Hello friends, it’s Narth here in a very good mood! I was fortunate this week to try Ruh by Pekji. Pekji is a niche house from Turkey with some exciting fragrances that are now more readily available than in their even more niche past.
Ooo Ruh, what have you done to me.. this jubilant fragrance from Pekji is a joy. A very modern Oriental, it briefly reminded me of the original Badgely Mischka but it’s much more exciting!
Ruh by Pekji 2015
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Amber, Cardamom, Coffee, Jasmine, Musk, Oud, Patchouli, Rose, Saffron, Sandalwood
There’s a beautifully rich chocolatey note to start with, like an expensive chocolate truffle. Coming in sharp the top notes are indolic and my first thought was “who wee’d in my chocolate” and then I started laughing because this combination is just delightful. You’ll get a whiff of camphor there too and this adds some excellent structure to the sweetness. The whole thing is both potent an delicious, a powerful scent you don’t need much of but you will want much of! This would be a comforting rich treat in the cold but it’s an all season scent with the heat bringing out its joyful sensuality. I wore it both on a cool day and in a sticky 32C and oh my goodness it made me question why we spray ourselves with heat fighting citruses when we can just lay back and embrace the warmth. The drydown is particularly good for the hot weather and it took me a while to remember what it so strongly reminded me of. It is Juicy Fruit gum. You still have the camphor, the saffron, the backdrop of amber making this a grown up scent but that Juicy Fruit drydown makes this one of the happiest Orientals I’ve ever worn.
My curiosity about Juicy Fruit had me googling to find what that flavour is and while Wrigley is tight lipped about the details there’s some strong speculations out there.Bananas, pineapples, jackfruit, isoamyl acetate and whisky all feature in this mystery that you can read about in detail here.
All in all Ruh is a beautifully balanced scent, full of nuance, distinction and happiness. Not a somber moment. If you enjoy Orientals, gourmands, fascinating flavour mixes or just being happy and smelling mysteriously fab you must try it! I received three compliments down the pub wearing this, a rare event.
We often think of Florals as the happy scents, what’s your happiest Oriental?
See you in a fortnight,