My most luxurious and treasured fragrance has got to be Roja Parfums Ti Amo. It has been in my possession for quite a while but since Valentine’s Day is approaching, I thought I ought to dedicate a post about Ti Amo – a post about LOVE!
About Roja Parfums
Owned by the Master perfumer, Roja Dove, who has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of scent. He’s able to identify hundreds and hundreds of different fragrances blindfolded. Roja Dove fell in love with scent since he was a small boy. After working for a perfumery house for 20 years, he felt it was time to leave. He was invited to open a perfumery in Harrods and that’s how Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie was born. In 2011, he created Roja Parfums. Renowned for its commitment to quality and only working with the finest quality ingredients – from the legendary rose de mai to ambergris – each ingredient in the Roja Parfums repertoire and luxury scented candles range has been hand-selected by Roja for its rarity and unparalleled scent. Every aspect of his process is uncompromising and captures Roja’s central philosophy –“only the best will do.”
Roja Dove creates using his emotion, his life and his love (watch one of his amazing works here). They are created to be the best, to be worn, remembered, treasured and become one with their wearer. The presentation oozes opulence and royalty; Swarovski crystal caps, and bottles adorned in gold by hand.
This is not luxury experience, it’s an ultra luxury experience. It’s highly unlikely that you will encounter someone with the same fragrance on.
Roja Dove released a set of three Oriental fragrances for his Profumi D’Amore Collection. Each fragrance in the collection evokes the different phases of a love story, from the very first moment that passion is ignited (Amore Mio–My Love), to a declaration of love (Ti Amo–I Love You), and ending with a love affair that lasts forever (Un Amore Eterno–I Will Love you Forever). Roja says the fragrances are “a passionate love letter in fragrant form.” There are recurring notes in the fragrances to tie them together in the collection. Each is simply stunning!
Ti Amo is a soft, sensual fragrance that features
Top Notes: Bergamot, mandarin
Heart Notes: Lily of the valley, rose, neroli, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, heliotrope, pineapple
Base Notes: Galbanum, ginger, pink pepper, cinnamon, cumin, saffron, patchouli, vetiver, guaiacwood, sandalwood, vanilla, cocoa, tonka bean, carrot seed, orris, labdanum, ambergris, musk
My humble experience
I’d like to preface this by stating that I’m not an experienced reviewer, my nose is not trained to pick out every single individual note and this is, as with all perfume reviews in my opinions, totally subjective.
As with all of Roja parfums, the ingredients in Ti Amo are extensive and of the highest quality. The complexity is wonderful and the blending is excellent, ultra smooth.
The immediate note I can pick up on is Bergamot or Mandarin. Then the dominant fragrance I pick up on is a huge hit of chocolate. The notes here suggest Cocoa. It’s not overly sweet or raw. It’s such a revelation to me, I don’t think I have come across a chocolate note that works so well in an opening or in a fragrance at all.
Once the chocolate hit has passed, you are left with a soft, sweet, spicy and vanilla scent. It’s rich, deep and very warming. The vanilla note is supported well with the cinnamon, and the Sandalwood and the iris in the background. I can’t quite pick out all the notes but I am able tell how smooth and well blended they are. The notes work perfectly together to keep it balanced.
As this is pure perfume concentration, I only need one spray each time! The projection is amazing, near 3 hours on me. It lasts up to 5-6 hours on me before leaving a beautiful trail. Once sprayed, I can actually observe the perfume VERY slowly evaporates from my wrist.
Overall, I think it’s a powerful (but not over-powering), warm and intimate scent, a scent of love and closeness. It’s the scent that you wear on a cosy evening in with your significant other. Of course, it’s absolutely a fragrance of choice for special events or occasions. I probably wouldn’t wear it to work or shopping, it is too precious for that! I do like having a little spritz and bury in my silk beddings at night. It’s definitely a scent that will make you go weak at the knees!
“BE THE FLAME, NOT THE MOTH”
Does fragrance play a central role in your life? Have you tried anything from Roja Parfums?
Thank you for being here today! Oh and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Much love always,
This post featured a product that was generously gifted to me. As always, opinions are my own and unbiased.