An evening with the master perfumer Roja Dove

I can still recall the first time I heard about the perfumer Roja Dove. I was 12 and there was a beautifully written article on the National Geographic about perfume. Roja Dove was mentioned as one of the most influential people in the world of fragrance making (then working for Guerlain). I remember thinking what a glorious job it must be. Little did I know I would be meeting the master perfumer (and recently appointed creative ambassador for the UK) himself 22 years later  !

Paris Gallery (a homegrown version of Space NK, that carries a lot of luxury, niche brands) had arranged a intimate bloggers evening with Mr Dove and I was lucky enough to attend (had to pinch myself a couple of times when I saw the invite :D).

The sumptuous VIP lounge at the Dubai Mall where the Roja Dove event took place
The sumptuous VIP lounge at the Dubai Mall – that’s the famous dancing fountain in the background !

The lavish venue (Dubai Mall’s VIP lounge) was decorated with fresh flower and gorgeous displays of perfumes from the Roja Dove collection.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove

The evening began with a quick introduction to Mr. Dove, who turned out to be a warm and friendly gentlemen with a dapper sense of style.  What followed was a fascinating journey with Mr.Dove in to a world where perfumes can express emotions just as clearly as words can.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove
Master perfumer Roja Dove describing the Amber Aoud parfum to his captive audience !

He began by discussing his love for the Middle Eastern region and it’s Aoud (also pronounced Oud is a smokey scented resin that’s derived from Agarwood) fragrances. And how that fascination led him to create a line of the Auod based perfumes. Though there’s a slew of Auod inspired fragrances in the market now, Roja Dove Perfumes was the first to do so.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove
The Roja Dove Aoud Collection

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove

Roja Dove’s 15 Auod creations has become some of the best selling fragrances across the globe (including Harrods in the UK & Paris Gallery stores across the United Arab Emirates). Amber Auod was my favorite from the range. An alluring oriental with top notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Lime; heart notes of Fig, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang  and base notes of Ambergris , Aoud Wood, Birch, Cinnamon, Civet, Musk, Oakmoss, Orris, Patchouli, Saffron, Sandalwood.

However, if you prefer lighter scents the Aoud collection has 3 new offerings Candy Auod, Fruity Auod and Sweetie Auod. Aimed at the younger generation, these still have that warm sensuousness without the traditional smoky scent of aoud.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove
Aoud parfums for the new generation ! – from L-R Sweetie Aoud, Candy Aoud & Fruity Aoud

It was fascinating to listed Mr. Dove talk about the inspiration behind some of his perfumes. He’s a master story teller and is as eloquent with his words as with his fragrance notes ! My favorite story is how he first learned the link between scent & memory and his love for perfume – the memory of his mother kissing him goodnight and how she left behind the scent of face powder & perfume. To honor her memory he created the parfum “A Goodnight Kiss”.  A scent that evokes the soft, sweet and warm nature of his mother.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove
A closer look at the Swarovski topped stoppers

All Roja Dove parfums are made with the very best ingredients sourced from every corner of the world.  The lasting power of his fragrances are a true testament to  it’s quality (just one spritz of Amber Aoud lasted a whole day one me).

And the packaging is just as luxurious ; from the heavy glass falcon, it’s Swarovski  studded crown to the  gold-foiled label, everything is made to match the exquisite scent inside.

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove
A closer look at the luxe Roja Dove packaging

I was sorry when the event ended as I found his stories so intriguing but I did manage to speak to him for a few precious minutes (and get a photo :)).

An evening with master perfumer Roja Dove

If you are looking for an luxurious gift for that special someone, a Roja Dove creation might be just what you are looking for.  From soft floral (“Innuendo”) to breathtakingly sexy (“Scandal”), there is a scent to suite every mood and personality.

Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely weekend !

Related information

Roja Dove Parfums are available at all Paris Gallery stores in the United Arab Emirates. Follow them on Instagram to stay updated for new releases and promotions click here

For more information about Roja Dove Parfums click here

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