Diaghilev (2010)
    by Roja Dove


    • Launched: 2010
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Roja Dove
    • Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know


    Average Rating: 4.5

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    Diaghilev is a unisex fragrance by Roja Dove. The scent was launched in 2010

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    FISS80's avatar

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    Incredibly bright and green. Opens with an in your bright, fruity character that permeates my tongue and throat every time I wear it. While not at all the same fragrance, the opening and middle of this slightly reminds of Creed's SMW. A hint of the stank is present to give this beautiful fragrance great character. The floral middle of this fragrance is undeniably intoxicating and my favorite part. As the fragrance dries down it becomes more skanky while retaining its floral character. Longevity is easily 15+ hours. If left on clothes, it will remain for several days and will become more and more skanky. Projection is 3-4 feet. Stunning.

    09 April, 2014

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    A Stunning Masterpiece...

    *This is a review of the Parfum version of Diaghilev.

    Diaghilev opens with an amazing orange-laced luscious rose floral accord with a very slight dirty cumin-like undertone. As the fragrance enters the early heart phase the very full rose remains, now joined by relatively indolic jasmine and slightly powdery iris supporting florals with a minuscule measure of early patchouli driven sweetness before hints of leather and sharp vetiver quash it. The vetiver grows in intensity throughout the dry-down until by the end of the heart phase it is a solid co-star to the rose. During the late dry-down the rose finally dissipates, leaving the sharp vetiver and supporting leather to take control, with a surprising quantity of slightly powdery oakmoss underpinning the base accord. Projection is outstanding, as is longevity at nearly 15 hours on skin.

    Let's get this out of the way straight off, Diaghilev is an amazing composition that conjures up visions of deep animalic's like Onda Extrait by Vero Profumo early, then leather-laced vetiver from the base of Puredistance M (another great Roja Dove composition), while infusing the composition with a similar captivating rose to the one used in Lalfeorosa by O'driu. Successfully channeling aspects of those three greats, Diaghilev is as close to a "sure thing" for lovers of those masterpieces as you will find. The bottom line is the approximately $1000 per 100ml Diaghilev in its parfum concentration is a masterpiece through and through, earning a corresponding 4.5+ stars out of 5 and an extremely strong recommendation. The near $10 per ml cost is quite dear, but compositions of this quality are extremely rare, meriting one to at least try to get their nose on a sample to witness near-perfection in a true modern day chypre composition that keeps close ties to the classics.

    Pros: Channels some of the best aspects of the greats like Onda Extrait, Puredistance M and Lalfeorosa to amazing effect.
    Cons: The retail price is extremely high, preventing most from being able to afford a bottle.

    29 September, 2013 (Last Edited: 13 December, 2013)

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    holy moly grail!

    i never EVER thought i would even contemplate spending a week's pay on a bottle of perfume. i made the fateful step of trying this juice out the other day and over the course of the day this smell just got better and better and better. i was extremely sceptical of roja dove - tried several and thought "what's this guy pulling here", but with Diaghilev, i take it all back. this is just spectacular on every level. a chypre of such depth, elegance, balance, simply a perfect fragrance. i am not going to start with notes, as this is prodigiously complex; i will say that the rose middle is the finest i've ever smelled. the sillage is quite discrete but very solid, and longevity is where it should be for an 850 euro (!!!) parfum. the long drydown has a beguiling affinity with amouage epic man (another favouite). some say this is similar to vintage mitsouko, i really can't say. it does embody everything i love about chypres in the end, i was seduced.

    Pros: pinnacle of perfumery art
    Cons: really, REALLY expensive"

    14 July, 2013

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    As usually with Roja Dove's fragrances, Diaghilev as well is strongly inspired by big fragrances of the past. In this case, the old-fashioned chypre structure, comes directly from huge compositions such as Mitsouko and Sous Le Vent. A wonderful fizzy citrusy opening evolving into an extremely refined floral middle phase to then turn into a fresh and rich mossy vetiver drydown which is not so distant from the latest phases of Onda Extrait.

    The level of appreciation of Diaghilev is strongly related to one's personal preference towards extremely classic fragrances. That said, if you like the genre, this is one of the best chypres currently available on the market.

    Caution: This review is for the recently launched "parfum" strength which sells for something like 750 GBP.

    23 June, 2012

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    This is hands down one of the very very best contemporary chyprés available! It's created by one of the greatest parfumeurs today that brought us Unspoken, another chypré from his initial trilogy, which is THE reference for an outstanding and unforgettable labdanum drydown. Diaghilev was created as a limited edition and is now (January 2012) available as a refill only from Roja Dove directly. I do hope this will be available in his regular line for good!
    Thinking of another contemporary chypré that could rival Diaghilev's pole position, I would have to come up with Jean-Paul Guerlain's re-edition of Sous le Vent. If Mitsouko would want to compete here as well, she would have to come in the extrait form.
    The more I have worn Diaghilev, the better I can see the link to Mitsouko. The lemon and orange accord is so fruity that it really does evoke Mitsouko's plush peach (in the extrait). The chypré accord is clearly influenced to my nose by a patchouli treated the way only Roja Dove seems to manage (I have noticed this before).
    Sillage is good and comfortable initially and only gradually decreasing to classic chypré level (which is usually more of a skin scent) with very good longevity making this a daylong love affair.
    It's been praised many times on the web, but let me assure you - it is true! Diaghilev is a superb fragrance. Lovers of (fruity) chyprés simply should not miss this one!

    25 January, 2012

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