It seems as though, the tobacco/vanilla combination is just as prevalent as oud/rose. .Nah… There are a fair amount of tobacco and vanilla centered offerings on the market, but not many of them are worth the time. Enter Roja Dove Enigma (or Creation-E outside of the Eurozone) why yes, I’m still in the midst of my Roja Dove shuffle, Vetiver has since become my signature scent!
Enigma is that super-wealthy uncle, that still dresses and talks like he teleported out of the Roaring Twenties..
There are three main players in Enigma. Firstly, the cognac.. Upon first spray, there is a blast of boozyness, enough to induce a hangover or call for questioning, if one just so happen to get pulled over while wearing it. It smells of spilled liquor, expensive and top-shelf, not your corner bodega variety. The booze in this is, pure, dark and extremely realistic. One can almost taste the hints of vanilla and oak at the tip of their tongue. This whole journey through the cognac river of Enigma lasts a whole 15 minutes, booze lovers, sorry to take the piss out of your party so early, but it starts to sober up, but not fully come to its senses.
Playing second fiddle to cognac is tobacco, dry and freshly rolled. The boozy qualities are still there, but its joined by a prickly tobacco note; slightly ashy, but realistic. I think, just as the photo depicts, they play off of each other well. The after taste of a drag from a cigar, washed down by a swig of cognac. Which is funny how much I adore this combination, because I prefer neither in real-life.
Last, but not least, vanilla and ginger, neither of them are supporting casts, but they are acknowledged in the credits. The vanilla is swallowed by the cognac in the start, but its given more space to breath in the heart. It’s not as plastic-y as the vanilla in Tom For’d Tobacco Vanille, or as gourmand or spice-cabinet-vanilla-extrait as Guerlain’s Spiriteuse Double Vanilla.
All thanks to Roja for adding the ginger that keeps the vanilla at bay. I believe the menthol-y. freshness could only be attributed to this ginger note. The ginger provides a fresh undertone without being citrus-y or aquatic to the senses.
All in all, Enigma is a dandy one, an older gent always comes to mind, dress to the nines while enjoying his evening cigar and aged cognac. The eau de parfum version seems to sit close to my skin, but delivery whiffs 8+ hours in to let me know it’s still around. A booze and tobacco lovers dream!