Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul
I've tried them both extensively and for me it's Amouage, no doubt. Xerjoff may actually use more natural citruses and such, and they do have a much more reserved feel and approach (Xerjoff is actually more like a higher quality Creed, while Amouage is far more opulent in style and also has a far more developed and cohesive style, including things such as concepts and back stories regarding scents, etc).
I found many of the Xerjoffs to be 'top loaded' - the openings and first hour smell great, but then a disappointingly synthetic or plain base would move to the forefront and while not terrible on its own, it seemed
even worse than it was because of the very nice openings. Amouage, as a whole, are far more consistent in the feel of their quality from opening to drydown, even though their openings are not usually as natural.
If I could only choose one.. oh boy, that's tough. I guess I'd have to say Reflection Man but I would really REALLY miss both Opus II and Lyric Man.
I do think Xerjoff have a few really good scents and that as a house they are worth checking out. But between the two, I'd choose Amouage, no contest.
Ahh you actually reminded of a few points I missed. Xerjoff is high quality, but high quality Vanilla/Citrus...etc, there's no big variation in these notes. Unlike, say, Rose, Amouage Taifi rose shadows your run of the mill fragrances rose notes. Also, Amouage are unique, many people claim they're middle eastern, but as for someone from the middle east, sure they have a middle eastern touch, and they're strong, unisex and non-conservative which is very middle eastern. But really, they're still far from anything western, middle eastern (traditional or contemporary) I've ever smelled, they're very unique without pretentiously trying to be so.