Now, you may be thinking – is she crazy today? No not more so than any other day. First, the picture above, I’ve seen the Byredo Flowerhead graphic, which is cool, but everyone is using it, and I really loved this painting just for the pure weird.
Reviewing Byredo Flowerhead and Roja Dove Musk Aoud side by side may seem a little odd, but with Colorado weather being 30s and snowing one day and 80 the next, I need them both!
Byredo Flowerhead is the newest release in their line. I was a little excited to see another pure floral showing up since I’m a big fan of the not-loved-as-much-as-it-should-be La Tulipe. Flowerhead’s inspiration is the flowers worn by Indian brides. Okay! Notes include angelica seeds, lingonberry, lemon, sambac jasmine, green notes, rose petals, tuberose, suede and ambergris. It opens very floral with a sharpish lemon/green note, then some fuller jasmine, tuberose and jasmine chime in. Nothing naughty to find here, which is a darn shame, since I always think jasmine should avoid smelling clean’ish. It’s not Tampax fresh, either, which is a blessing. It’s a nice, charming floral that I would have loved had it been dirtied up a bit more. For something that’s über clean, I’m sticking with La Tulipe, which is still my favorite spring perfume (yes I missed that last week, but I was sick all week).
Roja Dove has been one-upping high end lines and has a Musk Oud Absolue Precieux that sells for about $900 for 30 mls (regular parfum is less). Okay, I confess, it was a shopping accident! What I wanted was the regular parfum, but my finger wound up on the Absolute Precieux instead, and, well, I didn’t WANT to send it back once I had it! I mean, the shrink wrap was a little loose, and I just barely touched it and it just came off enough so I could get my hand in the box and sneak out the bottle to sniff it a wee bit. Oh, I’m lying. It was an accident, but no way would I send it back once I smelled it.
I know Roja can do skanky, but he hasn’t really gone there in his regular line. He saved that for his semi-bespokes he used to do (still does?) So I didn’t expect some perfumed privates peep show. Hoped for it, but did not expect it. Well, and I didn’t get it either, though it is a wee bit dirty and rough in all the right places.
It’s some lovely, smoooooooth oud. It’s rich and has a gorgeous birch muskiness oozing up through that throaty little oud roar. Notes are bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, agarwood (oud), ambrette (musk mallow), birch, leather, musk, nutmeg, oakmoss, precious woods, sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla. It’s an oily, lovely smokefest. Because of the concentration, it stays close to the skin, which is an excellent idea. It’s not dirty, but there is a carnal incantation going on around this. I like oud fine, but I’m not faithful to it at all, just enjoy flirting from time to time. If I loved oud, I’d definitely want this oud with musk, birch and leather swimming around to make it more than a little interesting. As it is, I’ve enjoyed the few nights I’ve spent with this happy little accident. Pretty sure you could be pretty happified by the less pricey parfum instead of the rarefied Absolue Precieux.
Wearing Roja Dove Musk Aoud on one hand and Byredo Flowerhead on the other. I feel at home with the snow melting in April. But now I want my La Tulipe!
Winners of the By Kilian Asian Tales two-perfume sample set of Imperial Tea and Sacred wood are – wordswrote/jillm, Audrey and Bridget B. Click on the Drop Us a Note at the top of the blog or e-mail patty at perfumeposse dawt c awm, remind me what you’ve won and give me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick confirm that I got your e-mail so you know it didn’t land in my spam filter, and I’ll get your samples sent out.
Of course a drawing for today. A teeny drop of the Roja Dove Musk Aoud and a sample of Byredo Flowerhead and Byredo La Tulipe for two lucky winners drawn from the commenter’s on today’s post. Love oud, over it? How many oud perfumes are too many, or is there always room for great ones, even if they cost four fingers and three toes to own?