Lisbon Journal: Lunch With Roja Dove And a Giveaway!

There’s something totally exhilarating about traveling to new places and exploring different cultures. We spent our first morning in Portugal discovering Azietao, a sleepy but prosperous agricultural village, stopping for a tour of Fonseca Caves Winery. As we sampled the Periquita, my thoughts kept wandering to what was in store for us upon our return to Hotel Mundial….

A very special guest – Master Perfumer Roja Dove – was awaiting our arrival.  After treating us to a delicious fragrance inspired luncheon, Mr. Dove shared his life story in perfumery (see the video excerpt below!)  – from a mother’s goodnight kiss that sparked his love of fragrance as a young boy, to 20 years of work for Guerlain, to an invitation to establish the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie at Harrod’s in London. And now, Mr. Dove was proud to present us with his own luxurious fragrance line, Roja Parfums. Each scent is a masterpiece – and we sampled them all – and no expense was spared in the raw materials or the opulent gold adorned bottles with Swarovski crystal caps.

We swooned over all the fragrances, but only Enslaved, Innuendo, and Unspoken came home with us! We’d love to share a sample of each of our fragrances with one lucky winner. Please leave a comment below and tell us which Roja Parfums fragrance, AND which of our fragrant luncheon canapes is your favorite. We’ll choose a name at random and one lucky person will receive 5ml atomizers of Enslaved, Innuendo and Unspoken.


Savory pastry with codfish and Nutmeg filling

 Eggs stuffed with Saffron mayonnaise

 Puff pastry stuffed with Portuguese traditional sausage and Rosemary honey

 Profiteroles with Bergamot cream

 Rose jelly with fresh cheese and Cinnamon

 Chamussa with mushroom and Lavender filling

 Peach Juice -Orange Juice -Violet fizz shot

Roja Parfums

Scandal – Neroli, Tuberose, Jasmine

Reckless – Sandalwood, Labdanum, Jasmine

Innuendo – Jasmine, Rose, Coumarin

Mischief – Jasmine, Rose, Cedarwood

Unspoken – Jasmine, Labdanum, Patchouli

Risque – Jasmine, Rose, Labdanum

Fetish – Tuberose, Patchouli, Cedarwood

Enslaved – Neroli, Labdanum, Coumarin

Danger – Jasmine, Amber, Sandalwood