Xerjoff Cruz del Sur II Perfume Review

Xerjoff Cruz del Sur II Perfume Review
Xerjoff Cruz del Sur II Perfume Review

Xerjoff Cruz del Sur II Eau de Parfum is a mix of tropical fruits with a greener apple that often dominated for the first hour but the pineapple and mango, along with musk and floral aspects, were the stars from there. The base was musky, slightly woody, and it wasn’t until the drydown that it was more noticeable, but the fruity notes were in play for the entirety of the journey.

It is described as having “fresh and fruity top notes” with a heart of “green leaves and floral bouquet” that sits on a base of “earthy cedar wood and musk.” Here are the notes:

  • top notes: mango, pineapple, apple blossom
  • heart notes: floral bouquet
  • base notes: cedarwood, musk

Scent Development

Sweet, ripened mango coupled with tangy pineapple opened the perfume, and then crisp green apple blended the mango and pineapple together, giving the effect of tropical fruit cocktail boosted with apple juice. It was sweet, fruity, and fairly intense (to the point where the sweetness of the fruits felt less realistic). From there, the battle began between the apple and mango/pineapple duo with the apple winning and being the most prominent fruit note.

As the “floral bouquet” unfurled at the 20-minute mark, it lightened the sweetness coming from the fruits, while there was a milky quality that added a creaminess to the composition, which pulled and stretched the notes and created more of a haze of sweet, tropical fruits and soft apple with a backdrop of florals.

After three hours of wear, the base turned creamy, musky, and smoother with aromatic cedarwood coming through, but the sweet fruits still were quite present. It was closer to the drydown, which was nearer to the fifth hour, that the fruity notes were quieter and drifted over a musky, woody base.

Application

For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise. 

I purchased my sample in January 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.

Longevity

It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate for the first three hours.

Personal Thoughts

The fruit notes were overly ripened to me, which tends to give the impression of something synthetically sweet – I like these types of notes to retain more of a photorealistic feel and smell. This was more like the middle and drydown phases for me, which was when I enjoyed the fragrance the most!

Available Sizes

  • 50ml for $275
  • 0.7ml sample for $7

Where to Buy

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Denise S. Avatar

I own a lot of Xerjoff fragrances.I recently brought Cruz del Sur ll to wear during the hot summers in Florida. On me it’s a creamy tropical fruit scent that’s easy to wear. It’s a like not love but I’m enjoying it for day time use.

Denise S. Avatar

1. Lira -a vanilla with citrus ,
2. Italica- gourmand that smells like almond cookies,
3. Bouquet Ideale- sexy amber woody date night
4.Ivory Route- cinnamon, spicy winter scent,
5. Symphonium- a delicious chocolate orange with a little spice.
I also love Allende- makes me feel relaxed it’s a creamy gourmand with vanilla and magnolia.

Dolores Avatar

I bought this one and returned it. I really tried to love it, and have other Xerjoff fragrances that I love. The scent of over ripe mangoes were a bit too much for me. I like mango scents, Moonlight in Heaven by Kilian and Moonlight in Heaven Croisere by Kilian are favorites for me. But this was too much…. I could almost feel and see the ‘fruit’ flies assembling!

janine Avatar

This is in my top two along with Tiziana Terenzi Halley. It’s a beast on me and lasts for a good 24 hrs. I love it sooo much. I recently purchased Jardin Exclusif by Mancera which I find quite similar but alittle more airy and office appropriate. It’s a beast on me too but not as much in your face,

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