Hey Perfume Posee Peeps, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies with you and today I wanted to introduce you to a Xerjoff for the ladies. Now I am not one that believes in fragrance for the sexes, honestly I am pretty sure the fragrance doesn’t care who wears it, but for those who do think it important then this may give you a softer, sweeter glimpse into one of the most expensive fragrance houses available. I was lucky enough to get this sample off my mate Michael who wanted to smell the flipside of the Xerjoff range, most of which he enjoys a lot.
XJ Elle by Xerjoff 2007
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Citruses, African orange flower, galbanum
Heart: Iris, birch, woodsy notes, patchouli
Base: Benzoin, opoponax, amber, musks
Elle opens sweet and fruity on my skin, it doesn’t seem particularly citric though but more strawberry/raspberry jam and galbanum, the musks are already hefting in and the whole is a little like those strawberry cream lollies that if you eat one you end up eating the whole packet because they are so delicious and more-ish. Actually, I’m worried that my nose is broken or my skin reacting strangely so I might come back to this review after a day…..
OK so my nose amped the situation only a little, what I get today at the opening is a sublimely sweet and musky Chuppa-Chupp vibe. Both delicious and repulsive for the first little while before settling down into a woodsy gourmand fruitchouli. I never thought I’d say this but this is the kind of fruitchouli I could definitely go for, it’s a little loud and OTT, sweet, flirty, fun and would be a great good-time-girl scent. The notes don’t seem to bear a lot of resemblance to what I’m smelling, I get no African orange flower, iris or birch and not much evidence of the resins down the bottom other that a slight sweetening. Maybe the blending is so good that my poor old nose can’t pick them all.
What I can say is that XJ Elle by Xerjoff is a busy, happy, modern, fruitchouli that is definitely among the best of its class. Having said that there are 20 other fragrances that will give you a similar experience for half the price and if it comes to that and you want only a fizzy, sweet, fruitchouli gourmand then there are 100s that you can grab for about $50 or less in the department stores, often with a celebrity or designer label attached. XJ Elle by Xerjoff may be the best but it certainly is not groundbreaking.
Gustav Klimpt Hope 2 Stolen Wikipedia
There is good lifespan to XJ Elle by Xerjoff though, and it is a good sillage and scent bubble fragrance for those nights where you want to be noticed or the days that you wish to take over the world. If you like the genre and can afford the luxury then you won’t even think twice about buying XJ Elle by Xerjoff.
Further reading: Birgit at Olfactoria’s Travels is quite amusing.
Are you on the team Xerjoff? Which from the line have you liked and why?
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