Written by Daniel James Parry
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n the most luxurious fragrance circles in the country, one brand’s name passes the lips of perfume connoisseurs as sensual aromas enter and embrace their nose – Roja.
The brand’s latest offering comes in the form of “A Goodnight Kiss.” Arriving in a large white lacquer casket, upon gently pushing open the doors, sealed in the centre with the brand’s logo, serving almost as a signet of elegance, the customer is greeted by the bottle placed delicately in sheets of white silk crepe de chine, a unique touch which eloquently embodies the aroma’s title. The bottle is clear in colour with shades of violet, evoking images of a nightly, dreamlike world, with a cap styled with 14 custom Swarovski crystals; a tradition utilized in a vast number of other Roja perfumes.
Speaking passionately about the muse behind A Goodnight Kiss, the brand’s founder, Roja Dove, describes “I remember vividly my mother coming to kiss me goodnight when I was about 6 years old. She was on her way out to a cocktail party and dressed in a gold lame dress, the light from the hallway illuminated her from behind, transforming her into an ethereal figure. It is an image that will always stay with me and the resonating smell of her face powder and perfume that lingered in the room once she had kissed me goodnight marked the beginning of my love for perfume.”
Dove likens ‘A Goodnight Kiss’ to ‘the celebration of how precious a small exchange be, and the lasting effect it can have on us.’ To this end, Roja could be describing the way in which the fragrance is light, it dances in the air and certainly does not leave a mark, nor overpower the wearer with its fragrance; it merely reminds them of its presence, with wafts dancing through the senses on occasion. So in turn, it could be interpreted as a gentle kiss to remind us, without overwhelming affection, that the most delicate of touches lets us know we are loved.
But how does ‘A Goodnight Kiss’ smell? Roja describes it as being a floral scent – sweet, fresh, warm, sparkling, soft, spicy and powdery in its approach. The poetic description floats through the syllables of bergamot, rose, jasmine and orange blossom, with carnations and may flowers amongst others – it certainly paints a picture of a sunkissed summer afternoon.
But to the untrained nose, how does ‘A Goodnight Kiss’ really smell?
It’s certainly floral, this much is a given. There’s an essence of sweetness to it, with a lingering kick of spice. Several suggestions were raised across Foxley offices – ‘baby powder’ and ‘parma violets’ were mentioned frequently – a long lasting scent of lavender, casting minds back to the days of early childhood, much like Roja’s inspiration; the image of his mother’s silhouette leaving for a cocktail party. It’s also worth noting that Roja invented a ‘rice powder accord’, which has been infused with the blend to evoke the smell of the face powder ladies used to wear, which gives A Goodnight Kiss its softness and powdery flavours.
A Goodnight Kiss is available in a 100ml serving at a price of £1,250 from Roja Parfums.
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