Intriguing swirling opening of pissy grapefruit with blackcurrent and hypnotic C&S 88 rose and sandal. There’s a hint of something here that the nose interprets as poisonous (like bitter almond odours), which is quite addictive. Settles into a patchoulied sweetwood in the mid phase with a hint of grape soda hanging over it. The deep drydown is mainly a sweet sandal. What disappoints ultimately is the muddiness of this creation (bar the top) that slathers all the fine ingredients that Xerjoff claims to be using. Sniff the drydown of Richwood blind and you’d be hard pressed to associate it with a brand that represents the ultimate in nicheosity.
Xerjoff Richwood is about sandalwood... complex, beautiful and sophisticated sandalwood
The opening is an aperitif of bergamot, grapefruit and mandarin designed to open your appetite for the main course... a rich sandalwood that comes accompanied by rose and iris . This union of wood and, perfectly balanced contrasting floras, takes you deep into a sun-warmed, dew drenched forest.
Richwood never gets to be distasteful on your palate. A creamy deep patchouli third serving settles the main course, making sure indigestion does not make it into the menu. It is in this marriage of Sandalwood and patchouli where Richwood stays the longest, comforting you for hours until, very slowly, labdanum and vanilla fade those two notes into the background.
I sampled it at Harrods, London and I was immediately transported to Hampstead woods. I bought the full bottle without hesitation. Richwood is a luxurious, indulgent and sophisticated experience, a beautiful piece of perfumery with Excellent longevity, projection and sillage
Very good! But this fragrance initially is identical to MFK Lumiere noire pour homme. This is now a mainstay in my collection.
26th February, 2013 (last edited: 11th April, 2013)
OK, yes, I know, please don't point out this fragrance's pyramid to me again. I am well aware of my olfactory shortcomings. I smell what I smell.
This is a sweet cooking spice oriental which would be all too straight down the middle of Broadway and supremely unexceptional but is redeemed by an oud-like something which colors the whole affair with a little mystery and edge and gives it interest it wouldn't otherwise have. That said, it's still a little too "bandaid" for my tastes. Smells artfully put together. But a cooking spice oriental with oud-like pretensions? So not my kind of thing. Magic carpet riders only. Don't forget your turban.....or your money purse.
Another "no, no, no" for the guys at Xerjoff. As many of their other deliveries, Richwood is well crafted with top-quality ingredients but fails to coalesce into an outstanding fragrance due to the strong deja-vu vibe I get throughout its evolution.
A rose/patchouli fragrance laying on a solid sandalwood/iris base that smells rich (maybe too much) and will appeal to anyone who like to ostentate and show off. Strongly perfumey. Stereotyped luxury.
Perfect for anyone attending a charity event in a stretch limo.