Roja ‘Musk Aoud’
“I created a perfume that combined two of the most legendary materials of all – Musk and Aoud. I wanted to see how far it was possible to push the note of Aoud from its traditional route, and create something totally unexpected.”
– Roja Dove
Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Ylang Ylang
Base Notes: Nutmeg, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Precious Wood Notes, Sandalwood, Aoud, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Birch, Labdanum, Leather, Ambrette, Musk
Chypré : Warm & Dry – Sweet, Spicy, Soft, Leathery, & Very Sensual
Oh my! I have so much love for Roja Dove and his amazing fragrances! Normally when a brand makes a big claim, it’s to be taken with a pinch of salt. For instance, the skin care brand that states ‘Proven to make you look 20 years younger in 20 minutes’ er… really!?, I like to think I’m smart enough to know better. But when Roja Dove claims his creations are ‘the worlds finest fragrances’, he has a point, no seriously, it’s the truth. Every single perfume is created using the worlds finest ingredients, perfectly blended to make insanely good perfumes, of course, perfume is such a personal thing that you might not like every single one, but the quality, that’s undeniable.
My latest Roja obsession is Musk Aoud, a divine fragrance filled with dark, smoky exotic notes of aoud which is supported with rich mysterious tones of earthy oakmoss, tonka bean, precious woods, Leathers and patchouli. Musk in its true form is illegal, most brands use a synthetic recreation of it, but instead Roja Dove has substituted the costly ingredient of ambrette. The fragrance is lifted with a touch of fresh lemon and smoky bergamot, with a hint of spicy nutmeg and a selection of sensual and rich florals; ylang ylang, rose and jasmine. As well as a hint of vanilla, which doesn’t make the perfume sweet, but like the florals, it softens some of the harsh edges. I have a 30ml bottle of this perfume, so I’m careful with it and generally only use one or two spritz at a time, but that’s enough as it is rich and precious. Please, I urge you, next time you are in Selfridges or Harrods, I highly recommend you spend a little time perusing the collection, then you will understand why I keep banging on about how much I love this brand!
Roja Musk Aoud is priced at £375 for a 30ml bottle, it is available from Roja Parfums.