Xerjoff 1861 - Perfume Review & Prize Draw
1861, the new fragrance by Xerjoff, is meant to celebrate Italian unification and to embody, with its top, middle and base notes, different climatic and natural beauties of various parts of Italy. Which is a respectable if a bit cliche inspiration. To me the perfume is more evocative of Italian fashion.
The fresh, breezy citrus is Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 RTW, almost all white, broderie anglaise, virginal and still somehow over the top sexy. The heart notes, which are supposed to be lily of the valley and rose, but in fact smell to my nose of Xerjoff's trademark sumptuous orris, is Gucci...not circa Tom Ford, with the cut-outs, provocativeness and 1990-ness....it is more in Frida Giannini's style, almost lady-like in parts, but still obviously, unapologetically glamorous.
The base, which, with its luscious, dark amber, musk overdose and suggestive earthiness of patchouli, is to me the most appealing part of 1861, is Roberto Cavalli's animal prints...and, of course, Versace's overall dramatic ideology of more is more.
Not surprisingly, therefore, 1861 is one of those perfumes that make one feel vestito a festa, no matter what one is wearing. I love that.
If you would like to try a sample of 1861 and a couple of others by Xerjoff, let me know if you have any items with animal print in your wardrobe. Winner will be chosen randomly, regardless of the answer. :)