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Shooting Stars: Kobe (2009)
by Xerjoff


Shooting Stars: Kobe information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 42 votes)

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PerfumerJacques Flori

About Shooting Stars: Kobe

Shooting Stars: Kobe is a masculine fragrance by Xerjoff. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Flori

Shooting Stars: Kobe fragrance notes

Reviews of Shooting Stars: Kobe

A fine offering based on a neroli and petitgrain pairing, crisp and lucid. Whereas when the focus is firmly on neroli it can get a bit high-pitched and shrill, petitgrain brings a range of citrusy, woody and faintly green tones, providing body without compromising on the freshness. Of course there is discreet support from citruses and balmy resins in the background, and a bit of tonka softness in the drydown.
An elegant, sprightly thing, but the fact remains that, despite its excellent longevity, olfactorily this is in cologne territory. Xerjoff’s pricing is not.
20th August, 2014
Wow....This opens with a spectacular gorgeous neroli note that is citrus fresh and a little bit creamy.

After a while it gets a little sweeter with a vanilla like smell. Eventually this develops into a cookie dough like smell within the main neroli accord. It does seem a little out of place but the scent is so beautiful it hardly matters.

As time moves forward the scent also develops a woody aroma within the blend.

To sum up a breathtaking neroli fragrance that gets sweeter and a little woodier as time progresses. A must try fragrance!

03rd June, 2014
Kobe seems to be based on a very traditional citrus Eau formula (imagine ADP Colonia or Eau de Hadrien) of bergamot, citrus, and herbs over orange flowers and petitgrain. Personally, I like Kobe less than many of its brethren, largely because it focuses so heavily on the petitgrain. Petitgrain is a really rough smell, scratchy and standoffish, and Kobe fixes this by immersing it in powdery soap at first, and eventually in marshmallowy vanilla. Kobe also features the floral mix of orange blossom and neroli more than the citrus itself - it's odd, I usually like a good orange floral, but the upfront petitgrain makes the flowers kind of oily and waxy, so I'm just not enjoying this.

I don't have the heart to give Kobe a thumbs down - aside from the stupid marshmallow smell at the end, it doesn't really do anything terrible, but I just don't like it. I'll happily stick to CDG's Citrico, which is my go-to Eau...
04th May, 2014
A technically excellent, but ultimately standard white floral.

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."

11th September, 2013
FISS80 Show all reviews
United States
Classy, dynamic citrus

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

25th May, 2013
This fragrance smells like a wooden box with aged orange peels on the inside. It's a very beautiful citrus fragrance that can be enjoyed in any season. 8.5 out of 10.
04th May, 2013

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