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XerJoff - a name in the world of fragrances, which stands for exclusivity and extravagance like no other. This begins with the fact that XerJoff fragrances are sold only at selected retailers, both online and in the presence world, and virtually without exception without discounts.
Casamorati fragrances thereby reflect Xerjoff's collection of vintage perfumes, inspired by the ancient art of Italian perfumery. In 1888, Claudio Casamorati founded the C. Casamorati perfume factory in Bologna. During these years of production, Casamorati received numerous awards and valuable rewards from major national and international exhibitions. Around the middle of the 20th century, Casamorati had to close the factory due to a financial crisis and so XerJoff came on the scene. Sergio Momo, founder of Xerjoff, decided to bring Casamorati back to the glory days of the early century and unceremoniously took over Casamorati.
Such a background, very well wonderfully marketed, naturally arouses desire. Since the lottery here on Parfumo to "Italica" came just right. And, after I had never really won my life something of importance, I was allowed to count myself all at once among the lucky winners. Now "Italica" finally arrived with me and I would like to share my impressions with you (not only in writing). But first to the fragrance.
There are probably very few fragrances, which polarize similar to "Italica". On the Internet, it goes there from sky-high jubilant ("Gourmand his father. Exceptionally good") to food poisoning-like expressions ("I got sick", "triggers nausea with me").
Interesting here is that "Italica" was probably re-released as a "re-release" again, since he was apparently discontinued in the meantime. So he is also led on some Internet sites as "Italica 2021". Whether the fragrance was reformulated thereby, will probably remain a secret forever.
To take it right away - for me "Italica" is a beautiful fragrance, although no masterpiece. However, I can also understand why he seems to trigger a nausea in some. The fragrance is indeed on the borderline of oversweetness with an intense deep almond/marzipan note. For me, this tightrope walk is quite skillful and does not tip over in the process, but if you are a little oversensitized here, it can probably come to a nausea inducing association.
At the same time, I agree with all the comments that associate "Italica" with Italian pastries. Add to that a cappuccino or straight up amaretto and the Italy induced association in the mind is perfect. So seen the name fits naturally like the tomato sauce to the Spaghetti.
Overall, the fragrance also goes through only a minimal transformation and that only in the drydown. Then namely the sweet marzipan note is pushed a little more into the background and woods and musk make themselves wide. This does the fragrance quite well, as it takes away some of that pungent deep marzipan note. Saffron also contributes to the overall picture, although quite subdued, which suits me very well, because I do not like too strong saffron notes (too medicinal).
So the fragrance remains then also good and happy 8 hours on the skin and radiates quite neatly. For me, the fragrance is also unisex, he has but besides the sweetness also quite a deep, perhaps even tart marzipan note, which gives the fragrance even something dark or even oriental. Thus, he is of course mainly in autumn and winter to wear, but in times of Corona and home office, gladly also in midsummer alone in front of the computer.
The bottle is XerJoff according to all doubts and deserves the highest praise. By this dark magenta he is for me the most beautiful bottle of the already very beautiful Casamorati Flakonreihe.
So for whom is this fragrance now suitable? First and foremost, of course, for gourmand lovers. However, the fragrance is also to be enjoyed with caution. Who would like to play it safe and find in the XerJoff universe, should perhaps rather reach for "Lira" or try "Naxos", if it should be a little more noble. Nevertheless "Italica" has its right to exist, in my opinion it is artistically more valuable and therefore more interesting. For the masses probably rather nothing, but they reach anyway rather rarely to XerJoff. So if you like it a little more extravagant and are into gourmand fragrances, you should definitely give "Italica" a try. Speaking of...
I would like to express my gratitude to this great community and give away some of my luck. Therefore, I give away 5x5ml to the first five commenters on this review . Only the shipping of 3,50€ (I currently do not live in Germany) should please be taken over. The glass bottle I then take over again.
So feel free to comment on my review and let me know if you are interested in a bottling (the first 5 can then count themselves among the lucky ones). Of course you can also say your opinion about the content of my comment :)