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I wear anything except a strong, pungent oud.
Bump - sold items removed and prices lowered.
Different one each day. Usually an impulsive decision.
Sometimes I pick a few in advance that I haven't worn for some time and have them as my selection for the next week or two.
Roja Dove: Great Britain
One of my favourites
The Alexandria bottle looks gorgeous. Overall I prefer the older bottles.
That would probably be the best thing all round - best for members in terms of being allowed access to information and best for the board and moderating team as it wouldn't create extra work.
I'm in an Iris mood currently and this sounds lovely.
I have noticed it with some bottles.
I've tried Crop. It was nice but I found it too linear and a little boring. Could do with revisiting it.
I love oud, in all its different styles.
Spirit of Dubai: Baz
Frederic Malle The Night
Rania J Oud Assam
Bond No 9 Harrods Oud
And the top 5 from my favourite house:
Roja H Aoud
Sorry to hear this Rich. Whilst we are all aware of the finite nature of life it is nonetheless a stark, and abrupt wake-up call to get news like this.
Someone in my area recently had a cardiac...
Not a big fan, but not a hater either. In recent years they have expanded their brand and introduced lots of different lines. For me that has brought their overall quality down due to the plethora of...
Roja Dove: Semi Bespoke #3
Fresh, Sensual & Spicy
Bergamot, Lemon, and Geranium sublimate a note of Lavender which is enlivened by Cumin, Cardamom, and Cinnamon, sweetened by...
It may be an idea to start with burning bakhoor (wood/powder soaked in a blend of different scents) and then work your way up to oud. Some of the blends are fantastic and allow your nose to...
I've had the same happen to some.
I had some expensive decants and thought they looked less than previous. So I drew a line on the bottle and checked it again a few weeks later. The level was...
Roja Dove: NUWA (new formulation)
Roja Dove: Oligarch.
There are of 2 your requested pictures on my sales thread. See my signature,
I may be wrong, but I think some performance issues are down to different sprayers. Roja Parfum sprayers give out a very fine mist. Creed sprayers are well known for spraying out a lot. I reckon...
I've done a total u-turn on this. Now one of my favourites, backed up too.
I used to think of this question in terms of numbers and thought 200 odd would be fine but recently I'm wanting to reduce my collection and replace some of it with other perfumes that I feel I will...
Layered the following today:
ASAQ Sadeen Blend
I had a bottle but sold it. I found it rather boring.
Roja Dove Sultanate of Oman. I love the green frankincense in this, it is very well done.
Tom Ford Italian Cypress.
Henry Jacques: No9 D'Igor
There seems to be some confusion as to how many bottles and what is the total amount of liquid permitted in 1 package as I've heard different things in different post offices. Some get confused with...
Lashings and lashings of Henry Jacques: Oudh Deep (limited edition spray, only 30 bottles).
Ormonde Jayne: Black Gold.
Vintage Ralph Lauren Safari for Men (Cosmair).
odour: Sensual, Spicy, Sweet & Very Warm
Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Casmir...
Roja Musk Aoud layered with Roja La Nuit 3.
My tastes have narrowed overall although I am more accepting of certain notes in stronger doses such as patchouli.
The sprayer on Roja bottles is wonderful. I think it is easy to underspray due to the fine mist it emits, but at least it doesn't leave you drenched with juice running down your clothing/skin.
Nabeel, Spirit of Dubai: Baz.
That was me pretty much until a few months ago. There was a point where roughly 70% of my collection was via blind buys.
Now I sample at home first (sampling in store can be misleading/inaccurate),...
Eternal is my favourite, followed by Extreme, Black, Musk. I didn't like Rose so didn't get round to trying Gold either.
Roja Dove Semi Bespoke #5
Around 20 sprays of Kilian Musk Oud - all on skin.
I think that's a great point there Buzzlebuff. The styles of some of his fragrances lends itself to a 'muter' expression as opposed to something like Fetish which will take over a room.
The one I...
The oudiest Roja Aoud is H Aoud if you can get your nose on that.
Cashmere and Velvet are both lovely.
Haven't tried it but it won't be Kyara. Perhaps it may smell a little like some facets of Kyara. Nobody distills Kyara for oil.
Roja Dove Enigma Parfum Pour Homme.
I've backed up a few 50ml bottles, and a couple of 100ml bottles, of the ones I really love. Too many reforms and price hikes for my liking.
Worst case scenario my family will enjoy them.
Roja Dove Haute Luxe
Roja Dove Great Britain
Frederic Malle The Night
Kilian Eternal Oud
Lasts around 8 hours on me. Doesn't project a huge deal (I spray under clothes through). Exudes class.
Only when i find the scent on clothing - which only tends to happen when I'm sampling ( I spray the wrist or back of the hand) and my hand touches the cuff/sleeve area as I don't spray my clothes.
Frederic Malle's The Night body butter with Illuminum Majestic Oud sprayed on top.
Prices have gone up here. Diaghilev is now £795 (was £750) , the Absolues are £795 (were £750) the Aouds are £595 (were £545 and I think previously £495?) plus most of the other 50mls are now £375...
I'd recommend a pure oud oil sample. A Borneo or a Thai (or both) would be a great initiation and relatively cheap too. There are various reputable vendors and a sample would allow you to enjoy the...
I've tried all the ones that were available around 3 months ago. A few stood out:
Reminds me of Kilian Vodka on the Rocks mixed with Gucci by Gucci PH. With Oud. Performance is better...
I like this one, have a bottle. Just wish it performed better.
The women's extrait is lovely.
I've been wowed recently by:
Nabeel Spirit of Dubai: Baz and Abjar
Roja Oligarch. This stuff is seriously good.
Not as much a wow as a comforting 'mmmmm' Roja Parfums Royale #1
Yesterday I layered 10 sprays of Roja H Aoud with 5 sprays of Roja Aoud Absolue Precieux.
It's not a wow scent by any means imo but it's good for what it is. It's apparently the best seller. Think I prefer Musk Aoud over it.
Initially it does remind of CdR but it is different (I'm comparing to the Parfum). It's one of my favourite leathers, in fact one of my favourites overall. I'd try it at least, just for the...
My experience of it has been beastmode. I'm not one to wear 3-5 sprays of something but I dont go too high with this one. Easily lasts all day on skin and much longer on clothing. I have a similar...
A somewhat limited list, a few backups and no blind buys being the main focus as far as possible:
Roja Dove Diaghilev
Roja Dove Amber Aoud
Roja Dove H Aoud
Roja Dove: Parfum Royale #3
Sultanate of Oman is nice. Has a lovely green frankincense note to it.
UAE is very similar to Taif Aoud - but a little less rosy. For a collector both are worth having, otherwise I'd say only 1 of...
Brooklyn Perfume Company: Oud
I don't find much of a similarity between Zegna's Indonesian Oud and FM's The Night except they're both rose oud compositions. The oud used in both is strikingly different and interplays with the...
Doubt the high value stuff will ever be in a fire sale.
The old NUWA has been reincarnated as Parfum Royale #2, only available on the 6th Floor of Harrods at the Haute Parfumerie - 75ml bottle for...
Thanks for the update, and the frankness. I know exactly what you mean about being overwhelmed with things to do - I spend more time making lists than doing the actions :D
I've had them all at some point, only kept Cashmere and Velvet. It's really interesting to smell them together as the differences really stand out.
Total number of bottles isn't an issue for me, value would be the factor I'd consider. How much do I want my collection to cost? I've moved on a few bits recently, 1 Roja is double the value of what...
Roja Parfums: Parfum Royale No. 1
Straight to Heaven
Vodka on the Rocks
Possibly Royal Leather, I'm still undecided if that makes the cut.
All new homme/unisex Roja releases in 2017, plus Royale Parfums #1, possibly 2 & 3 too.
Maybe Semi-Bespoke #4.
Possibly something from Guerlain's My Exclusive Collection.
Seconded. Read only would be fine (for the time being, or even as a final resort).
Lovely description! The rose is indeed spectacular.
Lol, I bought it blind :)
It is one that I find I have to easy on the trigger with. I sprayed (copiously) at 8am and 13 hours later at 9pm I can still smell it clearly.
Music Ravageur is an...
Dusita Oudh Infini
Cashmere and Velvet are the standouts for me.
Zegna Oud was one of the first Western oud scents I bought (it needs a new home now). Its a rose-oud. The rose is relatively sweet, the oud is earthy and natural smelling. Performance is very good....
Dark Aoud reminded me of Duro and a few others. I enjoy it.
Gao is a very linear saffron bomb with nuclear performance. Haven't compared it with Aoud Musk.
Some of these are rather pricey but worth sampling at least:
ASAQ Dehn Aoud Ateeque
Roja Dove H Aoud/ O/ Semi Bespoke 14
MFK Cashmere Mood / Velvet Mood
Kilian Extreme Oud/ Eternal Oud...
If I was to go for something different to dougczar it would be:
Frederic Malle: The Night
Roja Dove Semi Bespoke 14
Nabeel Perfumes G2 Collection: Baz