Perfume Review: Clive Christian X For Women
In 1999 British designer Clive Christian purchased Crown Perfumery Co. (est. 1872). Mr. Christian was inspired by its history and “the classic formulae” and decided “to create a new level of luxury perfumes”. (The Crown Perfumery fragrances were discontinued and replaced with Christian’s own creations.) Naturally, the level of luxury the designer had in mind could only be achieved by using “the finest and the rarest” ingredients. Thus, to make X “the most seductive fragrance possible”, certain “exotic ingredients” were used, and the name “X” is in fact a reference to those luxury components. (From Clive.com)
This supposed marvel of seductiveness, classified as a Chypre Fruity fragrance, has notes of ivy, peach, mandarin, bergamot, karo karounde, reseda, rose, jasmine, patchouli, cedar, vetyver, labdanum, and vanilla. It starts sweetly fruity (peach and mandarin) and softly green (ivy), goes through a delicate floral stage (nothing heady here, the flowers are quiet subdued), acquires a prominent patchouli note, and just when one thinks that it is going to dry down that way, dry, earthy and woody, X suddenly goes back to the top, green and fruity, notes and more or less stays that way till the very end. This makes the scent feel “rounded” and somehow complete, and I find that quality admirable. In general, X is very well blended, it is smooth, and it does smell sumptuous. Having said that, I do not find it extraordinary in any way, the “X factor” (heh) is missing for me. It is a very pleasant, very wearable scent, nothing more, nothing less.
X is available at Saks, $225.00 for 1.7oz. Four Seasons also offer pure perfume, $695.00 for 1oz.
*The image is from Saks.com.