Roja Parfums ‘Chypre Extraordinaire’
“My love of Chypré scents is grounded in my childhood. I find them compelling – their magnetism impossible to escape. Impeccably refined and ultra-tailored, they command attention and demand respect in the most understated way. Inherently difficult to perfect, I love the accord, and all the challenges they present. In this composition I have blended the mossy warmth of a classical Chypré, with an unexpected bouquet of sensual white flowers, freshened with a dynamic burst of citrus notes. For those who share my love of Chypré scents, this contrasting blend of materials is totally unexpected – and the reason this creation is truly extraordinary.”
– ROJA DOVE
Top Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Geranium, Rose de Mai, Orange Blossom, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, Cistus, Heliotrope, Violet, Blackcurrant Buds, Peach, Plum
Base Notes: Clove, Cumin, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Amber, Orris, Styrax, Leather, Civet, Musk
Confession: These photos took a sweet time for me to take. And not only that, for the five photos you see in this post, there are about 995 outtakes. Why? Because sometimes when I’m blogging something truly special, I get really, really, really nervous about taking the photos. I want to make sure I do it justice and sometimes, that can feel really overwhelming. Today I got overwhelmed, hence why I’m now in the process of deleting 995 outtakes. So, what is it about Roja Parfums Chypre Extraordinaire which is so magical? It just is. It oozes mystery and magic. The fragrance opens with bright, citrus and smoky bergamot, and soapy, vintage aldehydes. The heart is a garden of exotic blooms; plenty of white florals, as well rose, violet and heliotrope. There are also some sweeter notes like blackcurrant, peach and plum to soften the white florals and add to the playfulness to the fragrance. At the base of the fragrance is a touch of spice; clove and cumin, as well as woodier and earthier notes like tonka bean, patchouli, orris, oakmoss, cedarwood and sandalwood, and finally a touch of sensuality with leather, musk and amber. I know this fragrance sounds insanely complex and in some ways it is, because it really takes you on a journey, but like all great voyages, there is a purpose and a route planned out. Roja Parfums Chypre Extraordinaire is nostalgic and comforting, but it’s also sensual, exciting, warm and fresh. Like all Roja fragrances is feels and smells like the creme de la creme of fragrances and the quality of the ingredients is palpable. Dominant notes include bergamot, white florals and a powdery trail, but honestly, I don’t really want to simplify it that much as it’s so much more than the individual accords. When I wear it, I feel both powerful and content, perhaps if I had been wearing the perfume when I took the photos, I wouldn’t have had quite so many outtakes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I urge you to pop into the Roja Store in Burlington Arcade to have a sniff around, even if you don’t buy anything, it’s truly a delight and the fragrances need to be experiences! Enjoy!
How many sprays of cologne?
Finally, Let’s talk about how many sprays of colognes you should use. Well, this really depends on the fragrance, a lighter fragrance like a true cologne may need 5 or 6 sprays, were as an EDT should need less, perhaps around 3 to 4, and an stronger EDP should only need 1 to 2 depending on your taste. You can make any fragrance last a little longer by missing a little on your hair or on your clothes, as the fragrance clings for longer to your clothes and hair. Also, citrus fragrances tend to lift quicker than oud based fragrances, so you might need to reapply a lighter fragrance or a citrus based fragrance, where as ouds, ambers and tuberose have much more longevity.