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

  • Musette

    Salt cod! YUM! and I Love Scandal!!!

  • Emily Friedman

    Rose jelly with fresh cheese and Cinnamon — and I second the Scandal love!

  • Undina Ne Skazhu

    I haven’t had a chance to try any of Roja Dove’s perfumes but from the list of notes Danger sounds the most fitting my tastes. Good thing I’m not hungry right now: everything on the list is really appealing. But if I had to choose just one – eggs stuffed with Saffron mayonnaise.

  • Madge

    I could have listened to Roja all day. He is filled with so many fabulous ideas & not to mention that mesmerizing British accent. This was such a fun day with fragrance, good food, & Roja conducting it al! When can we do this again?

    • Karen Kovel Adams

      Glad you enjoyed this special presentation, Madge! I’m totally Enslaved to my RP fragrance :)

    • marie

      Madge, I agree. I really enjoyed listening to him talk about his fragrances and also the opportunity we had to smell his special stash of scents in the gold boxes!! It was a real treat. I only wish he sold smaller bottles of his perfumes, so I could have bought more!

  • The Scented Hound

    Unspoken sounds wonderfully mysterious and who could bypass the profiteroles with bergamot cream!!! Thanks so much for the draw. Steve L.

  • Scottie

    I’ve been interested in trying the Roja Dove scents for some time. Unspoken sounds most interesting. And the rose jelly canape sounds delicious1 Thanks for the draw!

  • Darren Tan

    I’d love the Puff pastry stuffed with Portuguese traditional sausage and Rosemary honey and I’ll wear Reckless with it. :)

  • Mariekel

    Chamussa with mushrooms and savory lavender sounds too exotic to pass up! Though I would love to know what violet fizz tastes like…I think perhaps some Reckless might suit the mood.

  • Deanna G.

    My favorite fragrance is “Risque” & my favorite canape is the “Profiteroles with Bergamot cream”

  • Eliza De Sola Mendes

    profiteroles with bergamot cream….oh heaven…would so much have loved to have been with you, and appreciate so greatly your having shared your travel online with us. the list of Roja perfumes combine unusual notes together and I like the very evocative names. We are very much attached to scent in our lives and what an exciting experience.

  • Lean S

    Thank you for the generosity. Innuendo sounds wonderful. I also think the Puff pastry stuffed with Portuguese traditional sausage and Rosemary honey sounds delicious (LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com) I will join the mailing list.

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