Where to start? Part 4 (High-end Luxury)

Now we steer course towards the pinnacle of high-end luxury niche brands and the ostentatiously crass bravado which is Clive Christians obnoxious marketing shtick of “The worlds most expensive perfume”. If that dirty mantra doesn’t appeal to your snobbish sensibilities, then there is hope for you yet!



Clive Christian- No.1 for men

Notes: bergamot, lime, tangerine, cardamon, nutmeg, thyme, lily of the valley, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, heliotrope, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla.

Straight to the point, does it deserve to be bestowed with the grand title of “the worlds most expensive perfume” at $1000 USD a pop? This nose says NO!

Powdery, feminine and inoffensive with a soapy temperament. Obviously a product of outlandish marketing gimmicks and hardly worth talking about, since it’s more of a statement to own it and say you bought it, rather than an enjoyable experience. NEXT! >

Rating: 4/10



Xerjoff- Homme 17/17

Notes: bergamot, tangerine, lime, orange, grapefruit, caraway, tarragon, ginger, lavender, Bulgarian rose, ylang-ylang, iris, clove, atlas–cedarwood, ambergris, rose, vanilla, vetiver, birch, woods.

With an impressively luxurious bottle, constructed partly with a semi-precious stone, Homme is constructed around the central theme of leather. It allegedly evokes the scene of a man from behind the wheel of his most prized vintage car, wearing his favourite leather flying jacket.

Described as:

A truly unforgettable and sensory masculine experience. In an instant, Homme will seduce you with the straightforward simplicity of its central note. The touches of iris and rose make this unashamedly masculine composition, totally addictive. A debonair leather.”

I’ll agree with the above statement, a great fragrance and a worthy contender to be the prized jewel in Xerjoff’s extensive line. One minor drawback though, is it’s a rather unoriginal fragrance. It bears a strong resemblance to (ahem!) Knize Ten another classic reference leather, which is a fraction of the cost (more on that one later).

Rating: 8.5/10



By Kilian- Back to Black

Notes: bergamot, raspberry, blue chamomile, cardamon, coriander, saffron, cedarwood, vanilla, almond, vetiver, cistus labdanum, patchouli, oakmoss.

Kilian Hennessy heir to the Hennessy Cognac fortune has managed to take a seat at the top tier table of the niche brands marketed to the nouveau riche. Their bottle-box presentations are undoubtedly stunning, if not a little pretentious. From a cost effective stand point, this is where the majority of the $$ is going as opposed towards the fragrance (where it should be going).

Probably the most recognized and flagship fragrance of the extensive line, marketed as an “aphrodisiac” Back to Black goes on almost teeth itching sweet. Composed of aromas of honey, fruit, wood, amber and tobacco, with a hint of citrusy tacts of bergamot, spicy nuances of saffron and cardamom, and sweet touch of raspberry. It falls short of the mark of smelling like genuine pipe tobacco, but never the less the opening is bewitching.

This one is more flash over substance since the enchanting opening is short lived, before it slowly winds down to baby powder, making it a 5 minute wonder.

Rating: 7.5/10



Footnote:  Now if you’re going to take one lesson away from this, it’s that big $ does not automatically = high quality.*