Applying Unspoken, I close my eyes, inhale deeply, and focus on the fragrance wafting up from my wrist. Before I can open my eyes again, an elegantly manicured hand has reached out and, grasping my wrist, transports me to a time when the Chypre was brand new. This Roja Dove creation may smell vintage, but it is not dated. This is not a scent that looks back, but forward. Potent waves of sweet fruit, then raspy ginger, hover over me, and I see the clean lines of a skyscraper reaching for the clouds; cool, smooth steel stretches towards heaven for the first, but not last, time. I look forward, from my suddenly well-coiffed self, and I know in my marrow that someday a woman will be president. That someday Woman will have the freedom to pursue and earn an education at any of the top universities, to achieve power, and to wield influence beyond the laundry room.
Unspoken takes me to a place of fierce determination, of hope, of elegance. It’s liquid strength for a woman making it in a man’s world.
It is Chypre.
£215 (that’s $337.597 USD at time of writing) for 100mL EDP at Roja Parfums.