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the Greeks also came to Sicily
The name "XJ 1861 Naxos" irritated me at first:
The year 1861 already told me something as an "Italian of heart and soul": the "Kingdom of Italy" was launched this year.
The first King Vittorio Emanuele II is already remembered by the monstrous monument of the "Unità d'Italia", in the middle of Rome.
Also called "The false dentition" by the locals, this colossus cannot be overlooked.
Once again, megalomania was confused with style; but it is ideal as a meeting place - you can't miss it there; at most get lost in the photographing crowd of tourists.
For some time now it has been possible to organise events on the roof of this building: the view over Rome is more impressive than the people who meet there.
In most cases this is done under the motto: "See you anyway!"
But what's with "Naxos" now? The Internet was endeavored - the Internet knew advice!
Of course the Greeks also came to Sicily! The excavations of Taormina are the best and most impressive reminder of this "visit"!
And "Giardino Naxos" is located about 50 kilometers south of Messina; it belongs to this municipality.
Oh, my! Sometimes the board in front of my head is more like a tank plate!
"XJ 1861 Naxos" is the first Xerjoff fragrance I was allowed to test - thanks Gelis: the curiosity was of course great.
The pyramid here sounds very tempting, even if it turns out that it is not quite complete.
My meanwhile very fragrance-experienced nose said this immediately; a further research showed that she is not wrong!
This "white beauty" starts with citrus freshness: bergamot (of course, which perfumer would do without it?!) and lemon open the round dance.
This Mediterranean fruitiness quickly meets lavender?!
Yes, it is lavender - as the aforementioned research confirms!
So for the first time the sensual heart of Sicily opens itself to me: quiet and yet fragrant and ready to get into the mood for an intoxicating adventure.
Honey strongly perfumed with cinnamon flows around an abundance of white jasmine blossoms, the large fragrant umbels of the night bloomers. These give off their strong-sweet aroma without any restriction and completely uninhibited to their surroundings.
The honey sighs with comfort - it purrs almost!
Other spices also play a flattering role: I perceive cloves and nutmeg (a memory of the Christmas spice cake, which has become an annual ritual).
Even someone like me, who is not such a great friend of such scented sweets, is deeply touched by this spicy-white beauty. She lures too skillfully ...
The synthetic cashmeran gives a light wood note; to what extent it had to be resorted to is beyond my knowledge.
But it doesn't hurt the scent. This is good as it is.
Pretty soon, actually already after the lavender showed up for the first time, I meet tobacco: light (not fermented) tobacco, freshly cut: a fragrance that delights me again and again.
The freshly opened pack of cigarettes sometimes brought more fragrance than the first draft of the cigarette!
Especially when sweet and flowery, this spice comes into its own and harmonizes well with the existing kitchen spices.
So a voluptuous-sweet fragrance bed is prepared for the creamy, warm vanilla: deep passion lights up!
Venus enters the arena with a fragrant entourage: here she is paid homage!
"XJ 1861 Naxos" reminds me of a wide, low Divan with a variety of soft white pillows and blankets. Everything already seems a little rumpled ...
This "lottery bed" (what a delightful word!) is located in a wood-panelled room where the light comes solely from a funny flickering fire in the fireplace and countless candles.
A crackle, a vibration spreads ...
(Pst! Now we draw the white, voluminous curtain with the wide golden border in front of this scene!)
This fragrance leaves the skin warm and honey-coloured breathed over; almost magical light reflexes dance on it; the delicate cast of shadows is cinnamon-coloured: partly applied with a fine brush as ornament, partly blurred, flowing - without hard edges.
The blood under this skin pulsates ...
Yes, "XJ 1861 Naxos" is sweet - as sweet as a sinful temptation; a stolen night!
I got involved with this charming, seductive fragrance creature and didn't regret it.
The shelf life is really enormous; even in the morning a hint of cinnamon surrounds me and reminds me of fresh apple pockets with thick sweet icing that just come out of the oven: "Honey! Coffee's ready!"
This "morning after" is not horrible; no, it is full of tenderly vibrating fragrance, full of warmth - and it carries a smile, like a silky bulging negligee.
This enchanting "white sin" may remain with me until the bottling is empty.
I'm sure we'll spend some nice hours together, worth remembering.
(Well, dear Gelis: were your expectations fulfilled? I did it gladly!)