Excelent, exotic, sultry and special. Spicy, but notntoo much. Mossy, ambery...a real beauty. Let's leave price aside, since it is a personal issue. It is an aroma of perfection, cozy and warm. The base is very similar to Amouage library collection Opus VI, at least to me. Maybe Amouge is a little richer.
X For Men by Clive Christian, 2001
Rated #1003 in Fragrances
Remarks about the high price apart, this fragrance smells not bad for sure turning out as a multifaceted and lush mossy-labdanum outcome with a plain spicy and hesperidic head and with blooming up woody and floral facets. The first blast is immediately sharp, astringent and dark by angular bergamot, cedar and dusty pepper. The latter chord is durable till when, receding the hesperidic sourness, a tasty and smokey cinnamon follows the pepper and embraces a grey-dark woodsy bottom of the forest. I smell an high quality oakmoss joined to musk and labdanum with hints of ambergris. The final smell is natural, virile, mossy and sophisticated by smoky and spicy nuances. The juice smells like a darker Battistoni Marte on my skin. A great fragrance at all.
cinnamon, amber, and oakmoss are the prevailing notes. The cinnamon is especially strong in the drydown. I enjoyed this scent a lot.
X for Men goes on with a splash of bergamot and orris before transitioning to an absolutely heavenly combination of cinnamon, pink pepper, jasmine and ginger with hints of cardamom, amber and vanilla. Primary base notes of oakmoss and cedar ground the slightly sweet but mainly spicy heart with just the right amount of woody and mildly mossy balance as they peep into the background early before growing in strength late. Projection and longevity are average to above average. X for Men is an absolutely incredible stunner of a scent from start to finish. The cinnamon, pepper, jasmine and ginger combination that is the primary accord at its heart is absolutely awe inspiring. It is perfectly balanced in its sweetness with the spice, and extremely easy for just about anyone (male or female) to feel super-confident wearing it. The woody/mossy base just compliments the spicy sweetness brilliantly and is the ideal foundation for the scent. As an aside, I was really hoping I could pan X for Men (the first scent I have smelled from the house) as I can't stand the overly ostentatious marketing Clive Christian employs, but I guess if you are going to rub your ridiculously lofty prices in people's faces you better darn well deliver the goods and at least with respect to X for Men, Clive Christian (and Geza Schoen) definitely do. This one is a masterpiece and easily is deserving of its 4.5+ star out of 5 rating (and just maybe even its relatively lofty price tag as well).
A mixture of pepper and sweet tonka with lots of bergamot makes this quite an oriental fragrance. A perfume that is intense, fairly sweet, but exceedingly well balanced and never cloying, although I tried it in cool weather. Yes, Opus 1870 may come to mind, but it is gentler and softer. A beautifully composed, albeit 'safe' scent that is on the exotic side. The exceedingly knowledgeable and - unlike the firm's PR - very unobtrusive CC rep at Fortum's pointed this one out to me - thanks!
I was testing the scents at Harvey Nichols amouages, kilians, creeds and even cdg's are better than this. Smells like an open perfume , and it's so expensiveeee. If don't have too much money, or if you're not a collector, you don't need to have this perfume. It is not unique as amouages or it is not smelling awesome like creeds. And it didn't last on top of my hand 1 hour, no longevity what so ever..
A nice fragrance, no question about it, but the extravagant price is not justified. There are many scents that are even better than this and cost 10-20 times less. In other words, not worthy. The perfume, just by itself, regardless of price I would give to it my thumbs up, but due to its price, it deserves a thumbs down, so in justice it gets a neutral from me.
I was expecting to see ZERO negatives for this fine parfum. Clive Christian X is INCREDIBLE. This is the first fragrance that I have ever rated 5 out of 5 Stars. It is a PERFECT 10. I am not going to bother with note breakdown.. but just know that X is grand. It is soooo well made.. has flawless balance.. and just smells of royalty. You will smell like a King if you wear this. This fragrance will accomplish far more than you just "smelling good". It will enhance your being. Clive Christian X is unique, has great sillage/projection/longevity, and should be the quality standard for all fragrances. Complex, rich, mysterious, aquatic.. this scent is simply sublime.
In a word, intoxicating, which is intended as a high compliment. The fragrance has a nice level of complexity that isn't as challenging as "C" (full disclosure, I own "C" and love it), and from start to finish, the transformation is very subtle, rich, and elegant. This exudes a level of confidence and warmth that would be best suited for more formal occasions or colder weather, as those conditions will allow this particular scent to fully open and blossom. This is not for those faint of heart or not committed to its luxury price point. Some will argue that this is far too expensive, though it's comparable to other pure perfumes. As for longevity, it will last well into and though the next into the next morning -- you'll be awakening to the smell of "X" on your pillow. If you needed to pick an elegant, tasteful, luxurious fragrance for a connoisseur, this would be high on my list. Someone suggested a comparison to Penhaligon Opus 1870, with which I struggle -- 1870 lacks the longevity and overall quality, and has no silage, while X is the polar opposite. I honestly prefer this to "C" and have no qualms about a strong recommendation.
I honestly don't get the hate-on this scent seems to evoke from people. Yes, the marketing is extremely tacky. Truth me told, I wanted to hate this stuff more than anything simply because of this "Most Expensive Perfume" business. However, I'm not here to rate pretentious advertising, the politics of designers and perfume houses, or anything other than the juice itself. That juice? Amazing. While I was unimpressed with Clive Christian's other offerings, "X" really hits a sweet spot for me. It's spicy, woodsy, warm but light and perhaps a bit greenish. It's not a scent that will knock someone off of their feet but has enough sillage to be noticed, and seems to garner compliments. Longetivity is good and lasts a workday or evening out, even in warm weather. Is "X" good for the ego? Yes, in the way that any scent one finds pleasurable is. I find it to inspire calm confidence- and not because of the money issue. It simply makes me feel content and relaxed and I enjoy catching whiffs of it now and again.
X For Men by Clive Christian, 2001
By: Clive Christian
|Notes||Cardamom Oil, Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Bay Cinnamon, Virginia Cedar, Tonka Bean.|
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