Thread: Xerjoff Reviews Thread
Yesterday, I was headed out for a desert hike, something I wouldn't wear a fragrance for, especially an EDP, but I couldn't resist with these new samples sitting here. So, Oroville was my choice. Even though it was pushing 90F, and I did almost 10 miles, it never approached cloying, the white musk drydown is perfect for a summer day. The orange flowers and neroli are what stood out for me, just gorgeous, the shirt I wore yesterday still smells wonderfully of orange blossoms. I found the tobacco note rather subdued, I would have liked a little more, but it may have been the conditions, I will try again. Again, top notch quality. This isn't my absolute favorite of the line so far, but only due to subjective reasons. If I was looking for a floral musk, this would be it. Undeniably gorgeous.
Today, Oesel. This is very floral so far. Brings to mind the tuberose we always had in our house when we lived in Maui, in that I am reminded that sometimes I like white florals, and sometimes I really don't. We'll see how it plays out. I can't see ever owning this one, but I sure wouldn't mind smelling it on others. Still a cut above.
Thanks again, Cairomerta, I'm enjoying these profusely.
This line made me curious and so I did a google search and parfums raffy now has the entire line. It is not listed under their brands, but if you go to google and put in "xerjoff parfums raffy" it will take you to the page. Around $350 for the Shooting Stars and around $1800 for the higher end ones.
Its interesting you found that site because he is still working on it and it is not complete with the entire stock of whats going to be carried. It shouldnt be seen yet. So dont look at that site as the final representation because I know he is still working on finalizing all the pictures and descriptions.
Last edited by cairomerta; 20th April 2010 at 02:32 AM.
PS: FULL DISCLOSURE... It is obvious here as I have noted in previous threads that I am personally working with Sergio of Xerjoff to stock and distribute this line in the USA. That is why Mysticknot noticed me and Sergio at luckyscent, because he was visiting the store.
I have been in love with this line for a while but found it impossible to get as I was only able to get it from Harrods with the help of a few basenoters. I finally got tired of that and began speaking with Xerjoff to bring this line to the USA. I just wanted to obviously make that public so it is known. Basenoters here know me to be an honest person and a perfume lover so I am not here to push product or do anything. I am just a guy who loves perfumes, went after an opportunity and am trying to share what I feel is one of the most beautiful lines I have ever tried, with my basenotes friends and hopefully the entire USA. I thank you all for your understanding.
Last edited by cairomerta; 19th April 2010 at 02:19 AM.
It looks like I'll be buying some more Xerjoff fragrances. Nio is one I can't stop smelling at the moment, it's amazing. XXY is definitely unsiex and this is growing on me, it also lasts ages. Uden I also like, I've yet to try Modoc, Dhofa and Oroville, but I have tried Kobe and Oesel which are also fantastic. Xerjoff come into a class of their own, especially after the top notes go (although some refuse to go and you can still smell them after hours hehe). The one I was most looking forward to trying was Fiero. I can't make my mind up with this one. One minute I like it, the other I think mmmm far too aromatic for me, but I can't stop sniffing it so I need to spend more time with this one, once I can drag myself away from Nio that is
The refills are only for people who have the Murano bottles and will not be able to be purchased if you dont have one. Believe me, the new 100ml 17/17 line is going to be a really beautiful presentation. Keep an eye out for it sometime September/October!
When companys try to force the way they want customers to purchase their products, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth and just makes me not want to do business with them.
Last edited by thebeck; 21st April 2010 at 04:57 PM.
Either way beck, have you had a chance to try the samples I sent . I really look forward to your reviews so what was your impression of the line.
Last edited by cairomerta; 21st April 2010 at 05:17 PM.
Good news I can still buy Dhofar...
Last edited by megatropolis; 21st April 2010 at 05:05 PM.
Looking forward to the continued reviews guys. Let us hear about these fragrances!!!
Have any of you guys had a chance to sample the line. I would love to hear impressions.
Uden- From the jump I smell a fantastic citrus. This note does not smell like a fresh sliced fruit, more like high quality concoction of fruits. My nose picks up a velvet like white musk..infused with white florals. The top notes give you the same reaction as if you laying in a bed of orange blossoms on a beach surrounded by a green forest. The soul of Uden turns into soft woods(Guaiaco wood and Amber), they are so well mannered..they become apart of the musk. The base is Rum, Coffee and Vanilla..this makes the base so creamy without turning into gourmand territory. This scent is also sheer and transparent...This scent gives you a aura, a energy or a feeling. This is not just a I smell good Line. It really is a portal to stimulate all senses.
I'm sorry I haven't posted much in here yet. After I received my samples, I had a house guest in town from out of state for a week. I'm just now starting to get back on track with everything, including sampling. I didn't smell much of anything while he was here, although I did put a bit of Homme and Irisss on his wrists just to see what he thought about them. He thought they were both very unique fragrances and was quite impressed I think, calling them strong and seductive scents.
Today I've been trying out 17/17 XXY. As with Homme, I can tell that this is a very high quality composition. Whenever I see black pepper listed as a note in a fragrance I approach cautiously because I am sometimes overly sensitive to pepper. I shouldn't have worried with XXY because it's very well blended and just added a nice edge to the bergamot/jasmine. The citrus opening with the jasmine and patchouli peeking out is really beautiful! I can't wait to try the others!
Some of these sound amazing. The thread is a little overwhelming right now, just because there are so many reviews. But Dhofar sounds delicious.
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Uden - A sophisticated gentlemen's perfume. The smell of money. Should be James Bond (Daniel Craig) not (Sean Connery) signature scent. Sprayed, not splashed, please and thank you. I've worn Uden on three different days now and I'm just blown away with this scent. There's been some great Kobe reviews (the other citrus from Xerjoff) and justifiably so, but there is just that certain something that's hard to describe that makes Uden so deliriously addicting. May I quote megatropolis - "This scent gives you an aura, a energy or a feeling." A scent that transcends beyond mere scent itself.
I just can't live without it. I'm buying a bottle and that's that.
Xerjoff ramblings - I've sampled 8 of 12 mens from Xerjoff. It is evident from first whiff of each and every one that the quality of ingredients are the best I've encountered. I haven't made up my mind about the nose or nose's at Xerjoff. I'm not sure if it's just easier to muster up something with better ingredients - like a good chef working with better ingredients, it's bound to taste better. I don't believe that people around you will notice the quality of ingredients. Xerjoff to me is perfume is to be enjoyed by aficionados of the art of perfumery. I appreciate the art and I'm thankful Xerjoff has gone to such great lengths to create a superior product using superior ingredients. Price is an important factor in considering purchasing a bottle of high end perfume. The "Shooting Star's Collection" looks like they'll be around $350.00 for 50ml. Not cheap, but are they as good as my beloved Homage and Tribute at $350.00 for 12ml? Are they as good as The Arabian Night's Collection from By Kilian at $395.00 for 50ml. You're damn right they are - the ingredients are even better than the ones I just mentioned.
Just to make sure I'm not delirious I looked up "elegant" in thebeck's unabashed dictionary and sure enough the definition was right there - Uden by Xerjoff
Last edited by thebeck; 26th April 2010 at 10:38 AM.
I so agree with all of you sharing your enthusiastic descriptions of the line with us. After three Nio days (anyone else felt some resemblance in Nio's drydown to Creeds Windsor?) it's my Uden day today. Wearing Xerjoff perfumes every single day turns out to be a thrilling scent experience.
First of all - great reviews! Kudos to all of you who are that good in describing a perfume's character.
I find XerJoff to be one of the most interesting lines in the last years. The high quality of these fragrances is exceptional, and yet most of them are very original and distinctive, they are totally wearable.
What I especially appreciate is that the latest additions to the line are more affordable. The Shooting Stars edition now comes in a velvet pouch instead of an opulent lacquer box and the bottles don't have a leather cover. They still look very luxurious anyway. 210 EUR are still costly enough, but not as heavy as the former price you had to pay.
My favourite from the latest releases is Oroville - I don't know why the XerJoff people call it 'Tobacco Oroville' because I don't get any tobacco at all . It's basically a soft and warm musk fragrance in the veins of Laura Tonatto's delicious 'Oropuro'.
As for the refills: I didn't have any problems to purchase refills of the 17/17 line without any prove of owning the Murano bottles. You can also purchase refills of the Shooting Stars fragrances (glass bottles without cap) for 95 Pounds at Harrods'.
The refills for £95 from Roja Dove after speaking with them, are what they still have left from the older Shooting Star fragrances. The newer releases such as Nio etc do not come as a refill and the refills have been phased out by the new cheaper silk boxed version. The Casomarati range do not come as refills either. The 17/17 line I'm not sure if the refills will still be available, but a Roja Dove salesman mentioned £350 to me.
Thanks to Cairomerta for the samples. I started my sampling with
Grapefruit, lemon, bergamot
Lavender, Rose, iris
cedar-sandalwood, musk, amber
Starts off with a burst of citrus - some good tart lemon oil. Even though its not listed, after the citrus burns off I detect a Silver Mountain Water like blackcurrant note which persists throughout the rest of the fragrance. Theres a little lavender, some powdery-doughy-vegetal good quality iris, but whenever I sniff after refreshing my nose I get that blackcurrant accord. The base is also similar to the Creed base...imagine the musky-ambery elements without the ambergris overdose. Overall, Mefisto is a cologne version of SMW with an iris note. Good stuff but this formula has been done before and I find SMW's blackcurrant-citrus-aquatic/woods rendition more attractive and special.
Last edited by zztopp; 24th April 2010 at 07:03 PM.
Rich citrus, italian fruits, aromatic herbs, woods.
Spicy citrus it is. The citrus top smells like a combo of lemon, muted grapefruit, and maybe some juicy neroli. Almost immediately an airy, spicy accord materializes...I detect cinnamon and clove as the most obvious ingredients with very faint hints of some herb (maybe tarragon). I flip over the sample card and yep, there it is ...3 different kinds of cinnamon constituents listed, Cinnamal, Cinnamal Alcohol, and a few others. Also listed is Eugenol, responsible for the clove note. The drydown is a base of pleasant woods. Fiero is a nice, clear, spicy-citrus woods fragrance.
BTW, all the Xerjoff fragrances have a 4-5 line list of ingredients which contain all the standard set of ingredients such as the different ionones, the limonenes, coumarin, bezoates, linalools and other usual suspects you will find listed in the Serge Lutens, Creeds, Malle's etc.
I wore Homme last night to the opening night of the film festival here in Miami. Wow...this stuff is sexy leather! Much warmer than Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford and none of that powdery-birch-tar I get from Knize Ten.
It lasted insanely long (even on a very warm night, sweating in a hot art gallery at the film's after party) and I had better be careful to not over apply it next time I sample it. It doesn't need to be over applied.
The leather reminds me of the best part i love about Habit Rouge, that saddle leather/animal smell as if it's been extracted from the citrus/woods/vanilla and then re-textured. If that makes sense.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 24th April 2010 at 10:55 PM.
Hi zztopp you're spot on with the Creed SMW. I've used this since it came out and having sampled Mefisto I also detected a resemblance with some of the notes (blackcurrant), but spraying both together and comparing, they do have different drydowns on my skin. The main difference I found is that Mefisto lasts longer on me, but that's all dependant on skin chemistry. Creed's prices have shot up in the UK, so although Mefisto is slightly more expensive, there's not too much in it. I've opted for Mefisto this time around, as I found it has that certain something that the SMW lacks.
Carrot seed, absolute of rose, ylang-ylang, rare woods, resins, incense, musk.
Nowadays for an iris frag to stand out its just not enough to compose it with top notch materials and let it be. Chanel, Dior, Lutens, TDC, Hermes, and others have pulled apart the iris note from every facet imaginable. Iriss boasts a rich, doughy, powdery/lipstick like, and most importantly a carroty iris accord which lasts a good while. Think of it as more loaded version of Hermes Hiris, that carroty facet of iris made more prominent but also surrounded with other iris accords. Supporting notes of cool rose, musk and some woods round off the main accord (I didnt get much incense) and thats pretty much it. It smells good and rich but unfortunately doesn't do enough to rise above the already existing and very competitive offerings on the market. Buy it if you want a well made and straightforward iris fragrance, and if it has to be by Xerjoff.
Last edited by zztopp; 24th April 2010 at 11:36 PM.
Black pepper, Patchouli, Bergamot, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang.
Ok so where's the black pepper and patchouli? I get an intensely sweet floral which gave me flashbacks of the overly sweet apricot accord from Daim Blond and some of the intense woody-florals of Trumpers Sandalwood. And this lasts a while..if I smell hard enough to penetrate through this intense floral whirlwind I get some bergamot and maybe something earthy which can be patchouli. But I believe this is all about ylang-ylang...it probably contains a boatload of a specific grade of good quality ylang ylang oil which is further richened by a dose of jasmine. Unfortunately its a bit too unbalanced for me as I expected a higher dosage of pepper and patchouli for balance. If you like rich intense florals, or Daim Blonds apricot sweetness, this might be for you.
This is the only scent I feel prepared to write about now, and that's because I simply can't deal with it (in other words, I feel the scents deserve a more detailed and thoughtful exploration and review by myself, but simply cannot do so with this scent).
Modoc starts with a nice iris note but almost immediately a very dry, catches-in-the-back-of-my-throat, scratchy synthetic sandalwoody/cedary note takes place alongside it. I should mention at this point I think it may be my aversion to a particular chemical (or at least that particular chemical in a dose such as this) as I experienced the same horrible feeling while wearing Tam Dao. To me, this smells like Tam Dao with a big iris note injected into it. I made it about an hour into it, at which point I simply couldn't take it anymore and washed it off.
If you like Tam Dao and like the idea of it being softened and smoothed out with iris (well, I imagine that's how it would come across to those who don't suffer the reaction I did), check this out. The initial iris blast was of good quality and smelled quite natural, although because I had to wash it off I can't tell if it uses the same trick that Irisss uses, which is to open with a high quality natural iris and then when you aren't looking (and the natural iris becomes much more diffusive, faint) replaces it with a huge dose of the ionone aroma chemicals to extend the iris.
If you dislike Tam Dao and find it scratchy and harsh, I have a feeling you will dislike this scent very much as well. I'd really love to hear others' opinions on this scent, alongside how they feel about Tam Dao.
I really wanted to like this one, as I loved it when I first sniffed it from the cap. I'm not even going to rate it because I simply find it unwearable. Again, I'm not blaming the scent.. I simply can't tell if the reaction is the result of some poor blending or perhaps utilizing that particular chemical above its typical recommended usage limits, or if I'm just hyperosmic to it.
Last edited by SculptureOfSoul; 24th April 2010 at 11:59 PM.
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