Roja Parfums Neroli Extrait is another solid entry in the now-discontinued Extrait line (I've recently tried Bergamot, Amber, and Vetiver, as well), and it does a good job presenting the signature note, including bergamot, orange blossom, and musk. The opening is very bright and the fragrance is overall very smooth, a floral expression of the neroli emphasis otherwise done to exhaustion in other instances, not limited to, but most notably including Muehlens 4711, Mugler Cologne, and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.
I'm not sure I detect a strong link to Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza, as Essenza embodies more of the traditional cologne smell and Neroli Extrait is more of a purely neroli-intensive smell along the lines of Mugler Cologne and Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.
Overall, I'm better able to enjoy neroli via Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Forte that has neroli mixed in with heavier notes than Neroli Extrait, which mixes the neroli with other comparatively light notes. Still, Neroli Extrait is very agreeable and it's easy to see why it's so lovable. The only main letdown is in the performance, for which it is low on projection and mild on longevity, and one might expect more of an extrait, particularly at the Roja Dove price.
If you love neroli, this merits trying, as this could be your favorite neroli fragrance.
7 out of 10
The opening blast is absolutely divine: a top-notch neroli, with petitgrain and lemon providing exhilarating freshness, then hints if bergamot are thrown in for good measure. After less than an hour the top notes settle, and although the bergamot with petitgrain remain clearly present, orange blossom with a fairly light violet tend to dominate the drydown; the latter is never deep or dark and does not at all with the initial impression of bright summery freshness.
Later on a pleasant duo of ambergris with a styrax overlay hail the start of the base notes, but, interestingly, now occasional glimpses of the glorious neroli are still transiently evident, like a sweet dream of a triumphant past.
I get soft to moderate sillage, reasonable projection and four hours of longevity on my skin, the last hour very close to my skin. This a a paradigmatic summer fragrance made of beautiful top-quality ingredients, with the unavoidably limited perfomance typic for the types of materials used, especially the citrus and vetiver. 3.75/5
Starts off with a wonderful sharp blast of Neroli that unfortunately does not last more than a couple of minutes. As the fragrance develops a violet note starts to become noticeable which unfortunately ruins the scent for me. The thing that really kills this for me more than anything though is the poor sillage and longevity. At £275 for a 50ml bottle there is nothing that really stands out and makes me want to purchase this. Looks like I will be sticking to Neroli Portofino.
Strong, sharp and rich floral (neroli) in the opening which mellows out and softens as time goes on. Styrax is a bit intense upon initial application but this fades rather quickly. Quality is unmatched. A beautiful unisex (but slightly leaning toward feminine) fragrance to have in your collection for warmer months. Many people make the reference of Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and I agree except this fragrance is far superior in performance and quality. It is a bit pricy but well worth the money in my opinion as it would outlast a 100ml bottle of Tom Ford N.P.....