Master Perfumer Roja Dove is recognised for his contribution to the British fragrance industry.
We’re proud to announce that Roja Dove was honoured at the recent Fragrance Foundation Awards with the ‘Special Commendation Award’ – an accolade which celebrates his services to the British fragrance industry.
“The Fragrance Foundation would like to recognise Roja Dove for his contribution, dedication, and most of all passion for the industry. Through his work with The Fragrance Foundation, Roja has inspired and educated both journalists through his Jasmine training and the fragrance industry through his work with The Fragrance Foundation Academy”.
Linda Key, CEO The Fragrance Foundation
Roja has been on The Fragrance Foundation Awards Committee for 5 years and in 2013 became a Board Director.
“Roja’s style is truly sui generis. His scents have an unfettered emotional intelligence that never fails to intrigue and makes him quite simply, the modern master of chypres”.
Vicci Bentley, Award winning Freelance Beauty Writer
“Roja’s generosity with his time and his expertise has played a significant role in the success of the organisation. The impact he has had has been of huge benefit to all involved with both The Fragrance Foundation and the Awards”.
Duncan Chater, Publisher Men’s Health & Fragrance Foundation Board Director
In celebration of the launch of my collaboration with Harrods to create ‘H’ – The Exclusive Aoud – I was interviewed this morning by the lovely Health & Beauty Editor at Harrods Magazine, Jan Masters.
In a candid interview about the project, Jan asked me all about creating the scent, the lavish ingredients within it, and the story behind my 10 year working relationship with the store.
Held in my Haute Parfumerie on the 5th Floor of Harrods, the interview was a real pleasure, it’s never hard work to answer questions about my work with the store that remains close to my heart.
I was honoured to be asked to return to the Museum of London to give a second workshop, to a charming audience of Fragrance enthusiasts, as part of my involvement with The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels Exhibition that is currently being held at the Museum.
The Cheapside Hoard is a major exhibition for the Museum of London, unveiling its secrets and extraordinary, and priceless, treasure of the late 16th and early 17th Century jewels and gemstones. Buried in a cellar in Cheapside in the City of London, the hoard was discovered in 1912 and has been brought back to life with the help of new research and state-of-the-art technology.
The exhibition boasts a wealth of insights the Hoard has to offer on Elizabethan and Jacobean London – including a gold, enamel, diamond and opal-set scent bottle. I was elated that the museum asked me to create a fragrance that would translate that of the original 17th Century fragrance that would have once been contained within it.
With great success from the first workshop I gave, I was delighted to be invited back for round two of the sensory journey through fragrance that I so love to give. The workshop allowed me to talk this small group of fragrance admirers through the creation of the scent, and give insight into the fragrance of London during that time.
The Cheapside Hoard; London’s Lost Jewels is open at The Museum of London until the 27th April 2014.
In celebration of a decade of collaboration between myself and Harrods, a store I refer to as the ‘Spiritual Home’ of my Perfume Brand, I present ‘H’ – The Exclusive Aoud.
‘H’ is the result of an invitation from the world’s most iconic department store. Like each and every fragrance I create, ‘H’ becomes a standard bearer for British excellence around the world, and hopefully an outstanding example of this country’s creative prowess.
I loved creating ‘H’ – The Exclusive Aoud- for Harrods. I have blended some of the rarest, richest and most exotic materials available to capture the spirit of the store itself – the finest in the world.
It was important to achieve the perfect presentation for ‘H’ to match the contents within. Each presentation box, handmade in England, features the custom Harrods green livery and the iconic Harrods ‘H’ monogram embossed in gold foil. The monogram is used for the first time in its history to denote, not only the store itself, but also the name is this unique and exclusive new fragrance while also referring to the unisex nature of the scent – for ‘Him, for ‘Her.
‘H’ – The Exclusive Aoud – is available now at Harrods, London.
I can’t wait to reveal some exciting news about a new project I’ve been working on. All will be revealed in good time, but he’s a little teaser for you in the meantime.
Yesterday, Roja Dove launched his latest Roja Parfums creation – Fetish Parfum – at the Beaufort Bar in the Savoy Hotel, London.
The launch was a huge success, and was attended by the most senior beauty editors and journalists in Britain.
Fetish Parfum is a Chypré – warm, dry, spicy, leathery, & very sensual. The smoky, sensual, leathery-note of Castoreum permeates the blend of Oakmoss, Patchouli, and Vetiver, which is underscored by Musk, warmed by Cinnamon, Clove, Cedarwood, and Cedar Needles – the whole freshened by touches of Bergamot, Petitgrain, and Galbanum with a heady blend of Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, and Rose at its heart.
“My newest perfume, Fetish Parfum, is for a woman who is self confident and uncompromising in her approach to life and all she wants in it”. ROJA DOVE
Roja’s jacket for the launch was especially made for him by Stephen Williams of Bespoke HQ. Stephen’s tailoring is genius, and this jacket is one of the finest pieces of clothing that Roja has ever worn – its cut, cloth and colour are perfect for Roja.
This Thursday 13th December, Roja will be launching his latest Roja Parfums creation to the press – Fetish Parfum – and revealing what it is that makes you “Succumb To Your Desires” every time you smell it.
In anticipation, Roja commented,
“Nothing is darker than leather in all its guises. I urge you to beware, as once you have entered there is no escape. I have created a perfume that, once under its spell, there is no return. See for yourselves if you can escape its magic”.
Fetish Parfum will be made available for sale from February 2013 in the Harrods Black Hall (London), the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods and at the Lausanne Palace, the Roja Parfums Boutiques in Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and from the Roja Parfums website (www.rojaparfums.com)
For Vogue’s Online Fashion Week, Roja was interviewed by Harrods to discuss the secrets of applying scent properly, and how the right fragrance can unlock emotions that recall the most powerful loves, creating memories in the process, and even sometimes scandals.
Sue Peart, Editor of You Magazine, recently said that she thinks Roja Parfums Risqué Parfum is a classic fragrance.
“This is an incredible compliment, as I consider a classic fragrance that which is a highly original creation, setting a new trend and enduring the passage of time, to always be considered the best of its type”.
Roja has always considered perfume to reflect its age, and is a pioneer for putting scent in its socio-economic context. Whilst Risqué Parfum is timeless, it is made for a confident, modern woman.
“When I created this perfume I thought of how society tells us how we have to behave, think, and act. So I decided to create a perfume that seemed tailored and disciplined but as it develops it starts to show its overtly sensual base, which gets warmer, darker and more overt with each breath – on the edge of the forbidden”.