Oud Stars - Alexandria III (2019)

Oud Stars - Alexandria III by XerJoff
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Oud Stars - Alexandria III is a new perfume by XerJoff for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is oriental-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCinnamon, Rosewood, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesCedarwood, Lily-of-the-valley, Bulgarian rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla, Thai oud, Laotian oud

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Scent

8.4 (16 Ratings)

Longevity

9.1 (16 Ratings)

Sillage

8.7 (17 Ratings)

Bottle

9.4 (22 Ratings)
Submitted by Jazzbob, last update on 05.12.2019.

Interesting Facts

The first edition of 99 pieces was exclusively sold at Harrods.
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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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