What a rare feat is this. An encapsulated Mediterranean orchard, complete with sunlight - something that I thought would never be possible, seems to have been bottled by Xerjoff. In my holy grail search for a citrus based fragrance that would last longer than my ability to hold my breath underwater, with a projection that would extend beyond my noggin, Neo seems to be that rare thing, a multi-season citrus based gem. Dries down to a beautiful mixture of neroli and woods. You will have to mortgage your soul to purchase this, but you will smell great when you have to go down there!
It seemed appropriate to try Nio as my first Xerjoff, as Nio is one of the more hyped warm-weather high-end niche fragrances that repeatedly shows up in reviewers' top lists, though the hype makes an objective review more difficult with the expectations unavoidably higher, especially given the price ($260 for 50ml, $490 for 100ml).
Two common core top notes, bergamot and neroli, provide for one of the more intense openings I've experienced, but as it dries down and the spiciness comes out via the pink pepper and cardamom, I cannot help but detect a synthetic peach vibe. I'm not sure what creates this sweetness, but it probably takes the peachiness from a certain combination of non-peach notes like Hermes' Un Jardin en Méditerranée. This is, to me, what holds this fragrance from being truly great, and instead is simply good, to my nose, but I would say that this warrants smelling, probably by both men and women.
7 out of 10
bright citrusy opening but the drydown is utterly plasticky and soapy!
Opinion: I could not ask for a better way to end with Xerjoff Spring/Summer fragrances. Oh my, Nio is absolutely amazing!!!! This is THE best citrusy based fragrance I´ve ever come across! I´ve never smelled such quality citrus before! Nio is a refreshing, clean, sparkling, ultra-quality citrusy, green, woody, slighty spicy, floral (get some vibe, also) fragrance! This composition is a must, incredibly well blended.
Better than Kobe, in my opinion, this is absolutely lovely, classy, very refined scent. The opening is breathtaking, giving the most natural citrusy scent I´ve ever smelled. Very fresh, the development is to die for, also. The woods here are simply amazing and give an excellent balance to the composition. Got compliments, again.
Performance, as it seems to be usual with Xerjoff, is very good for a citrusy based fragrance.
Type/Gender: Masculine/Unisex (?)
I´d say this is toward the unisex territory, even if it´s labelled as a masculine scent.
Season and Purpose: Once again, Summer and Spring, also for hot Fall days. Suitable for work, formal, special occasions and upper class events.
Achilles heel: Price.
- Longevity: 13-14h
- Sillage: Moderate to heavy
- Projection: 4-5h
--- Overall: 8.76
Would I buy it? Yes!!!
Pricey, no doubt, (~$250) for 50 ml, but this fragrance is incredible!!!
A great fragrance to wear to bed - because it will send you to sleep instantly. It's SO, SO boring and in no way, shape or form deserving of such a ridiculous price tag. This belongs on a high street self next to AdG and the like.
My God, i'm so bored.