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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Xerjoff Shingl & a prize draw

By Marina

A gorgeous iris scent with an unfortunate name and a cold. There. My review is done. OK, fine, I will elaborate on the key points:

Name. The perfume is from Xerjoff's Shooting Stars collection, therefore, upon googling, I am guessing that the name might stand for Shingle Springs meteorite, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Co., California, a meteorite fall discovered in either 1869 or 1870 (source). I am guessing it was not meant to evoke "a viral infection that causes a painful rash" (source). But it does.

Iris, to me, is the dominant note in the composition. It emerges early, in the top notes, a couple of seconds after the heady mix of bergamot, basil, anise and rum hits the nasal passages with the smell uncannily similar to that Vicks VapoRub. Thus - iris with a cold.

. Can a fragrance that makes one think of a couple of deseases at once be attractive? Apparently it can. I actually like the chilly, mentholated smell of Vicks, so that might be a reason. Another reason is the opulence of the orris accord in Shingl. Not unlike that in the sublime Iriss, it is so thick and buttery, you could cut it with a knife. It also smells warm, like the softest, most luxurious cashmere shawl. The contrast of the coldness of the "Vicks" accord and the warmth of orris is very appealing. Before now, I have only known of tuberose (see Tubereuse Criminelle) and gardenia (Volo Az 686) being treated, pun intended, in this manner. I like the fact that the juxtaposition can be felt from start to the very finish, even in the ambery, slightly vanillic base.

Shingl is quite possibly the most unique iris fragrance I have encountered, its weird beauty is something I'd urge you to experience for yourself. Besides, 'tis the season of congestions, wouldn't it be nice to replace the old rub with something this glamorous (and, yes, expensive) and get better in style? On that note, stay healthy, everybody!

Shingl is available at Luckyscent and Xerjoff, $345.00-$470.00.

If you would like to receive a set of 5 Xerjoff samples, say so in your comment. A commenter will be chosen at random.

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Anonymous Lilybug said...

I'd love to try some samples as this sounds delightful. I haven't tried anything from Xerjoff yet either :)

12:08 AM EST  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

The Xerjoff line sounds beautiful to me. Would love to be able to sample. Iris fragrances always do the trick for me, i have not tried an Iris fragrance i have not liked yet.

12:13 AM EST  
Anonymous Olivia A said...

Oohhh Xerjoff has been intriguing me for some time now!! And Shingl certainly sounds interesting... I would love to try the samples :-) Thank you for the review, and for the prize draw!!

12:17 AM EST  
Anonymous Sturdone said...

I love, love, love Irisss, so am wondering how Shingl compares. I've got to admit that I'm having a hard time imagining a combination of Vicks and Irisss, but if you say it's gorgeous, I trust you 100% No need to enter me in the draw, but thanks for the opportunity. I'm gonna to purchase a sample from Luckyscent right now :-)

12:26 AM EST  
Blogger Tama said...

I'm kind of scared to love any Xerjoffs but I'd love to be in the draw anyway. Thanks for the review!!

2:08 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am interested to test Shingl because we distill essential oil, reputedly decongestant, from our organically-registered (British Soil Association)aromatic conifers here in Scotland.

2:11 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I'd love those five samples!

I have a sample of this, but I haven't tried it yet. Why tempt fate, you know what I mean?

But of course, now I need to know... off to sniff...

2:31 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another iris disguised in "Shingles" - oh, want to have! I'd love those samples too, but I am not sure I am allowed in the draw (employees excluded and so forth ;))

3:04 AM EST  
Anonymous hongkongmom said...

a very unfortunate name???!!!Great review

3:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Marte said...

I would love to try this. Please enter me in the draw!

3:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, these people need beta testers to review the names!! But hey, I'll try a sample set.

4:02 AM EST  
Blogger Ines said...

Oh, I would definitely like to win it. And that Vicks accord sounds interesting. :)

4:15 AM EST  
Blogger Vanessa said...

"Iris with a cold" is killing! Mr Bonkers has a cold at the minute and is surprisingly amenable to all manner of vitamins and medicaments. Could this be the perfect moment to attempt to re-introduce him to perfume via a medicinal back door?

Shingl is a curious-sounding choice from a house whose name is already pushing the envelope in terms of oddity! : - )

4:40 AM EST  
Anonymous Zazie said...

oh, no, another tempting Xerjoff fragrance. I love my iris buttery, so of course I'd love to try Shingl (and iriss, truth to be told ;)).
As I do have a cold at the moment, I could put to good use those vicks effluves... I do like its smell, too.
Please, please, please enter me in the draw!

5:03 AM EST  
Blogger Christof said...

Although my feelings regarding the PR of Xerjoff are somewhat mixed, I am still curious. Please enter me in the draw.

5:08 AM EST  
Blogger Tara said...

Well, if this is the most unique iris fragrance you have ever experienced, I'm really intrigued! Please enter me in the draw for the samples. Thanks!

5:25 AM EST  
Blogger Irina said...

Please, enter me the draw
I am so intigued by their iris compositions

5:57 AM EST  
Blogger Isa said...

Iris is one of my favorite notes. I have still to find one iris fragrance I don't love.

I would love to try some Xerjoff fragrances. Please, enter me in the draw :)

6:37 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always up for sample-trying. And Vicks Vapo-rub is appropriate, as I have 1 child with a horrible headcold, during vacation week, no less.

6:40 AM EST  
Anonymous sybil said...

I left the "child with a head cold comment", pre-coffee. My bad!

6:40 AM EST  
Anonymous Meggie said...

I would quite like to try this. There is a scent, by another line, that I describe as Noxema gone Wild. It's a staple of mine. Iris & Vicks sounds right up my alley. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

7:38 AM EST  
Blogger Katy Josephine said...

This sounds just weird enough that I would love it. Thanks for the 'cool' review and the drawing!

7:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Melissa81 said...

This sounds so interesting...a new take on iris! Thanks for the lowdown, and I would love to be entered in the draw :)

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love to win the Xerjoff samples. I'm new to perfume and it's been so exciting trying new things. I must admit I'm afraid of falling in love, the price is a little out of my reach!

8:43 AM EST  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

OMG, I would LOOOOOVE to win a sample set! Please enter me!

I've noticed that Xerjoff has been doing a great job of getting the word out about their perfumes lately--- and everyone seems to love them. Kudos to them.

8:50 AM EST  
Blogger ~elise said...

I would love to try some samples! Iris is tricky, but I"m willing to make an effort! :)

8:54 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

what scents is that? I am intrigued!

9:21 AM EST  
Anonymous Mrs. Honey said...

I would like to be included in the draw. I have come close to actually ordering samples but what if I loved it? Then what would I do? I don't think I could bring myself to pay that much for a bottle-- I could get Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russie for the same amount.

9:41 AM EST  
Blogger Katherine said...

would love to try some samples, thanks for the draw!

9:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Nina said...

This sounds amazing! I adore iris scents. I'd love to try some samples.

9:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The line seems EXPENSIVE, but at least the scents are not getting full on mockery or they must have some kind of quality. Would love to try...

10:02 AM EST  
Anonymous mocards said...

I've loved reading your comments about the fragrances in the Xerjoff line. I've never sampled any of them so would definitely be up for receiving samples. Shingl sounds so nice.

10:14 AM EST  
Blogger womo531 said...

sigh... another uber expensive soooo out of reach iris...

10:15 AM EST  
Blogger Sean Morey said...

I've only tried one of the Xerjoff fragrances and I LOVE it!!

Please enter me in the drawing!!

10:24 AM EST  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

With iris being one of my favorite perfume notes, this sounds like a must try - despite the name. In fact, I almost didn't read the review because of the name, which would have been a shame. I would love the chance to try the assorted samples! These givaway opportunities are so fun - thanks. ~Victoria

10:32 AM EST  
Blogger Angela Cox said...

I think Xerjoff are very underrated .I have never been able to afford a whole bottle so hope one day they will learn to sell in ordinary glass bottles. I love Vick , it's a familiar winter smell !

10:53 AM EST  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'd love to try the sample set, as just about every review I've read makes this line sound like a must try. Even with the price...

10:54 AM EST  
Blogger Alice said...

What an awful name! I'm another Xerjoff virgin. :-) But, I would love to try anything from the line! Thanks for the chance. :-)

11:27 AM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...

I still get a nervous twitch when I hear the word shingle in any iteration...I had a bad case in my late 20s....all the way down the back of my left leg. I should probably order a sample of this for cathartic purposes!

And I'd love to win a sample set, thanks!

11:42 AM EST  
Anonymous Mina B said...

I would love to try the samples -- thank you for entering me in the draw!

11:50 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would LOVE to receive these samples. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!

11:54 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for entering me in the draw =)

11:57 AM EST  
Blogger Alyssa said...

You are hilarious. That is all. ;)

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Balutakat said...

I am intrigued. Please enter me, as well. Katherine B.

12:33 PM EST  
Blogger Elisa said...

5 samples! Yes please. Haven't explored this line yet (and likely won't unless it's free!)

12:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Karen G said...

Well, I'd love to try these samples. Weird iris sounds great to me (iris is my favourite note, and I also enjoy the scent of Vapo-rub!) Unfortunate name, though.

2:24 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've not smelled an iris that bowled me over to date. I have noticed in my short tenure as an aspiring sniffisto that context is everything. I thought I hated amber until Ambre Sultan. I didn't know I could love a rose until Rossy de Palma (still not completely sure!).

I'd like to be considered for the Xerjoff drawing. Isn't their name borderline obscene somehow? Couple it with "Shingl" and I envision date night at the swinging elderhostel!

2:27 PM EST  
Blogger odonata9 said...

Would love to try these - people keep talking about this line!

3:13 PM EST  
Anonymous ElizabethC said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Is the Vicks smell anything like the opening of Serge's tubereuse?

3:29 PM EST  
Anonymous Bevfred said...

Wow, this sounds interesting. I love iris so I'd like to try the samples. We don't have the Xerjoff line in Toronto.

3:34 PM EST  
Blogger rosarita said...

I have yet to try any of these; please count me in the draw!

4:07 PM EST  
Blogger samberg said...

Iris and tuberose are where my perfume travels have taken me lately, so please sign me up for samples cuz I'm stuck in an extreme exploration phase that I don't want out of.

4:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win the sample set, being the Vicks Vapo-Rub fan that I am. :-) I like Iris too, but Vicks really floats my boat (did it used to be stronger? It seems like the mid-60s Vicks of my youth was awesome in its head clearing power.)

5:28 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, do enter me in your drawing, and thank you for the amusing review! May wearing it act as an innoculant against the aforementioned dread disease : ).

5:59 PM EST  
Anonymous missyl said...

I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Thanks!

6:02 PM EST  
Anonymous Thalia said...

Oh wow, I'd love to try the Xerjoffs!

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought "Shingles"!? when I saw the name ...

6:15 PM EST  
Anonymous Denise said...

I would love to be entered in the draw. It might be the only way I get to try the Xerjoff fragrances.

6:52 PM EST  
Blogger RH said...

Xerjoff is a house I'm curious about, but its price point scared me away every time... so if I have even the slimmest chance to try it, I'm going to try my luck- please enter me in the draw! I'd love to try both this and Iriss!

7:30 PM EST  
Blogger a.k.a. Warum said...

Let me try!

8:04 PM EST  
Blogger Dixie said...

I have fond memories of Vicks vaporub being rubbed on my chest as a kid. Thanks for the review!

I would love to be included in the prize draw for the Xerjoff samples!

8:19 PM EST  
Anonymous Starscent said...

I would call Shingl playfully pretty and I do love the scent, although I wish it had a bit more sillage without my having to drown myself in it. Would love to try other Xerjoffs and would appreciate your entering me in the draw. Thank you for your wonderful posts.

9:15 PM EST  
Blogger Sue said...

Haha, great review and take on that name. I'd love to try some Xeroff scents. Thank you for the drawing!

9:34 PM EST  
Blogger Liz said...

I'd love to try some samples!
Iris with a cold... what a novel idea! I wonder if there's any chammomile in there... tea is a must whenever a cold is around!

9:43 PM EST  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

Iris that also clears the nasal passages? I love it when fragrances can multi task. Lol Please enter me in the draw I would love to try some Xerjoff samples

10:15 PM EST  
Anonymous ElizabethN said...

I have never tried Xerjoff scents. The price point scares me. What if I like them?? Well, please put my name in for the drawing anyway, thanks!

11:03 PM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I would love to try the Xerjoff samples.They sound wonderful !

12:02 AM EST  
Blogger Gustav said...

I'd love to try Xerjoff samples! I haven't tried anything from Xerjoff yet

6:21 AM EST  
Blogger said...

Thank you for this generous opportunity)) Enter me in the draw!

6:24 AM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

Oooh, nice draw. Thanks, M! Haven't tried any Xerjoffs yet...

7:41 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to say yesterday, wow, the photo is fantastic! You really have a great eye.
Iris sounds so appealing!

Opjat' chto-to s bloggerom kogda ja pytajus' postavit' komment s Blackberry. :(

8:13 AM EST  
Anonymous CC said...

I've always wondered if the Xerjoff line (those prices!) was just a bunch of niche hype. I would love to try Shingl and Irisss someday though!

9:07 AM EST  
Anonymous d3m0lici0n said...

I tried Homme the other day and is an amazing leather, I'd love to try more from this line. Thanks.

9:09 AM EST  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

I'd love to try some samples from this previously-unsampled-by-me line. Iris scents tend to do weird things on me, and I keep hoping I'll find one that's wearable. With my luck, it'll be an expensive one!

10:18 AM EST  
Blogger KathyT said...

I'd love to try this one, so please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!

2:21 PM EST  
Blogger Undina said...

Please, enter me into the draw. It will be hard if 1) I win it and 2) I like it, but I'm willing to take the risk ;)

4:59 PM EST  
Blogger Ms. Wood said...

I'd love to be entered in the draw.

6:51 PM EST  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

I always enjoyed the smell of menthol when I was a kid, too.
I would love to be in on draw.

1:14 AM EST  
Anonymous L said...

Thanks for hosting another draw! I would love to try these.

1:31 AM EST  
Blogger Janet said...

I do love the Vicks accord in TC. Please enter me in the draw.

10:06 AM EST  
Blogger Susan said...

has the drawing closed? I'll post on the chance it has not. Xerjoff is definitely out of my price range otherwise!

2:28 PM EDT  

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