A beautiful chypre, with strong notes of musk, woods and incense. Although I don't see incense actually listed, it must surely be here somewhere, giving that dry, exotic resonance which is so unusual today. This perfume is dark and deep and very definitely "Oriental", not simply an English version of Oriental. I picture the beautiful Lady Murasaki composing her secret incense recipes in the dimly illuminated chambers of the Emperor's Court. Heian princesses with ankle-length raven hair, arrayed in layer on layer of gorgeously coloured kimonos and undergarments, flit through the rooms on their way to assignations. Under the silver moon, a pale lover is writing a poem to the lady of his desire. She dabs on a little Hasu-no-Hana and hurries out to meet him, away from the prying eyes of the court. What a picture, and what a perfume!
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Xerjoff Nio's opening is the most beautiful citrus opening you will ever come across. It sparkles, shines, dazzles, is bright, it's blindingly brilliant, like a flawless diamond - that describes the teXture of its opening.
With bergamot that is so tangy, tart and tantalising that one gets that tingling sensation on the tongue that you feel when u taste lime juice. This ultra naturalistic accord is given eXtra bouyancy with the heft and creaminess of the Jasmine and Neroli. What you get is a citrus accord that is amplified beyond belief. It's projection is beyond strong, it is eXplosive!
Where Nio is a miracle is in the tenacity of those top notes. On a subconscious level, we're trained by repetition of eXperience to sense the vibrancy of zesty top notes fade quickly ... Nio's top notes seem to defy all that is normal. I call Nio the supernatural citrus. I say this as a person who has always held disdain for citrus fragrances, describing them as basic and boring
About 4 - 5 hours in the citrus notes finally begin to transition into the heart and Nio's true nature reveals itself as a Vetiver based fragrance complimented by spicy notes. These notes were always there as the woody base that the citrus composition rests its laurels on.
Overall Xerjoff Nio is one of the all time great citrus based fragrances I've ever come across.
This is a masterpiece. Truly one of the finest in its class. It manages to seem simple but it has profound compleXity and depth.
It's my most complimented fragrance. Illiciting oohs and aaahs from perfect strangers at an alarming rate. Its performance is incredible for an aromatic citrus woody fragrance.
Longevity - 9/10 *for a citrus
Projection - 10/10
Scent - 10/10
Compliments - 10/10
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Having re-established Grossmith with our Classic Collection (Hasu-no-Hana, Phul-Nana, Shem-el-Nessim) and having reconnected with the Royal Family through our Royal Collection (Betrothal and Diamond Jubilee Bouquet) it is time to take Grossmith forward as a truly modern, innovative perfume house.
Grossmith has created four completely new, modern fragrances, in the new Black Label Collection - a cool white floral, Floral Veil; two chypres, Amelia and Golden Chypre; and an oud, Saffron Rose.
Grossmith has a stunning heritage and ambitious plans for the future: the house is drawing on its reputation for quality, craftsmanship and authenticity. Its exquisite new fragrances are being enjoyed around the world by perfume lovers who adore luxury and who seek individuality and exclusivity.
Launch of the ‘Serie de Luxe’ range with specially commissioned
The company was awarded Royal Warrants by Queen Alexandra and the Royal Courts of Greece
|1901 - 1925|
Created to celebrate the engagement of Princess May of Teck
The release of one of the three now revived Grossmith perfumes
Grossmith is one of England’s oldest perfume houses, founded in the City of London in 1835
Returned to the family
Having been out of family ownership for 30 years, Grossmith is now owned by Simon Brooke, the great great grandson of the founder,
“The scent of Araby”
Created to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
Described as “A Bouquet of India’s Choicest Flowers”
Grossmith was the only English company to be awarded a prize medal at the Great Exhibition in 1851 for perfumes and essential oils
Introducing, the House of Amouage’s newest luxurious scent Amouage Honour. Amouage Honour for man is characterized by Giacomo Puccini’s most heartfelt and evocative opera masterpiece, Madame Butterfly. Intimate and devoid of spectacle, the Amouage fragrances crafted in masterly fashion under the guidance of Amouage Creative Director Christopher Chong, are as rich and commanding as Puccini’s epic score.
Amouage Honour Man resonates with a spicy and woody top note blend that invokes memories of the past, heightened by conflicting accords of Pink Berry and exuberant Black Pepper. A filial elegy to the memory of Amouage’s Madame Butterfly, notes of Elemi and Geranium in the heart expose an opulent and evocative earthy base of Patchouli, Frankincense, Vetiver and Tonka Beans.
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