WHAT I SMELL: APEX opens with a combination of muted bergamot and citrus…it’s fresh and not sweet and it’s as if it’s wrapped in a pineapple and amber cocoon of warmth. After this wonderful introduction, this masculine leaning perfume moves quickly to the sensual with a mix of amber tinged green notes. There’s no way to distinguish one note from another and instead the perfume invokes more of a sense of feeling and being. The greenish amber feels secure and with the addition of some incense creates for a sensation of being centered and right with the world. As APEX settles further, you are met with a vetivered sandalwood as the perfume becomes ever so slightly soapy. But in the end, APEX is less about the notes and instead is like an aura that surrounds you with a warmed leather-lite amber that seems to mix with your own persona to create a one-of-a kind perfume that’s just for you.
From the Roja Parfums website:
“Harnessing the infinite power of nature, Apex connects us to Earth and its spiritual energies, unleashing instincts and abilities that lay dormant within each of us. Grounded in inspiration from the world’s Apex animals, this creation was designed to unearth your connection to nature’s most powerful creatures, pushing you to challenge your limits and open your eyes to new opportunities. Only when we embrace our connection to nature and our innermost instincts can we reach the Apex of our potential, becoming the best version of ourselves.” – Roja Dove.
Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Orange
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Cistus, Pineapple
Base Notes: Galbanum, Elemi, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Rum, Tobacco, Cypress, Fir Balsam, Juniper Berry, Casmir Wood, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Amber, Frankincense, Labdanum, Leather, Ambergris, Musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: meditation
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE APEX: contented, introspective, confident
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT APEX: I Fragrance, CaFleureBon, Fashion for Lunch
BOTTOM LINE: APEX is gorgeous with a small application which makes it beautifully warm and masculine in a very personal way. However, too much of a good thing is really true here. With a heavy hand, APEX can take the meditative to a sledgehammered scream.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Chypre
- Nose: Roja Dove
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: $345 for 100 ml eau de parfum
Review based on the eau de parfum version. Also available in parfum extrait.