Since 1901, Bergdorf Goodman has been providing the utmost in quality, service and luxury to New York City on the corner of 5th Avenue and 58th Street. To celebrate this New York landmark, Master Perfumer Roja Dove was asked to create a perfume exclusively for Goodman’s the Bergdorf Goodman men’s store. Creating a perfume for such a legendary institution is no small feat. To meet the challenge, Roja Dove wanted to create a perfume, that in his words, captures the “special mix of sophistication, excitement and pure luxury” of this exclusive and iconic store.
WHAT I SMELL: Goodman’s opens with a rich and deep bergamot and cedar, quickly followed by a spiced mandarin. The cedar retreats quickly to make room for this incredible jasmine. It’s warm and lush and it feels like you’re walking (or should I say sinking in) on deep piled carpet. The florals are heady while still maintaining a masculine edge of rounded and achingly beautiful thickness. I love my florals and this bouquet meets all my standards of what a good floral mix should be comprised of; rounded, voluminous, mixed and blended to perfection so that you can’t see distinguish one floral note from another. There’s also a rather buttery tone that the florals rest on which after around 10 minutes lightens and retreats as do the heady aspects of the florals. This makes way for a more woody timbre with the vetiver taking center stage in concert with an herbal and slightly peppery finish. Soon enough, as if a fog has started to creep in, the frankincense starts to appear very lightly from below. What started off as full on traditional floral is now taking a more exotic turn as the frankincense then becomes front and center. The woody and dry patchouli mixed with the incense renders the fragrance to an almost powdery consistency. I am amazed by the fragrance’s transformation; it feels as if you are making the descent from a temperate and fertile elevation down to a more dramatically arid zone in the space of 30 minutes. Goodman’s then takes on a more sober and formal turn as the fragrance settles into quiet dignity with a warmish patchouli and vetiver with streams of incense weaving throughout. That, combined with just an ever so slight sweetness and a bite of civet, lets you know that although the perfume is dignified, there’s still a bit of mischief that abounds.
From the Bergdorf Goodman website:
A dynamic burst of Mandarin and Bergamot creates a fresh foil for a rich bouquet of Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Neroli, and May Flower, enlivened with Cinnamon Leaves, Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Coriander, warmed by Cedarwood, Patchouli, and Vetiver, nestling on a refined, sensual base of Frankincense, Castoreum, and Civet.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart Notes: Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Jasmine Sambac, Ylang Ylang, May Flower
Base Notes: Cinnamon Leaves, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Coriander, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Frankincense, Castoreum, Civet
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: An 18th century French royal carriage ride; leaving the majesty of Versailles to journey to the historically holy Avignon.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE GOODMAN’S: dignified, calm, self-assured
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOODMAN’S: I haven’t found any other reviews thus far.
BOTTOM LINE: If you look solely at the notes, the fragrance could read like many others as individual parts. However, like Bergdorf Goodman, Roja Dove has used the finest of materials to create this incredibly luxurious compliment to this grand institution of enduring style, refinement and quality. I have to admit that the floral aspects of the opening and of the heart blew me away and I wish the fragrance would have stayed there forever. Mr. Dove if you’re listening, maybe this could be the inspiration for a new exclusive Scented Hound perfume??!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: $545 for 50ml parfum, exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman via the website or by directly calling Roja Parfums Bergdorf Goodman Representative, Tom Crutchfield at 212-872-2768.
Sample courtesy of Tom Crutchfield, Roja Parfums.
September 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm
I am yet to find any of RD’s perfumes to love (I’ve tried just several on skin and smelled from the bottle several more) but they all impressed me as creations – so I’ll be testing any and all of them if I come across them in a store. But I promise that I’ll pay for a sample of Scented Hound perfume ; -)
September 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm
My first Roja Dove love is still Enslaved. It is a perfume that I LOVE, but it has to be worn at the right time and at the right place. When I do wear it I feel rather like Joan Collins circa 1985. As for a Scented Hound perfume… you will never have to pay for a sample from me my dear!
September 6, 2014 at 11:27 am
Now this is #luxury indeed…. Sounds absolutely lush and gorgeous. I know it will cost the same as a small estate in Newport so I will keep entering The Publisher’s Clearing House in hope to win enough to enter the world of Roja Dove and have the privilege of having my ashes scattered at Bergdorf Goodman.
September 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm
This perfume is perfect for such a debonair man like yourself. Let’s make a plan so that if one of us wins the Publisher’s Clearing House… we’ll buy the other a bottle 🙂
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September 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm
September 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm
Dear Houndie, Spurred on by your review, I stopped by Gentlemen’s Bergdorf and managed to charm my way into procuring a sample of this. On paper, this one smelled warm and spicy. Even though it veers masculine, it seems wearable for someone like me who prefers unisex to slightly feminine perfumes.
September 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm
My dear Hajusuuri – I have no doubt that you could have charmed them into giving you a full bottle 🙂 It could be worn by a woman without question. I think most of Roja’s perfumes can be worn by both sexes easily. So am I finally going to get to meet you next month at Sniffa? I hope so!
September 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm
I will be partying wildly (not!) in New Orleans all week and may be too exhausted to enjoy Day 1. I’m thinking about Day 2. Will you be there both days?
I actually have some Neiman/Bergdorf gift cards burning a hole in my pocket so a FB purchase of this won’t hurt as much 😉
September 7, 2014 at 6:39 am
Actually, I’ll only be there for day one. As for the gift cards, if you don’t use them, I’m sure I could find a way to 🙂
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