Woman, the first great perfume from Rochas

Woman, the first great perfume from Rochas
Woman, the first great perfume from Rochas

There are perfumes that are said to be iconic. Also, the Femme de Rochas perfume is one of them. Indeed, whether by its success or by the story of its launch, it is undeniably a cult perfume. What is more, it is a marvel of creation, hailed by noses around the world. It displays extreme codes and unashamedly highlights its extra femininity. Its sophistication even exudes something slightly erotic. Also, although its formula was slightly modernized in 1989, this fragrance from 1944 has lost absolutely nothing of its charm of yesteryear.

The history of the creation of the Woman perfume

Femme is not Rochas’ very first fragrance. Indeed, Marcel Rochas had already launched, in 1936, several perfumes such as Air Jeune, Avenue Matignon and Audace. However, with the onset of the war, their productions were stopped. Also, the story of gasoline for women begins in August 1944. Marcel Rochas has just met Hélène. She will become his wife, his source of inspiration and his model. However, times are tough and he doesn’t have much to offer him. Still, he is eager to cover her with the most beautiful. This is how he decides to make her a perfume and that he will offer it to her as a wedding gift. The Woman perfume was born. Then, in order to make people talk about its new essence, Rochas had the idea of ​​leaving a letter in the letterbox of the most important women in Paris such as Michèle Morgan, Madeleine Renaud, Arletty, the Vicomtesse de Noailles, the Duchess of Windsor or even the Baroness de Rothschild. He then offered them the luxury edition of his fragrance. This idea was a resounding success and soon the All-Paris spoke only of Woman. Then, in 1945, during an exhibition on the theme of perfume through fashion, Marcel Rochas was able to introduce his perfume to all women. This is how the latter quickly became a symbol of renewal and post-war success. This idea was a resounding success and soon the All-Paris spoke only of Woman. Then, in 1945, during an exhibition on the theme of perfume through fashion, Marcel Rochas was able to introduce his perfume to all women. This is how the latter quickly became a symbol of renewal and post-war success. This idea was a resounding success and soon the All-Paris spoke only of Woman. Then, in 1945, during an exhibition on the theme of perfume through fashion, Marcel Rochas was able to introduce his perfume to all women. This is how the latter quickly became a symbol of renewal and post-war success.

Marcel Rochas imagines a chypre essence

In order to create this fragrance, Marcel Rochas called on the perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. He then developed a chypre essence. The latter is however associated with a fruity and almost candied flavor. Thus, his gluttony becomes totally irresistible and somewhat tempting. Femme offers us a pairing of peaches and plums. The rendering is particularly sweet. However, it is refreshed by the presence of bergamot and is enriched with a touch of spices, more particularly cumin and cinnamon. Then, her heart becomes more floral. Her femininity is exacerbated through May rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine. Finally, its base is more woody and shows its temperament. It notably gives off scents of patchouli, sandalwood, oak moss, ambergris and musk. The Woman perfume bottle is, as for him, quite a symbol. According to legend, it would be inspired by the suggestive curves of Mae West. Indeed, Marcel Rochas was crazy about women with narrow waists and wide hips, otherwise known as women with an hourglass figure. Moreover, it is he who is at the origin of the basque whose most famous model was made in black lace. This is why the Woman’s case is today covered with this fabric. It contains a whole symbol and it is not without reason that it has been voted “most beautiful perfume in the world“. it is he who is at the origin of the basque, the most famous model of which was made in black lace. This is why the Woman’s case is today covered with this fabric. It contains a whole symbol and it is not without reason that it has been voted “most beautiful perfume in the world”. it is he who is at the origin of the basque, the most famous model of which was made in black lace. This is why the Woman’s case is today covered with this fabric. It contains a whole symbol and it is not without reason that it has been voted “most beautiful perfume in the world”.

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