WHAT I SMELL: Dõjima has a soft and subtle opening which quickly gives rise to a warm and milky rice and a nutty amber. The perfume is quiet and contained and it seems to possess a zen like reverence. While the miky rice note remains as it develops, the amber takes on more a floral hue. And the florals seem to float above the milkiness as if they are dancing lightly atop a ripple on a quiet pond. The remaining nutty amber seems to flicker in and out which makes the perfume lightly gourmand with hints of green tea. Dõjima is slow to transform, but being true to the serenity of the fragrance, its gentle unfolding is like a quiet journey for the soul.
From the Mona di Orio website:
The name derives from the Dōjima Rice Exchange founded by Samurai in 1697 in Osaka, Japan. Let us travel back to this moment in time, have the beauty and serenity of a single rice grain work as your seductive armor.
Dõjima turns to powder as it combines with the warmth of the skin and a cloud of rice powder surrounded by jasmin and orris radiates through the day. The soft texture of rice is lifted by a warm powdered amber speckled with dry spices and woods on a creamy musk base.
Rice Accord, nutmeg absolue, ambrette, jasmin, orris, clary sage absolute, labdanum CO2, sandalwood and precious musks.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Lotus flowers scattered amongst the rice fields.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE DÕJIMA: quiet, serene, balanced
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT DÕJIMA: CaFleureBon, Colognoisseur
BOTTOM LINE: I am a big fan of perfumer Fredrik Dalman, his Mona di Orio debut Bohea Boheme was one of my picks for new releases of last year. Like Bohea Boheme, Dõjima quietly unfolds the mysteries of the east. There is nothing brash, nor hard about this gem, but like a jewel, its beauty sparkles with a reverent dignity.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Fredrik Dalman
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $200 for 75 ml eau de parfum
October 9, 2017 at 6:20 am
Yay, new review by Houndie!
What more would you tell about the rice note? I once tried a perfume with rice note and it smelled terribly on me, simply like a rice cooker with overboiled rice. Is rice here more cosmetic? Or is it straightforward rice?
I have mixed feelings… I definitely want to sample Suede de Suede that launched at the same time.
October 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm
The rice note here is a little like rice pudding topped with nutmeg. The difference here is that the perfume isn’t thick like rice pudding. It really is pretty. I liked Suede de Suede this is much more to my liking.
October 10, 2017 at 2:23 am
Sounds more bearable to me. Gotta try Suede de Suede
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October 9, 2017 at 7:26 am
Very nice write up.
I enjoy the house of Mona , so I will have to sample.
Thank you for your reviews.
Have the best of week ahead.
October 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Thanks so much. I hope you have a chance to check it out. I love these perfumes that are really solemn and reflective.
October 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Dõjima in your interpretation sounds promising, and since I haven’t tried any of this perfumer’s creations, I’ll give this one a try when I get a chance. The original MdO’s line wasn’t much to my liking (not counting Vanille that I love) but since they so relatively slow releases I’m open to trying more.
October 18, 2017 at 11:39 am
Undina – I find that Fredrik’s creations are very quite and thoughtful which is a new approach to the line. I can’t wait to see what creations they launch moving down the line.
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