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    I don't know though. I think Xerjoff's attempts at being ultra-luxe are cheesier, and more poorly realized, than even Clive Christian.
    Any counterpoint opinions out there or am I really to believe that every Xerjoff scent is basically 'best of category?"
    edit: The XJ and shooting stars colletions' bottles are ok. Those Casamorati bottles are horrible, though.
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    Hi Sculpture. I would like to send you out a sample set if you would like to try the line and really see the quality in them. PM me your address and I will get it out Monday. I would like to see your impressions.
    Sooooo, the way to score samples is to trash the bottles? NO PROB!... Those bottles are hideous! (now can I have a IRISSS sample please? I am dying to try that one... and have already set up a savings account for it.)

    ----------Edit after comment below----------meant this to be humorous. Was not trying to "score samples." in fact, I have no interest in reviewing samples for this thread/group as I do not have the experience to give a comprehensive review.
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    No that is not the way to score samples. You simply had to PM me as I made it available for the first 5 men and first 5 women who did. I have known sculpture for a while and he is well respected basenoter so I sent him samples to judge on the scents and not a bottle. I hope this helps.
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    http://www.fashionandbeauty.ro/beaut...in_Elysee.html

    I found this article which may be of interest to you guys.I also learnt today that each of the bottles of The Shooting Stars collection contains a piece of meteorite in it ! Nice pictures too. I translated it from romanian to english and I hope this cames out as such when you click on the link above.
    **No - it's still in romanian .I think you can get Google to translate it into english . If not ,you can go to the source on Octavian Coifan's website and then click the link ,translate it to english from there. This is the link to Octavian's site - go to the little article re. Xerjoff - double click on the word ' FB'.
    http://octaviancoifan.blogspot.com/2...1_archive.html

    So now to my remaining two perfumes to try from The Shooting Stars Collection.

    After this I will be sampling the two new perfumes from the Casamorati 1888 Vintage Collection.

    Ibitira EDP. For Women. Sampled twice. Floral. Iris dominant. Notes of Bulgarian roses, Florentine Iris, cedar wood, vanilla bourbon ,Haitian vetiver.
    IRIS!!!!! On application ,this opens up a beautiful cool,dominant iris ( very little rose wafting too ) - clear ,cool crisp iris note warmed up ,given more dimension with a little vanilla . The perfect notes of vetiver and cedar keeps this a green flower, maybe 'a little' powdery as it drys down but mostly it retains is cool wet green iris character throughout . Very nearly an iris soliflore. A different perfume from IRISSs though both are Iris . The iris in this is closer to Prada's Infusion d'Iris . This is clearly an iris fragrance of excellent quality. Soft, pulsating iris perfume,melds with your skin. Ther is no harshness to this. A soft iris pillow . Oh YUM !
    LOVE this ! Iris lovers out there- this is one to try.

    Lua EDP. For Women .Gourmand -floral-oriental . Sampled twice. Notes of bergamot,Bulgarian rose, Florentine iris, rose pepper, vanilla.
    A burst of bergamot freshness to start ,then quickly becomes richer ,sweeter with the rose-iris combo though neither of those floral notes stand out alone , I can smell the dash of rose pepper in it. All the while the vanilla is there keeping it sweet too.The only note that stands alone in this is the inital bergamot which does seems to remain throughout in the background ,stopping this fragrance from getting rich and sweet.
    Opulent, sexy ,rich in smell, tenacious .There must be some woody amber in here too for depth .
    Very nice - would suit those who love sweet orientals .
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    The final two for me to write about, are the two new fragrances from the Casamorati 1888 Vintage Collection.

    Fiero .For men. EDP. Spicy Citrus. Sampled twice. Notes of citrus,italian fruits, aromatic herbs,woods. The Xerjoff site doesn't list more than this.
    The opening citrus is tart yet rounded because I think I am getting some of the aromatic herbs in the opening- I am guessing a touch of anise, maybe sage or clary sage,maybe a little basil or tarragon, a little lavender too. This gives it an extra dimension.This stays mostly a smooth citrus scent, very sauve with little hints of fruit ( maybe fig or pomegranate ?? ) and herbs ,a little wood at the drydown-Very elegant, very understated class. As has been said before , Xerjoff citrus lasts right to the drydown .

    You know- the imagery with this ..........is a man in a very well cut italian suit,standing by a 6 star hotel bar with a cognac in his hand . You just whisper in his ear and you get a whiff of his very elegant expensive scent. This is it. ( Maybe James Bond in Casino Royale ! ) I would say it would be very inviting to smell on a man . Though, women if you like your citrus , this is good too !
    Citrus ,herby tangy delight with the sophisticated element thrown in.
    ** I may dare to say this is almost a chypre for men.

    Bouquet Ideale. For Women. EDP. Sampled twice. Gourmand floral . Notes of powdery cashmere accord ,vanilla,Papirus. These are the notes given on the website.
    Straightaway ,it's vanilla and that cashmerey accord - warm , slightly smokey,slight spicy, sweet. It's quite a dense fragrance in scent. I get what seems like powdery woody vanilla . It's not a 'dessert vanilla' but rich,round and sweet . There is a cinnamon note that I get as the perfume progresses- I don't know if it's in the perfume but I definitely get cinnamon .I also wonder if there is rose and iris in here too which would add to the slight sweet floral powder .
    A delicious liquid - delectably rich in depth .
    Sweet vanilla spice and smoke mixed with wood and cashmere. Strong but soft too . Somehow, Xerjoffs manage to pull back ,in the nick of time, from being overbearing. Lovely ! I can imagine wearing this in winter or in the evenings .Cosy but sophisticated too .

    And here ends my wonderful sniffing adventure with Xerjoff. I have enjoyed this olfactory adventure. I have discovered so much and learnt a great deal. My many thanks to Sergio Momo and Cairomerta for giving me a wonderful opening to the 'Xerjoff Scent World. '

    My favorites are many but the stand outs -for me - are :

    Homme, XXY, IRISSs,Modoc,Dhofar, Kobe,Oesel

    Actiasluna- I'll be mailing this to you by the end of this week at the very latest. Enjoy ! I did !
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    I want to thank Cairomerta for his generous offer, especially after my rather rude (and definitely premature) attack of the house. I try to remain objective when I test anything, whether it be a cheap designer like my SotD Versace Pour Homme (which I absolutely love), or the ultra-expensive scents such as Amouage Dia Man (which I think is, objectively, a high quality scent, but it does absolutely nothing for me) or the By Kilians (tried STH and CI and find both to be, despite their high % of naturals, overwhelmed by the synthetic base notes and wildly out of balance.)

    Anyhow, I apologize for my rude comments above. Truth be told I don't find most of the bottles nearly as bad as I did before - did they get new pictures and ad copy? Actually, I quite like a number of the bottles. I look forward to testing their contents.

    I just want to say now, upfront, that if I do end up disliking or criticizing any of the scents, it does not detract an ounce of gratitude I have to Cairomerta for extending the offer. Gratitude though, does not exempt me from my responsibility to report my impressions as truthfully and accurately as possible.
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    SOS- I hope you enjoy them as much as I have done. They really are quite wonderful . Of course it is only right to review honestly, no matter what. I did not dislike a single one however. C'est la vie !

    Gratitude did not make me love these scents. My nose did. Even if it is not an expert nose.

    I guess to conclude I should say ,it is my opinion that :

    The scents are first rate quality. That is consistent.
    The citrus lasts to dry down .That is consistent too .
    The scents are quite tenacious .
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    Hi Mysticknot,

    I hope that my last post didn't give the impression that I thought you were being untruthful with your reviews, or anything of the sort. I was just engaging in a long-winded, self-directed soliloquy. Sometimes I just like to ramble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Hi Mysticknot,

    I hope that my last post didn't give the impression that I thought you were being untruthful with your reviews, or anything of the sort. I was just engaging in a long-winded, self-directed soliloquy. Sometimes I just like to ramble.
    SOS - not at all. No offence taken ! I am not an expert but I try my best to describe what I smell.

    I have also been aware that people may not take my reviews too seriously because I was given the whole set of samples ,so I must give good reviews. No ,I like to do things fair and square so each fragrance got two samplings - sometimes three . I sniffed and re sniffed.
    Honestly, I always expect not to like something - because you can't like or love everything.I ,myself ,am surprised I have not found a single one I disliked.
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    I'm hoping that Cairo sent some of the women's scents along. My g/f is a new and budding perfumista (she's always liked scents but I've pushed her to the dark side! ) and she tends to be more brutal than I on scents. She's not interested in breaking them down into notes and things like that but takes a much more holistic and emotional approach. She also has the best associations, such as: Grain De Plaisir (under the cap) smells like crayons, the opening of M. Micallef Aoud smells like yeasty beer while White Sea's opening smells like 'nail polish remover' (wish she wouldn't have said that as now I pick up on that!) , Les Nez Let Me Play the Lion smells like the inside of the closet she had while growing up, etc.

    I'll include her opinions too. They are a nice and more direct take on things than my approach.

    Anyhow, I'm not sure I want to enjoy them as much as you have, Mysticknot. I'm still craving a number of Amouage scents that I can't afford... throw Xerjoff into the mix and I'll be living on ramen noodles for the next few years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I'm hoping that Cairo sent some of the women's scents along. My g/f is a new and budding perfumista (she's always liked scents but I've pushed her to the dark side! ) and she tends to be more brutal than I on scents. She's not interested in breaking them down into notes and things like that but takes a much more holistic and emotional approach. She also has the best associations, such as: Grain De Plaisir (under the cap) smells like crayons, the opening of M. Micallef Aoud smells like yeasty beer while White Sea's opening smells like 'nail polish remover' (wish she wouldn't have said that as now I pick up on that!) , Les Nez Let Me Play the Lion smells like the inside of the closet she had while growing up, etc.

    I'll include her opinions too. They are a nice and more direct take on things than my approach.

    Anyhow, I'm not sure I want to enjoy them as much as you have, Mysticknot. I'm still craving a number of Amouage scents that I can't afford... throw Xerjoff into the mix and I'll be living on ramen noodles for the next few years!
    I'm sure cairomerta will send you LOTS of samples including the women's scents. Believe me - I LOVE several and I have a wishlist as long as my arm for other scents too. Will have to start selling my jewelry at this rate..............or start a burger stand around the corner here.

    For Iris - IRISSs is to die for .
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I want to thank Cairomerta for his generous offer, especially after my rather rude (and definitely premature) attack of the house. I try to remain objective when I test anything, whether it be a cheap designer like my SotD Versace Pour Homme (which I absolutely love), or the ultra-expensive scents such as Amouage Dia Man (which I think is, objectively, a high quality scent, but it does absolutely nothing for me) or the By Kilians (tried STH and CI and find both to be, despite their high % of naturals, overwhelmed by the synthetic base notes and wildly out of balance.)

    Anyhow, I apologize for my rude comments above. Truth be told I don't find most of the bottles nearly as bad as I did before - did they get new pictures and ad copy? Actually, I quite like a number of the bottles. I look forward to testing their contents.

    I just want to say now, upfront, that if I do end up disliking or criticizing any of the scents, it does not detract an ounce of gratitude I have to Cairomerta for extending the offer. Gratitude though, does not exempt me from my responsibility to report my impressions as truthfully and accurately as possible.
    No problem Sculpture! I appreciate your comments and no apologies needed. It is easy sometimes to look at things that are priced a certain way and automatically think that something may be fishy about the line, and I am guilty of that too. But this is the first line I have ever smelled that really made me say "this is worth every penny." This line to me, has a "holy grail" scent for everyone, in my opinion. Well balanced, unique, tenacious and daring in some of the approaches. Mystic has an honest and beautiful approach to describe scents so I am really verified in my feeling for the line. Now I dont think everyone will love every one of the scents like me and mystic do but I know everyone will find one that they just love but will also see the quality in each ingredient in each scent. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cairomerta View Post
    But this is the first line I have ever smelled that really made me say "this is worth every penny." This line to me, has a "holy grail" scent for everyone, in my opinion. Well balanced, unique, tenacious and daring in some of the approaches.
    Cairomerta- thanks very much for the kind comments.

    You describe the whole line well indeed with those words !
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    I popped the full set of samples in the mail now to actiasluna . Knit_at_nite has also received a sample set from cairomerta -so we have lots of great reviews to read soon.
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    Cairomerta sent me a set of 10 ladies fragrances -- 5 Shooting Stars, 3 out of 17/17 line and 2 Casamorati. I tried not to read your reviews to keep the independence of opinions, but tested two of them already -- Elle (17/17) -- a fruity floriental with a very nice opening and middle parts and Fiore d'Ulivo (Casamorati) -- L'Artisan-esque but better, drooling already and more to come.

    The next person after me -- to test this set of 10 samples -- will be ComDiva (but she does not know about it yet) and Evangeline (I think she was hoping to be next after us, or were you not? :-) ).

    Edit: Sorry, E., I have misspelled your name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Cairomerta sent me a set of 10 ladies fragrances -- 5 Shooting Stars, 3 out of 17/17 line and 2 Casamorati. I tried not to read your reviews to keep the independence of opinions, but tested two of them already -- Elle (17/17) -- a fruity floriental with a very nice opening and middle parts and Fiore d'Ulivo (Casamorati) -- L'Artisan-esque but better, drooling already and more to come.

    The next person after me -- to test this set of 10 samples -- will be ComDiva (but she does not know about it yet) and Evangline (I think she was hoping to be next after us, or were you not? :-) ).
    Goody ! Can't wait for more impressions from everyone .
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    Just some pics to feast on while sampling. Click on pics to open a link and click again for beautiful high resolution pics.












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    How hard it is to be objective and honest when you know it is well beyond your means? Or, better, badly beyond your means.

    Shooting Stars today. The rest -- tomorrow.

    Ibitira -- exceptional and holy matrimony of grown up and sad irises with crisp and juicy pink roses. The fragrance that was missing on the market and in history, in general. Smooth composition, languid, lasts good 7-8 hours on me. A bit of non-sweet citruces in the beginning but with woody undertones nevertheless. Addictive base of cedar and vetiver. Morphing, constantly changing, dynamic scent. 5*****.

    Shingl -- aromatic, semi-oriental herbal-floral with soft and cuddly drydown. Davana and basil (unusual, right?) notes give it depth and interesting dimension in the beginning while aniseed -- different from that in Lolita Lempicka, less sweet -- keeps the whole composition grounded and rounded. The usual, predictable middle. Tasty and somewhat mossy-woody drydown with soft patchouli, sweet vetiver and slightly bitter rhum. Not very original except that green-maroon start. Lasting power -- 4 to 5 hours. (For the similar feel, but better longevity and more pronounced woody-mossy ending, try Aubusson Histoire d'Amour). 3***.

    Lua -- floriental, smelling of sweet nothings. Iris--rose--pink peppercorns--vanilla. Slightly citrucy, even less green at the beginning -- like many representatives of this genre. Summery and light. Sort of SL Chergui meets Nina Ricci Coeur Joie -- both do absolutely nothing for me, generic, regrettably forgettable. 2**.


    Esquel -- fougere for women (halleluja, somebody somewhere has heard our prayers!) -- starts with a sharp, green and citrucy note that reminds me of a Dragon, skin shining in the sun, fires coming out of the mouth, ready for action. The citrus is vibrating and promising (lemon-orange), just like the reptile's tongues. Then lavender and pepper emerge to last only about 2 hours. After that the whole fragrance turns into a tad spicy green powder with shades of burnt incense, so reminiscent of sweet chalk, or Necco candy coming in a roll and tasting like chalk anyway. What happened to the Dragon I do not know -- I guess he ran away as scared by the lavender. The whole scent can be described as "distant". No comparison to Jicky, nonono. The very distant relative might be Joubert Blue Waltz. 2**.

    Dhajala -- semi-oriental with an unusual galbanum start and resinous, incensy vanillic drydown. You found and quietly love Hermes Ambre Narguile. You have also tried and liked their Vetiver Tonka, but both seem too weak and not worth $250 per bottle. You regret the fact that Escada has discontinued Escada Collection which was too sweet for your absolute and undeniable liking. Look no further, Dhajala is godsent for you. In a blind test I would have said "Parfumerie Generale" for the tactful and delicate treatment of amber-woody notes in the drydown. Very smooth, languorous even, like liquid metal. And now ready? All that on a green melancholic background of leaves and herbs. Outstandingly good. 4****.

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    Has anyone who has tried Fiore d'Ulivo also tried Francis Kurkdjian's Cologne Acqua Universalis? I find them to share a number of similarities (ok, very similar, in fact), with FdU being everso slightly rounder and smoother and with the synthetic soapy laundry musk (cashmeran + a light lemon musk note?) toned down. In other words, I find it to be higher quality than Acqua Universalis, and seemingly just as versatile, although slightly more feminine. Even so, I'd think a man could wear it easily.

    More detailed thoughts after I give it a full wearing.
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    SOS and Twolf- thanks for the great reviews. I enjoyed reading them . I did love Ibitira and Dhajala.
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    Great reviews twolf! That's what I like about fragrances so much. There is something out there for everyone. It is so personal as to what someone really enjoys. I look forward to the rest of your reviews tomorrow.
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    Gosh Twolf - you have a way of making even the ones you don't rank highly sound interesting enough to seek out! Excellent reviews - very clear, very thoughtful, no bs. I'm also very eager to read your impressions of the others.
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    Thank YOU, guys, for listening. Very often I read many reviews here in the forums and in the Directory and still am puzzled as to what the fragrances smell like, so I am trying to answer this question, first and foremost.

    I am also wondering who were the other 4 women and 5 men who got samples from cairomerta? And why are they not writing anything? And if the leftover samples have been spoken about -- since they were free, it is only fair that the sample recipients should do something to pay back for cairomerta's enthusiasm and efforts, as well as spreading the buzz, he is trying to make it his business. Please?

    Casamorati today. My understanding is that XerJoff found the older fragrances, sniffed them, fell in love and decided to relaunch them using modern ingredients and available technologies, trying to recreate the original formulas. My both samples carry the name Casamorati (since 1888) on top and XerJoff on the bottom, they also show that these are in Eau de Parfum strengths.

    Fiore d'Ulivo -- floral Eau de Cologne despite the words on the packaging, in the most traditional style (which is far from being too exciting!) -- simple, natural, summery, optimistic, makes one feel clean, cool and refreshed -- that's what the whole genre is about -- and with the mostly traditional components used:
    -- citrus (lemon, lime);
    -- florals (jasmine, magnolia, lotus and olive blossom);
    -- amber, woods, musk.
    Hold your horses, though. I am not a fan of Eaux -- you have tried one, you have tried them all -- but Creed, Guerlain, Chanel and even Mr.SL now can't all be wrong, 4711 still sells well in Germany, and Colognes are being enjoyed more than ever these days, especially during the dog days of summer. Fiore d'Ulivo has phenomenal tenacity and ultimate projection, very well structured and is certainly pleasant overall. The citruses are light, bright, sun-drenched, and not so very green (no sharpness, bite or zing), the florals are aquatic, transparent but linguering. Olive blossom is a totally different story, as a note it begs for wider use in perfumery (I thought), I recall it as an element of older classic Guerlains, however they pair it with brusque bergamot, perky petitgrain and green verbena. Here olive blossom is persistent -- somewhat sweet, smells slightly oily but more on a herbal side, a bit peachy-honeyed even. Upon settling it shows different tonality: gentle but never soapy base -- a tad of amber, a bit of cedarwood, a smidgen of musk -- still optimistic, citrucy and sweet. Not very unique, but BEST among the equals. 4****+.

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    Wow - four stars is quite wonderful! I was hoping you'd have something good to say about Fiore d'Ulivo as that's the one I've been most hopeful about. The best among the olive blossoms is something I need to smell!

    Thanks Twolf!

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    Got my samples from Mysticknot the other day and am waiting for my sinuses to give over before testing 'em. (with pollen counts high, I may have to just go for it.)... so you'll be hearing from me on the scents in the next few! ... and I have another tester waiting for me to pass them on to them. So just hold on, the reviews are coming! <smiles>
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    Bouquet Ideale -- oriental-woody. Once again, it is not my style and I do not want to smell like this on a regular basis, but I would like to keep some of it on hand when everybody is done and there are some leftovers erm... left over.
    If you are looking for a gentle, romantic and delicate fragrance -- steer clear, please. I was thinking about this fragrance for three days and I still fail to find exact words to describe it. In any relationship winks, smiles and foreplays are important. In Bouquet they are non-existant. Animalic lust of musk and intolerably beautiful femininity of vanilla keep me sniffing my wrist. My sample box smells of it and I suspect, will be smelling of it long after I send it on to another person, so if we are speaking about longevity -- it is days, not hours (wet chores included).
    It starts with a sharp and tart woody note I first thought was a combination of pomegranate and cedar, tantalizingly delectable and statement making in its unpleasantness. On second application, I got a different aspect of that wood -- more acidic than cedar, without dryness and pencil shavings, still thick and heavy to a degree -- and upon reading the notes I figured out it is what they call "papyrus"; and a different aspect of fruit -- it is still red, but now I was thinking more of cranberries covered in confectioners' sugar from lilamand.com (I will check the name of the Website and edit my message, if need be), powdery and light. With this contrast, the florals come into the foreground -- where Ms.MK feels rose and iris, I smell jasmine, honeysuckle, magnolia and maybe, some sort of spicy rose (saffron? ginger? allspice?), all surrounded by a cloud of vanilla. The floral components are not pushy, they are assigned supporting positions, but they are not making the fragrance go sideways into the totally floral territory. neither are the spices -- they are there, but their purpose is to introduce vanilla. Now, how much vanilla and what type? It is lightweight and almost edible, but it does not go gourmand, like in Hanae Mori or Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum. It is not straightforward and broody like Profumum likes them. It acquires incensy and somewhat smokey undertone in the process of wear, but never goes dark or overbearing (like in Shalimar). Instead, it is now that musk and mellow soft cashmeran joins it -- and many of you know that I do not "do" musks -- and together they penetrate every pore of the skin and every cell of my brain, leaving me mesmerized and craving for more.
    Bouquet Ideale is constantly changing, never screaming and saying volumes. Sweet dirty bits.
    4****+ again.

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    XerJoff 17/17 today, the sample says they are in parfum/high concentration (75% volume) and the cardboard they are attached to contains the description of the fragrances in both English and Russian, both with spelling errors.

    Irisss -- good quality iris on the base of benzoin and frankincense, quite simple and cozy. There is nothing really much to say about this, there are green irises, musky and rooty irises, sweet and luminous irises, gourmand powdery irises, citrucy irises and many more varieties on the market, only the lazy one have not come up with some sort of irises in the recent 7-8 years. I like irises in general and can find creamier, woodier, warmer/cooler irises -- depending on the mood -- elsewhere. 2**

    XXY -- the description says it is woody and ambery and I do not find it very accurate: it is more of a floriental with fruity accents to my nose. Peach, sweet synthetic patchouli, ylang-ylang, other flowers, vetiver, a bit of amber. It is contemporary in execution and relatively pleasant overall. It dries down to sweet dry woods with vanillic undertones. The whole fragrance seems lacking both shape and depth, can be used as an accord to build other frangrances upon. 3***.

    Elle -- once again, I politely disagree with its description as "floral", it is a perfect example of a fruity floral fragrance, because fruit and not flowers play the decisive role in Elle's perception. Simple composition again, berries -- jasmine -- musk with sparks of leather-patchouli and benzoin-opoponax (tonkiphora balm). My favorite part of it is its opening, and I wrote "berries" because of its fruity essence, but in fact it is more than one note and find it rather delectable. The closest it comes to is quince jam -- google "quince" if you do not know your aiwa -- producing the same effect as Garcon Manque by Des Filles a la Vanille. For another delightful -- and cheap! -- fragrance with quince, please PM me. 3***-.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post

    I am also wondering who were the other 4 women and 5 men who got samples from cairomerta? And why are they not writing anything? And if the leftover samples have been spoken about -- since they were free, it is only fair that the sample recipients should do something to pay back for cairomerta's enthusiasm and efforts, as well as spreading the buzz, he is trying to make it his business. Please?
    First of all I'm loving your reviews!! Keep 'em going
    I'm one of the guys cairomerta sent samples to, but unfortunately I live in Qatar and it usually takes a reasonably long time for things to arrive here, but once the samples come, I'll post my thoughts ASAP!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    XerJoff 17/17 today, the sample says they are in parfum/high concentration (75% volume) and the cardboard they are attached to contains the description of the fragrances in both English and Russian, both with spelling errors.
    Yikes - nothing gets by Wolfie!

    Your description has me practically drooling over Bouquet Ideale, yet I'm strangely intimidated at the same time. But that sounds like a vanilla that even I can find attractive. Elle sounds good to me also - again, your way of describing fragrances makes me keenly interested to sniff even the ones you don't particularly care for.

    I'm enjoying this immensely - that's all of them though, right?

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    Good point, scent, and salam and shukram.

    Yes, Ms.E., this was all, all ten of them. I wrote to ComDiva a week ago -- she is a long-standing BNer and it was her Wardrobe where I saw the first mentioning of XerJoff, so I thought she might want to sniff them all now that we have a chance (once in a lifetime chance, perhaps?) -- but I have not heard from her yet. People from Boston MA and surrounding area, please call her and tell her there is PM waiting for her, if you would kindly?

    Thank you cairomerta for making it possible. You guys please leave him positive iTrader feedback once you receive his samples, it is a request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Good point, scent, and salam and shukram.

    Yes, Ms.E., this was all, all ten of them. I wrote to ComDiva a week ago -- she is a long-standing BNer and it was her Wardrobe where I saw the first mentioning of XerJoff, so I thought she might want to sniff them all now that we have a chance (once in a lifetime chance, perhaps?) -- but I have not heard from her yet. People from Boston MA and surrounding area, please call her and tell her there is PM waiting for her, if you would kindly?

    Thank you cairomerta for making it possible. You guys please leave him positive iTrader feedback once you receive his samples, it is a request.
    Thank you so much Twolf! I really appreciate your words as well as your reviews. The female forum is full of such eloquent women I must say. The reviews here have such passion and are such a joy to read! I look forward to everyone reviews!

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