Good job cairomerta. I will be continuing today !
Thread: Xerjoff Reviews Thread
Hey everyone. All who sent in requests for Xerjoff samples will be be receiving them in 2-3 days via USPS priority. All samples sent out today. Please enjoy and post reviews and discussions here on this thread. Mysticknot, who has already received the line, has begun posting reviews on the Female forum so I decided to copy her reviews over here and we can carry on in tandem. Thanks!
Reviews below are from Mysticknot (Hat tip ):
Casamorati 1888 Xerjoff Vintage Collection
Mefisto EDP - sampled twice . Oriental - notes of Italian bergamot,Grasse lavender,rose and iris. Really bright ,sparkling fresh opening with that bergamot and lavender and then melds into the rose and iris. Long lasting ,airy- bright but tenacious. QUALITY ingredients for sure . It's very well blended ,progresses smoothly . Classically elegant ...in a word .....class. unisex,suave, very slightly powdery .
Fiore d'Ulivo EDP- sampled twice. Citrus -notes of lotus and olive flowers,jasmine, magnolia.The sample card says 'fresh,light and citrus'.
This is indeed a ' magical springtime potion' - it opens up citrussy , clean . I smell the olive and the lotus flowers but the jasmine and magnolia seem to meld together on my skin. It has a 'soapy' character- very fresh . Definitely evokes italian spring flowers and sunshine. Exquisite.
Both the EDPs last 4- 6 hours on my scent eating skin . Mefisto is more complex to me. Both are kind of enigmatic , classy .
These are definitely wearable by both men and women .
XJ 17/17 Collection
IRISSs. Parfum Concentration. Sampled twice.Yes- it's spelled that way - not one of my usual spelling errors. It lives up to its name. Oh My - this is GORGEOUS iris. Notes of iris,carrot seeds,rose ,ylang,ylang, rare woods,resins, incenses and musks.This was created with one of the most exclusive varieties of iris butter - as is stated on the card.
People- if you love iris, you will adore this. On my skin, this is iris,iris, iris- it's beautiful. Almost a soliflore .Wonderfully iris and slightly carroty opening - I mean I swooned. The carrot aspect goes quickly and it becomes powdery ,then buttery ,deeper and deeper. it's magic. I love this one very much.
Elle. Parfum Concentration. Sampled twice.Floral- oriental, Wood, Amber. Notes of citrus accents, galbanum resin, orange blossom,iris, leather of birch,woods, pathcouli,amber,musk and tonkiphora balm .
On my skin, this opens sweet, almost gourmand in sweetness. Within a few minutes, it calms ,the sweetness pulls back a little and I get ambery deep,woods and musk.Quite mysterious, tenacious ,much' thicker' in nature compared to Irisss ,Mefisto and Fiore d'Ulivo which are more ethereal.
A sexy,earthy siren perfume ! Well blended .
XJ 17/17 - Homme . Parfum - highest concentration.Sampled on husband and sampled on myself. Leather-Wood .Notes of citrus,spices,cloves,lavender flowers,Lysilang,ylang ylang,leather, vetiver,woods.
OK- this is seriously sexy leather. It's immediate, strong, apparent .
The thought that comes to mind is a woodier ,less potent Onda by Vero Profumo. ( As much as I appreciate Onda as a quality perfume - I get TCP - in the UK - this is a strong, tenacious skin disinfectant. I apologise ! )
Onda I can't tolerate ( sorry ! ) but this is sexy - it never verges on the ' TCP' area ,but skims around it though staying quite tart - did I say that it's sexy ? Think -' strong gorgeous man on horseback' / or strong sexy woman on horseback ...... other imagery ... " sexy man / woman in spanky new Ferrari whith the best leather upholstery smell wafting ......"
On my husband it is manly, has that 'Grrrr' factor. *GRIN*
On me ,it's Marlene Dietrich I guess ! The vetiver I can smell and it just enhances this perfume. A+++ ! Strong, dynamic.
*Primrose- I think this is up your street ,lady !
Lysilang is robertet fraction of Ylang oil - searched for and taken from the Official Basenotes Xerjoff thread.
XJ 17/17 XXY. Parfum - highest concentration. Sampled,tested once this evening ,as a going out fragrance. Chypre- Oriental to me. Notes of black pepper,patchouli,bergamot,jasmine,amber,woods.
It has a delicious citrus opening ,almost savory ,bright ,alittle black pepper that comes in , the pepper gets stronger on me and stays ,swirled in with the pathcouli and jasmine . Lovely drydown - I get pepper, patchouli ,amber ,woods . Opens bright, turns down on volume ,still pulsates beautifully on my skin
Shooting Stars Collection EDP
Modoc. For men ( but really unisex I think ) EDP. Chypre . Tested on husband and tested on myself.Green ,floral ,amber,woody. Notes of Vetiver, butter of Florentine iris ( sounds yummy ) ,wood musk.
When I first applied this the vetiver and iris just pops out - it's deliriously good. The vetiver and iris are warmed ;rounded by the ambery woody musky notes. It goes on strong,spicey,smooth and distinctive -it stays like that with the vetiver being most prominent on me .
Equally good on my husband as on me. A rich perfume in notes and character. It's quite a 3 dimensional perfume - long lasting. There is a little sweetness- nothing heavy or gourmand - just 'wood sweet'.
Dimitri calls it 'captivating' and 'deliciously velvety' in his article and I have to agree.
Dhofar. For men. ( aw... c'mon- it's unisex ! ) EDP. Aromatic fougere ? Tested on myself. Notes of lavender, pine needles,Jatamansi ( muskroot ) ,orange flowers,carnation,amber, australian sandalwood, Ciste Labdanum .
( Dhofar is a region in south Oman ,next to Yemen. Frankincense is what it was known for )
Starts off really fresh and spicey on my skin - must be the pine needles and gradually the lavender takes over, the carnation is gorgeous and adds to the spicy kick,lovely labdanum. I swear I get cinnamon too !
This is a calming fragrance, a mind clearing, calming fragance with notes like lavender, jatamansi ( which is used for ayurveda to aid the mind and balance the body ) ..labdanum . Quite centering. I love it. Spiritual and evokes the exotic middle east. This is quite an interesting fragrance- soulful .A++++
Tobacco Oroville EDP.For men. Green floral ?? Sampled twice.Notes of roman chamomile,clary sage,orange flowers,italian neroli,carnation,tobacco leaves from Cuba, Mysore Sandalwood,galbanum,vanilla,amber, white musks. This opens up spicey ,herby on my skin - it's quite an unusual fragrance,strong at first. A lot of the spice is coming from the carnation I think - it's a lovely mix of herb and warm spice with the carnation kick. Quite complex,quite sexy I think .
** On the website ,this perfume is just called Oroville but on the sample and in the little description on the website - it is called Tobacco Oroville.
Uden EDP.For men. Sampled twice. Citrus ( on me ) . Notes of citrus, guaico wood,rum absolute,coffee, amber, vanilla. I love this one. It remains mostly citrus to me but it's the combination of citrus, vanilla and amber that appeals to me so much . I wonder if there is a little musk in this too. Quite beautiful . Fresh ,very wearable. As it dries down ,it reminds of the opening citrus of Nasomatto Silver Musk which I was crazy for at one time. Gets a little more woody as it progresses. Lovely ! Perfect lasting citrus ,woody, light musk .
Kobe EDP. For men. Sampled twice.Citrus- Oud- Wood. Notes of citrus,Italian neroli, petitgrain from Paraguay,rose woods, balsamic resins,Calabrese bergamot, Florida oranges.
This is one of my favorites and surprsingly it has Oud in it- not one of my liked notes ! Although the website says this is citrus, I would have to say it is more oriental on my skin . When I first apply this perfume, the petitgrain is amazing- I love petitgrain. Then it whoa ! 'what's that lovely smell now ?'....which turned out to be a smooth and soft but persistent Oud ! ( Not a big Montale Oud ) Beautiful, refined,broody even.
I even get a little incense. So it begins fresh and bright, progresses to Oud and becomes this warm ,soft and persistent fragrance. Alittle exotic ,very wearable again by both men and women .
Nio EDP.For men. Sampled twice.Herb-Grass-Citrus.Notes of citrus,neroli,Calabrian bergamot,spicey notes,cardomom,nutmeg,rose pepper,cedar,guiaco woods,haiti vetiver,Indian patchouli.
What I am noticing about the Xerjoff citrussy scents is that although these are 'light' in character ,they persist in strength which is a good thing . On applicaton , this is very aromatic grassy ,a little herby ,fresh . There is little, very little spice to this on my skin.The citrus never goes away and is joined by cedar. Like walking in the morning on fresh tall grass ,near lemon trees. Zesty !
Shingl EDP. Oriental. Notes of bergamot,basil, anise,iris,rum,vanilla,amber and musk. The only way I can describe how this perfume smells at first ,from the opening notes- is 'shiny' - it's a very shiny- ( like sun reflected off metal ) fragrance. The opening to me is herby bright and especially the anise strikes immediately .Then it becomes it's semi-sweet -almost fruity and the rum adds that bit of edge. Very tenacious with depth. So on me, it's rum-anise-amber-vanilla. A lovely fragrance which I think a man could pull off too . Very lasting - I can imagine two good sprays of this would be sufficient for quite some time! Anise + rum are the big players here - it's a good combination -a good cocktail !
I find it uplifting and fresh in some ways. You must like anise to love this- I do love anise.
Dhajala EDP. Floral Oriental. Notes of orange blossom,orange, galbanum,jasmine,rose pepper ,wood,Tonkiphora balsam,amber, Myroswelia Balsam .
( Both Tonkiphora Balsam and Myroswelia Balsam come from Robertet - a natural aroma / fragrance and flavor company,if I am right. )
***This fragrance has an appropriate name for the Shooting Stars collection because Dhajala in India is where pieces of a meteorite landed in 1976 !
This perfume opens big ,bold floral and some sweet orange on me,kept a little green with the galbanum.Then it calms down after a few minutes and the spicey notes pick up ,it gets smoother -hard for me to get the jasmine. The green remains in the background throughout this perfume. It's more woody incense as you go to the drydown. Lovely deep and broody,warm, slightly green drydown- like floral ,green/herbal forest-woody, incense in drydown. I like this very much . This is quite a bold fragrance.
This perfume progresses so the drydown is quite a contrast from the opening in many ways. I find the drydown extremely sniffable and addictive .
After sniffing and wondering - the drydown reminds me a little of Ormonde Jayne Woman ...or even Absinth by Nasomatto in some aspects.Mysterious,addictive, greenish incense magic elixir! ( I hope my sniffer is not going awry ! )
Last edited by cairomerta; 15th April 2010 at 10:22 PM.
Good job cairomerta. I will be continuing today !
Thank you cairomerta for your effort! And thanks to mysticknot for giving us these beautiful detailed descriptions! I'll be lucky if I get to describe them half as good as she did Can't wait to post my impressions!
Oesel EDP. For men ( really unisex ! ) Floral -oriental Sampled twice. I don't know how I figured this was a ladies' perfume - it's actually listed in The Shooting Stars Collection under the men's selection.
Notes of lemon,orange blossom,petitgrain from Paraguay, Bulgarian rose, Jasmine Sambac, acacia and white flowers,ambergris,wood,Indian patchouli,cedarwood,tabacco flowers.
I don't think I can adequately describe how symphonically beautiful the opening of this perfume is - white flowery orange blossom interlaced with that fabulous petitgrain and lifted with a touch of lemon .That petitgrain is key - a fab note here! It's unisex - no doubt. You could be seduced by the first few minutes of this perfume alone !
The progression of this perfume to drydown is addictive -it becomes less flowery ,more woodsy,ambery and that touch of cedar. You want to keep sniffing and sniffing. Quite enigmatic . It melds into a golden smell . Gets a little warm powdery in the drydown - with a hint of a tabacco note- the ambergris and the tobacco flowers maybe.
THIS is a great perfume - so well made . Again it lasts. Wonderful - hats off to the perfumer.
Esquel EDP. For women ( really you can interchange all the men's and the ladies' perfumes ) Fougere- Floral-Aromatic. Sampled twice. Notes of Iris,rose pepper,rose absolute,woods,patchouli heart, vanilla,oppoponax,Fava Tonka. I also get lemon, some lavender.
Bright, energetic,zesty floral opening with the iris and lemon plus lavender. The Xerjoff description doesn't mention citrus notes or lavender but swear it's in this perfume. The opening turns almost savory which kind of reminds me a little of Jicky ( though it is not that similar apart from the lavender ) Gorgeous. If you like the Jicky fougere style- you will love this one. So I would describe this as a sharp,elegant,nearly savory lavender- lemon fougere. The vanilla and oppoponax just warm it up a touch so it's not too tart and adds some depth to this perfume.
Non conformist ! For the independent thinking woman. This perfume will give you a clear calm mind ,for sure, with that lemon and lavender.
Men - you will love this too .
I keep repeating myself when I say this- there not one bad offering in this collection here. All are different but the quality shines through.Bravo ,bravo !
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 comes 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'.
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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I think personally the entire line is so beautiful but I think Homme is the most daring scent. It is such a true leather scent that I cant think of another leather scent on the market that capture that note so well. And it lasts well over 24hours on the skin... it is so potent. I am interested to see what the guys who will be receiving the samples think about it.
Cairomerta- Homme is wonderful . It is the most daring of the line I think too.
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 tarrgon, 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 would dare to say that 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 !
Last edited by Mimi Gardenia; 14th April 2010 at 05:36 AM.
XXY sounds amazing
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I'd just like to say having spoken to Xerjoff directly the last couple of days, I went ahead and purchased Fior d'Ulivo as a birthday present, so I should be in the good books for a few days with she who must be obeyed
Xerjoff couldn't have been any more helpful than they have been. E-mails replied to promptly and I was able to speak to the director. A huge thumbs up from me to this company, who genuinely look after thier customers, which cannot be said for some other perfumeries.
Awesome Craig! I am glad you had a great experience with them. You most likely spoke to Sergio himself.
Fiore D'Ulivo is a really unique scent for women based on the Olive Blossom. They grow on olive trees and only bloom for just a few days each year so it makes capturing the olive blossom at the right time a very difficult thing to do. This scent is made for women but, like Dimitri always notes, is really quite unisex and not flowery at all. It has a really clean citrus note with just the right amount of floral going on to not push it over to the feminine side. Here is Dimitri's review on this one as well as Mefisto:
I just got my samples in the post and am soooooo excited to start testing this weekend!
Thank you cairomerta!
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I just got mine too....I gave em all a quick whiff and Homme is beautiful(what a leather). Thank you sooo much Cairomerta!!!!! I will post reviews soon...
I received my samples yesterday and I'm very excited to start smelling them! Thank you cairomerta! I did a quick sniff of 17/17 Homme because of what you said about it. Normally I don't consider myself a "leather guy" with fragrances so I was a little surprised that I LOVED Homme. It's a beautiful and sexy leather and I couldn't stop smelling it.
I will definitely post some more of my thoughts on here as I try them.
I always recommend Homme, Irisss and XXY as the first scent to try to really get a sense of the quality of the materials used as well as the excellence in blending that is done. The notes are so well blended. Homme is the scent to make leather scent haters convert! It is second to none.
I (nearly) can't wait for the samples to arrive! (my sniffer may be in better shape then.)
Received my samples today, thanks cairomerta. I will start the sampling tomorrow, but I must say, i'm already a fan of Fiero just from my initial sniff. And Iriss smells of very high quality, I just haven't been a fan of iris in the past, this may change things, we shall see.
Last edited by cairomerta; 16th April 2010 at 03:39 AM.
Received the samples and the one I tried first is Homme, I tried that one before but is the best leather that exists. Period. The quality is excellent, sillage and longevity are excellent. I will keep on testing the rest but this is already a good start.
Thanks once again Cairomerta for the samples.
I received my samples. I just got home from work. It's late so I will try these more when I am not so tired. Thank you, Cairomerta... this is amazingly generous!
I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman
Hoping since Furriner got his in Chicago, I'll be getting a package tomorrow (er, later today! ) here in Wisconsin. Thanks again Cairo!
Iris Pallida 50ml
Ungaro I 75ml
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No problem everyone!
I think yours will be in today Seth based on the tracking i see. My goal is to knock off #1 and #2 from your top eleven list and get some Xerjoff on there Seth LOL!!
Today, I wore Fiero. Rich citrus opening with a bit of lavender. It seems as it the top notes remain, while the heart amps itself up. Great peppery mid note. It almost seems that the top notes return, this time with less pepper, replaced with a touch of wood, not cedar, not really strong enough to identify for me at least. 5 or 6 hours of nice sillage. Very high quality, again, as with all the Xerjoffs that I have tried so far.
My impression of this overall was that it was something I thought was familiar, as if my father had worn it. I think I've come to realize that perhaps this is what I think a father should smell like. Classic, classy, opulent and restrained. Another winner from the most consistent house I have come across.
I thought I would chime in and tell you about sharing my day with XJ Homme. XJ goes on with a strong leather, slightly gasoline, shoe polish combo. The citrus and spices immediately step in to wrestle with the shoe polish and temper it to sublime leather. Whats different about Homme and other leather scents? Everything. XJ manages to cover the entire spectrum of what a nose is capable of smelling all in one scent. Typically we are all accustomed to having Top, Middle and Base Notes. XJ has them, but as the scent develops you begin to realize that the top and middle notes never really go away. They come and go all day. It's so pleasurable to be smelling the deep leather spicy woods combo - and then BAM - what the hell is that lavender thing popping out all of a sudden. It constantly changes from deep leather to a fresh citrus , lavender, or Ylang Ylang note depending on its mood. XJ lives on the skin like no other. Did I mention the quality of the ingredients? Simply the best money can buy. XJ has no peers when it comes to leather, it resides in a class by itself comfortably at the top.
Dhofar- The Lavender & Pine combo reminds me of if someone took a bottle of Jean Patou Pour Homme and Lacoste (original) mixed them up...and added a dash of Jasmine & Orange Flowers. The Lavender is the best I ever sniffed, even better that the ultra sexy Jean Patou Pour Homme. Where JPPH is dusty and stays close to skin(well on me)..Dhofar projects very well. It is so sheer it almost feels transparent..I also pick up very high quality citrus notes(bergamot maybe?). I really detest stuffy colognes like Lacoste, POLO and Calvin Klein's old masterpieces that are usually staples in a middle aged man's wardrobe. Dhofar is so well made and also so sheer I think a confident 21 year old can pull it off. Oh yea...the underline florals(jasmine,carnation,orange flowers) arent musky, to my nose they are very soft and crisp. This is Class...in a bottle!!
Beck I know you so well and I know what you like and I am not surprised by your review of Homme. That's why I speak so highly of that scent. People tend to automatically judge this line based on price but Homme along with the other 17/17 deserve to be displayed in such ornate bottles as they come in. They are works of art placed inside works of art even though they are being released in the fall in normal 100ml bottles. The bottles are going to be just like the shooting stars line but have beautiful cut stone on the front. Homme will be black onyx and is beautiful!
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