Byzance (1987) Eau de Toilette

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Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) by Rochas
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Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) (Rochas)
Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) (Rochas)
Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) (Rochas)
Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) (Rochas)
Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) (Rochas)
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Byzance (1987) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Rochas for women and was released in 1987. The scent is floral-spicy. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Basil, Carnation, Spices, Green notes, Cardamom, Mandarin, Lemon, Citruses
Heart Notes Heart NotesAniseed, Orris root, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Heliotrope, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar

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Scent

7.9 (135 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (96 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (85 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (101 Ratings)
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Greatly helpful Review    18
East meets west.
It was fall 1989.
The embassy in Warsaw could not be found, the normal address was not valid, there were the GDR citizens who were fed up with the best system in the world. I also, well, it was praised by the media and government, but the reality looked different and woe betide if someone else meant it.
In the late 80's, the best system in the world in Poland was so bad that I just wanted to go to the West, at least for a year, where there was everything, where people were doing so well and everything was so colourful. I wanted to go to West Berlin as an au pair, was incredibly motivated to learn and work there.
It was a miracle, but I found the new embassy and got the visa, don't ask how, that would make a little novella or a thriller;
At the end of October I came to West Berlin, I had to travel 7 hours by train, remember the human voices from huge demos I took from the waiting train.
On 9.11 when I went to the German course as always, I saw many Poles standing in front of the bank, wrong, it already turned out during the course, it was the GDR citizens...Się got welcome money and were just allowed to go to West Berlin. Miracles!
I lived not far from Ku_Damm, at that time it was THE street, for me a girl from the east, a paradise, a big beautiful piece of the world, to stroll, to admire, to meet with new friends at the Berlin Klops at the Europa Uhr or in the cinema "Wenn Harry Sally traf" to see...
Somewhere there, I don't remember in which department store, maybe Wertheim, rather not in Woollworth, there were not so nice smells, I found a nice bottle in a shelf at the back, blue, with golden decorations.
I was so young, I only knew fragrances from small funny newspaper kiosks, so it was with us in Eastern Europe, no Western expensive, at the most from Bourjois Flamme, Evasion or Coty Masumi, or Smitty.
Here in West Berlin started my big perfume and not only adventure.
But I still remember Byzance and the moment I got to know the fragrance very well. It did not smell as heavy and serious as the others e.g. Samsara or Coco, where I did not know where to go with my inexperienced nose. Byzance was different, sweeter, smoother, quieter and more fruity, yet mysterious, sweet and sooo soft, as dark blue as the beautiful bottle. I was also attracted by a special note, today I would guess jasmine and tuberoze with heliotrope and sandalwood, a golden, slightly dry note. All in fine warm creamy not to overcharged alldehydes getuenkt.
Today I own the treasure I didn't even dream of at that time, that I could afford such a luxury, I saved the 200 DM, which I got monthly, like crazy, to send money to my mom in Poland, so that się can finally afford a washing machine. Such a scent lay only in my dreams, was unattainable.
The GDR no longer exists, Berlin has changed, Ku Damm is no longer THE street, Poland has many beautiful perfumeries,..., only my love for Byzannce has remained the same :)
And ideologies?............I always don't like them.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 4.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Western Byzantium
Byzance is just what you would expect from a scent of this era: a multitude of notes, big bold flavor and the green darkness so common to classic fragrances.

I cannot pull apart its many notes. Let's just say it opens big with dark greens and citruses and develops into an aldehydic lilly of the valley and woody base. It stays linear throughout. Reminds me of so many other perfumes.

I bought it for the name and bottle and will keep it when I am in a vintage mood. It is not the Eastern Byzantium of the Turks but the Western one of the Europeans.
Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    5
Old-school elegance
I love the first two hours of Byzance! It reminds me a bit of another long-lost treasure, Guerlain’s Guet-Apens (mixed with Mayotte): opulent swirl of flowers, some incense, spices and amber. Tuberose is the most prominent flower, but in this one it is not animalic or dirty but rather sweet. There is a hint of roses too. But there is no point in trying to dissect the individual notes of this complex harmony, it is much better when enjoyed from your skin.

The flowers get a bit more subdued but they never fade out entirely, although the soapy aldehydes take the main stage during drydown. The last stage of this gorgeous morpher is beautiful, woody floral plushiness that surrounds you like a protective aura.

I do not think that this is dated in any way, but it belongs to a different era of perfumery. Those who do not like the eighties-vibe will not appreciate this. But if you have sniffed sixty-eight modern releases that smell so similar that you cannot remember their names on the next day, this might be the one to revive your nostrils.

The opening is very strong and overall sillage is very good during the entire life span. It literally lasts all day on me. My review is based on a generous sample.
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    5
An Ode to Perfection...
Oh my Sister, oh my Bride,
thou art a garden barriered...
A mystic wave, a fountain sealed...
Thy bosom, there it lies,
a turkish rose heaven...
Fruited and heavy with the most
delightful, scented wonders...
Aye, with heliotrope and musk...
With cardamom and basil...
With every sort of jasmine sighs...
With cedar and with tuberose...
And all the sweetest balsam trees...
Oh fountain of my gardens,
thou art a singing spring
flowing thy lilting path
from the Cappadocian mountains...
Colours of sea, colours of sky
with golden sun embellished...
Constantinople bows with awe
before thy divine beauty...
Very helpful Review    7
Sailing to Byzantium
I have an unusual history of Byzance. I found it on closeout in 1992 and gave the bottle to my mother. She couldnt wear it and passed it to a friend. I never had the chance to sample it.

I found a mini today online. The bottle is like those "evil eye" charms so popular in modern Istanbul. Cobalt blue is used all over the Mediterranean basin. It was common to see it on Roman warships. The origin comes from ancient Egypt and the Eye of Horus. Its strange how time changes the meaning of things. Indeed, Byzance is now legendary as its bottle. Its exotic, yet oddly familiar and ever endearing.

I generally find classic tuberose my least favorite note in fragrance. Jardins des Bagatelle is the only way I enjoy it until now. Byzance bursts open with a very vocal aldehyde and tuberose that for the first few minutes, can overwhelm.

Then a voluptuous rose and jasmine note take hold and pulls you in and wont let go. After a few hours, it meanders into a warm, sacred place that your heart will hold dear.

Its really a floriental, yet the catagorization is irrelevant today. Its a little bit of everything, hence its Byzantine character. The complexity ix beyond words.

Rochas was one of the most respected perfume only houses of the 20th century. Indeed Macassar, Mystere, Lumiere, Byzance, Alchemie and Tocade commanded major attention before it all disappeared in 1999. I miss this house the most...
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Helpful Review    5
An exotic and unfortunately discontinued masterpiece
Byzance is almost the perfect olfactory equivalent to Byzantium, a poem by William Butler Yeats.

It captures the essence of a long lost city, ancient and artistic. Byzance opens with heady florals, exotic spices, zesty lemon and powdery aldehydes. This opening is very strong, very 80's and very me.

Towards the heart, particularly with the entrance of the white florals, Byzance reminds me somewhat of Passion by Annick Goutal. Byzance is however, more powdery and more lemony.

As the heart settles, the florals, most notably the jasmine, become cleaner and slightly soapy. Due to this fragrance's ever-changing nature, I'd say that Byzance is quite complex.

This fragrance is very feminine, without a doubt. However, with that being said, this fragrance is womanly in an old-fashioned, bouquet of flowers, cooking spice and church incense sort of way. Byzance is essentially the scent of a woman from the ancient times - perhaps even the fragrance of Cleopatra herself, if I let myself dream so.

It is a pity that this fragrance is becoming increasingly harder to find these days. I will be truly disappointed if Rochas decide to pull this fragrance from the market.

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