Danger – is this a dangerous perfume, you ask?
It is. Unfortunately not in smell, it is actually a cosy and comforting, soft, if tenacious, powdery floral-oriental that is a safe as they come.
The danger her lies in the potential damage to your finances and the insidious way the perfume circumvents rational thought and subliminally worms its way into your subconscious where it stays, like a parasite and influences you to part with your money, no questions asked.
“Rich soft oriental perfume. Fresh, sweet, warm, and sensual. Dare to seduce. A sensual bouquet of jasmine and violet on a base of orris.”
– from the press release
Danger was created by Roja Dove in 2011 and includes notes of jasmine, rose, violet and orris. My nose would like to add bergamot, vanilla, tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood and white musk to the floral bouquet.
I received a generous sample of Danger from my dear friend, who is known around the perfumed blogosphere as Lady Jane Grey. On a recent trip to London she fell for Danger hook, line and sinker and bought it – against her own and every Perfumista’s better judgement – right then and there. She came back to Vienna swooning and raving about the beauty of Danger that had captured her heart in an instant.
I cautiously sniffed, but since I was wearing something else at that time, I didn’t try it right away. After coming home from London (after!! so stupid!) I suddenly felt the urge to wear Danger. I seriously did not expect to be blown away, because somehow I thought it inferior to my favorite Roja Dove perfume Unspoken.
It is different, but inferior it is definitely not.
Danger starts to seduce you with a soft, but persistent cloud of beautifully blended florals introduced by a blink-and-you-miss-it fresh burst of bergamot. The florals are shifting in and out of focus: a powdery violet, not too sweet; a gourmand-y rose, soft pink and delicate; that wonderful jasmine Roja Dove uses that is both fresh and sweet, not too green, not too indolic, but just right; a softening veil of iris lies over the florals unifying them into something abstract and greater than the sum of its parts.
The base is a Guerlain-inspired vanilla-tonka mélange with hints of creamy sandalwood and a mere whiff of softened, chocolate-y patchouli.
I am reminded of Dior New Look 1947, Guerlain Angelique Noire, Reminiscence Mi Fá and By Kilian Love, as they all share the texture, not necessarily the smell and sweetness, of cotton candy. Danger has a beautiful sillage and lasts very well on me.
Danger is dangerous for your senses, it bewitches and distracts. It draws you in and holds you hostage. It has a hypnotic hold over whoever dares to wear it.
Come on, it seems to whisper, you know you want me. It is only money, you don’t need it, but you need me…
Go near Danger at your own peril.