WHAT I SMELL: Rubikona seems to glide on the skin with a warm, mysterious mandarin and a rather buttery grapefruit which is quickly met with the most creamy layer of florals that seems to pour out from an ancient vessel. Intermixed, the florals seem to weave in and out, highlighted between a muted combination of rose and ylang-ylang. The creaminess is incredibly unique and it makes you wish you could bathe in its silky beauty. As the perfume continues to develop, a thin veneer of cloves begins to hover below the florals. The cloves add just the right amount of mystery as the perfume begins to warm the creamy florals while it greets the addition of an unsweetened vanilla and tart patchouli. Even though the perfume moves to this new stage in development, it continues to retain it’s creaminess as the perfume really begins to radiate. Here, Rubikona will put anyone under her spell who falls in her wake as the perfume swirls and dives as it comes off of the skin. As the perfume continues to develop, the creaminess begins to dissipate and the woody and slightly soured patchouli begins to intensify. In the end, Rubikona radiates a soft, yet powerful aura of exotic mystery. Rubikona is boldly beautiful and quietly commanding.
From the Puredistance website:
RU BI KO NA … Four distinct sounds that together form their own small symphony. Much like a perfectly cut RUBY that fascinates by the various shades of red and intensities of light. Puredistance Rubikona is a deep, warming perfume with a gracious, warm heart – safely embedded in deep blue satin. Elegance in every vein, in line with the sophisticated character of Puredistance. Rubikona is ‘Chic Inside Out’.
Top Notes – Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin.
Middle Notes – Rose, Iris, Ylang, Clove, Orange blossom, Creamy notes.
Base Notes – Patchouli, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Solar notes, Musk.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The red temptress.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RUBIKONA: creamy, exotic, enticing
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT RUBIKONA: PerfumManiac, The Fragrant Journey, CaFleureBon
BOTTOM LINE: Rubikona is an exotic beauty with a creamy heart that is beyond gorgeous. I would say that the perfume is not oriented to being an everyday perfume, but instead should be released to entice during those evenings on the town…or maybe just when you’re trying to weave a spell on that special someone in your life.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental
- Nose: Cecile Zarokian
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: Starting at 175 Euros for 17ml parfum extrait (28% perfume oil).
August 17, 2021 at 6:29 am
I’ve been wanting to try Rubikona and I certainly will try it now! Sounds really beautiful. The only thing that gives me some pause is the patchouli note at the end. If it’s too prominent might be an issue for me, but I won’t know until I try it, will I? I have some small decants of other Puredistance fragrances and they are all so well done. Excellent review as always!! I love the painting.
August 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm
Hola Ricky. The patchouli is not overpowering in the least. It’s just a little sour and woody, but by no means funky. But yes, always good to sample first!
August 21, 2021 at 12:48 pm
I’m definitely sampling it. Got some samples on the way.
August 21, 2021 at 1:05 pm
August 29, 2021 at 3:03 am
Rubikona is very beautiful. Not counting Antonia, if I had to choose just one other Puredistance perfume for me to wear, I would have had hard time choosing between White, Gold and Rubikona. I’m glad I don’t have to choose.
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August 29, 2021 at 6:58 am
I think that White will end up under the Xmas tree for me this year. There is no question that it is still my favorite after all these years.
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