On my way through the Xerjoff range, I have come to a major landmark, Ladies and Gentlemen! I present to you – the Xerjoff my husband really likes.
Fiore d’Ulivo is, aside from having a sensible name, a springy, light, fresh but powerful floral that inspires happiness and goodwill among those who smell it. ;)
I like Fiore d’Ulivo, but it is by no means a must have. (Finally!!!) I am reminded of Ormonde Jayne florals, namely Frangipani and Champaca, but to tell you the truth I prefer both of them to the Xerjoff.
Notes include lemon peel, basil, lotus blossom, ambrette seeds, olive, jasmine, magnolia, benzoin, ambergris and musk.
The start is dominated by the watery beauty of lotus blossom and the sparkling freshness of lemon and basil. After some time the floral heart takes over and while I have never smelled real olive blossoms, this accord of whitest jasmine and magnolia is pretty and soft. All the while the smokiness of benzoin is peeking through the florals, grounding the scent and making it a bit less exuberant and happy-go-lucky, which I like a lot.
Fiore d’Ulivo keeps up the freshness and tender floral beauty for a long time, the drydown of soft musk stays for the entire day. Longevity and sillage are above average and generally the high quality of the perfume is apparent to me. I would absolutely take a bottle, were it given to me and I would wear it often. Fiore d’Ulivo is an easy choice, a lovely, happy, mood-improving perfume that smells pleasant but has some depth as well.