Oud Stars - Alexandria III 2019

Oud Stars - Alexandria III by XerJoff
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Oud Stars - Alexandria III is a popular perfume by XerJoff for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is oriental-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes CinnamonCinnamon RosewoodRosewood LavenderLavender
Heart Notes Heart Notes CedarwoodCedarwood Lily of the valleyLily of the valley Bulgarian roseBulgarian rose
Base Notes Base Notes AmberAmber SandalwoodSandalwood MuskMusk VanillaVanilla Thai oudThai oud Laotian oudLaotian oud
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8.7371 Ratings
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9.0350 Ratings
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8.7350 Ratings
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9.4338 Ratings
Value for money
7.0230 Ratings
Submitted by Jazzbob, last update on 02.02.2023.
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The first edition of 99 pieces was exclusively sold at Harrods.
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Top Review 24  
Majestic Art
Since my commentary on Alexandria II was mainly about my special associations with this fragrance, this one is more about the olfactory aspect.

The DNA is unmistakably the same as in Alxandria II. Lots of lavender, lots of rose, lots of oud. Already with Alexandria II I noticed a big difference to other rose ouds. The Alexandrias are simply not the normal rose ouds. They are an opulent harmony of the highest quality natural ingredients in an extraordinary fragrance composition. A few fruity floral and a few woody oriental notes round off the total work of art in a supporting way. Lavender definitely plays the special role here. In rose ouds an otherwise rather seldom chosen ingredient, which, when chosen, is much weaker dosed than here. The lavender is one of the few non-dry representatives of its kind, which nevertheless has a natural scent and fits perfectly into the other components. It also does not evaporate in the heart or base note of the perfume, which remains. The oud is nevertheless unmistakably present, becoming stronger as it progresses. At some point, the beguilingly anal oud note becomes so present that I, as an oud fan, like Alexandria II best. By the way, I think that this combination of lavender and rose oud can only be described in words and will not be revealed to anyone who has never smelled the fragrance before. Alexandria fragrances have the potential to positively surprise everyone. Really everyone, even those who entered testing with a false expectation.

And with the third Alexandria, all this will be much better. Alexandria III is an Alexandria II on steroids. Although the olfactory DNA is the same. But the oud is so much more present. The beguilingly anal notes described above come directly at the beginning and not only in the course. These notes were my favorite in Alexandria II. And it is these notes that Alexandria III now offers me from the beginning of the olfactory progression. Amazing! It's only a matter of time before this most wonderful of all wonderful scents is allowed to enter my collection.

A true 10/10 composition that is unrivalled. The most successful prank by XerJoff, the most successful "reformulation" I can remember. A bottle that sets new standards in beauty and oriental appeal. Durability and sillage are alien. I wish I could be more objective here. But isn't it the highest possible compliment to a perfume that you can't judge it objectively because you're so enthusiastic about it?

Conclusion: Close your eyes, swipe the credit card and enjoy. Nobody can do anything wrong here. Although I've tried almost the entire collections of XerJoff, Tiziana Terenzi, Stephane Humbert Lucas, Kemi and many other Nieschen labels, for me the most outstanding fragrance to date, together with Alexandria II, is the one I've ever created. Is that still perfume or already art? Cheers
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How Xerjoff polarizes
The perfume house Xerjoff accompanies me for a good year. Many fragrances I have tested and a few also moved in with me.
Everything began with Alexandria II and a curious test in the perfume department of a Breuninger. Since I was very interested in Orientals before, this fragrance was far up on the tasting list.
So generously sprayed on the arm and off we go.
To cut short the story of how much I liked the scent, I'll tell you that it moved in two weeks later and started the Xerjoff journey.

Of course, it hadn't taken long for the "reformulation" with Alexandria III to quickly come into view.
As a classic Parfumo I have of course studied all the comments to make me a picture of the fragrance, because often reformulations rather entail deterioration. In the said Breuninger, there was this version unfortunately not as a tester, so remained also initially only this approach.
But at the time, the statements to this fragrance were very mixed, just polarizing.
Either praised in the sky or partially verrissen. It was a copy of the comments and statements on Alexandria II before the hype began. I found it very amazing how such a gradient in reviews could occur, from majestic scent to "scratchy" or "synthetic".
A storybook example of how scents are perceived.

But let's get to the scent itself:

The fragrance DNA has described my previous speaker HIRH perfectly, which is why I do not want to repeat the fragrance pyramid in detail, but would like to reflect the feeling that gives Alex III.
You can immediately see that both fragrances are relatives. We have here no classical reformulation, as one knows it with designer fragrances. It is rather a different interpretation. In the sense that the third version is "clearly" more floral, a little less sweet and "oudiger". In short - more oriental.
Whether it is better or worse than its predecessor, I do not want to evaluate at all, because they are not for me in a competition, but complement each other.
Certainly I can share with all interested readers that the second generation is more pleasing and a bigger crowd pleaser, as they say nowadays.
But who is interested in Orientals, which have not been too much steamed for Western noses, can take the next step here. Because you get for my feeling the best of two worlds - very high quality, authentic ingredients and a fragrance that you can wear in our latitudes excellent. (I've tested it for a year ?)
For those, the "expensive money" for a bottling will also not be wasted, because the experience is worth it.

Finally, a few words about the Perfomance and Flakon.

As befits an oriental fragrance, you get your money's worth here. He does what he should - hold and radiate. In the end, of course, the dosage decides.
Flacon and packaging are top league. You can always tell that Sergio Momo was a glazier in his previous lives.

In this sense - remains curious!
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Very helpful Review 16  
Ambivalence high III
Blind tests are an eye-opening affair (or rather a nose opening affair), because in some cases high-priced fragrances are considered much cheaper and vice versa. In this way it becomes clear that not everything that glitters is gold. I feel a bit like that with Alexandria III (and especially with II). The Xerjoff brand stands for expensive perfumes in high-quality flacons and packaging that are undoubtedly of high quality and concentration, but one or the other can be distracted from the outward appearance.

Already with Alexandria II I noticed that the fragrance doesn't actually smell of oud, but of lavender and cinnamon in the top note and a base that is a mixture of ambry-creamy woods and a pungent synthetic pencil note. The latter seems to be perceived similarly differently to Iso E Super - some are almost anosmic against it or simply like it, for others it quickly becomes penetrating. This has nothing to do with noble and natural fragrances.

Some of you have already made the comparison between Alexandria II and III in your statements, but I have to contradict the mentioned similarities and would describe it as follows: III has in common with II the lavender and the pencil note - but in a much weaker form. Instead, III appears much more floral, sweeter and brighter from the start. Talked in stereotypes: II is the more masculine, III the more feminine variant. If there's anything of value in Alexandria III, it's the rose. It is by no means dark and fruity, as in many other oriental creations, but outshines everything, whereby the lily of the valley (keyword: lily of the valley) certainly has a supporting effect. I can also filter out a certain spice in the form of a pinch of dry cinnamon and a subtle vanilla sweetness, but the fragrance doesn't give off much more. The dry, woody base could possibly contain a homeopathic dose of oud, which however goes down with me.

I don't want to take the pleasure of the fragrance away from anyone here and have to admit that the Alexandrias all have a very good shelf-life and a very good sillage, but I still have the impression that Xerjoff sometimes achieves this with simple, synthetic fragrances. If you are looking for a light rose on a rather dry wood base with a low oud content, then Oud Silk Mood from MFK is the right choice. There is probably just as much synthetic in it, but the fragrance seems to me much better balanced and is also cheaper.
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Absolutely overrated
I don't know if my nose is just not trained enough for this fragrance, but this fragrance is the third one in a row that makes me realize that niche is sometimes overrated.

Or maybe it's simply the royal bottle and the rather big hype that sets the expectations for this fragrance very high.

On my skin I find him simply unbearable. The rose pushes itself so much into the foreground that one could think I had sprayed on granny's perfume. Only after a few hours the rose settles and a synthetic, sweet paste mixed with wood comes to the fore. Single components are not to be smelled out.

More pleasant is the scent on the clothes. Here, I don't perceive the rose alone. At the beginning lavender is clearly visible paired with a synthetic woody scent. After some time the whole thing changes to metallic. The scent is "smellable" but looks synthetic. It is so intense that even after 24 hours after spraying on the clothes in the laundry basket there is still a cloud around you.

All in all, the fragrance is an indefinable, sweet synthetic bomb....naja wers mögen.

I could have spared myself the expensive bottling... too bad for the money.
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Cleopatra calls again.............
After testing Alexandria II, nothing could baffle me anytime soon.
This is indeed not so long ago. But I had already tested a few others. Until the 3ml tube was sent by mail. I was first afraid to be disappointed. I had with the A ll yes already a never known high feeling.
Therefore, I let the filling times 3 days untouched stand.

Oh what smells there my nose.......... It starts just as wonderful as the No.2.
There it was again, that amazement, that addictive wrist smell.
On the whole, I can smell almost no difference. Except that No. 3 has less floral notes.
But it is again the wonderful combination.
A poem of a fragrance. A revelation for the nose. For me, the dream come true of a perfect fragrance.
Is it a perfect fragrance? For me, 100% yes.

Xerjoff has created here something really big in the perfume world. To top that in this fragrance area...........almost a thing of impossibility
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Blako11Blako11 2 years ago
More refined than II, less heavy and more feminine. I like Alexandria II better. It's a matter of taste.
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 2 years ago
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A bright and powdery spicy-floral Mid season fragrance, balanced by warm and creamy oriental-woody base. Nice lavender and rose-oud combo!
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RisingChaosRisingChaos 7 months ago
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Alex II: Soapy, woody lavender with juicy apple-cinnamon. Alex III: Delete the apple, amp up the rose significantly, and very chalky.
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EstbienlaEstbienla 1 year ago
Having a decant , it smells like rose water for the bath that we used before with touches of creamy wood. This does not justify its price!
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MrLawmanMrLawman 2 years ago
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A softer version of Alaxendria II with a delicious dose of rose. The rosewood gives off a clean vibe and makes the scent extra rosey. Winner
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