The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

A Goodnight Kiss by Roja Parfums



WHAT I SMELL:  A Goodnight Kiss opens with a rush of aldehydes and a light powder which is like a quick wisp of a makeup brush.  The opening is then quickly met with a lightly burnt floral which reminds me a bit of hairspray and of Lanvin Arpege which makes the perfume feel modernly old-fashioned and very familiar.  A few minutes into the wear, the perfume becomes large and rather juicy, which is strange because there is nothing sweet nor fruity about the composition.  However, the perfume is bursting at the seams with incredible florals which seem to dance around a maypole each making their way to the center.  Most prevalent to me is the violet, but as soon as I say that the ylang, ylang comes into focus.  In all, the florals while large, never veer from being contained and they’re very controlled and pretty in slightly masculine way.  Soon enough a green powder comes into play, which takes the perfume back to the wisp of a makeup brush.  In all,  the perfume does feel like the many contents found on a vanity table.  Finally, the masculine and lightly spiced florals then turn towards soft and cloudy when the perfume relaxes into a haze of comfort.  A Goodnight Kiss is a perfume that is meant to leave a wake of a memory behind the wearer and it does so in the most beautiful of fashion.

From Roja Parfums:

Roja Dove owes his vocation to the kiss of a very special muse…“I remember vividly my mother coming to kiss me goodnight when I was  about 6 years old. She was on her way out to a cocktail party and dressed  in a gold lame dress, the light from the hallway illuminated her from behind, transforming her into an ethereal figure. It is an image that will always stay with me and the resonating smell of her face powder and perfume that lingered in the room once she had kissed me goodnight  marked the beginning of my love for perfume” – Roja Dove

A Goodnight Kiss is the celebration of how precious a small exchange of affection can be, and the lasting effect it can have upon us. In a world  where human contact is becoming increasingly digitised, the smallest  acts of physical interaction seem more meaningful than ever before.  The fragrant embodiment of humanity’s most intimate gesture — the soft, evanescent whisper of A Goodnight Kiss.

TOP NOTES: Aldehydes, Bergamot

HEART NOTES:  Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Carnation, May Flower, Violet

BASE NOTES:  Green Accord, Cedarwood, Clove, Spice Notes, Rice Powder

DEEP BASE: Orris, Leather, Musk

Mother kissing her daughter tonightWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Perfectly named; a tender and loving goodnight kiss from mother to child.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE A GOODNIGHT KISS:  memorable, comforting, thoughtful


BOTTOM LINE:  A Goodnight Kiss is a wonderful tribute to Roja Dove’s mother;  and what is even more lovely in this intimate creation is that others, like myself, will immediately recognize the familiar scents revolving around a bygone era when dressing up on a Saturday night for your mother meant wearing her finest topped off by a silken gloves.  To us, our mother’s were glamour embodied and A Goodnight Kiss captures this in the most magical of way.

  • Bone Rating:  4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Nose:  Roja Dove
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: $1,750 for 100 ml Parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

10 thoughts on “A Goodnight Kiss by Roja Parfums

  1. This is a very nice one, just one rung below and 50% less expensive than Roja’s own personal perfume (with! gold! flakes!). It really smelled like a fragrant vanity table plus the warmth of someone having just left the scene.

    I wish this and some of the others in the same haute perfumerie line (e.g. the newer version of Nuwa) are packaged in much smaller quantities.

    Great review!


  2. I was reading along thinking yes, yes, yes and then I came to the end and saw the price. Ouch. No, no, no.


  3. What a Lovely Gift created from a memory of his Mother, a wonderful tribute.

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  4. A high commendation, and I might have been tempted to sample had I not experienced a truly disturbing ride with Misia. My nose interpreted the make-up accord in that one as rancid, and I was reminded of a Demeter “Rice Paddy” that I sampled. Yep, fell for the ad copy and I thought for a few bucks so what? I have the feeling that the same stuff was used in both of these to produce a rice/rice powder accord that connotes old-school glamorous make-up to some. On me this accord is remniscent of Bette Davis in one of of her later roles and she’s rummaging around at her vanity and slapping stuff on while her Mexican maid is encouraging her to drink the horchata she is offering.


    • That visual is just too priceless. Thanks for the morning laugh. Ahhh, sorry that the makeup accord goes south on you…I don’t think rancid is what I would go for either! Although, I have to say the makeup accord in this is much more subtle than it is in Misia.


  5. Your review just reminded me that I wanted to try this one and have completely forgotten about it! I definitely need to reorganise my filing system… Anyway, seriously, this price is just over the top!!!


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