Rich – Review: Xerjoff Shooting Stars Ibitira

Ibitira is a town in Brazil where a meteorite crashed in 1947. Part of the Shooting Stars collection Ibitira, the perfume, is a classic floral composition that is described as romantic.

Ibitira was created by Jacques Flori and includes notes of Italian lemons, green violette, orange flowers, Bulgarian Rose, Neroli, Florentine Iris, Cedar, Haitian vetiver, vanilla bourbon and musk.

Ibitira is undoubtedly and unapologetically feminine, in the classic tradition of Chanel N°5 and Co. Opening with violet and orange blossom made sparkling by bergamotte, Ibitira soon opens its huge floral heart dominated by rose, jasmine and the kind of big, heavy iris, Xerjoff perfumes often use. The base is soft and in comparison to the voluminous heart, quite restrained and quiet. A woody-musky vanilla with a gauzy overlay of vetiver give the floral bouquet a light, but smoothly gorgeous base to stand on.

Ibitira is very sweet and lush, it has a gourmand tinge, reminiscent of other Xerjoffs like Lira and Lua, both floral gourmands. It is soft, creamy, sensual and velvety smooth.

Ibitira lasts very well (it is eau de parfum strength) and has a wonderfully vivid sillage that does not go out too far though, making it possible to really enjoy wearing it, without offending others.

Ibitira smells rich, both in materials and composition.

Ibitira smells very good, it is very well constructed out of highest quality materials. It would be an ideal signature perfume for a rich and refined woman. I can as well imagine it as a great wedding perfume.

All that said, for someone like me, who has more bottles that bones in her body, it is nothing I would need. Although I very much enjoy the feeling of class and money this perfume manages to evoke in me, there is no full bottle of Ibitira on my horizon, but I highly recommend it for someone on the hunt for a rich (in every sense of the word) floral.

If I were to be married again, I’d be tempted… 😉

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20 Responses to Rich – Review: Xerjoff Shooting Stars Ibitira

  1. andrea says:

    Should the BF ever propose I will maybe seek out this bottle (I think his exact words were ‘not while there is breath in body will I ever get married again’ – Harsh I feel)

  2. Georgy says:

    Pls husband rush and buy this juice, so that B doesn’t feel tempted to marry again

  3. Julie says:

    Haven’t tried the Xerjoffs yet – scared to dip into this line because I always love the really expensive perfumes 🙂
    BTW, Birgit, your English is absolutely impressive, amazing, and perfect. When do you start learning English in Austria? I have been to Vienna twice (and Salzburg as well) and found the city to be beautiful, clean, and full of history. You are quite lucky to live there!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I avoided the Xerjoffs too for a very long time, but I must say I am glad I tried them, there are really great ones among them, Lira is a favorite. But full bottles are just not in the cards…

      Thank you! I’ll risk sounding very arrogant now, but the average Austrian doesn’t speak English as well. I guess I just always loved the language, I surely didn’t learn it all in school, reading and watching movies and travelling helped a lot. I am lucky to live here indeed, I need to remind myself of that from time to time. 🙂

      • Julie says:

        OK, I’ll try them – peer pressure 🙂 Do they offer a sample set?

        You don’t sound arrogant at all. I gave you an enormous compliment which you were only politely acknowledging. We don’t study foreign languages nearly enough in the US. It’s embarrassing. Does the Husband speak English as well as you? You have an amazing grasp of current phrases, which I imagine comes from reading and watching movies. Is your pronunciation as good as your reading/writing? OK I’ve bombarded you with enough questions for now. Have a lovely evening.

        • Olfactoria says:

          Lol, no pressure! They do offer discovery sets, but only ones with 13ml bottles, great when you know them already, but expensive if not. 😦

          The husband speaks as well as I do, he spent his youth in summer camp in RI and studied in Boston. In the US, people mostly think I am from the UK, and the other way around. I’m not sure what that says about my pronounciation. 😀

          • Julie says:

            Wow, 13ml is quite large for a discovery set. I think I’ll head over to Luckyscent for normal-sized samples.

            That means your pronunciation is proper and probably perfect 🙂

  4. Suzanne says:

    This sounds lovely, but not compelling. Thank goodness. I have not yet recovered from thinking about Aomassai, thanks to you. And now Tara has me pining for Cuir de Russie. Where’s Santa Claus when you need him?

  5. Tarleisio says:

    B. my dear, I’m rather wary of your wiles by now. I seem to recall several swoon sessions last winter over some of your Amouage reviews and thinking to myself…”Nothing can be that good. Nothing.”

    Famous last words…;)

    Well, I’m getting that ‘here I go again’, vibe, since I’ve never tried any Xerjoff and I’m not sure I should, since my tastes are already quite expensive enough, thank you! (One word. Amouage!)

    On the other hand…surely, my curiosity will kill me some day. If my bank manager doesn’t beat me to it first!

    I can resist anything except temptation, just like Oscar Wilde! 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oscar Wilde sure knew what he was talking about, I know the feeling quite well.
      As for my wiles – I’m simply recording my impressions, in no way is it my intention to tempt anyone into anything. *bats eyelashes innocently*

  6. Undina says:

    This review has struck a chord with me… Next year I will get to Xerjoff line: many of your reviews were very compelling.

  7. vanessa says:

    I have now caught up with your review at last – things have been hectic lately and I am way behind with reading my favourite blogs. Interesting to get your take on Ibitira, which you describe just as I remember it. And although it doesn’t smell “like” Plus Que Jamais, I think Ibitira also has that plush, powdery, slightly formal feminine feel to it.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I totally get what you mean about Ibitira being similar to PQJ in style. They both express luxury and elegance very well.
      Sadly Ibitira can not replace PQJ for me… 😦

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