Category Archives: Events

Haute parfumerie on the catwalk

Roja collaborated with the renowned British couturier, Nicholas Oakwell, by creating a bespoke scent for his Autumn / Winter 2012 show at Claridge’s Hotel Ballroom.

Nicholas’ collection was inspired by the lush decadence of 1970s New York. The scent Roja created for the show was a Chypré: fresh, sweet, sensual & leathery and perfectly complemented the modern and luxurious tailoring, enveloping the room in fragrance. Claridge’s Ballroom was entirely transformed into a sensuous lounge environment, the sultry atmosphere made even more dramatic by Roja’s Vetiver, Labdanum, Tuberose and Cedarwood candles burning whilst the models interacted with the stage sets on the catwalk.

Following a breath-taking and unconventional show, featuring designs of hand-made lace and shaved mink and fox fur, guests were treated to a glass of champagne.

Roja Holds a Jasmine Training Session


This week, Roja held a Jasmine training session for some journalists and friends, discussing; the history of fragrance, fragrance families, ingredients, industry trends, and of course, Roja’s famed anecdotes of the fragrant world.  Gareth Wyn Davies, Sunday Telegraph, and Christopher Stocks, freelance, were some of the fortunate guests to attend Roja’s talk.

Glamour Woman of the Year Awards 2012


Last night, Roja attended the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. It was a fabulous evening and Roja got the pleasure of meeting soul legend Dionne Warwick, who won the Icon Award.  She wore a dazzling black gown embellished with sparkling silver beads, and looked every bit as glamorous as she ever did.

Here is Dionne Warwick with her well deserved Icon Award, presented to her by Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones.

Middle East Fragrance Summit, 27th & 28th May, 2012


Roja was invited to Dubai to attend the Middle East Fragrance Summit 2012 which provides a global platform for industry thought leaders to come together to discuss, ideate and innovate, as well as strategise on how to tap the unlimited potential of the Middle East fragrance retail market. The picture is of Roja doing a talk on niche perfumery with his Diaghilev on the projector, an homage to Serge Diaghilev and his infamous Ballets Russes.

Click HERE for a BBC report on fragrance in the Middle East.


Twitter: @FF_Arabia


Britannia; Roja Dove Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Britannia, a limited edition of only 60 perfumes, one for each of her wondrous years, based on the legendary anointing oils used to confirm the British monarch’s assent to the throne. Britannia, Roja’s personal interpretation for a majestic perfume, a serenely tailored creation filled with perfectly balanced noble ingredients: the Rose, symbol of England; Jasmine, the Queen of flowers; and anointing oils of Her Majesty.

This fragrance is available exclusively at Harrods but is selling out fast. Visit the Black Hall or Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie to get your hands on a piece of history today.

Roja created his crown with the aid of inspiration from the age old tradition of the anointing ceremony. Below, Roja talks you through this regal process:

“My crown symbolises the most sacred part of the coronation ceremony – the moment the Her Majesty The Queen was anointed with Holy Anointing Oil. Her Majesty felt this part of her ceremony to be the most sacred, it was the only part of her service she would not allow to be televised, as it makes a direct reference to the announcing of Solomon by Zadok the Priest as written in the bible.

The Holy Anointing Oil is made from a blend of Roses, Jasmine, Orange, Cinnamon, Benzoin, Ambergris, Musk, and Civet. It is applied with four Knights of the Garter forming a cross and holding a silk pall over the sovereign. The scented oil is then applied in the shape of the cross.

The red and white roses at the base of my crown symbolise the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster and makes reference to the Tudor Rose and the last queen to bear Elizabeth’s name, Queen Elizabeth I. Above it, and behind the Fleur de Lys, Jonquils to symbolise the continuation of the Queens line through His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

On the four branches of the cross there are Frankincense and Myrrh, as well as Tonquin Musk. One of the symbols of the Order of the Garter lead to a small bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers which fall from a garland of Camellias, which have always conveyed  admiration, perfection, gratitude, and nobility of reasoning, whose leaves are covered in drops of oil to symbolise the precious materials used to create The Holy Anointing Oil.

The top of the crown is adorned with Syringa, whose purity wraps around a small volume of Orris, (the root of the Iris), and Vanilla Bourbon – these two materials are priceless – as is Her Majesty The Queen.”


Laurent Perrier

Daniel Brennan, Arne Maynard, and Roja Dove

Today, Roja attended the Chelsea Flower Show where his friend Arne Maynard, award winning garden designer, again won Gold for his Laurent Perrier Bicentenary garden design. Roja created a special Rose de Mai candle in honour of the event in conjunction with Laurent Perrier and The Dorchester hotel, where it is on sale exclusively. Pictured with Roja and Arne is another good friend of Roja’s, Daniel Brennan, Head of Marketing at Laurent Perrier.

For a 360 degree view of the garden, click here

House and Garden Spirit of Summer Fair

Today, Roja spoke at the 4th House and Garden Spirit of Summer Fair at the Kensington Olympia, a unique boutique shopping event. Guests experienced a guided tour of an olfactory garden during an interactive “sniff-in” with Roja, whereby scented smelling strips are passed out for the guests to compare and contrast the effects these oils have and how they combine with each other.

A Crown Fit for a Queen

Roja was asked by Harrods to design a crown for their Jubilee shop window display. He of course obliged and here is his take on Queen Elizabeth’s crown using raw ingredients, flowers, and a touch of his famous creative flair. It has been on display since Monday and will be there for the entirety of the Jubilee celebrations. I’m sure you agree that it is worth a visit.

Roja Parfums Launches New Fragrance to Press

Last week, Roja hosted a launch party at Madame Jojo’s in Soho to celebrate the launch of his latest fragrance, Risque. The party was a huge success, attended by the top beauty journalists in the UK who were thrilled by a special performance by burlesque superstar, Miss Polly Rae.

See below or click HERE for a selection of pictures from the event and Risque will be available to buy from the Roja Parfums Shop from June.