Getting From A To B – Review: Xerjoff Shooting Stars Lua

Lua, part of Xerjoff’s Shooting Stars collection, is wrong in many respects. It is too expensive for one, but that is an old hat, we have had this discussion about Xerjoff, and it is a given, so moving on.

The second deterrent is that Lua is a fruity-floral. Don’t we all frown upon those, their ubiquity, their unoriginality, their idea that women should smell more or less like food and flowers ?

The third deterrent? Let us look at the notes:

Lua includes notes of bergamot, orange, lemon, melon, Bulgarian rose, Florentine iris, pink pepper, lily, cedar wood, vanilla and musk.

Melon? MELON? I hate melon. I abhor it. I run a mile from it. Even JCE and his garden in India makes me turn the other way.

So, you think, is this going to be a bad review? Is she going to badmouth a Xerjoff for once so we can all sigh with relief and be content in the knowledge that the line is expensive AND bad to boot, so no loss there?

Nope. Sorry. I have been wearing Lua (of which I had four samples, all coming unbidden from several sources) only to rule it out, to get it off the list and convince myself that a discovery set of Xerjoff Shooting Star perfumes would be not only a bad, but even a totally unnecessary idea. Well, I ended up wearing Lua again and again, and with almost 8ml of samples at my disposal, I gave it a good run for its money (somehow that subjects keeps popping up again and again 😉 ) and I loved wearing it.

Lua smells good. That is probably the most unimaginative sentence to write in a perfume review, but it also highest praise.

Lua opens with a soft and sweet citrus accord and absolutely NO detectable melon at all, so you can relax about that, and develops into a warm floral heart of iris-powdered rose made sweet and gourmand-y by vanilla and at the same time kept light and fresh by the spicy sprinkle of pink pepper. The drydown is a cushiony rose-tinged vanilla musk with soft wooden edges, staying on and on for the entire day.

Okay, I’ll give you that – by no means is Lua extremely original, unique or of never-sniffed-before-creativity. You will be able to find a few good gourmand roses (PG Brulure de Rose comes to mind for instance) that are similar, and you will find many okay perfumes that are similar (Guerlain Idylle is in the olfactory vicinity) and you will find dozens of bad fragrances that utilize the same theme to not so great results.

Lua is not about unique smell. Lua is about quality. Lua is the Bentley of fruity-florals, the Maybach of gourmand roses. You get from A to B in a Fiat Panda just as well, but don’t tell me there is no difference.

I am bracing myself for an onslaught of outrage at my elitism, or snobbery, or luxury-craving shallow self. I am fine with that.

I will never drive a Bentley (or be driven rather, as you tend to be in such cars, I hear), nor do I want to, cars are not my thing, a Fiat Panda would serve me just fine. But when it comes to perfume, I want quality. I want the best. I want the best materials, the utmost care in composition and a certain flair.

I am not saying I will or even want to have a bottle of Lua, it is not love like it is with Oesel or Lira, but that is only because I have more perfume that I could ever use. Therefore it makes no great economical sense for me. Although I’d certainly splurge on a bottle, if I had only two or three.

And whatever one can say about Xerjoff, whether the bottles are tasteful or not, the prices ridiculous or not, the focus too much on design and presentation or not – the juice is good.

So let me repeat: Lua smells good.

I rest my case.

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32 Responses to Getting From A To B – Review: Xerjoff Shooting Stars Lua

  1. angie Cox says:

    Hi Birgit , I only found out what a Maybach is about a year ago.I watched a Swiss documentary in which British singer Bryan Ferry meets a Swiss artist . I liked the look of the car and Jeff told me what it was. We don’t own a car but if I ever had the money I’d want one of those . I like Lua a lot .I was surprised that I liked Melon in fragrance too when I bought a Del Rae which is very melon. I like to eat them but there is a point at which the smell of them becomes sickening . If it was a birthday or Christmas it wouldn’t be any Xerjoff for me .They are lovely but not first on my list and I have many more to discover yet.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I can just imagine you, being ferried around in a huge Maybach… 🙂
      You are right, there is so much to discover, I have arranged myself with the fact that buying a Xerjoff makes no sense for me, having as many perfumes as I do.

  2. Ines says:

    Oh well.
    Luckily, there are other fruity-florals out there that can do the trick. Some also expensive.
    The one I discovered recently is Aqua Fiorentina by Creed. And however much I keep thinking that it’s just another fruity-floral, none I have tried in the similar vein to find a cheaper version come close in quality.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Quality is an issue. Once I have smelled top notch, I have a hard time settling for second best. *ducks*

      • Don’t duck! It’s true. Don’t bother with a fruity-floral unless it is over $100. OK, I’ll duck now!

        Ines- Creed totally “got” me with Aqua Fiorentina. I didn’t think I’d drop bucks for a fruity-floral until I tried it!

  3. lady jane grey says:

    I dunno. I probably shouldn’t even pipe up here, since I’ve never tried a Xerjoff. I don’t like the bottle, I don’t like the price – everything just comes over so arrogant to me.
    If it’s an exceptional beauty, with exceeding originality – something utterly unique : then o.k., I eventuelly would come to pay a horrid price. To somebody likeable.

    Anyway, ‘m a bit in a parfum-depression right now (since last Saturday, in fact). I have only one body, in average I can wear 1 scent a day – and I simply have too many bottles of perfume at home. And then there is my wishlist (it’s, in fact, only an “inner circle” of it) with other bottles, and in the future there will be other new ones to come. It’s hopeless.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I totally understand your frame of mind. I have those days too, when I feel perfume is an obsession that will never be satisfied. But as you know, there are mostly better days where it brings joy and happiness. (Even if that happiness sometimes comes in an ugly bottle! 😉 )

  4. Vanessa says:

    I saw a Maybach driving down the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, just in front of Osswald’s perfumery! People were standing and staring at it, and grabbing random passers by and saying: “Look, that’s a Maybach”. I have actually interviewed component suppliers who make bits of it, and the man who chooses the paint colours!

    But back to Lua, I do absolutely agree that it is the Rolls-Royce or Maybach or Bentley of fruity florals. It was my favourite from the range when I first dabbled, though I have yet to try Oesel…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Maybe the occupant of the Maybach has been at Osswald’s perfumery! 😉
      I am glad you agree that Lua is smell-worthy, because people tend to not give the perfumes a chance based on prejudices to the brand (I know, I was one of them until I actually started sniffing! )

  5. Georgy says:

    First versace bathrooms, then bentleys and maybachs……Xerjoff is really bringing out the best if you girls!

  6. Marie says:

    No genuine praise for at fruity floral would ever provoke harsh words from me 😉

    There’s nothing wrong with fruity floral as such (I love it, as it happens) – the problem is that there are so many mediocre or bad ones out there.

    We don’t want a poorly made woody rose or dry green fragrance either.

    At the end of the the it’s quality that matters. And that “it smells good!” quality in a fragrance.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Marie, I have been missing you! Glad to hear from you again! 🙂
      I totally agree with you, of course. There are many bad ones out there, and a few very good ones. I’d like to find them all. 😉

      • Marie says:

        And I’ve missed out on a lot of good stuff on my favorite blogs, this being one of them!
        Have been too stressed out for words and down with a (thankfully shortlived) summer bug, but my vacation is coming up and that tends to lift the spirits! 😀

  7. anotherperfumeblog says:

    This is a line I haven’t even really read about, due to price. So I appreciate a review that is candid about the overall value, considering both the quality and the price. It’s not something I need to explore now, but I will file this line in the back of my mind for future sniffings. Oh, and I like the bottle, although it is a bit ostentatious. 🙂

  8. Suzanne says:

    I don’t think I could ever give someone a tsk-tsk scolding over loving a luxury item of any kind (perfume, car, house, whatever). Not only do I like luxurious high-quality items, but I really like the idea of personal freedom and the fact that there is every kind of experience out there. If someone wants to sleep in a tent and forage food from the land and buy their clothes at the thrift store, I’m all for it. If someone wants to work extremely hard and make a lot of money and drive around in a Bentley, I’m all for that too. And even where it’s a case of not wanting to do something, but having to do something, like being extremely frugal, I think that is where personal growth happens and dreams are conceived and we learn to take care of one another on planet Earth.

    But enough of my sermon (sorry!). 🙂 Lua sounds quite pretty — and I’m like Marie: I enjoy a number of fruity-floral perfumes, but do agree that the genre does seem to have a rather large share of unfortunate ones.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you for that sermon, it shows what a tolerant and open person you are.
      Lua smells good, as I mentioned, a really great representative of its genre. 🙂

  9. deeHowe says:

    Here is everyone, thanking you for a review in praise of *another* Xerjoff; I will be the voice of reason… STOP it!!! You are creating lemmings where they have no business being! 😉

    Just kidding. Of course, I love all your reviews, even these Xerjoff ones 🙂

  10. Undina says:

    Since I realized Xerjoff! offers discovery/sample sets of their perfumes I only appreciate good reviews for their fragrances. I will not need more than 13 ml of any one perfume anyway so FB price doesn’t bother me any longer. And when I’m ready to start testing the line I’ll see which set fits me better. So keep those reviews coming!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Undina! Finally someone who sees what I mean! The discovery sets are a great value. There are not many brands that offer such a good deal for us perfume-crazy types. 😉
      I will continue reviewing Xerjoff as long as I have samples. 🙂

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