Reckless: Roja Dove 2011

Hi Y’all,

A perfume angel sent me this from NYC. I am as flabbergasted as you are. I thought, “What better way to celebrate than do a GIVEAWAY!” I have deliberately not really reviewed what happens through the fragrances life because I want you to experience it first hand, I will say though that it does smell like money……. lots of money

Reckless: Roja Dove 2011

Reckless Roja Dove FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, citruses, aldehydes, tarragon
Heart: Amaryllis, jasmine, violet, geranium, ylang-ylang, rose, peach
Base: Vetiver, musk, sandalwood, oak moss, clove, cinnamon, tonka bean, orris root, castoreum, leather

Roja Dove says at First In Fragrance: Sweet, sparkling, fresh, warm, dry, spicy & sensual
“While reading a book, I saw a woman described as ‘reckless maybe – foolish never’. I imagined how that woman would be: she was a woman who followed her heart, but was no one’s fool. I imagined her in the half-light, wearing a diamond necklace. Her world would be one of uncompromising luxury – her scent reflected her, she smelt expensive. She always got what she wanted; often taking risks to get it”.

I am surprised how much I’m enjoying it. There are reminders of other fragrances but they are done with what feels like reverence. To be honest I thought it would be much less lovely……

Very much in the styles of No 5, Joy and Arpege though I am currently wearing it on one hand and Mitsouko PdT on the other. Mitsouko is so gorgeously abrasive by comparison. Never has she seemed so green and arch to me. While Reckless is the balmy, warm and soapy, very genteel lady sitting primly in cashmere, with her knees pressed very firmly together and wearing very large baroque pearls. After Reckless has had her third dirty martini though………

Further reading: Persolaise
First In Fragrance €325/50ml (usually €395: special offer) + Samples

Go On, join in the fun.
Portia xx

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Reckless: GIVEAWAY!


This week we will have 3 winners who will receive:
1 x decant of Roja Dove’s Reckless (from my bottle)
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Tell me about your favourite fragrance from the long past glory of perfumery.

Extra Chance?
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Entries Close Sunday 29th March 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by
The winners will have till Thursday 2nd April 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

60 comments on “Reckless: Roja Dove 2011

  1. Fazal Cheema says:

    my favorite fragrance from the long past glory of perfumes is Shiseido Nombre Noir. thanks so much for the wonderful draw. I follow APJ through email.

    I have also tweeted this through @fazalcheema

  2. Tenzin says:

    My favorite fragrance in that category is Shalimar.
    I follow via email 🙂

  3. Jaybee says:

    Easy question, Chanel No 5! Luxury in a bottle. I follow by email.

  4. Sue Mills says:

    My perfume from this era has no name. A little rounded bottle from my mum’s beauty case, label long worn off, she doesn’t remember the name. But it’s a warm, floral, spicy scent of excitement, special nights out, parties and laughter.
    I follow by email. Thanks x.

  5. Francesca Belanger says:

    I follow via email.

    Hard to pick one, all of which I happily wore back in the 70’s: Jicky, Jolie Madame, Calèche.

  6. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail and facebook.I choose First by Van Cleef and Apfels.Its so classic

  7. Katherine says:

    You deserve a perfume angel! I’m glad someone sent you a great surprise. I really love Mitsouko. Yes, it’s a little scary at first but it blossoms after 30 minutes. You can’t help but love it. I’ve always loved Chanel no 5 extrait. It’s the one fragrance my husband really loves. I have a tiny bit left from when we first got mat 25 years ago, so I wear it on date nights.

  8. Connie says:

    I follow by email and my favorite from the history of perfumery is L’Heure Bleue. So perfect.

  9. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    I follow via email. I am torn between Guerlain’s Chamade and Parure, both worn when I was a teen vamp. Just thinking about Parure’s fruity green enchantment makes me feel expensive.

  10. Scar says:

    I was particularly impressed with 1709 Farina, one of the oldest colognes and still holding its own. ‘Fresh’ scents are not normally my thing, either!
    Following by email, as always.
    Good luck everyone!

  11. edith says:

    follow via email wearing Cabochard 🙂

  12. Virginia says:

    Hi, I follow by email. so many scents from the past with so many memories but one of my faves is perfumers workshop, tea rose, it reminds me of the 80s shopping in the lane ways of melbourne on my lunch break, that and Ma griffe have lots of 70s/80s memories.

  13. willa says:

    Creed Fleurs de Bulgarie, dating all the way back to Queen Victoria if one is to believe Creed’s marketing story. I want to believe it like I want to believe in the Easter Bunny. Email.

  14. Sun Mi says:

    Wow, you know I haven’t tried a whole lot of ‘era’ perfumes, but I was fortunate enough to try l’interdit and while it was far too much of a powerhouse for me, I could really appreciate it’s beauty. I do also really enjoy l’heure bleue! Thanks for this ridiculously generous giveaway (those are some MIGHTY expensive samples/bottles) – I follow via bloglovin. 🙂
    Sun Mi recently posted…The Different Company – Tokyo Bloom (perfume review)My Profile

  15. Christine W says:

    I want to smell like money!! I follow by email and I can’t possibly pick an absolute favourite fragrance from the past glory of perfumery, but I will nominate *a* favourite: Robe d’Un Soir (1947) by Carven. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  16. sandipants says:

    hi, portia! i follow through facebook. i love mitsy! thank you for this opportunity!

  17. Sandra says:

    Hi Portia! wow! what a generous giveaway. I follow by e-mail. An absolute favorite – hmm – that is a toss up between Chanel No. 5 Parfum and Vol de Nuit Extrait. xo

  18. Jackie b says:

    My early memories of classic perfumery are of my mother’s scents…Ma Griffe, L’Interdit and Arpege but I have not smelled the vintages for many years.
    Perhaps a modern example would be Amouage Gold, which is beautiful too.
    I follow by email.

  19. Patty Pong says:

    <—- e-mail …. Habit Rouge Cologne 1964 version is so nice 🙂

  20. shmuli Cohen says:

    love those 80’s aldehydes!

  21. Tena says:

    What a generous giveaway !! I enjoy all the APJ updates I receive via email. My favourite from long past – I have to go with the Grande Madame and say Chanel No 5 is still one of my most frequently worn scents.


  22. Gina says:

    I follow by email as of today!!!!! I always wanted to try Roja’s line but never had the chance. Thanks for sharing the wealth.

  23. mhek says:

    Yataghan is my favorite old perfume.
    I follow you by email.


  24. Bube says:

    My favorite is Chanel No. 5 🙂
    Follow via e-mail and Bloglovin/Bube

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  25. Barbara Carter says:

    Please don’t enter me in the draw – I bought this for my big birthday and just opened it. My first Roja and not my last – this fragrance defines what I love about perfumes in every note! Agree with your assessment of this smells like money – pearls, cashmere, sophistication, and it has you undone very quickly. It undresses you LOL! So happy for you that you received such a treasure! And I love your blog, follow on Facebook and come directly here as well! And I love you, Portia! What a generous giveaway – mwah!

  26. Robert H. says:

    Wow Portia! What a wonderful friend that must be! So email is my APJ of choice, and oh god, so MANY vintage scents that I love….which to choose?? I’d have to say My no wait….ARPEGE! yup Arpege…or maybe Chanel 5… hmmmm….I feel as if my head’s going to explode…

  27. Tara C says:

    I follow by email… my favourite classic is Chamade. 🙂

  28. maggiecat says:

    I follow APJ via e-mail. And Chanel No. 5 has to be one of my favorite classics, though for wearability I prefer the Eau Premiere. There’s nothing like No. 5…

  29. ElizabethC says:

    Wow, what a nice perfume angel! I’ve got to agree with Tara C that Chamade is wonderful! I am also very fond of Caron Nuit de Noel – especially in the winter! I follow via e-mail.

  30. Lyubov says:

    Dearest, Portia,
    things are messy these days, but the world keeps turning, doesn’t it?
    Never ever dreamed of getting close to some of Roja’s creations, though Unspoken rings in my head, when I think of going to London and visiting Harrod’s…
    Reckless would probably be second in row, if I don’t win it here.
    Thanks for the chance!
    My ‘everlasting love’ from the Era of the Disco – Bernard Chant’s chypre chef-d’oeuvre Aromatics Elixir for Clinique. Darn, I will never get tired of it!
    I follow by email and on the FB page.
    Lyubov recently posted…Sultana / B26My Profile

  31. Jessi Bowler says:

    I follow through email and bloglovin!! Thanks for offering such a wonderful fragrance for giveaway!!!

  32. Colonia Lynn says:

    My favorite classic is the long discontinued Detchema. Following you by email. Would love to try this <3

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I follow by email.
    My favorite classic is Opium by YSL <3
    Thanks for the draw!

  34. Beth says:

    Hi Portia! What a lovely gift! I follow you by email, and facebook 🙂

    I’d say my favorite of an era is Shalimar, simply because it was my mothers signature scent. I still remember her letting me wear it for my first dance and how grown up I felt. I’ve got to get a bottle of my own, but I still steal a spritz from her whenever I go over!

    thanks for the draw!!

  35. MikasMinion says:

    After reading that notes list I really want to try this. My favorite classic is the glorious Vol de Nuit and I follow via Bloglovin’.

  36. Bec says:

    My favorite Classic is L’Heure Bleue. To me it is the most comforting scent in the world, so soft and gorgeous!

    I follow via email

  37. poodle says:

    Wow! Someone sent you a Roja Dove perfume?!? Somebody must really, really love you! A lot.
    It’s hard to not pick No.5 for a classic. I think some Caron’s would fit the bill too like Nuit de Noel or maybe Nocturnes.
    I lurk and follow by WordPress when it plays nicely with me and twitter.

  38. Mags says:

    I am registered to follow by email but sadly for some reason the mails never seem to arrive so I have to remember to look at the blog everyday from my favourites as wordpress does not always behave with me either:(?? I waver between 2 old classics and to be honest to myself it has to be Lanvin’s Arpege – so beautiful

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      When we changed platform we lost many of our email followers, please put your email back in the box and it should come every day. SORRY!!
      Portia xx

  39. Maren says:

    Awesome giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers and I follow via email. My dream would be to miraculously find some Jacques Fath Iris Gris! Thanks!

  40. Nancysg says:

    I love the old cologne that is 4711! Great scent memories of my Grandfather wearing it and nothing better to spash on in the heat. I follow by email.

  41. Kandice says:

    Wow – love this! Thanks for the giveaway! I follow via email. I really miss Opium and Obsession. While I have several new loves, I still miss these and what they used to be.

  42. Lean S says:

    Wow congratulations on the new acquisition! Exciting! Thank you so much for the generosity in sharing! I have not experienced many fragrances from the “long past.” Our of the ones I have, I would say Yvresse by Yves St Laurent is my favorite. I know… the 90s were not very long ago, but since I was 3 at the time, I think it counts anyway. Thank you! I follow via email (as in form).

  43. Laurels says:

    My favorite would I suppose be the original Opium, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for Tabu, which was my first perfume. It was a bottle from my great-grandmother, and I have no idea of its vintage, but it smelled wonderful. I think the first bottle I bought for myself was one of the cello-shaped ones from the ’80s. I follow with Bloglovin.

    Congratulations on your Reckless! I love cashmere and pearls, although I don’t think either one of us could pass for prim.

  44. Iliana R says:

    I follow via email and my all time favorite I love is the J.LO Glow perfume!

  45. M says:

    I’m an email girl and my favorite from the long, long ago is Knize Ten.

  46. Donna says:

    Good Day!! I love Roja Dove. Makes some lovely fragrances. I have Risqué and it is gorgeous. From days of yonder I will always remember Arpege by Lanvin as it reminds me of my Mom

  47. Elia says:

    My favourite from the past is probably Le Dix,
    it feels like it comes from an era far earlier than the one that created it. Most likely to induce nostalgia too.
    I follow by email

  48. AllGirlMafia says:

    Hello! I follow by email. My favorite perfume of long glory would probably be Aromatics Elixir for its herbal deep goodness.

  49. El says:

    Among the “older” perfumes, I absolutely love Miss Dior – it is a calming scent that I associate with my childhood (my mom had it, even if she hardly wore it).

    I follow you via email 🙂

  50. tomate farcie says:

    wow what a great giveaway!! I’m a fan of vintage Arpege by Lanvin. I like it more than Chanel No 5. I follow via bloglovin and email

  51. Monomatomic says:

    What a generous gift (and draw)! I’d have to say Chanel No. 5 – the only perfume I ever remember my mother wearing – and Joy, the first perfume my husband bought me. I follow by Feedly.

    And honestly I’ve been afraid to try any Roja Dove perfumes, so I *almost” hope I don’t win….

  52. Lubka K. says:

    My fav classic is Guerlains Mitsouko. Thanks. I follow this blog via bloglovin. Lubica K.

  53. Tiffanie says:

    What a vision! That bottle, those notes, that reckless woman. I’m reminded of a long, long ago TV miniseries of the same name. The leading lady could have worn this fragrance.

    I follow APJ via email.

    I miss the old, golden L’Air du Temps. Two past generations of women in my family wore it.

  54. Katherine Mittas says:

    I follow by Facebook and newsletter , my favourite perform growing up was Michelle by Balenciaga , still have a bottle barely used. For nostalgia reasons mainly.

  55. jalesley says:

    Bloglovin – jalesley
    I adore Byzance by Rochas

  56. Peppy says:

    My favorite is OPIUM. I follow by email

  57. ula says:

    Does having your page bookmarked and checking it once a week count as ‘following’? ’cause that’s what I do – I have a bookmarks folder named ‘smell’ with all my favorite pages in it.
    as to perfume – Chanel Coco and the Opium

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