Dreamy dust motes playing in the sun
The first thing I notice after applying Soleil de Rochas iscedarwood accompanied by a mixture of fruity and flowery scents that is hard to pick apart. I can identify pear and a bright and tangy citrus note - mandarin.
The flowers are more difficult. Rose is easy to recognize, tuberose and orange blossom stay undercover for now.
The cedarwood is still obvious, by the way.
Now I recognize the orange blossom: It's not freshly bloomed but dried! That takes away the prickly tangyness and makes it softer and enveloping.
All these notes combine again quickly into a serene, softly enveloping fragrance of a light sweetness that is gently powdery. Mellow, not sugary. And then it stays like that for a while.
Patchouli withholds itself and just contributes a slight shading, a gentle melancholy. Vanilla holds back as well, contributing only to this powdery softness and serenity. Something - the light woods listed? the pink pepper? adds a warm, enigmatic whiff of balsamic and resiny reliability.
The tuberose I perceive as an occasional brightly floral flash, otherwise it intertwines smoothly with the background.
The balsamic pepperberries, cedarwood and patchouli keep the airy composition grounded and give it a subliminal melancholic earnesty and thus keep Soleil de Rochas from being interchangeable.
Soleil de Rochas is not bright but serene, young but for all ages.
It is not a demanding or strenuous scent, but a cahrming and serene companion that makes me smile whenever I catch a whiff.
Its longevity is not impressive, after half a day I have to sniff it out conciously, otherwise I would not smell it anymore. Or you could spray it on more boldly than I usually do.
Even the oval-shapes bottle filled with a light orange liquid is serene in spite of its clear-edged shape that has nevertheless an element of playfulness: The bottom is not straight but rounded so that it rocks!
I also like the promotional film that sports a playfulness that is more dreamy than romantic.