Pekji Ruh Perfume Review

Pekji Ruh perfume

ROSE WEEK 2019  – A Coffee Rose 

It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 5 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.

Pekji is an indie brand of perfumes based in Istanbul that is now available in the U.S. I should probably start out this review with a disclaimer that the perfumer was a friend of mine before he launched his brand. It’s not uncommon that such a relatively small niche would bring people together and they’d become friends, right? I am throwing this out there because I try to be aware of my own biases in every aspect of my life. However, I want you all to know that if I didn’t like something, Ömer would be the first to know and I wouldn’t sugarcoat it. I want my friends to all experience success and happiness but I also don’t want them to fail. So, you better believe I’m going to be honest. But, here’s the deal, I haven’t had any conflicts because I genuinely love the line. In fact, I first tried Ruh in a “blind sniffing session” last year without knowing it was made by my friend. I was obsessed and wanted to know who made it. Even I was shocked when I found out because it was just so dang good…

The opening of Ruh is a fruity jasmine. It’s like overripe stone fruits and heady white florals. This plum-jasmine opening reminds me of something like Indult Isvaraya, one of my favorite jasmine-centric perfumes. As Ruh wears, it becomes a spiced rose with Turkish coffee. The rose in this is velvety, deep and soft. It’s not like I just smell it, but I can feel it. The green cardamom is absolutely stunning (and if you are one that loves that note as much as I do, you should try this). The saffron comes across almost like apricot fruit leather but also like a leather-leather (think like a black moto jacket). A velvety rose with a balsamic amber and India ink dominate the heart. The dry-down of Ruh is like an amber in a sauna. It’s warm and steamy with a hint of salty, warm skin. The rose, that stayed dedicated to the perfume throughout its wear, is jammy in comparison to what it was before. It’s a lovely addition to the salty-amber/ambergris.

When a perfume claims to have coffee, I usually avoid it. I have no desire to smell like coffee grounds. As I’ve said before in my review of Tom Ford Cafe Rose, a real rose oil, before it’s diluted to what we usually experience in perfumery, has pungent notes of roasted coffee. It makes sense to pair a rose with coffee. In the case of Ruh, it goes beyond sense. The interaction of the white florals, coffee, rose and cardamom makes for a rose perfume that goes beyond the cliches. It’s a full-bodied rose where the additional notes don’t come across as fillers but instead, like a composition. As I’ve mentioned before, I was friends with Ömer before he launched the brand. We would joke about “bullshit roses”, the sort of roses that existed in every luxury collection but offered us nothing new. Ruh is not a bullshit rose. It’s a thoughtful rose, just like a perfume should be.

Kate Moss with coffee

Notes listed include saffron, rose, cardamom, jasmine, coffee, oud, musk, amber and woods. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Ömer Ipekçi

Give Ruh a try if you like spiced or leathery roses. Or perfumes like Indult Isvaraya, Tom Ford Cafe Rose, Aftelier Rose Anonyme and/or Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin.

Projection and longevity are average.

The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $140 at Luckyscent and Pekji Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase. The brand also offers a discovery set.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONTurkish coffee and roses. This is one of the few rose-centric perfumes that I would recommend to both those that are rose obsessed (like me) and those that loathe rose.

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9 thoughts on “Pekji Ruh Perfume Review

  1. Very intriguing! The idea of rose, cardamon, and saffron is very new to me. Now I have a new sample to add the the cart.

    1. And it all works so well together! Like it’s a combo I didn’t know that I needed until I tried it.

      Sort of off subject, but today I was thinking about how I want a licorice-rose and how badly I hope someone is making that.

  2. I have Cafe Rose and do enjoy it very much. But this sounds very good. Love saffron and cardamom. Also LOVE Turkish coffee. And it isn’t 100mls!!! Must add to the try list. The price point is very reasonable. What others of the brand do you suggest?

    1. I like Cafe Rose but the price has deterred me (as it does with most TFs).

      All of them? Lol. I need to spend some more time with them. I genuinely like them all but what I wear is always the most boring. I love EauMer, the “aquatic” which is a niche take on the genre and smells like the sea. Zeybek is an herbaceous hay and a must try for those that like lavender (especially stuff like SL Gris Clair). Battaniye is an earthy, charred amber…it’s how I imagine lava smelling. Hopefully I will have reviews up sooner than later. I am so behind because of the ongoing sinus infections, etc. I have tried some great things lately and really should share!

  3. This perfume sounds incredible. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices (both scent taste) and I love a cardamom + rose combination. I will have to order a sample asap!

    Thank you for this thoughtful review. It’s thorough and evocative and clear you put a lot of thought and care into it. As someone who loves perfume but is far less knowledgeable about them than you are, I really appreciate the time you put into crafting your reviews. I feel like I can imagine the progression of this perfume really well from what you wrote, and I have a powerful need!

    1. I am surprised that there isn’t more noticeable green cardamom in perfumery. Are we the only folks that like it?! Because I find that so hard to believe. I live for the stuff in both flavors and fragrances.

      Thank you so much. Life has been wild (in a good way) lately and I feel so out of the loop, exhausted, etc. I have been really “lazy” with the blog for the past few months but still love talking about scents. It takes time so I often wonder why I bother. The answer is because I genuinely enjoy smelling things! Thank you so much for reading and discussing this stuff with me 🙂

  4. This sounds really good! How cool for you to like it in a blind sniff and then find out your friend created it. I was just recently eyeing the discovery set on Luckyscent, but it is currently sold out. I should probably just order it from the brand directly. I’m supposed to not buy any bottles until my birthday in April, but I’m still allowing myself occasional samples and discovery sets. Glad to see your reviews again!

    1. Right? I had to know what this new perfume was…ends up I already “knew”. I could see you liking Ruh. There’s probably another one or two you’d like too. There’s a lavender one that I’m so surprised that I enjoy wearing.

      If you buy from the brand in the U.S., it ships from Washington state. (It won’t ship from Turkey so you should get it fast!).

      April will be here soon! I have been a wreck with buying lately. I have had a few good years of low-buying. But, since the beginning of the year, I’ve been buying stuff (samples and bottles). I think it’s partially to motivate me to write again (it has). But, also I am “feeling” perfume again and frankly I’m bored with everything that I own right now. I just want some new stuff. Discovery sets are the best for when I’m feeling like this. It gives me new things without making me commit to a full-size purchase.

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