Xerjoff Golden Moka Eau de Parfum begins with tangier, zestier citrus fruits that shortly 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 least not as a definable notice, presumably as one thing that gave physique to the general perfume but it surely 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:
- prime 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 stored it from being cloyingly candy, but it surely was undoubtedly sweeter inside a couple of minutes of software than I’d have guessed by the outline and checklist of notes! The inexperienced undertone strengthened and ran by way of the perfume after a half hour, and a tender, smoky incense and amber duo turned the brand new undercurrent.
There have been minor shifts within the center the place the greenness slowly however certainly 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 identified to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be conscious of when a assessment was made, e.g. a assessment from 2010 might not mirror 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 tough to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection had been average with the sillage dropping sooner than the projection inside two hours of wear and tear.
It was too sweetly fruity in a means that felt unnatural, so it wasn’t one thing I ended up loving, but it surely was certainly not tough to put on! I additionally would need to get the espresso notice out of a scent that’s alleged to have it!
- 50ml for $235
- 0.7ml pattern for $6