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Very helpful Review
The candle in the darkness
I was particularly looking forward to this fragrance and was correspondingly excited when I held the filling with the precious liquid in my hands. The opinions go with Alexandria 2 yes very divergent, which has also made me very curious. As with many other perfumas/parfumos, it stayed in my watch list for quite a long time, until a nice souk acquaintance gave me the rest of it as a present with my requested bottlings. What I think of Alexandria 2 you learn now and I wish you much joy and inspiration while reading!
The first sniff:
When even the smallest spray hit my skin, the scent filled the entire environment. I am standing in the middle of a room filled to the stone ceiling high with old dust-dry wood that is in danger of catching fire at the slightest spark. To me, the beginning seems primarily smoky-woody, to which cinnamon fits perfectly. It gives Alexandria 2 its figurative spice. But the fruits that I detect in the background here also contribute to this. But the spotlight is definitely on the smoky, dry woody aroma that comes across almost powdery. The lavender listed is totally lost on me, and overall the start doesn't have the slightest bit of lightness or lightness to me either. Rather, it is dark, mysterious and forbidden.
After a few minutes, you get a glimpse of something floral with a pungent acidity on the nose. This must be the rose, a jet black rose, with razor sharp spines. This rose helps the fragrance neutralize the woody powderiness a bit. It can actually use that quite well at the point.
While the quite creamy warm base initially held back, it gives itself with the fragrance development more and more to recognize. The acidity of fruit and rose becomes more homogeneous and stings increasingly less. Of the oud, which in many fragrances comes across as very lush, almost overwhelming, I notice rather little during the entire wearing situation of Alexandria 2. It holds back modestly and skillfully, which makes this Xerjoff wearable even for oud counterparts. After 10 minutes, one first senses a tendency towards warmth. I suspect that this goes on the account of the vanilla-amber base.
The overall impression of Alexandria 2 has thus changed a lot. Now you stand in a dark room, in which a candle stands centrally. It is both a source of light and warmth and thus indispensable to find your way in this frightening room.
The perfume becomes more and more wearable from this moment, softer, yet he remains mystical and dark. At this point, I have to praise the the bottle, which almost does the fragrance justice here.... but just almost.
The fragrance seems to me at this moment refined, even gilded, what others would describe at this point with sweetness. Because the word does not quite hit this direction for me.
But after 4 hours, the fragrance is then actually filled with a creamy sweetness, with which he has evolved tip from the start, very nice!
Alexandria 2 is lush and filled. The fragrance is more than just a breeze blowing at you. The perfume is expensive, has a colossal durability and sillage, which must definitely be appreciated. Precisely because of this performance, this Xerjoff is not for indoors, it needs space to fill, because you can't tame anything here. This fragrance you do not have under control - you will be noticed.
Definitely you should have smelled the contents of the bottle once, although I definitely wouldn't recommend it to everyone. Alexandria 2 takes a long time to develop, and it definitely impressed me a lot with that. There's nothing synthetic about it, nothing that puts me off and yet, at 20 years old, I'm far from ready to wear the fragrance.
But if you're asking me if this is a perfume masterpiece?
If you ask me if this is art?
Well, I don't have to think about that - the answer is yes