There are 8 reviews of Shooting Stars: Kobe.
Kobe, like many of the scents from Xerjoff's Shooting Stars series, is technically excellent, but ultimately quite dull.
It starts up with a scripted neroli, but one that has more heft behind it from the labdanum which institutes an oily quality to what is ordinarily a thin note. There's some rosewood here for soapiness, and the oud hovers tranquilly to make space for the brighter notes to perform. I pick up some stray roses that perhaps feel a little misplaced and a peppery note that adds noise, but aside from that, the whole thing comes off as a greener, woodier version of every other white floral from Mugler Cologne to Neroli Portofino, only with evidently better materials and a meticulous blend.
Aside from authentically replicating the headspace of a citrus grove, the scent does little to grab your attention—it's just sort of "there." Bogue Profumo's astounding Eau d'E manages to pull off a similar effect but it does so without cliche or predictability by contrasting bitter notes with a tasteful cypress accord. As far as summer scents go, Kobe does everything it sets out to accomplish well: it's bright and fresh, smells highly naturalistic, and lasts a decent amount of time due to the resinous / musky base that scaffolds the top/mids in place. But ultimately, it's a bit of a bore.
Pros: Beautifully blended using excellent materials, and kept afloat by a clever combination of musk and resins.
Cons: It's not doing anything special."
Warm but cooling, light but heavy. Smells like woods. Not forest green woods, but burning campfire woods. Citrus smells like sweet candy. Reminds me of the gummy orange candies shaped like an orange. Finally I smell the Tonka bean and amber. The fragrance is blended so smoothly, yet you can certainly pick out the individual dominant notes. Very classy. A fragrance you wear to make a statement. For the price, it certainly should...
Pros: Excellent longevity, Dynamic, Unique
Cons: Versatility, Price
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