Xerjoff Richwood Perfume Review

Xerjoff Richwood Perfume Review
Xerjoff Richwood Perfume Review

Xerjoff Richwood Eau de Parfum is intended to be a “majestic patchouli-enhanced” scent embraced by “warm sandalwood from Mysore” and “scrumptious citruses and cassis” that “blooms and evokes the dark rose and patchouli.” I found Richwood wore unusually on me compared to many others (based on reading customer reviews, as it is quite a popular scent), because it had such a strong, opening of citrus blossoms that lingered for nearly three hours on me rather than a half hour or so. More generally, ignoring the longevity of the opening phase on me, Richwood is, at its core, an earthy, woody fragrance with patchouli, sandalwood, and vanillic sweetness that is heady and dense.

Richwood’s notes are listed as:

  • top notes: bergamot, mandarine peel, grapefruit, cassis
  • heart notes: rose absolute, geranium leaves
  • base notes: patchouli, amber coumarin, cistus labdanum, vanilla, musks

The fragrance opens with sweet, juicy oranges with a hint of orange blossom that gives way to a subtle, undercurrent of bitter grapefruit at the end of an inhale. There’s a suggestion of creamy, woodiness that slowly moves to the forefront over the first 30 minutes of wear, but the citrus-dominated phase lasted an incredibly long time for me–almost three hours where it was more citrus than anything else. I’d almost argue that the citrus phase lasted better than some actual citrus fragrances do!

The strength and longevity of the citrus opening was unusual, based on reviews from others, and it wasn’t until the fourth hour where the woods had a suggestion of earthy rose tendrils and a boozier, almost jam-like richness that was sweet but not syrupy. There’s a suggestion of smokiness that hides in the background, which I think muted the jammy sweetness. The whole composition was rich heady. After seven to eight hours of wear, the dry down emerged with creamy sandalwood, spicy patchouli, and sweet, amber-vanilla.

For testing, I purchased a 2ml glass spray vial of the scent, and I used approximately half of the vial for each wear test, which was applied to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I use 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.  It was long-lasting (over 10 hours and still detectable as a skin-scent) with moderate sillage overall.

Subjectively, the opening citrus phase is particularly long-lasting on me, and while I sometimes will wear citrus-based scents, it’s more of a mood thing–and I’m not often in that mood!–and given how pricey this one is, there are other scents I’d prefer that have a similar dry down (Chanel Coromandel comes to mind).

Available Sizes

1.7 fl. oz. for $450

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Denise S. Avatar

Xerjoff is a house that I enjoy. They have a lot perfumes, haven’t tried Richwood. Woody gourmands are my favorite especially sandalwood. I’m not into citrus scents too often. Serge Lutens Fleurs d Orange and Chanel’s Cristalle are my favorite citrus fragrances so far. Nice review. I’ll have to give this one a sniff.

Janice Avatar

Oh. Chanel Coromandel is my HG! On my 4th bottle. Maybe more? Lol. I adore it! Compliments off the charts, but what matters, is how you love a fragrance. My husband buys me a bottle every year. I have tried so many niche, Tom Ford, etc. plus I worked in the fragrance industry for years! Loved my job, happily retired.

Jade Avatar

I would recommend to try Olympic Orchids or DSH or Slumberhouse. While Xerjoff’s marketing is spot on, it’s overpriced for what it is. The website of American Perfumer has a great selection of natural perfumes.

janine Avatar

Great review! Xerjoff are super concentrated I have a poor sense of smell sometimes better at times. In my line of work can be a blessing.

I only have the del la Cruz || and V Erba Pura. The pura is a beast (so is the del la Cruz) and very fruity. At first it’s a bit much for me but nice when it settles. I got the pura as a travel spray from Maxaroma. One has to be careful buying from wholesalers. Their are some legit but a lot of scammers out there so do your research. Xerjoff is hard to find all varieties as I guess it’s popular?

Anyway to the Richwoods. Packaging is top notch. A lot of xerjoff are woody which I’m leery of as I don’t like a lot of woody/tobacco on me. I can take some but love it on men. And I like rose but not real sweet so I’d hafta sample this one. I look forward to sniffing more xerjoff. It’s an amazing brand.

Thanks Christine.

janine Avatar

I saw a video by a duo man and woman on YouTube about beast fragrance and that brand was included. I don’t watch fragrance reviews generally but I research scents on Frangancia. Like Temptalia it’s chock full of info. I like seeing the rating for silage and longevity. Reviews are great too although very subjective.

Thanks for your fragrance reviews. You are always so detail oriented and thorough. I did buy my full bottle at Neimann but purchased 2 more bottles from Aura Fragrance for gifts at half price for my sister and sil so can vouch for authenticity. Like Chanel and dior packaging is out of this world.

Sadra Avatar

I wish, so wish, that Fragrantica would come out with an app so that I could use it quickly when I’m in a perfume store. There are so many options and the strips can get confusing after the first 3 or 4.
For instance, if a scent has a lot of lavender, it’s a no-go for me, I don’t have to try it. If it’s a gourmand or gardenia/tuberose, then let’s give it a go.

Z Avatar

Hmm….I don’t like the combination of patchouli and citrus. I must have made some kind of scent memory as a youngster that classifies it as “cheap” and a little stomach-churning. Citrus and roses (yuck is my super mature response to that note) aside…..the rest of it smells nice. Although you amping citrus for hours is crazy, that’s a volatile note famous for disappearing off everyone quickly. I think my skin eats it in a few minutes, though it’s been a while since I’ve sampled citrus on my skin.

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