Rochas Soleil Rochas: It’s Patchouli Jim, but not as we know it

o.2420I bought this blind, not having seen it around anywhere, but if I’m honest, I was attracted to its affordability. I researched reviews and lists of notes on Fragrantica and finally took the plunge for the princely sum of £11.95 for 75ml.

I was not disappointed. I wore it in the morning, I wore it in the evening, and I wore it at bedtime. Although I often say I am repelled by the raft of fruity florals flooding the market, when the fruit is orange, I make an exception.  Rochas Soleil Rochas is a light patchouli wrapped in orange and orange blossom with a hint of rose. There’s none of that ghastly powdery-ness and it remains fresh despite having a hint of spice.

If you like Dior Dune, you may like this too. For some reason I can smell or sense a sandiness to both scents. Not the seaweed, salty type, but more of a sunny, dusty scent that’s common to both. I don’t know they achieve this, but try it and see if you sense sand too.

Soleil was created in 2008, and  was intended as a floral chypre, recreating a sunny day in Paris. Notes include pear, orange blossom, tuberose and pink pepper. What I get is orange blossom and patchouli., with a hint of tuberose, but added delicately, not in its usual heady way. It’s a definite favourite, although I think more of a summer scent than a winter one. Having said that, the patchouli adds just enough spice for you to get away with it, although the people who smell you will be inspired to go and look at holiday brochures shortly after you waft past, without knowing why.

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