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Damn it! I like that one.
With Xerjoff as a brand, I have reached a point where I say to myself, "No matter how good or sensational it is, it is too expensive. Finished, done, over."
I will probably stick to this statement, because somewhere you have to set a financial limit. Currently "Fars" can be found on the internet for 257,- Euro - for 50ml, mind you. That's about five Euro per Mililiter and that hurts somehow.
Despite the horrendous price I was curious and wanted to test a Xerjoff. The barter deal with the nice and generous perfume "Max1403" was completed quickly and easily and nothing stood in the way of a test. And yes ... damn it! I really like it - what a dilemma.
"Fars" from the "Oud Stars" collection is, according to my nose, a composition that is particularly captivating with lavender and oud. I honestly do not really notice the rose geranium.
In the beginning, the oud and the lavender compete with each other and try to overtake each other olfactorically. Sometimes the oud is dominant, which is dry, clean, but also nice and dark. Later it is again the light, slightly herbaceous, not at all too sweet lavender that "overscents" its woody counterpart. Thus, the first half hour gives the impression of being dealing with an oud-heavy fougère, but this is soon forgotten, because both - the oud and the lavender - get in order and work hand in hand for the next hours.
The not at all miserable, not at all animalistic, or even medical oud unleashes after more than an hour an aura that reminds me a little bit of paper. Maybe I am sitting in a library, too? Mmm... who knows. The wood appears dark, but at the same time very transparent and dry. The lavender, on the other hand, brings a little light into this darkness and rounds off the fragrance in an almost perfect way. This one is not a bit pungent as I know it from other lavender-laden scents. It is rather - let's say - a dried lavender that has retained a little bit of its residual juiciness and that now carefully sprays its subtle aroma in our fictional library in order not to scare off any visitors.
This interaction, which I have just demonstrated, is incredibly successful, perfect, masterly. The oud lets the lavender play and the lavender lets the oud play. It can be that simple. And contrary to what I expected, this composition proves to be suitable for everyday use and socially acceptable, fortunately it does not immediately contaminate whole rooms, buildings or even areas of land. The sillage is perceptible, but never disturbing, and that's surprising inasmuch as here at parfumo.de one reads again and again about Xerjoff fragrances as the space-consuming "warfare agents" par excellence. Well ... doesn't always seem to be the case - fortunately. I don't know if "Fars" would not lose part of its magic if it were as strong as I feared before the test. As it is, we can speak of perfection and also of a very flexible wearable scent characteristic. I can imagine wearing it on special occasions, but also in everyday life - with a shirt or coat if you like. But it also goes well with a rustic leather jacket. "Fars" is simply a universal genius