Xerjoff Golden Moka Eau de Parfum begins with tangier, zestier citrus fruits that rapidly sweeten however have a inexperienced undercurrent that mitigates them from attending to be cloyingly candy. There was a jammier rose that was laborious to detect individually however rounded issues out. The drydown was extra ambered and resinous however the sweeter citrus lingered noticeably. Espresso, not a lot; at the very least not as a definable be aware, probably as one thing that gave physique to the general perfume nevertheless it actually didn’t present up for me!
It’s described, briefly, by Xerjoff as an “explosion of wealthy espresso and enlivening citrus.” Listed here are the notes:
- high notes: blood orange, mandarin, lemon
- coronary heart notes: espresso absolute, rose absolute, Cambodian oud, amber
- base notes: incense, labdanum, inexperienced accord
It opened with bitter citrus, their juice dripping down a chopping board they had been that sharp and vibrant. The mandarin got here final within the citrus trio, which added orange sweetness however not sufficient to completely overtake the sharpness of lemon. Their leaves discarded close by, nonetheless contemporary and inexperienced however within the distance. A tender, jammy rose added extra sweetness and physique to the perfume after 5 minutes.
Golden Moka was heat, fruity, and candy with inexperienced undertones that saved it from being cloyingly candy, nevertheless it was positively sweeter inside a couple of minutes of utility than I’d have guessed by the outline and listing of notes! The inexperienced undertone strengthened and ran by the perfume after a half hour, and a tender, smoky incense and amber duo grew to become the brand new undercurrent.
There have been minor shifts within the center the place the greenness slowly however absolutely was subsumed by golden resins, heat and candy, with a touch of fruity-something-rather that amplified the general really feel of sweetness and tamped down any spice. The drydown was flippantly fruity, candy, and ambered.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as that is additionally my swatching arm (aka, extremely parched at any given second) as I discovered scent didn’t maintain nicely right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are recognized to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be conscious of when a assessment was made, e.g. a assessment from 2010 might not replicate what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
It lasted for seven hours till it was a skin-scent and about 10 hours earlier than it was fairly troublesome to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection had been reasonable with the sillage dropping quicker than the projection inside two hours of wear and tear.
It was too sweetly fruity in a approach that felt unnatural, so it wasn’t one thing I ended up loving, nevertheless it was on no account troublesome to put on! I additionally would need to get the espresso be aware out of a scent that’s imagined to have it!
Out there Sizes
- 50ml for $235
- 0.7ml pattern for $6