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    Today i decided to pick one Xerjoff that particularly impresses me - Xerjoff Irisss. I see the comparisons with other Irises scents, like ISM, Hiris, Bois d`Argent, Odori Iris, and i don`t agree that the Irisss is equal to them. Irisss is one of the most beautiful iris scents that i have ever tried. It starts with the carrot seed note which gives that raw, vegetal aroma, so similar to the opening of the Iris Silver Mist from Serge Lutens. But while Iris Silver Mist seems to me, like a lot of Serge Lutens fragrances, a saturation of iris trying to do a photographic approach of this note, Irisss seems more of an exercise of blending different iris facets in a smooth, silky interpretation, of a scent which lingers on your skin, but it`s more of a confident scent, more of an iris coinosseur experience. After the carroty aspects go, you get the soft powdery facet of iris, and, my favorite part, is when it goes to the base, which blends sweet, musky, creamy aspects. I never tried any other iris scent that goes to this kind of sweet which is not sweet, creamy and vanillic aroma. It fits like a glove the iris, not hiding the note, but adorning it in a respectable way.
    I wish that xerjoff did more scents like Irisss and Kobe; they are a proof that the company has high quality beautiful scents to be offered.

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    Yesterday i wore Elle, which didn`t surprised me, but wasn`t bad too:

    Elle is an ellegant fruity floral fragrance, where the floral part has a comfort milky floral thing. The effect is quite similar to the nutella-like aroma of miroir des envies, altough the two fragrances have nothing in common. Elle starts with a fruity opening, which seems predominant on redcurrant and blackcurrant. Then the scent goes to the milky floral part, ending in a musky-resinous sheer base. Elle would fit perfetcly a rich woman that needs a discreet but elegant fragrance to the events she goes. She would probably be the one who would accept paying so high for it.

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    Another fragrance which i strongly disagree with the general opinions here is XXY. I think it`s misleading to compare it with amouage gold, cause they have anothing in common. Also, i don`t think that XXY base is worked the same way as the feminines of the shooting stars, and don`t see any similarties with straight to heaven too. XXY seems like a modern chypre to me, faceless as most of the modern chypres, but well done. My review for it is:

    The name is odd, and if the name leaves you expecting something controversial, this is not the case. It seems that Xerjoff wanted to created an unissex hermaphrodite scent, but the result is more on what is offered to the femmes than to the hommes. XXY is an upscale version of the recent chypre genre. It takes an extra care with all the parts, the fruity, the floral, the patchouly and the musky one. The fruity is quick one me, and the sweet flower is what i get next and during a long time. The ylang-ylang here is less exotic than usual, lacking the rubber and camphor aspects that it can have some times. The patchouly is sweet, the musk is creamy and the base seems to last forever on skin. Even after a shower i could still get it. XXY has radiance, good balance, and a modern complexity.

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    Sampling again xerjoff richwood. My second try showed me some details that i didn't paid attention for the first time - the rose and the lemon. I was also complimented with this one today My impression of it is:
    This is one of the xerjoffs that have a rich aroma, which is totally adequate do the name and the price. Richwood is about not only sandalwood, as the description says, but it's also about patchouli too. The first aroma that you get is a woody and dry patchouly, in the same vein of Coromandel. But the difference is a citrus floral accent mixed with the patchouli. It's not dominant, but you can get a silky rose and a citrus accent softening and turn the patchouli a little bit more friendly. Different from Coromandel, Richwood goes to a cozy sandalwood base instead of a hard amber powdered base. This is a sandalwood of great quality, hard to see today, and it ties perfectly with the intense aroma that the patchouli starts this fragrance. This is one that shows the best that the brand can offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbr View Post
    Sampling again xerjoff richwood. My second try showed me some details that i didn't paid attention for the first time - the rose and the lemon. I was also complimented with this one today My impression of it is:
    This is one of the xerjoffs that have a rich aroma, which is totally adequate do the name and the price. Richwood is about not only sandalwood, as the description says, but it's also about patchouli too. The first aroma that you get is a woody and dry patchouly, in the same vein of Coromandel. But the difference is a citrus floral accent mixed with the patchouli. It's not dominant, but you can get a silky rose and a citrus accent softening and turn the patchouli a little bit more friendly. Different from Coromandel, Richwood goes to a cozy sandalwood base instead of a hard amber powdered base. This is a sandalwood of great quality, hard to see today, and it ties perfectly with the intense aroma that the patchouli starts this fragrance. This is one that shows the best that the brand can offer.
    Yes,yes,and yes again.

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    Sampling my last fragrance of the XJ7 line. Today is Homme. I`d say that this is their best male option available, if you like leathery fragrances, of course. A theme that i think a traditional approach is always welcome is leather, since there are few classical leather fragrances now. Xerjoff Homme, in my opinion, executes perfectly the Cuir de Russie theme, and because of this it make draw some parallel with Cuir de Russie from Creed, Knize Ten and La Treizieme Heure by Cartier. I think that there must be others, but are this three that occur me right now. From all the three fragrances, Homme comes close of Creed Cuir de Russie; both have the polish oily aroma at the beginning that makes you think of greased boots (Homme to my mom reminded her, when i applied of furniture polish). Maybe the lavender gives an additional touch for this polish/grease aroma that it`s not so easy to like. But if you wait, both fragrances goes in a dry leather surrounded by citruses. Cuir de Russie keeps more the polish aroma and the citrus part, but it gets very soft after some moments on skin, while homme gives you a strong polish opening and then goes direct for the citrus and leather part, living the citrus quickly. When it gets to the leather part, Homme reminds me at some moments of Knize Ten, having the rubbery part but lacking the powdery amber facet, and La Treizieme Heure, with something slightly sweet and woody supporting the leather aroma, but lacking the exotic tea touch. I think the price makes this not so easy to purchase, but it`s one of the best leathers that i have tried, which is complex, classic, but has at the same time a contemporany approach. Altough the parallels can make you think that this is not unique, i would say that the same thing that happens on irisss happens here, it`s the details that make it interesting, the perfect tune of some parts that seems to slip fast in other compositions.

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    Xerjoff seems to have dedicated more attention to their expensive XJ17 line than the Shooting Stars Collection. The XJ17 seems stronger, longlasting, without the fillers that Shooting Stars line has. I`d say that they should do it in 50ml sizes, they would be more 'affordable' and sell well. Cause, while i considering purchasing at least homme and irisss from this collection, i noticed that with the price of these frags i can buy at least 2 rare or exclusive guerlains or even 3 cartiers from the les heures line.
    But, leaving this apart, my rank on this line would be:

    1.Irisss 10/10
    2.Homme 10/10
    3.Richwood 10/10
    4. XXY 8.5/10
    5. Elle 7.5/10

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    Today i'm sampling xerjoff fiero. It went straight to my list of favorites from this line. My impressions of it are:
    Fiero is a very traditional spicy fougere on my skin. What i like about it is that the fougere-like aroma is not created using neither lavender nor clove, but instead of that a combination of aromatic herbs, citrus fruits and other spices. The citrus opening is dry and goes straight to a fougere heart, dry, green and spicy. When it goes to the base the aroma transform itself into a woody incensed thing, which is quite intriguing since there is any incensed note. From the Xerjoffs, this is one that has a strong sillage and longevity on me.

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    Hi rickbr, glad you like Fiero. It's one of my favourites from Xerjoff that I also use (my scent of the evening many times) and lasts ages, you can still smell it on your collar the day after. It reminds me a little of Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo and Parfumerie Generale Grand Siecle in some ways, but the Xerjoff lasts far longer on my skin. It's one I would buy again when my bottle runs out

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    Craig, i haven`t tried those ones that you mentioned, but if they are on the same lines of fiero, i`ll like them a lot, and maybe they can be considered at more affordable options. The longevity of fiero is incredible in fact, i could still smell it on me at midnight yesterday.

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    great reviews so far. Richwood sounds amazing!
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    I revisited Uden today and my opinion of it has definitely improved. In fact, I think it's excellent! I get a sweet, almost sugared grapefruit opening which segues into a smooth grapefruit and rose.. yes, lots and lots of rose on my skin! The rum is present but it's just a sweet white rum, nothing spiced about it. The coffee note was very vague and has a bit of a metallic bitterness, and it joined with the inky and ever so slightly smoky guiac, and together they rose up alongside the rose note and created a sort of sweetish blood accord, but it was very very pleasant. Elegant, even.

    Cairo, I looked through the thread and maybe I just missed it, but I don't think the nose was ever listed for Uden. Do you know who it was? (It smells like a Jacques Flori creation to my nose, based on my experience w/ his other creations for Xerjoff and the distant similarities Uden has to Opus IV by Amouage).
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    Hi SoS... Sorry for the delay. I just noticed this question. Yes it is Jaques Flori who is the creator of this scent. Its a wonderful scent!

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    Homme and Kobe are both amazing! Just tried them and I was hoping not to like them because of the price. Now I feel like I need them.

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    Wearing Fiore dUlivo today.
    I find it kinda plastic smell. Reminds me 2000 Fleurs by Creed.
    Anyone get this connection?

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    My mother loves Fiore d'Ulivo, certainly not a plastic smell on her. I've also smelt 2000 Fleurs and to me they are nothing alike.

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    Wearing Uden tonight, for the 1st time (sorry it took so long cairomerta)

    I smell the lavender and the marine notes straight away, a 'marine fougere' for sure. What a weird combination but it works. And combined with the citrus/musk top notes, it's slightly overwhelming when you first spray it on, but then the sweetness starts to increase ever so subtly and pretty soon I can clearly smell sweet vanilla, rum and coffee. The lavender (fougere) texture never really disappears on me, I clearly smell it, and since I love lavender notes it really enhances the scent.

    I remember smelling Gris Clair one day when I was baking in my kitchen and the combination of the two was addictive. Of course, now one can smell lavender and vanilla combined in lots of things (my favorite scent of Febreze shares these two notes) but Uden manages to still make them smell classy, refined and very well blended. I'm not that happy with the musks floating around in this one...I am usually anosmic to some musks but I can clearly smell the musk in Uden. It's sort of heavy in some whiffs, other times I smell it lighter.

    I would categorize this as an aromatic fougere/gourmand.
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    I'm finding Nio to be bottled happiness. The opening is a green citrus which is pleasant enough. That morphs into one of the cleanest most unisex "spicy" accords I've ever tried.

    I'm a real sucker for this type of fragrance. This is another that might tempt me with a FB once my 15ml is finished.

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    Continuing with...

    Nio:

    Neroli, Calabrian Bergamot
    Cardamom, nutmeg, rose pepper, 'mysterious spicy notes'
    Cedar, Guaicwood, Patchouli, Haiti Vetiver

    An aromatic fresh/woody fragrance, Nio opens bright, lemony and leafy and showcases a peppery/spicy heart notes phase...fans of Original Vetiver and the ilk will like this one. But while Original Vetiver further develops the green/leafy accord (with the spicy notes in the background), Nio brings spices to the forefront and pushes the citrusy/leafy notes to the background. But these aren't your typical spicy notes...while not listed, I get a clear coriander note that dominates Nio's heart notes. Also this isn't your typical coriander note either....it smells starkly like the aroma of a real crushed coriander, with the freshness permeating its arresting spiciness (usually the focus is on just the spicy facet). I am assuming this is a unique distillation of the coriander oil that I atleast haven't experienced in any fragrance before.

    Cairomerta, can you confirm if Nio uses coriander/coriander seed oil and whether its a particular/unique type of distillation ? It could also be a new coriander aromachemical from Robertet not yet in full circulation.

    Overall, a quality light vetiver fragrance with a fantastic coriander note...fresh, woody, easy to wear.
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    Great to see another fan of Nio. Bottled happiness is spot on, it's my favourite from the Xerjoff line to date.

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    Xerjoff - XJ XXY (spray sample)

    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 haven’t 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 l’Instant de Guerlain Extreme EDP from somewhere, but that was impossible since I was at home and my family wasn’t 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 l’IDGE EDP vibe, and I was 100% sure I could detect a cocoa / chocolate note. I checked luckyscent before I applied it and I didn’t 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 haven’t mentioned a cocoa note but I’m not sure since I try to avoid reading reviews before I test anything. The reason for this is that I don’t 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 l’IDGE 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 couldn’t 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!

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    Xerjoff - Ibitira (spray sample)

    This is an EDP marketed towards women. It doesn’t happen a lot that I am wearing such a fragrance, but I gave it a full wearing nonetheless. This opens with a soft citrus and a bunch of florals. I mainly detect a beautiful iris note, nicely blended with rose. Not overly sweet, but there is sweetness. And that is where it stays the whole time. No big transitions and no huge sillage clouds like the other Xerjoff’s. Longevity is okay. This is very good nonetheless. Top notch ingredients. A very sensual potion for women that would definitely turn my head. I’m glad women don’t wear this around me, this is sexy stuff.

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    Finally i got around to wear Dhofar today and i am surprised at how good it is - a lavender/carnation fougere, very light, not too formal or feeling dated, slightly soapy. Sillage seems to be dialed perfectly. In fact i like it better than Invasion Barbare so far, but obviously will need to wear it more to get a clearer picture. No clue about final longevity, i've only worn it for 2hrs so far.

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    Awesome thread! Lots of great info here and i am just now getting introduced ot this line and love the first two that i've sniffed thus far.

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    Xerjoff - Lua (spray sample)

    A floral gourmand.
    This is marketed towards women and rightfully so IMO.
    It doesn’t happen a lot that I wear these kind of perfumes but I gave it a full wearing nonetheless.


    The first stage of the fragrance is absolutely beautiful. It opens up very fruity and sweet. Almost like bubblegum. Luckily, the perfumer did a great job to balance it out nicely so it’s still classy, although when you sniff it up close it has a slight bubblegum feel to it. The fruit notes are very realistic and delicious. It has a stunning melon note. The fruity notes turn down and the rose and iris take center stage. I get more rose than iris. The bubblegum feel is totally gone and it has the perfect amount of vanilla sweetness. Not cloying, just perfect. And that’s where it stays for hours, no more development. Longevity and sillage are good. The ingredients are very high quality. I could “taste” the fragrance at some points because of the sillage. Although it’s not overpowering and I did not overapply.


    I highly recommend this towards women. I’m 24 and I would really like to smell this on the females. It’s good for any age. Sexy and sensual. A real head turner.


    Is it worth the price? That is up to you. I’m only reviewing the perfume and I don’t care about the price relevance. Hell, none of them are worth the price but if this is in your price range, go for it. It certainly isn’t in mine, just check my wardrobe, lol.

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    Xerjoff - Dhajala (spray sample)

    Feminine for sure. Opens with a blast of fruit and florals. Everything is very pretty.
    Gets very sweet in the drydown, which are probably the balsams and the amber doing its work.
    When I smell my arm up close, I can smell some cheap and generic Calvin Klein-esque notes.
    So this is basically a cK fragrance where they added high quality balsams and florals to make it smell expensive.

    This is how I envision what a gold digger must smell like.
    The cK base as a reference to her past as a random girl.
    The rich florals and balsams coming into her life when she married the millionaire.

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    I thought luckyscent had been carrying xerjoff for a while now. The only one that I've tried is Najaf and I love it. Jivehippo was nice enough to hook me up with a sample. Such a nice funky woody oud. I def look forward to trying some more shooting stars and some others like homme and fiero.

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    Thanks for bringing this thread back to life.
    My favorite is Ibitira, such a well crafted Iris-vanilla scent

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