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Elysium pour Homme Cologne (2017)
by Roja Dove


Elysium pour Homme Cologne information

Year of Launch2017
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

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About Elysium pour Homme Cologne

Elysium pour Homme Cologne is a masculine fragrance by Roja Dove. The scent was launched in 2017

Reviews of Elysium pour Homme Cologne

Just to be clear: this smells good! Thumbs up, positive review then.

There is some things that seem to complicate it for people trying it however...

The main thing might be the fact that it is an exclusive Roja Dove scent. With that comes a price, and an enormous one too. It is a Parfum Cologne. What is that? I have not tried the original parfum so I don't know how far off this one is from that.

Aventus is often brought up when discussing this. Are they close? No, I don't think so. But they are in the same ball park. So, paying a lot of money, getting high expectations from a perfumer like Roja Dove, and you end up with a crowd pleaser smelling like a relative to Aventus. I do get the mixed feelings this causes. I don't think I will buy a bottle but I definitely enjoyed wearing up a decant. It has a really nice base that can be enjoyed the morning after a SOTE application.

Take it for what it is, I think it smells great.
08th February, 2021
I really wanted to love this.

I heard great reviews and hype on this fragrance so I thought I would give it a try. I was hoping this could be my new Spring/Summer signature.

When I received the sample directly from Roja Parfums I was pretty excited to give it a wear.
I heard this compared to Aventus which in my opinion, is not the case.

On initial spray I get a blast of polarizing fruits, it smells unique and is my favorite part of this fragrance.

On the dry down, to me it becomes a very designer-esque fresh woody leather. Reminds me of your typical Abercrombie or Percival by Parfums de Marley. The kicker with this, and why I give it a thumbs down is that there is a creaminess in this scent that makes me nauseous. I got a headache/stomachache while continuing to smell this on my wrist. It became annoying quickly and had to scrub it off. To me, it’s only unique on initial spray, great opening. The dry down is nothing special to me in any way.

27th August, 2020
The positive reviews make me wonder whether I have a genuine sample or whether there is batch variation.
First this fragrance is VERY mild.
Dua do a clone which is better and with a stronger identity and much cheaper. Well still expensive considering its £50 for 30 ml.
The opening is typically zesty and it settles quickly into a light woody vetiver. I have Roja Vetiver Extrait and putting the two side by side and by recruiting several volunteers none of us could distinguish much difference at all. And the price? A joke.
I strongly suspect there is a halo effect of this super premium brand and you can't just read reviews because it depends on the reviewer's taste and experience. Its why you can't trust TripAdvisor and why a cynical wry smile plays on my lips when I hear people barely articulate and with no taste sending their compliments to the chef in an overpriced restaurant. (at the specific establishment in question I preferred the bread to anything on the menu. The bread was delicious).
I am ordering another sample just to be sure and if its still the same story I will leave a really bad review.

Fragrance: 6.8/10
Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 7/10
08th September, 2019
There is something inescapably ironic about a mass-appeal fragrance from a house that sings the praises of being the most exclusive and luxurious one on the planet, but let's not kid ourselves, so do a half-dozen others at the price point within where Roja Dove dwells. Seeing a scent like this is also something of a surprise, since typical Mr. Dove himself eschews modernity for the density and redolence of antique forms, making a great many of his perfumes as homages of sorts to classic styles. Obviously, there is a bit of detected cynicism in the decision to make something modern young upper-class professionals would seek out when his previous mode d'emploi was effectively to sell perfume to the CEOs, oil magnates, and celebrities of the world, so consider Elysium Pour Homme Cologne (2017) as his "downmarket" entry. Now, that isn't to say this is cheap, although it is cheaper than a bottle of Creed Aventus (2010) and covers much of the same ground, even drawing comparisons to Bleu de Chanel (2010) by most. I don't much get the latter, and feel a scent like Elysium wouldn't be redundant for people who own the Chanel, but it is triple the price for roughly the same performance. What exactly does $300 in Roja Dove's pocket get you with Elysium Pour Homme Cologne? Well, turns out the answer is a fairly complex modern fresh generalist with only average performance even compared to designers, but it's all in the execution that will decide how you feel.

There are far too many notes listed as with most Roja Dove perfumes, and "Roger" shows yet again that he learned how to make perfumes by reading documentaries on Jacques Guerlain and playing mad scientist with ingredients until he gets it just the way he likes it. The opening is very Aventus-like with the bergamot and many citrus floral notes. Artemisia and musk also come into view, but the comparisons to Bleu de Chanel are only briefly justified in the heart. Here, we see pink pepper and another half-dozen fruity floral notes like blackcurrant and jasmine hedione executed with great balance against drier notes like vetiver, with no smoke or pineapple like Aventus but a similar sharply-fresh vibe otherwise. The base is an aromachemical kitchen sink of the usual ambrox and norlimbanol, but blended to perfection alongside the more natural essences to hide the seams better than any designer. A dry woody/leathery/sage kind of thing like the later Montblanc Explorer (2019) also inhabits Elysium, but everything is more transparent and diffuse rather than beating you into anosmia, which I can appreciate. This stuff is full, yet light, and the ultimate mixtape of designer masculine tropes selling for obviously much more than a designer. This could be a great daily driver for those with the cash, and you'll smell a cut above the Dior Sauvage (2015) guys that flood the office spaces where Elysium Pour Homme Cologne is most at home. Sillage is a bit short but this is a "cologne" (closer to an eau de toilette) with uncommonly long wear time to make up for a brief projection before becoming a personal scent. Roja Dove also makes this in parfum concentration if you want it to perform like his usual fare.

If one applies Roja Dove's love of "overdoing it" to the modern masculine landscape like he has traditionally applied it to his exercises in reimagining perfumes from Gilded Age and 1970's/80's/90's, then it's only logical to reach a conclusion like Elysium Pour Homme Cologne, but I'm not 100% sure a market exists for this. The kind of guys this targets are dead-set on brands like Creed, MFK, or Parfums de Marly for their fix of olfactive confidence sauce, and the extremely hoity-toity set of hardcore Roja Dove fans out there who gush about his exclusives might see this as a sellout. As for me, I'm more or less "general hobbyist" which encompasses niche, designer, vintage, and all the various shades of the market, so I view this as another high-end modern generalist in a crowded field, albeit one made with a pedantic obsession for blending and complexity as is Roja Dove's trademark. Considering I already have plenty of petite bourgeois freshies from this category for my work needs, I might not necessarily reach for it, and Roja Dove's "Emperor's New Clothes" vibe tends to make me roll my eyes, but my hat's off to the amusingly ostentatious and melodramatic UK perfumer for getting his hands "dirty" with the clean modern style. If you're in the market for an expensive modern freshie that's more multi-faceted than its peers and won't drive you noseblind, give this a sniff. Who knows? It might be your gateway drug to waxed foreheads and embroidered smoker's jackets too? Thumbs up.
16th July, 2019
As fragrance houses go, Roja Dove's is one that continues to focus on bling, ignoring the fact that those in this hobby actually care about the juice above all.

The Elysium bottle however is nice; which is a shame as the juice is not worth the asking price. A distinct similarity to Chanel's well-established Bleu line makes Elysium the most pointless creation ever to grace the shelves of Harrods, Fortnum & Mason et al.

The opening is fresh and zesty - sparkling with aldehydes even. As it settles, the similarities to Bleu are obvious. Elysium's composition may well be of a higher quality, but to my nose the scent is obsolete given the three Chanel versions - EdT, EdP and Parfum.

Elysium settles with a crystal clear vetiver note that for something of this price point should emit gold leaf petals at you throughout the wearing.

But alas, this is after all juice in a bottle. It may be a high quality juice of something already out there (zero marks for originality once again, Roja), but at nearly £600 retail (at the time of writing) for the 100ml Parfum, this is a distinct 'nil point' from me.

The fragrance could have stood on its legs at a much lower price point. But alas, Roja chooses to market his scents at those living on yachts off the Southern coast of France. Pass.
10th April, 2019
I really like the way Elysium Cologne smells. It's a very nice blend of refreshing citrus notes, and truly unique, as I've never smelled another citrus accord quite like it. It's natural, and at the same time completely unnatural--there's nothing similar in 'nature,' and it's also marked by this odd, industrial, almost-chemical like smell approximating varnish or some type of solvent...but only in the most pleasant way possible, and not even WEIRD weird, just very different and innovative. It's a blend of the black currant, apple, and grapefruit, vanilla and vetiver, and quite a significant Ambergris component that create this distinct citrus. And they're all very well blended together so as you're not really picking any one note out at a time, but instead there are noticeable facets of each contributing to the whole. The currant's sweet fruit mixed with grapefruit's juicy bite and the brightness of lime and bergamot; an amber-like sweetness leaving a subtle trail no doubt a byproduct of the vanilla, a hint of woods brought on by clean rooty vetiver, and a salty, breezy like air, maybe the most curious and impressive aspect of the fragrance coming from a wonderful ambergris. So there's that. I'm big on its smell. A+

But where I have to take several points away from Elysium Cologne is its worse-than-mediocre performance. This bright burst of bottled sunshine is just that--a burst--no longer than an hour, or two at the absolute best, projecting handily for the first 20 minutes and then *poof* it's gone, a faint trace of something so nice just simmering above the skin, barely hanging on. Even spraying onto fabric won't save you here. It just doesn't last. I'm sorry. There are times when I can accept such a short-lived cologne; after all, I've pardoned Guerlain's Cologne Imperial, which lasts no more than 30 minutes at best and requires constant reapplication to keep it going. Its brevity is even charming in some ways (and I enjoy reapplying it all day). But it costs $35 for 100ml. It's the kind of scent you can spray with reckless abandon without thinking about dollar signs and cost per milliliter. When you run out, you just get a new one and go crazy all over again. Elysium Cologne costs $300. Unless you're the Sultan of Brunei, it's not the kind of scent you just spray all willy nilly, 50 or 60 times a day with nothing more than shrug and a smile. If you pay that much for a bottle, you kind of want it to last. Now there are some people who lose their shit every time price is mentioned in the review of a fragrance: "If you can't afford it, don't buy it!" they say. "It wasn't meant for you!" But that's stupid. It's excusing the inexcusable and running contrary to basic perfume mores (that's pronounced "more-ayz" for the all frag-bros out there)--a short-lived "cologne" was never meant to be expensive. That's why Guerlain's is $35, and Nicolai's Cologne Sologne is $45 ($140 less than their other offerings). And when they are a bit more expensive, like Chanel's $175 Eau de Cologne, or Dior's $95 Homme Cologne, they last a lot longer than an hour. Furthermore, failing to acknowledge Elysium's price would be ignoring the elephant in the room--and that's that it's really expensive. So of course anybody with half a brain (no matter how large his wallet) would want to know, "Is it worth it?" So I apologize to those whose panties rideth up their tucchus when Roja's sky-high prices are brought into the equation, please go easy as you flog me with your latest LV man-purse. But price must be discussed! Is Elysium Cologne worth the $300? No. Not in my opinion. It sure smells good and it's definitely housed in a beautiful bottle, and I'm glad that I own it, but because it only lasts one hour, two at tops, it's far from a bargain.

What I mostly use Elysium Cologne for is topping off the Parfum; kind of as a way of giving it a brighter top, and maybe extending it by just a bit or using it to reapply during the day without draining too much more out of the even-more-costly Parfum (which lasts about 3 or 4 hours). The Parfum is deeper, more rounded and more complex, and it's better, in my opinion. But the juice inside the bottle goes quickly, as it also requires quite a few sprays to get going, and quite a few more if you want it to last. It's also only available in 50ml's, as opposed to the Cologne's 100. So the Cologne is a good way to embellish it, add to it, and draw it out a bit longer while making sure you still have enough for tomorrow. They work really well together, as the Cologne is brighter, crisper, and maybe even fresher. It gives the parfum a zesty top, and they layer really well.

I'm going to do something I've never done before when I score this one, and rate it by different components. So, my final rating for Elysium Cologne is:

Scent: 9/10 (I give the Parfum a 9.5)
Performance: 3/10
Originality: 7.5/10 (I've never smelled a citrus like this)
Compliments: 8/10 (compliments will come for as long as it's "smellable.")
Price: 4/10

That's it. Take it for what it's worth. If you're the frugal type--run--run far away. If you're like me and throw logic and all common sense out the window when it comes to buying smelly water, give it a sample. Just make sure to get a big sample as you really need to spray it a lot to get a good feel for what it's about. Chances are you'll at least like it. And unfortunately, there's a good chance you'll get hooked.
07th March, 2019 (last edited: 27th August, 2019)

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