Unspoken was part of the triology of scents Roja Dove launched in 2007. A floral (Scandal), an oriental (Enslaved) and a chypre (Unspoken). There are more perfumes in the line by now (Aoud, Diaghilev, Danger, Innuendo, Reckless, Dazed and Confused. Okay those last two are not real. But they would fit right in, wouldn’t they?).
There is an Eau de Parfum available as well as an extrait. Roja Dove himself told me he is called Parfumeur, not Eau de Parfumeur or Eau de Toilettier, so the only way to go is with the extrait. Who am I to contest that (for now), and so I went with the extrait. (Having smelled the EdP in the meantime, I’m glad I did, there is a big difference and the EdP just cannot compete with the power and glory of the extrait).
To take that issue out of the way right now – Roja Dove perfumes are expensive. For a (very generous, but still) 50ml bottle of extrait you pay 295£ in the UK. Shipping costs on the website are beyond ridiculous, since you pay 40£ to Europe and a whopping 70£ to the rest of the world. This bottle is apparently getting a seat on a commercial flight.
So horrific pricing aside, if you get a decant from a friendly fellow fumehead like I did, it is not so bad, and 10ml take you very far indeed.
Unspoken is stunning. Simple as that. It is a perfume uniting old and new, the long-forgotten and the modern, the classic and the adventurous, the stern and the pretty. Unspoken has a backbone of steel and the ethereal beauty of a delicate white flower.
That raw materials matter, is incredibly apparent in Unspoken, because this is surely the best jasmine I have ever smelled. It blows you away.*
I could harp on about its beauty and intelligence, its grandeur and scope, its down-to-earth, but-reaching-to-heaven duality, but Dee of Beauty on the Outside has already written an amazingly evocative piece and I’ll leave you with that and the advice to try Unspoken if you can.
It is worth it.
(It might be worth a lot, but 70£ for shipping – that is simply stupid.)
*I smelled a similarly good jasmine before – in the now discontinued Plus Que Jamais by Guerlain. That is a great thing in my opinion. PQJ lovers take note!