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Fragrance Friday: Roja Dove Amber Aoud

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While trudging around the Piccadilly Circus on my last trip to the UK, I stumbled across a Roja Dove boutique. Remembering Isaac’s recent foray with Roja Dove Amber Aoud, and its corresponding wallet melting price tag, I figured I’d pop in for an olfactory treat and see what the fuss was all about. They had a dizzying array of scents to choose from, and in the spirit of Badger & Blade – I smelled every one.

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While there are a lot of nice options within the line, there were three standouts for me and they all happened to be in the Aoud line. Aoud, Musk Aoud, and my favorite – Amber Aoud.

 

 

 

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Released in 2012, Roja Dove Amber Aoud is a flanker in the Roja Dove Aoud line designed for special occasions and big statements, with a retail price of a startling $480 for 1oz, and $795 for 3.4oz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roja Dove Amber Aoud is a dazzlingly elegant concoction, which reeks (figuratively and literally) of money. Subtly complex, with perfect balance and poise, the Aoud is flanked and softened with a stunning rose, citrus, ylang ylang and jasmine. Adding mysterious and sensual elements into the fray, like fig, saffron, civet, musk, ambergris birch and breathtaking sandalwood truly elevate this fragrance into grail status. At dry down the scent provides enormous projection and 15-20 hours of longevity, which is to be expected from this class of fragrance.

 

 

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As a strong, rich scent, Amber Aoud is best leveraged for special occasions, with formal attire. Jeans and t-shirt feel out of place, and on a hot summer day, the projection and silage is simply too overwhelming. For cool summer nights, formal events and times when you want to make a statement without actually saying a word, few scents can deliver like Roja Dove Amber Aoud.

 

 

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Description from Roja Dove’s Website:

Lime, Lemon, and Bergamot mingle with a sensual blend of Jasmine, Rose, and Ylang Ylang, which is warmed by the spicy notes of Saffron and Cinnamon, swirling around a succulent note of Fig which adds richness to an opulent base of Oakmoss, Patchouli, and leather-like Birch, underscored by a blend of some of the most costly of all perfumery materials, where Sandal and Aoud Woods are softened by Benzoin, Orris, Musk, and Ambergris.

 

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The atomizer on this bottle is the best I’ve experienced. It feels as though its spring driven, as it is incredibly linear, allows for perfectly (and very finely) atomized partial sprays, unlike most other atomizers, which either force a full spray, or if partially sprayed turn into a stream, instead of fine mist. I can’t understand why every manufacturer doesn’t offer atomizers like this, as I’m sure it can’t add more than $1 to the cost of the bottle, but I digress. As far as bottles go, they don’t get much nicer than this. The packaging is 10/10, the crystal inlaid, heavy top drips of quality and it’s everything you’d expect from a near $500/oz bottle. Luckily, due to the ability to moderate sprays and the strength of this fragrance, I’d imagine this 1oz bottle would last almost as long as a 125ml bottle of Creed.

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Would I buy it again? Yes. While at least for me, it’s too outrageous for daily wear – this is such a beautifully done scent it’s just downright addictive. Roja Dove Amber Aoud is a truly inspiring scent, that’ll keep a smile glued to your face the entire day. While its undoubtedly expensive, and prior to smelling it – I found it to be absurdly priced, after one whiff you can’t help but fall victim to its spell. This is the epitome of niche perfumery and for me, stands tall as one of my top two favorite scents. Perfection… or about as close to it as mere mortals can get.

 

 

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Roja Dove Amber Aoud

Roja Dove Amber Aoud
9.3

Scent

10/10

    Complexity

    10/10

      Projection

      10/10

        Silage

        10/10

          Longevity

          9/10

            Uniqueness

            10/10

              Reputation

              10/10

                Personal Opinion

                10/10

                  Consistency

                  10/10

                    Value

                    5/10

                      Pros

                      • As close to perfection as a scent can come.
                      • Stately and unique scent, it will turn heads even amongst a crowd of billionaires.
                      • Stunning balance to the competing elements.

                      Cons

                      • More than 1/3 the cost of the equivalent weight of gold.
                      • You’ll want to use it daily.

                      Joel

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                      1. I've found that I can trust Joel's opinion on fragrances. I haven't seen him this positive on a fragrance before. Unfortunately, that means that I'll probably be explaining to my wife why I put something so expensive on my wish list. At least Both Christmas and my birthday are only about four months away.
                        Just tried this for the first time at a local store that carries it. This stuff if fantastic! Not sure if I can justify spending this much on any fragrance, but boy is this special. Worth a sniff if you can get your nose on it.

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