Xerjoff - XJ XXY
I get a nice citrus and floral opening. Perfect balance. The topnotes are very strong.
Overall, fantastic lasting power and sillage. Like the other Xerjoffs, very high quality.
The perfumes have a brightness that I havent smelled before in other designer and niche fragrances.
The price is quite insane but they manage to stand out in a certain way.
The opening made me wonder why this is called unisex. I was expecting a huge floral drydown. After a short time, I was surprised to smell a prominent patchouli note that seemed to appear out of nowhere. Together with the patchouli, I also got a nice woody note. The fragrance was getting some masculinity.
Now at this stage I thought I was becoming crazy. I swear I could smell lInstant de Guerlain Extreme EDP
from somewhere, but that was impossible since I was at home and my family wasnt wearing any perfume. It took only a short time to realize that it was me. The patchouli, citrus and floral combination gave me a big lIDGE EDP vibe, and I was 100% sure I could detect a cocoa / chocolate note. I checked luckyscent before I applied it and I didnt say anything about cocoa or chocolate notes.http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...ff/XJ_XXY.html
XJ XXY Notes
Bergamot, peach, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, black pepper, patchouli
If I am correct, the other reviews havent mentioned a cocoa note but Im not sure since I try to avoid reading reviews before I test anything. The reason for this is that I dont want to be influenced. I want my take on it, starting from a blank page.
So I was doubting my nose at this point and still the +/- 70% similarity with lIDGE EDP was undeniable for me. Before writing this review, I checked the official Xerjoff site and to my huge surprise, they are talking about a chocolatey patchouli. So I guess I can trust my nose, lol!http://www.xerjoff.com/XJxxy.php
XXY reminds us that perfume, as is true of any art, is also an occasion for delight. XXY's beauty is joyful--one whiff of this extravagant, fruity potion and your mouth widens into a smile. Beyond the tart bergamot and juicy peach of its opening is a summer's garden of jasmine, iris, and ylang ylang given an edge by pepper. Chocolatey patchouli, sweet sandalwood, and vanilla anchor the composition, making it irresistibly delicious. Can happiness be bottled? XXY says yes.
The chocolatey stage is for a short period of time and very faint. Plus it is only detectable in the sillage, I couldnt detect it when smelling my arm up close. In the drydown, the patchouli and woods fade away and the fragrance morphs into a very floral and sweet concoction. Similar to the topnotes but without the citrus and quite some sweetness. Overall, I detect jasmine and ylang ylang as the florals. This fragrance is quite complex though. Would I pay $670 for a 100ml? No chance in hell.
I have to admit that it was a lot of fun to test out, so I want to thank cairomerta for the samples!