow of the fire begins to settle down into it’s embers.  You just know it will be a slow and lingering seduction, just as Femme slowly seduces your nose and embraces you warmly.

Wow.  I need a cold shower.

From the first spray I get a maple-y dry wood.  However, over the course of the labor day weekend, this stage in the perfume has gotten shorter with each application and  while it started out annoying me, I grew to appreciate it.  It’s a chypre, after all and I can now revel in that.  The next phase, the delectable almost too ripe fruit and flower phase, is heady and spicy.  I could sniff my arm all day long.  I rejoice  that the perfume has rubbed off on my baby and I can smell it on her.  In fact, the Princess’s skin chemistry is such that the perfume stays in this delicious phase.  It completely skips the dark phase and behaves as if it will never dry down.  I must put a bottle of this away for her someday.  She will be irresistable.  Finally, the drydown’s soft ambery sandalwood musk concoction melds completely with my skin, leaving only a whisper of the torrid,, mysterious affair.  I also find the more I wear it, the more I want to wear it.  It has become an olfactory opiate.  Any season, any occasion, any excuse, I’d pull this one out and wow anyone close enough to take my scent in.

The silliage in the parfum seems a bit lacking for me.  I don’t feel like others could smell it unless they were smelling right on the site of application.  However, I did spend the majority of my time alone with the Princess while wearing it.  Femme, therefore, behaves like a piece of lingerie underneath the clothes.  It can be revealed only to those lucky enough to be chose.  However, it’s so incredibly gorgeous  I’d want every one to know.  If we stayed with the lingerie analogy, this would be your high class La Perla that you’re dying for everyone to see, but you can’t be indecent. Despite the skin tightness of the aromatic aura, this is so bottle worthy.  I’m eeking out a tiny decant and I am hoping to find more of the vintage parfum under a rock somewhere.  It is an absolutely a to die for “bombshell” perfume. 

Published in: on September 6, 2007 at 1:14 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. All the old stuff I wore as a child is coming back. Kinda scary and makes you feel old, but it looks great most of the time.

  2. isn’t that the truth! welcome!

  3. Hmmm, I’m very curious about which other perfumes were on that list…would you mind listing them for us (or just send me an email)? Perfume enthusiasists all seem to rave about Rochas’ Femme but I’ve never had the chance to snift for myself. 😦

  4. I’ll get on that compliation for you HH. Welcome to the readership!

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