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Reckless pour Homme (2014)
by Roja Dove


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Year of Launch2014
AvailabilityIn Production
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(based on 27 votes)

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About Reckless pour Homme

Reckless pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Roja Dove. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Roja Dove

Reckless pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Reckless pour Homme

Reckless Pour Homme smells rather nice. Initially we have a nice citrus blast which does hang around for the duration but slips into the background after the first 20 minutes. What you are then left with is a classic masculine fragrance of warm creamy woods, cinnamon and the underlying citrus notes. Very nice and all but doesn't really last on my skin and tragically overpriced.
27th November, 2019
A really interesting one. EDP.
Starts off with a masculine spicy sweet citrus opening, then remains fresh but seems to oscillate between woody and sweet and inscensy -but not obviously so , a real delight. It does not define the wearer, it reflects the wearer's personality and mood and temperature but as the best art does it enhances it. The wearer wears it rather than the other way round. Highly recommended.

Fragrance: 8.75/10
Projection: 7.5/10
Longevity: 7/10
31st August, 2019
Roja Dove and his Roja Parfums conjures a little of this and a little of that within the context of a classic by-the-book fougère with Reckless Pour Homme (2014). Those unfamiliar with what the designer perfume publicist and marketer-turned influencer and perfumer does need to know right off the bat that this is decadence for its own sake in perfume form, with an expectedly exorbitant price tag to boot (yet is within the standard pricing realm of a house with even pricier offerings), so if an unfathomable wall of scent designed with nothing else in mind but to smell "of luxury" isn't your aesthetic, consider turning back before reading further. For those still morbidly curious despite my warning, what Reckless Pour Homme does is set the stereotypical fougère within the frame of Roja Dove's personal penchant for over-the-top redolence and density; it doesn't draw inspiration from a single scent or specific slice of scents as some others do, but rather is just the classic fougère done "Roja Style". Guys not really into a classic mossy or spiced wet shaving type of smell may want to skip out on this regardless of price, because that's the direction Reckless Pour Homme travels.

The scent opens rather simply for a Roja Parfums creation, as if Dove decided not to beat us in the head with a cudgel of blending like with Danger Pour Homme (2011) and instead opted to confine that thinking to the base. A clear sweet bergamot, lemon, bay, and lavender opening show up, giving us a nice if slightly fussy barbershop introduction that then goes directly into rose, jasmine, and armoise; bear in mind that going directly from one clear set of notes into another is something Roja Dove compositions rarely do. I get recollections of everything from Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne (1979) to Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels (1989) in this opening, with the rose and jasmine adding the "dandy" feeling those others lack. The base comes in like the wrecking ball of richness this house is usually known for, and presents a veritable chimera of fougère goodness which defies easy description, but with everything from oakmoss and aromatics to spice and animalic notes present, you'll never get a solid handle on the sometimes-oriental-sometimes-not complexity of it all. I'll hand it to Dove, he likes his kitchen sink full of dishes. Wear time is of course all day at this price point but sillage is not imposing, just very thick and unmoving for those who get in close, which seems normal for the brand. I'd wear this in colder weather as there is nothing particularly fresh about it, but Reckless Pour Homme is rather not reckless in tone, so it could work in an office.

The decision factor for buying Reckless Pour Homme is the same as any of the Roja Parfums creations: do you really need a dense fragrance jam-packed with notes, or would rather have the half-dozen more-concise and specific fragrances it was likely inspired by and amalgamates together? If you're flush with cash and like the luxury perfume equivalent of "fusion cooking" that Mr. Dove fancies, the answer is yes, but if you'd have to sock your Visa card for this one or just want the core fougère experience Roja Parfums buries in embellishment here with Reckless Pour Homme, the answer becomes a bit trickier. I rather like this because I am just a sucker for fougères, but I admit $400 for 50ml of pure parfum I'd need a lifetime to use up is a tall order, as I tend to limit purchases of anything higher than EdP in concentration to things I can't enjoy life without, because a little goes a long way. Reckless Pour Homme is like the cheesecake of the fougère world in my eyes: it's so rich that you can only handle a little bit now and then, but once you get that initial taste, you'll likely think about it tens times as much as actually eating it. It's a good thing cheesecake doesn't typically cost half a grand right? Thumbs up.
03rd May, 2019
A chameleon of a scent that changes its "appearance" but not in an unpleasant way.

Reckless pour Homme wears several hats, thanks to its gaggle of ingredients swimming all over the place: Some spice here, musk there, florals around the edges, resins around about, citrus brightness along the way, sweetness in the heart, and musky elements on top of it all. Incense ties much of it together, and the result is a truly expensive-smelling potion that stands out from the usual offerings littering the landscape of fragrances!

Aromatic, spicy, green, woody, and leaning heavily in the fougere direction, Reckless pour Homme is "reasonably" priced in comparison to other Roja offerings, and a decant can be had at decent prices and quantities to test this out before considering full bottles.
24th January, 2019
Reckless is a jumble of categories of types of perfumes with a variety of aromatics, woods, fougere, and spice, incense, leather, but the result is an interesting crowded package of divergent harmonies that creates interest. It smells good, but is hard to classify and describe as there are bits of all classes of fragrances in here. There are some warm relaxing fougere with lemon, lavender, rose and tonka but these are offset with green woods of cypress, cedar, vetiver, orris and artemsia. Amid the mix are sharp elements that stand out and make a statement such as ginger, clove, bay, pepper and wormwood. There is a warm masculine feel with spices and woods of ginger, clove, cinnamon, sandalwood but with bold bits mixed in of cardamom, artemsia, ginger and black pepper creating sharp turns and hard edges around the softer elements. The base is a smooth grounded base of sandalwood, incense, vetiver, orris, and tonka. The musk creates a bit of a stir with an animalic type musk note that shows up later in the development.

Reckless is a good name for this multi directional and changeable masculine. It is warm woods, green fougere, bold spice aromatics, rich incense and a bit of leathery musk punctuated with odd bits of artemsia, cardamom and ginger. Reckless works pretty well to create an arousing upstanding extroverted mood but of very excellent ingredients. The only fragrances I can think of that are even in a similar track are Caron Yatagan and Matriarch Blackbird (Black No. 1). Yatagan puts a bit more emphasis on artemsia, while Blackbird has slightly more emphasis on an odd Cannabis/Oud accord, but otherwise they have very similar variety of bits and edges within the mix. Although Reckless uses some similar notes to these two excellent fragrances it also retains its own smooth Roja Dove balanced nature. In testing Reckless, my opinion of this fragrance has upgraded as I have tried to understand what I am smelling. I rate it 8 /10 stars, this for the EDP version which in Roja world is the lighter intensity. I have not yet tried the Parfum, but this Reckless is one fragrance that might benefit by the greater density of the Parfum formulation. I look forward to trying it.
04th December, 2016 (last edited: 31st December, 2016)
Reckless Pour Homme has that usual zesty opening like the rest of the fragrances from the line. I do get a little resemblance of Clive Christian X for men, especially the first hour or so. But Reckless has much more of a fresh journey because the lemon and bergamot really linger in the air. Then, the spices, woods and incense (all masterfully balanced) dominate the entire life of the fragrance, it has unbelievable projection and longevity, I can only speak for the Parfum Extrait though. It’s a very classic and mature fragrance executed in a modern way. And as Roja’s other Parfums it smells very rich and opulent. It truly is an experience rather than just a simple fragrance.
23rd January, 2015

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