I wore Rochas Tocade back in my twenties and cannot remember now why I only bought one bottle, since I am very fond of it. I have been wearing a sample today and have been enveloped in a warm, comforting aura.
Rochas Tocade is a cosy, daytime perfume full of vanilla, but it nicely sidesteps being a gourmand with its roses and amber taking the foodie edge off it. Whilst being warm, I wouldn’t call it spicy. Whilst being rich, I wouldn’t call it an evening scent, though it would work well as one.
We can deconstruct Tocade and it’s beautiful playful bottle, but it’s one of those perfumes that is so memorable that when you know it and smell it you just say “Oh Tocade!” rather than “Oh an interesting vanilla/rose daytime perfume”
The following notes are in it: rose, sandalwood, magnolia, lily of the valley, freesia, iris and jasmine. However, this never seems to be a floral on me. The flowers just provide a backdrop in the distance. This is vanilla all the way, with an undercurrent of amber and silky aromatic sandalwood as it settles on your skin.
Longevity is great: about nine hours. The price is excellent too. Less than 40GBP for 100ml. I don’t normally like too much vanilla, but for this I make an exception. Even Luca Turin likes it. Rochas Tocade is a modern, quietly classic marvel.