Tocadilly is a light, airy, and somewhat watery floral. It has a quality of early spring: still chilly, but there are already buds on the trees along with the first daffodils and hyacinths. It's a lovely idea that too often gets lost in execution, but not here. While I'd never have guessed this was a Christopher Sheldrake creation, his talent and magic are here, making notes I usually hate (HATE!) like cucumber and pear sparkle and shine.
I suspect that the suits at Rochas conspired to make Tocadilly on a shoestring. Between the atrocious ad campaign to the watery and synthetic concentration of the fragrance it seems that most of all they wanted to squeeze more use of the original bottle design of Tocade. Whatever. Sheldrake took all that, as well as the colors of the design and created an atmospheric spring morning. The sky is blue-gray, the rain has just stopped and there are cool water drops on the tender new leaves. As the sun tentatively emerges the color is returning to the garden and you can smell the powdery little blossoms.
In her review on Perfume Shrine Elena makes a comparison to a more famous lilac perfume- En Passant by Olivia Giacobetti for Frederic Malle. She observes that
"The watery impression of Tocadilly is less "marine" than En Passant and the yeasty note is absent completely, rendering a must-try for both lovers and haters of En Passant."I fully agree. En Passant is a fragrance I admire from a safe distance. Neither the marine accord nor the lilac sit well on my skin (or in my stomach). Tocadilly has something that encores it and makes it play well with my skin without compromising the airiness and lighthearted quality.
Notes: cucumber, lilac, hyacinth, pear, jasmine, tiare, wisteria, mallow, mimosa, mandarin, wisteria, coconut, heliotrope, sandalwood, musk and amber.
Tocadilly was discontinued by Rochas a few years ago (Tocade is still in production, though reformulated), but it's quite easy to find online for a very reasonable price (usually under $50).
Wonderland by Kirsty Mitchell.
1997 Tocadilly de Rochas ad via hprints.com
Lilac by yuliart.blogspot.com