Translated Show original
Rojas Pink shirt or French revolutionary wig?
Perfume - art, art - perfume or perfume art. So often these two are used, definitely not without reason. Especially if you then times a little on the forum or read responses to comments or statements, come up also gladly times the critical voices. Because the fragrances created by Roja Dove have a certain potential for division, despite their popularity.
I had already expressed some time ago my affection for the perfume art of Roja Dove. But this is not meant to be a fanboy comment. Because I see quite the problem. Can the prices of the fragrances be justified ? Critics like to say no here, because the fragrances do not sniff out this pricing. If one concerns oneself then more exactly with the perfumes and the man behind it and informs, then one can hear however that the point "natural materials" is clearly more important, than with other marks of the price class. Certainly, the brand name is now also paid properly, but the art is not to deny the brand. So it is rather the question, one would like to pay the proud price for the highest possible proportion of natural ingredients ?
The second point that is often raised is the direction of the fragrances. This is because Roja develops and creates fragrances that it likes itself. Therefore, this classical orientation often comes through, which are more reminiscent of the fragrances of bygone days and with their enormous violence and opulence would have enriched any celebration in 18th century France. Opulence is then also the appropriate word for the description of this fragrance.
Another transition that fits perfectly on this fragrance is the connection to art. For the Russian after whom Diaghilev was named has had a major impact on the modern art of Russia. He brought artists together with art and founded the Russian ballet, among other things. So Roja can only be congratulated for choosing this name.
For as long as I've been involved with Roja's fragrances, Diaghilev has been in a sort of locked room with me. So many times I've heard the scent in its YouTube appearances and had the urge to give it a try. However, I kept getting in my own way because I was afraid of being disappointed or that the chypre approach wouldn't appeal to me. In the end, my worries were probably unfounded.
The fragrance is now a few days as a filling with me and I could not spend a day without applying a spray on my forearm. That should already be taken as a positive value. However, the scent is a bit of a challenge for lovers of modern fragrances. Very opulent, very classic and very active in perception. For me, it took the second day to completely engage with the fragrance and see it for what it wants to exude. If you are not used to this kind of fragrances or if you hear it for the first time on your own skin, then it can already awaken the ancient associations. A journey into past centuries, when perfuming was still more hip than washing.
It definitely triggers something, just when you get used to it, it seems so sublime, so spectacular and elegant at the same time. A depth of infinite proportions that wants to engulf you and not let you go. So smooth, round and yet with certain edges. I wouldn't want to miss it even as a bottling. Enigma and Fruity Aoud (of which I'm still looking for a remaining bottle) have similarly thrilled me, but in a different way.
Since the genre of chypres is new to me, I was accordingly excited to see what would probably await me here. One can really say that I was not disappointed.
The fragrance starts from a combination of light citrusy freshness, a touch of spice and a great florality, reminiscent of white flowers and violets. Florality is often an exclusion criterion for me, but the fragrance knows how to find the right balance so that this is not overfilling. These top notes drag on for up to 1.5 hours for me. He acts here already quite voluminous, proud and sublime.
Begins the course then in the direction of the heart notes, it becomes somewhat drier, more tart and sweeter. You notice from minute to minute, how spices, resins and vanilla multiply and lift the fragrance to heights that are hardly imaginable. So soft, round and full of energy. What's fascinating is just the smooth transition from this florality to the resinousness. It smells simply breathtakingly beautiful and incomparable.
Umgarnt the whole thing is then in the moves to the base note with musk, oakmoss, light wood and spice. Here, the musk note partly flourishes into the top and heart notes purely.
Also in terms of durability and sillage, the fragrance does not disappoint on any track. I have the fragrance sprayed on at 8 o'clock in the morning and still heard at 20 o'clock. Just the first five hours, the fragrance also additionally welds its fragrance notes wildly through the area, so that one really fills entire rooms and sets its statement.
So what remains?
A great memory. Pleasure to have tested the fragrance and own a bottling. Possibly I decide times to keep a lookout for a restflakon. Because this fragrance I no longer want to miss in my collection. Because you really feel like a rich Russian full of opulence.