Roxana Illuminated Perfume Chiaroscuro is a perfume based on contrasts. It’s an interpretation of olfactory “tonal” contrasts like that seen in visual art.
Note that this perfume is available in solid or liquid form. I have a photo of the solid perfume featured but I’m reviewing the liquid.
Chiaroscuro opens with a shocking amount of indoles. I put it on and the dogs start sniffing. It really caught their attention. The indoles become more subdued. There is a lemon verbena with fresh ginger now mixing with the indoles. This is the “light” in the fragrance. With wear, Chiaroscuro becomes darker. It’s an indolic jasmine with a rich, dusty oud. And it becomes even darker with time with an addition of an almost raw cocoa bean-patchouli. It’s a perfume of “highs” and “lows”.
Honestly, I was scared of Chiaroscuro at first. I felt it was too indolic for me (and this is coming from a person that loves LUSH Flying Fox shower gel). I’m happy I stuck with it. It turns into this ginger-oud and that is an unexpected combo. Now if you are worried about the no-holding-back indolic opening, try the solid perfume. It’s more “tame” but still captures the lightness/darkness of this fragrance.
Notes listed include jasmine sambac, lemon myrtle, citron, pepper, gingergrass, ginger, patchouli, spikenard and oud. Launched 2012. PERFUMER – Roxana Villa.
Give Chiaroscuro a try if you like skanky scents. Or if you like perfumes like Phoenicia RealOud, Aftelier Oud Luban, Ayala Moriel Song of Songs and/or DSH Perfumes Verveine. Chiaroscuro is unisex. It is an all-natural perfume and I do think with this one, because the notes are so “true”, that one should like natural jasmines, ouds, etc. to like this one.
I find projection and longevity average in the liquid form.
The solids retail from $30-$61 at Roxana Illuminated Perfumes.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Fresh ginger, jasmine and oud. If you like skanky scents and authentic oud, try this one. It’s a little “too much” for me but I can see it working on those that can pull off the dirty stuff.
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