Vintage Femme by Rochas LIVE Video Sniff 1943

POSSE!! YAY!! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies here with another installment in the what can they render impenetrable through the medium of video. Yet again Margeaux and I stumble blindly through a LIVE Video Sniff having a wonderful time and imparting swine for all you pearls.

Vintage Femme by Rochas LIVE Video Sniff

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

In our defence we are only enthusiasts and the thrill of being in front of a camera coupled with a few beverages, a group of the APJ crew together and our own madness means that we completely forget much of what we wanted to say, some of what we really should have said, and then mangle what we do say and add in bullshit to boot. Your mission, should you choose to take it, is to unravel the truth and tell us because we are up shit creek without a boat, let alone a paddle; and yes, I do know that Edmond Roudnitska was the creator of Vintage Femme by Rochas, Edward Roudnitska is a figment of my crazed, and deranged by sniffing too much perfume, brain.

Photo Stolen repreme

I stole this next paragraph wholesale from BoisDeJasmin:
Rochas Femme includes notes of bergamot, peach, prune, rose, immortelle, jasmine, ylang-ylang, ambergris, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood. It is available from select retailers and a variety of discount online stores. Femme comes in a bottle designed like a female form, with the rounded shoulders and wasp waistline invoking the models used by Marcel Rochas, inventor of the bustier.

FragranceNet has 100ml Vintage Femme by Rochas just over $30
SurrenderToChance has a great selections of Vintage Femme by Rochas from $3/ml and Vintage Parfum from only $9/.5ml

We hope you enjoy our videos as much as we enjoy bringing them to you. As always I must thank my BFF Kath for the video and editing work, My long suffering partner Jin for making it blog ready and Margeaux for being such a good sport, friend and buddy. If you liked this there is OODLES more fab stuff going on at AustralianPerfumeJunkies and we would be thrilled to see you over there. say HI!

Have you smelled Femme in vintage or current formulation? Like it or hate it? Tell us.

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy.
Portia xxx


  1. Brilliant take on one of my favorite perfumes of all time! I used to wear this on my longest runs in the Alps, because I felt like Queen of the Universe in it, and if the Queen of the Universe wanted to run up and down a bunch of Alps, she (*@# well could! It worked, too….

  2. Portia. I love you! I just wanna BE YOU!! You are soooo much fun! “Hot Bitch in 1943”. I have a lot of vintage Femme. You have inspired me to spritz the hell out of it today. So I’m a-gonna!

    My vintage Femme thanks you!


  3. That was so fun! Have you smelled the reformulation/ I actually like that more in some ways. It is a cumin fun factory that cracks me up every time I open the bottle! xox you are so great on camera, and I love these live video sniffs!

    • Hey Patty,
      I have the reformulation too, they are 2 quite different perfumes on my skin. Cousins rather than siblings. I love them both but always spritz with abandon when I wear the reformulation because it isn’t out of print yet.
      I am so glad you like the Videos, we are planning our next session, which will include eyelash application. Just For YOU!
      Portia xx

  4. Just what I needed on a dull Thursday! Thanks for all the fun.

    I smelled the refo of Femme first, thinking I would have difficulty with the cumin in it – but I didn’t. It’s very rich, saturated, spicy, nearly overripe, and I liked it. Not enough to buy it, but I enjoyed the experience. Then when a bottle of vintage Femme parfum de toilette showed up for cheap on ebay, I bought it. I usually do quite well with vintage formulations and with civet and although I tend to struggle with fruity chypres I thought that since I got on fine with the refo it was worth trying the vinty.

    Well, it WAS worth trying, I admit. But I nearly lost my cookies in the attempt. Just… just… well, if refo’ed Femme was nearly overripe, the vintage was a total Dumpster Dive. Way past overripe into almost rotting, and with the same sort of balsamy angle that I just cannot stand in scents like Tabu, Opium, Obsession, Youth Dew. It was like my very own personal scent nightmare, right there on my wrist… I found a new owner for that bottle, and I hear that the bottle is in great shape, exactly what the new owner wanted, and it’s getting worn. Yay for them, I say, and so glad that I don’t have to try Femme ever again…

  5. Portia, you made my day!! And oh how I needed it, thank you!

    I think my skin eats skank. I have tried both the vintage and the newer, and they were both merely nice little things, no sexy, no nothin’.

    The newer was rather aldy to my nose, but still nice. The vintage was cuddly and had that hairspray vibe I get from old-school scents. I don’t get the civet, sadly, nor the cumin in the newer version.

    The Party in Manhattan is another alleged skank fest that simply smells lovely and rich on me, so either my skin eats it or perhaps I am anosmic to it?

    • Hi tammy,
      Wouldn’t it be funny if you were anosmic to it and everyone around you was like,”OMFG! Get her! Is she seriously that dirty? What a filthy HO PANTIES!” and you were all, la la la.
      That would be AH MAY ZING. You could be totally skunking everyone. HA HA HA
      Portia xx

  6. “They don’t make perfume like this anymore!”

    Portia, your videos are just great! You somehow always make me want to smell/buy the stuff you review, even in instances like this (I’m totally not into dirty scents normally).

    • Hiya Gvillecreative,
      YAY! They really don’t make scents like this anymore. It’s illegal.
      Thanks for enjoying and I’m super glad we inspire a little frag love too.
      Portia xx

    • Heya Sandstorm,
      It’s not so skanky now but the cumin is quite ripe in other ways, that apricot is also pretty soft. Maybe you’d like the original more,
      Portia xx

  7. This is one of the few vintage perfumes I adore! You really should try the modern. I don’t care for it. In comparison to the vintage extrait it is skankier which makes it interesting, but also, sadly, much thinner. At least the modern is a cheap thrill (mine was under $20). What ever happened to the great house of Rochas? Very sad!

    Thank you for the fun review! Love, love, love your videos!

    • Hey Sherri,
      I have a bottle of the modern and LOVE it. I treat them as different perfumes though. Yes, a bargain currently. Femme will probably change again in the near future sadly. Rochas has lost its way a bit, they made some of my faves Byzance, Madame Rochas, Femme.
      Maybe one day they’ll rise phoenix like.
      Portia xx

  8. You are too funny. I actually just ordered a bottle of the current version of Femme and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. I need to see what all the fuss is about. I’d love to try the vintage but I avoid vintage for fear I’d love them too much and then not be able to get anymore. Anyway, I do enjoy some skank in my perfume so I’m pretty sure I’ll love this. You can’t beat the price either.

  9. Vintage Femme – now that’s what I call a PERFUME! I guess we can console ourselves with heavy doses of Amouage Jubilation 25 if/when we run out of vintage Femme. I can’t wait for the eyelash video!

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