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Friday, March 31, 2006

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

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.

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Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! And thank you for introducing me to this one! You described it perfcetly when you said it is "appropriate". Definitely, I could see wearing it on a variety of occasions and in all seasons.

You know what I realized it reminds me of a little? Ciel by Amouage. They don't smell identical of course, but are green-fruity and very smoothly blended.

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

I tried this recently at NM and enjoyed it. If I remember correctly, it seemed to have a nice spicy accord. Could that be right? Or am I confusing it with another? At any rate, although I liked it, there was nothing about it that moved me to pay so high a price.

8:56 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I didn't get anything spicy from it *pouts*
Apart from that, I had the same reaction to it, it is lovely but did not wow me enough to pay the price.

9:17 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Hi, Perfume Harpy here. Two and change for something that smells pleasant and well blended?

Puh-lease. A new level of luxury: rich and dull at the same time. 'Scuse me, I'm gonna go spray on something cheap and offensive. I've got a few to choose from....

9:27 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Perfume Harpy here too. I wonder if, whilst reading the first paragraph of this post, you could just picture me rolling my eyes and muttering "blah blah blah". :-)

9:51 AM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

Given the eventual bottom line price I can't imagine that this is ever going to hit the mark.

I'm curious to sniff though


10:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

So nice to see you stop by! I hope all is well.

I don't think I will ever quite forgive Mr. Christian for discontinuing the Crown scents, especially the wonderful Eau de Russe. Hrmph.

11:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Exactly. I haven't even tried many of the Crown scents yet. And perhaps I never will, because of a certain Mr. CC

2:20 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

No X factor for me either! Just a nice scent. And also holding a grudge against CC, in my case for Eau de Russe.

6:23 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Eau de Russe is the reason behind my grudge too. I don't think I can ever frogive CC for discontinuing it.

6:26 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Nyakio, really? I must try! Thank you for the heads up.

4:43 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received this perfume as a gift, not knowing how expensive it was. It has turned out to be my favorite, (with Amarige, and Parfum d'Ete coming in second). I wonder if the varying results/coments are a result of a fragrance simply smelling differently on different individuals? Maybe...all I know is that when I spray it on me, I instantly feel sensational and sophisticated and I get tons of compliments - it's my signature fragrance.

3:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the opening of this fragrance, which is pure labdanum at its very best, supported by subtle spice and wood. I have used and smelled labdanum absolute, and CC seems to have distilled off the very best top notes of labdanum to use as a topnote rather than a basenote for this scent, quite a feat! I agree with the other reviewers who say it dries down to a dimestore generic, kind of yucky ambery musk available in a lot of post-disco era cheapies. If it could stay in its opening, it would be my favorite scent of all time.

7:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have bought several bottles of X and loved it, but for the price the scent drifted away far too fast (like a cheap spray filled with alcohol). Loved the scent before it went away tho!!! Now I have deserted the big price tag and moved to a scent that is almost exactly like it - GUCCI RUSH (the original).

12:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a beautiful scent, but it's gone way too soon. At this price it should last through a bath, but it's gone in an hour (on me).

1:33 AM EST  
Anonymous sohail said...

This fragrance is great. Very basic but elegant. It did not last but half a day. I suppose the one I bought.

6:34 AM EDT  
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10:01 PM EDT  
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High end designer perfumes and colognes can be fairly expensive. This is actually fairly reasonable when taking into consideration that it is from a top designer.

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You described it perfcetly when you said it is "appropriate". Definitely, I could see wearing it on a variety of occasions and in all seasons.

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