Roja Dove is having a sale and, since we were talking just yesterday about super-luxury fragrances and their prices, it seemed like a serendipitous time to mention it, particularly as the news appears to be less widely known than I had thought.
The sale is at the Roja Dove Outlet Store, covers select fragrances and candles, and shipping is available almost worldwide. The sale originally began about 7 or 8 days ago, then suddenly the site went offline a very short time later. It came back again yesterday, Thursday, and things are selling quickly. A few fragrances have already sold-out, mostly the handful of Pour Homme parfums that had been listed. For example, I think I recall Danger Pour Homme when I first looked at the page last week, and the Fetish Pour Homme seems to have sold out between the time I went to the vet this morning and now. Now, mostly the Femme and soliflore Extraits remain.
Some of the fragrances still available are:
- Fetish, Danger, Enslaved, and Risqué Pour Femme
- Unspoken, Innuendo, and Mischief Pour Femme
- Amber, Vetiver, Lilac, Neroli, Lily, Bergamot and Gardenia Extraits
Prices have really been slashed across the board, and are lower still if you opt for an unboxed item rather than boxed. For example, a 50 ml unboxed bottle of Danger Pour Femme is £40 instead of the regular retail price of £225 (for a bottle with the box). An unboxed bottle of Vetiver Extrait is £75 instead of £275 (boxed). Fragrances with boxes are a bit higher, like £95 for a boxed Lilac or Gardenia Extrait instead of £75 unboxed.
Quantities vary, ranging from 3 for Fetish Pour Femme to more than 20 for many of the extraits.
I had planned to buy the Lilac Extrait. I ended up deciding against the Amber Extrait after a quick re-test confirmed my issue with the clanging aromachemical part that had bothered me back when I reviewed it. But I was dead certain about the Lilac, and was pondering the Risqué.
Then, I saw the shipping costs, and I changed my mind about placing any order whatsoever. It’s £60 to the U.S., a price that is higher than some of the fragrances and comes to a bit over $90!! I have some weird issues about shipping and even moderate $10 amounts can occasionally trigger my cheapskate side, but $90 was at a whole new level for me. I literally reeled back upon seeing it. No, no way in hell will I ever pay that amount for mere shipping.
However, if you’re going to place a large order, it might be worth it for some American readers, and definitely for European readers who face a substantially lower price. It’s £10 within the U.K., or £15 to many parts of Europe (France, Italy, the Netherlands, or Spain). Alas, if you don’t live in Europe, you’re rather in the same boat as I am. Shipping is £60 to Canada, £65 to parts of Asia, and £80 to parts of South America.
One thing I want to draw your attention to is the notice on the site’s main page:
These are discontinued or end of line products at greatly reduced prices. All boxed products come uncellophaned and are sold as described.
Due to the high volume of orders, all orders will be processed within 2 working days (excluding weekends). You will then receive a further email giving you your tracking details and your expected delivery time. Please be aware all orders are only delivered to your billing address and may take between 5 and 7 working days, all deliveries will need to be signed for. [Emphasis in bolding added by me.]
I honestly don’t know if the first paragraph means that Roja Dove is planning on discontinuing all of these fragrances. I have difficulty imagining that he’d completely withdraw such popular scents as Danger and Fetish Pour Homme, or Vetiver Extrait. On the other hand, I’ve been told that a few of them haven’t sold so well, like the Lily Extrait for example. Having tried it, I can see why. I was not a fan at all, and found it smelt cheap with excessive white musk that made me think of hairspray.
[UPDATE: I was just informed that Roja Dove is discontinuing the ENTIRE line of soliflore Extraits (Vetiver, Amber, Lilac, etc.). He is also discontinuing the Femme versions of Fetish, Mischief, and Unspoken.]
If you are contemplating some of the fragrances on that list, this might be your last chance to get it if discontinuation lies in its future. If you can’t make up your mind between items, I’ve reviewed a few of the fragrances that are still available:
I haven’t covered the Vetiver, but I’ve tried it and it’s a very good representation of the genre. Very nice indeed. The Lily Extrait, though… Bah.
So, go, check out the sale, and maybe the slashed prices will end up compensating for the shipping costs. Have a lovely weekend.