XJ 1861 Renaissance (2011)

XJ 1861 Renaissance by XerJoff
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XJ 1861 Renaissance is a popular perfume by XerJoff for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is citrusy-fresh. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCalabrian bergamot, Lime, Tangerine, Petitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesLily-of-the-valley, Mint, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Moss, Patchouli, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (242 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (204 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (203 Ratings)

Bottle

8.6 (198 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 08.07.2020.

Interesting Facts

In the wake of the release of new scents in the XJ 1861 collection the fragrance was renamed XJ 1861 Renaissance.
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8.5
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9
Longevity
7
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9
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HIRH
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Alternative to the MFK ACF for all those who wish to have some draught in summer too
With Aqua Celestia Forte, MFK has a fragrance in its repertoire that smells mainly of petitgrain and lime. A board for the beach, incredibly refreshing. But with little depth. A fragrance that seems to consist only of the eternal top notes lime and petitgrain. Actually an invitation to layering with a heavier fragrance.

XerJoff has fixed this flaw with Renaissance. Musk and cedar wood I take from the beginning, first as a kind of bodyguard of lime and petitgrain. Throughout in the background, but still somehow relevant for the overall impression. Gives the fragrance some depth in comparison to other fragrances and applications.

In the course of the day, musk and cedar step forward a little more with every passing minute. The lime recedes slightly, but remains until the end of the fragrance's development.

The durability and silage is slightly worse than with the Aqua Celestia Forte. But it is also an eau de parfum and more expensive. It somehow balances itself out, because H+S are by no means bad at the Renaissance either.

Conclusion: Alternative to the MFK ACF for all those who wish to have a little draught in summer too. "Something" is meant literally. Nevertheless light enough for 40 Grand on the beach. May be bought.

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8
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5
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8
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Unterholz
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Top Review    0  
New rich and sexy!
For me, Xerjoff stands prominently for those umpteen pseudo-luxury brands where marketing and packaging are not quite in proportion to the actual content. This is not forbidden, but it is also far from pleasant.

Nevertheless, there are a few Xerjoffs that I think are quite successful. The prices of the Italian perfumers are salted, even if the quality of the products is basically not bad. But that doesn't mean that I'm willing to pay more than 250.-Euro (50 mL) for one of the beautiful oud stars, for example, I simply exceed a pain threshold. And again and again one discovers alternatives that are in the moderate price range and just as well made. 170.-Euro for the Renaissance (100 mL EdT) is just ok for such a "light" composition. So I treated myself to this one for the summer despite my above scruples, it's just too good. When I tested it for the first time a few years ago, I gave it the highest mark. And that doesn't happen often. But then I was surprised, has it been reformulated in the meantime? Interestingly, I remembered it a little differently.

From the composition quite simply held, this is above all a broad citrus scent. The generic term "citrus" has rarely been used more beautifully. Lemon? Tangerine? Grapefruit? Bergamot? Probably a little bit of everyone. Sparkling, subtle, realistic and at the same time a little artificial, airy, sourly refreshing - all vitamins in it - and with a herbal addition (mint and possibly rosemary?) it never seems flat. Maybe it is also the petitgrain, which produces a nice leaf-green unfruity tonic bitterness. The citrus fruits get a slightly dry-creamy undertone (no Nivea!), without having been mixed with the big musk scoop. That fits. The floral components only play a role for me to the extent that I perceive the fragrance as harmoniously holistic, perhaps some jasmine can be guessed at. Despite the "Amber" being mentioned, there is nothing sweet about it. It is also interesting that the citrus notes last extremely long, the devil knows how the Italos do it (Paradisamide?). But as a citrus fetishist this is only right for me.

Now to the differences to the new(?) version. I found the top note more sparkling, more like grapefruit. What I liked very much at that time was a nice cedar from the beginning, I take Texas cedar, with this characteristic cumin-like, slightly sweaty note. I think it just expands clean or citrusy scents with a slightly soiled component. An ideal duo with a slightly earthy patch that is hard to guess when new. Overall, the new fragrance seems a bit more artificial, less sparkling, more linear, and without the beautiful almost animalistic cedar note. For this you get one point deduction.

Since I like to order test tubes with a fragrance, I have made a selection online at Xerjoff. The delivery of the order is impressive: a huge package, which in turn contains a white Snow White coffin box as big as a Mastaba. Inside is once again the individual products, wrapped in recycled tissue paper. The samples are of course embedded in plasticized "Xerjoff-Universe" cardboard blocks with a purple art velvet interior. Phew, and the Renaissance flacon was faithfully wrapped in cardboard like a pharaoh according to the layer principle. Finally, the flacon rests in an oversized imitation leather sarcophagus. Why is this? I appreciate careful packaging, but this is disproportionate. Cheesy junk. Especially since the far too nice wrappings end up in the repository anyway. Even in the luxury industry, you have to think about the fact that you can also pack something nice in an environmentally friendly way. Personally, I think it's unsexy to produce so much waste for a fragrance and it will probably keep me from buying another Xerjoff.

If you enjoy dry-woody-creamy hesperidia scents without a dramatic scent, you should test here.
This Xerjoff is certainly not "great cinema", but precisely because of its low profile it doesn't really fit into the brand's broad-based portfolio at all. For me probably just therefore a half bull's eye.
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Jazzbob
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The bearable lightness of being
In addition to numerous oud scents, Xerjoff also has a penchant for citrus scents. Of course, this is a perfect match for Italy, where three fragrances were launched on the occasion of its 150th anniversary: Renaissance, Naxos and Zefiro. The brand impressively shows how differently Hesperides can be embedded with Nio (Neroli, tart, green, spicy and absolutely unsweet), Uden (lemon with cool freshness in contrast to the warm, slightly gourmand base) and Kobe (all components of the bitter orange used and exotic, oriental staged). Renaissance, on the other hand, goes a completely different way.

Right at the beginning, you are refreshed by a great mixture of citrus notes, of which lime stands out due to its tart acidity. Together with the mint, this results in a really tingling combination that is extremely natural and invigorating. In the background, however, a quality is immediately noticeable that I would describe as creamy and bright floral. Logically, this results in a somewhat feminine touch, but I don't see this as a problem, because every male wearer will simply feel wrapped in a light, clean robe. This effect is maintained for quite a while before the citric and floral notes gradually retreat and clear the way for the base. I can't filter out amber and patchouli, but the slightly dry cedar already and the discreet green impression remains, whereby the freshness of the mint changes into a rather spicy and, if you like, mossy direction. That's why Renaissance tends towards the masculine towards the end and even reminds me a little of 1828 (Jules Verne) by Histoires de Parfums, which smells a little spicier and even slightly smoky.

Both can easily be underestimated in terms of their projection, because despite the rather fresh, bright orientation of those, a very clearly perceptible veil remains in the air for hours. Unfortunately a sweetish note disturbs me equally, which is not particularly strong, but nevertheless quite present. Therefore, Renaissance should be sparingly dosed in midsummer. This perfume, which is not exactly cheap for Xerjoff, but affordable by Xerjoff's standards, is best suited for spring anyway. It also gives me personally an optimistic aura, like the increasing sunshine, the greening and blossoming nature in this season.
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Drseid

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Smells OK, But The Value Proposition Stinks...
1861 opens with a beautiful lemon and mandarin orange mixture that starts things off on a promising note. The lemon quickly fades, but the orange remains turning into orange blossom on my skin and then in the heart notes coupling with a mint leaf. The mint is definitely present, but make no mistake, this is not about the mint, and much more about the orange with other floral- like powdery citrus notes including petitgrain in the heart supporting it. Hours later as the mandarin and its supporting florals recede a light musk and patchouli tandem takes center stage in the dry-down, melding with what remains of the orange. Projection is below average and longevity is average.

I guess I am one of only a few who have been less than impressed with Xerjoff's offerings on the whole, and 1861 adds to my list of disappointments. That is not to say that 1861 is a failure or smells bad (it doesn't), but rather it is just like too many other lesser citrus scents on the market that sell for considerably less money. The lemon in 1861 was impressive, but it was all too fleeting, leaving the mandarin and mint combo that was just a bit off to my tastes at least. If looking for a high quality Italian citrus, I could think of any number of worthy candidates costing much less that I would reach for over 1861, but one that immediately comes to mind is Acqua di Parma Colonia. In the case of 1861, I give it an "above average" rating of 2.5 to 3 out of 5 stars for its smell, but only 1.5 to 2 out of 5 for its relatively poor value proposition. Not recommended.
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JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins 6 months ago
6.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
Quite overpriced for a basic scent. Smells cheap and weak
HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
10
Bottle
The citrusy-fresh scent with a subtle mint note and floral accents smells classy, versatile and, above all, authentic.

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