eau de parfum
75 ml  2.5 fl.oz


Soft texture of rice powder is lifted by a warm powdered amber speckled with dry spices and woods on a creamy musk base.


NOTES: Rice Accord, nutmeg absolue, ambrette, jasmin, orris, clary sage absolute, labdanum CO2, sandalwood and precious musks.


The name derives from the Dōjima Rice Exchange founded by Samurai in 1697 in Osaka, Japan. Let us travel back to this moment in time, have the beauty and serenity of a single rice grain work as your seductive armor.

Dõjima turns to powder as it combines with the warmth of the skin and a cloud of rice powder surrounded by jasmin and orris radiates through the day. The soft texture of rice is lifted by a warm powdered amber speckled with dry spices and woods on a creamy musk base.

1 review for DOJIMA

  1. We passionate perfumistas consider Mona di Orio’s fragrances classics, and, for many of us – a sort of Gold Standard. We may forget that it is equally important to share the perfume’s sphere of influence with a larger public. Glorious perfume need not be a museum piece; it merits being enjoyed and applied by a public who may benefit from a better understanding of what they are experiencing, and a bit more knowledge surrounding their fragrances.

    Jeroen has been making on-site enlightenment his mission. In the new Amsterdam boutique, he hosts events where shoppers may sniff key materials vital to a perfume alongside the perfume itself; they are encouraged to step aside, be patient, have a glass of wine – and then discuss, evaluate, imagine. Smell the development upon their skin.

    He believes in risk-taking, not creative compromise. His goal: accessible beauty which is unlike the work of his contemporaries.

    I feel both grateful and privileged to have received hand-labeled samples of Suède de Suède and Dõjima a few days ago. I’ve long been an admirer of Mona Di Orio’s perfumes and have amassed nearly all of them over the years (when I confessed this to Jeroen recently, he was surprised). When Fredrik Dalman’s Bohea Bohème was released, I profess to blind purchasing it (sans sniff) because it sounded appealing and I was extremely curious. I was delighted when I smelt it (those among us who’ve practiced the ‘blind buy’ – whether occasionally or regularly – know how disappointing the results can be), and have eagerly anticipated what would follow on its heels…

    Being ever the nosy (sic) parker, I contacted Fredrik with a deluge of inquiries which he answered in such a spontaneously obliging and good-natured manner, bless him. I wanted to know how he constructed his suede accord (Clever, that: “Suede of Sweden” en français); his rice powder accord; what was the nature of his collaboration with Jeroen exactly – a brief? A concept shared? What?

    “Dear Ida,

    Wonderful to meet you. Oh, I’m excited as well; I’ve never been to Boston myself, but I’m happy that something of me now has at least, hah. Thank you so much, Bohea is packed with little surprises, many of which will take time to develop fully. I’m hoping that the fragrance will have some hidden olfactory paths for you yet to take. The scent of both suede and rice is really quite complex, and since the aim with these two new creations was to look to the future and provide a more focused experience for the wearer, it was really my quest and challenge to create a fragrance with a clear olfactory core. Keeping it comprehensive without losing the natural complexity of the source of inspiration. A really fun and interesting journey.”

    Fredrik’s thoughts about the creation of Suède de Suède: “Many people putting their nose in a pair of new suede gloves would just say “well it smells like suede”, well yes, you would be right, but what is it really suede smells like? Is there a natural fruity note in there? Yes. Is there a warm spicy background like in all products originating from animals? Yes. Is there a slightly powdery floral volume filling your nose? Well yes there is. How about aromatics? Hmm… well, yes. This goes on and on. One of favourite olfactory families to work with when doing suede or leather notes is saffron, it’s convenient because it’s a family containing scents that tick all of the boxes above. If you almost base your accord on molecules from this family and then push certain notes in these materials towards a more suede like appearance you’re on your way. One of the more important things to push would obviously be the animalic note, I’ve used rock hyrax or hyraceum in this case. Providing a very good and cruelty free replacement for the more traditional castoreum.”

    The composing of Dõjima: “Clary sage provides both a beautiful almost leafy aromatic note and great lift with its fruity apricot facets. Subtle hints of jasmine give volume. Oh, how the scent of cooked rice makes me feel good. It’s like a warm blanket around your nostrils. Something of warm milk, whiffs of jasmine, powdery orris, creamy woods, a speckle of dry spice. All this is a single little grain of rice, isn’t nature amazing. I’ve used a stunning quality of orris that is codistilled with cedar wood, merging the two in a true olfactory hallelujah moment, this provides heart to the rice note while also providing a bridge for the creamy Indian sandalwood in the base. I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some Nutmeg absolute. Much less of a top note then its corresponding oil, but it makes up for it in the heart where it provides sensational warmth. To further accentuate the milky note I’m using a combination of materials by my own design, but those have to remain a secret.”

    The creative collaboration: “Jeroen and I work in a creative symbiosis. We discuss a million ideas together every day, not only related to odour but to everything creative and inspirational, really. It’s in these discussions we tend to stumble over something we both find fascinating. In this case it ended up being suede and rice. Who knows what we’ll do next (well, I do, hah). I truly hope that you will enjoy these fragrances as much as I do. With all the very best, Fredrik”

    And so, on to the crux of the matter: the perfumes themselves.

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