I knew about Vero Kern for years and was always fascinated by her story. The fact that she followed her dream rather late in life, is very encouraging and shows that it is really worth pursuing what you want. I didn’t try her perfumes though, chiefly for financial reasons, but also because I thought, they would not suit me, that they were not my kind of thing (where do I get those ideas anyway?).
My love affair with Vero’s creations started with Onda, so of course, I needed to try the others as well.
I’ll say it up front – they are amazing.
Released in 2007, Rubj includes notes of Moroccan orange blossom, musk and Egyptian jasmine.
Rubj (pronounced Ruby, that was the intended name, although there were trademark issues) is the most lively of those three entirely different perfumes. All three have distinct personalities, but strangely enough I can identify with each of them. Each represents a facet of my character.
Onda the brooding, introverted, but deeply sensual one. Kiki is the intellectual, easygoing one. Rubj is the happy, go lucky party girl.
Rubj is round and inviting, she smells like warm orange blossoms and jasmine with not a little bit of tuberose (not listed, I’m quite sure it is there though) on a soft musky bed. The perfume is almost linear to me, it blooms and envelops me in an orange-pink haze of happiness lasting for hours on end.
Rubj smells like the warmth of the setting sun on skin. Like an exotic drink, deliciously sweet and tart, intoxicating, but stealthily so.
Rubj wants to dance, wants to laugh, wants to be admired and talk the night away. She knows how beautiful she is, and she wants to have fun tonight, wants to break the rules for once, but she never goes too far.
Rubj is a special night out, a vacation from yourself, a breaking of the usual mold.
Rubj is a night to remember.
Great review of a gorgeous perfume! I also love all three extraits, as you perhaps remember, and I’m amazed that every one of them resonates so deeply with me. I like your characterization of them, although for me they are a little bit different: Onda is the one with the dry humor and the loud laugh, Kiki is a bit capricious and full of surprises, Rubj is laid-back and enjoys everything beautiful, but deeply sensual are all three…
Well, now you got me thinking about them, they are not that easy to grasp, rather mysteriously oscillating – good thing too, in my book! 😉
A very good thing, indeed. 🙂 Your descriptions of the three “personalities” are beautiful, Gisela!
These sound divine, my job for the day is to look for them on the internet, in between my real work of course. It’s a good job the boss is also my bf and a very tolerant man. 😉
I hope you find them (First in Fragrance would be a good place to start). 😉
I had the chance of testing Vero’s perfumes at Esxcence in Milan and they were the only ones that really impressed me! I expecially loved Kiki (intellectual and easygoing? Nice description, I wonder if it can suit me- I have some doubt on the easygoing-ness!) and I’d love to test them all more thoroughly BUT: no Vero Kern perfumes in Milan! What a shame!
No Vero Profumo in Vienna either. 😦 But I am so glad I got hold of them, wonderful perfumes, I wouldn’t want to miss them!
O.M.G. This sounds fantastic. These are available in the Haute Parfumerie in Harrods now so I will just have to make a visit won’t I?
I see no other choice for you either. 😉 I’m certain you will adore Rubj. And I’m very curious what you will think of the others.
Oh dear! I am rushing now to find the samples to purchase. Thank you for making them sound just lovely. I have been tempted for a while, and now I have all the ammunition needed to go and shop.
Happy to help! 😉 I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, Sandra!
Having read The Candy Perfume Boy’s comment above, it is clearly a case of “London calling”!
Is Rubj anything like Jasmin 17 at all? Sounds scrummy either way!
Noooooooo! Nothing like Jasmin 17 AT ALL! (was that too drastic? 😀 ) Really, the two couldn’t be further from each other in my mind. Where Rubj is all bright colors and slightly raunchy warmth, Jasmin 17 is thin and a light pastel-yellow, Jasmine ice cream someone called it, and I concur.
Got that, hehe! I do like Jasmin 17, though – it is a cheery scent. I would say it is a light orange in my mind’s eye, so I might find Rubj relatively dark by comparison. ; – )
That is probably the case. I hope you will try it anyway, it is beautiful.
Rubj is one of the few jasmine-heavy perfumes that I love — beautiful and very, very sensual. Your review has got me wondering if there’s anything left in my sample vial. Probably not, but I’ll go searching through my samples pile anyway!
I hope you still find a drop, Suzanne! 🙂
All three sound beautiful! I love that each has a distinct identity, and that you find yourself in all of them. That’s what I like best about perfume—it’s ability to take us somewhere, let us be something new, or amplify a way that we feel.
Vero Profumo has been on my radar for a while, though I still haven’t sampled them. In my brain they sit in that zone labeled “hope I don’t fall in love with…” LOL.
They are so concentrated, a tiny drop goes very far, so for people like us with more than two scents in rotation, a sample goes a long way, so it surely is worth trying them, there is a lot of time before the question of a bottle comes up. You are getting a bit of Onda soon, so no need to get that one.
Like Vanessa, I’m very glad The Candy Perfume Boy pointed out these are available at Harrods, good news! Also great to hear that they are so long-lasting as well as unique and obviously high quality. Rubj sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks, yet again, for the heads up on this brand, B.
Roja Dove only carries the line for a few weeks now, I think the perfumes fit perfectly there – true luxury.
Orange and pink is one of my favorite color combinations! Maybe this means I am a “Rubj girl”, even though I do not think I am ever the life of the party. 🙂 I am looking forward to reading about Kiki, after two such good reviews of this and Onda. (Which, thanks to Undina’s generosity, I will be able to test soon!)
I’m surely not the life of the party either, but Rubj allows me to pretend. 🙂
After I tried Onda in both concentrations and Rubj EdP and none of them worked for me at all, I was very hesitant approaching Rubj Extrait de Parfum. But I just couldn’t not to finish what I had from the like (I didn’t get Kiki so this one stays unknown for me).
When I tried Rubj Extrait de Parfum I couldn’t believe how great it was on my skin. I loved it. It’s so good and so expensive… It’ll take me some time to negotiate with myself $195 for 7.5 ml and, unfortunately, unlike many other perfumes, this is the only form that works for me.
Did I tell you already that you wrote a beautiful review? No? I’m telling you now.
Thank you, Undina! 🙂
I’m glad Rubj works for you, the EdP is not so great for me either, but the extrait is heavenly.
With Kiki it is the other way around…
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Olfactoria: I just applied some of this on after reading your review (EDP) and all I can say is WOW! What a deep and luxurious perfume. I too get the “fuzzy” tuberose, the warm orange blossom and thick jasmine on a bed of sultry musk. When I first applied this, my first thought was a line from an old Patsy Cline song “You Belong to Me” where she says “…See the marketplace in old Algiers…bring me photographs and souvenirs….”. This IS the perfumed equivalent of North Africa, to me at least, and smells of some wondrous magical philtre one would find in a bazaar. .
I presented my wrist to my Mom while singing the above line (changing “see” to “smell”). Her eyes went wide, she smiled and said WOW! Rubj is truly amazing and even though I am a guy; I am SO wearing this, regardless of what anyone thinks!! Good is good….PERIOD! Thanks for reminding me I had this wonder in my collection! *Hugs*
Hey, John! I love that song! Do you remember it featured in Ally McBeal? I’m glad I inspired your choice of SotD. Rubj is a wonder, indeed. And I totally agree, good is good – and that has no gender.
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How can I get a sample to try the Rubj sounds wonderful
You can try First in Fragrance (www.ausliebezumduft.de), they carry the Vero Profumo line.
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Alright, I’m sold : )
Good decision, Caro. I don’t think you will be disappointed. 🙂
The fact that Vero herself seems such a charming person helps a lot.
I’ll see if I can “take advantage” of my friends traveling to Milan next month.
When I cannot sample a fragrance, I use your reviews as a guide. We are not exactly fragrance twins, more like fragrance sisters, but i always know what to expect from a perfume based on your reviews.
Have a beautiful weekend, dear.
That is a huge compliment, thank you, Caro!
Vero Kern is the nicest, warmest person ever, but even if she were the opposite, Rubj is gorgeous.
Lucky friends, going to Milan…
Even luckier: they’ll be showing their collection at the Milan Fashion Week.
I hope they have a few spare minutes to buy my Rubj extrait.
Oh wow, how exciting! I hope it’ll be a
big success for them!
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