Roja's Diaghilev clearly has a nuanced appeal for men and women alike, but I could tell quickly from applying that it wasn't quite going to be for me. I'm not sure what specific combination of notes is off-putting to my nose, but there are a lot of daring notes here, and in combination with one another, at that: civet, ambrette, violet, heliotrope, peach, styrax, cumin.
I get mainly a feminine musky floral mix that comes off like old lady perfume, but the same thing can be said of many fragrances that I like and wear, so it's difficult to characterize my distaste for it on this basis. I'm almost troubled that I can't figure out why I dislike it specifically.
It seems like a lot of thought went into it and it was crafted carefully, as one would expect with Roja Parfums, but it just doesn't reside in an area that I like. It seems to perform fine, but sample before wearing, especially given how pricey it is ($1,150 for 100ml parfum).
4 out of 10
Supremely elegant and extraordinarily intense but too expensive and reminds me a few vintage.a tendril of oakmoss weaves through exquisite ylang ylang,dirty patchouli and animalic civet keeping this very true to its chypre floral.the scent is like a great chypre but nothing unique.sharp and strong yet warm and romantic.very harmonic,complex,classic,woody,mossy, musky and attractive.the effect of all this intricate harmony is for a strong-willed,self-assertive, passionate man/woman who can also be tender and fragile like a butterfly.it is recommended for evening wear.
Longevity?Superb on my skin.
great staying power and low sillage, animalic leather..being insanely overpriced instead of neutral is a negative review!
i got given a sample of this when i got Roja Aoud, and was informed it was a stunning frag which i should definitely try.
Jack Hunters review below is spot on, i dont think i can add anything to it!
Diaghilev opens with a brief blast of concentrated citrus notes and moves into a very animalic heavy civet and oakmoss accord. It stays like this for a long time, then it's slightly brightened by Ylang Ylang with some cloves joining the skanky party. The main star of the show is the civet and oakmoss and this never goes away.
I get average projection but good longevity of several hours before it's a skin scent.
This scent is like a piece of art from over a hundred years ago in a museum which you can appreciate but would not think of taking it home and hanging it in your living room. Though those who love Leather Oud, Vintage Korous, Mouchoir de Monsieur and other heavy civet and oakmoss fragrance will find much to love here.
A flawlessly executed classically-styled floral chypré of impeccably elegant proportions. No further explanation is necessary if you're familiar with this genre. With Diaghilev, Roja Dove didn't exactly re-invent the wheel. He'd carefully repackaged the old wheel, sold them to a generation of fragrance wearers who lost their holy grails through discontinuation or reformulations, and laughed his way to the bank. Genius.