1861

Renaissance 2011

Renaissance by XerJoff
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Ranked 71 in Unisex Perfume
8.0 / 10 1344 Ratings
Renaissance is a popular perfume by XerJoff for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.
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Main accords

Citrus
Fresh
Green
Floral
Spicy

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LemonLemon PetitgrainPetitgrain Calabrian bergamotCalabrian bergamot Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
MintMint Bulgarian roseBulgarian rose Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
Base Notes Base Notes
MuskMusk AmberAmber CedarwoodCedarwood PatchouliPatchouli
Ratings
Scent
8.01344 Ratings
Longevity
7.61241 Ratings
Sillage
7.11231 Ratings
Bottle
9.01185 Ratings
Value for money
6.8905 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 15.04.2024.
Interesting Facts
The fragrance is part of the "1861" collection.

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28 in-depth fragrance descriptions
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Unterholz

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Unterholz
Unterholz
Top Review 0  
New rich and sexy!
For me, Xerjoff stands prominently for those umpteen pseudo-luxury brands where marketing and packaging are not quite in proportion to the actual content. This is not forbidden, but it is also far from pleasant.

Nevertheless, there are a few Xerjoffs that I think are quite successful. The prices of the Italian perfumers are salted, even if the quality of the products is basically not bad. But that doesn't mean that I'm willing to pay more than 250.-Euro (50 mL) for one of the beautiful oud stars, for example, I simply exceed a pain threshold. And again and again one discovers alternatives that are in the moderate price range and just as well made. 170.-Euro for the Renaissance (100 mL EdT) is just ok for such a "light" composition. So I treated myself to this one for the summer despite my above scruples, it's just too good. When I tested it for the first time a few years ago, I gave it the highest mark. And that doesn't happen often. But then I was surprised, has it been reformulated in the meantime? Interestingly, I remembered it a little differently.

From the composition quite simply held, this is above all a broad citrus scent. The generic term "citrus" has rarely been used more beautifully. Lemon? Tangerine? Grapefruit? Bergamot? Probably a little bit of everyone. Sparkling, subtle, realistic and at the same time a little artificial, airy, sourly refreshing - all vitamins in it - and with a herbal addition (mint and possibly rosemary?) it never seems flat. Maybe it is also the petitgrain, which produces a nice leaf-green unfruity tonic bitterness. The citrus fruits get a slightly dry-creamy undertone (no Nivea!), without having been mixed with the big musk scoop. That fits. The floral components only play a role for me to the extent that I perceive the fragrance as harmoniously holistic, perhaps some jasmine can be guessed at. Despite the "Amber" being mentioned, there is nothing sweet about it. It is also interesting that the citrus notes last extremely long, the devil knows how the Italos do it (Paradisamide?). But as a citrus fetishist this is only right for me.

Now to the differences to the new(?) version. I found the top note more sparkling, more like grapefruit. What I liked very much at that time was a nice cedar from the beginning, I take Texas cedar, with this characteristic cumin-like, slightly sweaty note. I think it just expands clean or citrusy scents with a slightly soiled component. An ideal duo with a slightly earthy patch that is hard to guess when new. Overall, the new fragrance seems a bit more artificial, less sparkling, more linear, and without the beautiful almost animalistic cedar note. For this you get one point deduction.

Since I like to order test tubes with a fragrance, I have made a selection online at Xerjoff. The delivery of the order is impressive: a huge package, which in turn contains a white Snow White coffin box as big as a Mastaba. Inside is once again the individual products, wrapped in recycled tissue paper. The samples are of course embedded in plasticized "Xerjoff-Universe" cardboard blocks with a purple art velvet interior. Phew, and the Renaissance flacon was faithfully wrapped in cardboard like a pharaoh according to the layer principle. Finally, the flacon rests in an oversized imitation leather sarcophagus. Why is this? I appreciate careful packaging, but this is disproportionate. Cheesy junk. Especially since the far too nice wrappings end up in the repository anyway. Even in the luxury industry, you have to think about the fact that you can also pack something nice in an environmentally friendly way. Personally, I think it's unsexy to produce so much waste for a fragrance and it will probably keep me from buying another Xerjoff.

If you enjoy dry-woody-creamy hesperidia scents without a dramatic scent, you should test here.
This Xerjoff is certainly not "great cinema", but precisely because of its low profile it doesn't really fit into the brand's broad-based portfolio at all. For me probably just therefore a half bull's eye.
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Jazzbob

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Jazzbob
Jazzbob
Top Review 16  
The bearable lightness of being
In addition to numerous oud scents, Xerjoff also has a penchant for citrus scents. Of course, this is a perfect match for Italy, where three fragrances were launched on the occasion of its 150th anniversary: Renaissance, Naxos and Zefiro. The brand impressively shows how differently Hesperides can be embedded with Nio (Neroli, tart, green, spicy and absolutely unsweet), Uden (lemon with cool freshness in contrast to the warm, slightly gourmand base) and Kobe (all components of the bitter orange used and exotic, oriental staged). Renaissance, on the other hand, goes a completely different way.

Right at the beginning, you are refreshed by a great mixture of citrus notes, of which lime stands out due to its tart acidity. Together with the mint, this results in a really tingling combination that is extremely natural and invigorating. In the background, however, a quality is immediately noticeable that I would describe as creamy and bright floral. Logically, this results in a somewhat feminine touch, but I don't see this as a problem, because every male wearer will simply feel wrapped in a light, clean robe. This effect is maintained for quite a while before the citric and floral notes gradually retreat and clear the way for the base. I can't filter out amber and patchouli, but the slightly dry cedar already and the discreet green impression remains, whereby the freshness of the mint changes into a rather spicy and, if you like, mossy direction. That's why Renaissance tends towards the masculine towards the end and even reminds me a little of 1828 (Jules Verne) by Histoires de Parfums, which smells a little spicier and even slightly smoky.

Both can easily be underestimated in terms of their projection, because despite the rather fresh, bright orientation of those, a very clearly perceptible veil remains in the air for hours. Unfortunately a sweetish note disturbs me equally, which is not particularly strong, but nevertheless quite present. Therefore, Renaissance should be sparingly dosed in midsummer. This perfume, which is not exactly cheap for Xerjoff, but affordable by Xerjoff's standards, is best suited for spring anyway. It also gives me personally an optimistic aura, like the increasing sunshine, the greening and blossoming nature in this season.
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Genesis666

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Genesis666
Genesis666
Helpful Review 12  
The "rich" brother of D&G light Blue intense.
Because I was still looking for a nice summer fragrance, I have ordered a filling of "Renaissance". Since most summer fragrances but tend in a fairly similar direction and because of the fragrance description I have now expected no absolutely unique DNA.

So I sprayed it on and IMMEDIATELY I had to think of the good old D&G "Light Blue intense", which I also already have in my collection. Definitely comes out in the opening a very nice and absolutely authentic mint, which gives it a nice start. Like many other users here, I also had to think of Mojito. It's a really nice scent that you can definitely notice the usual Xerjoff quality. It really smells extremely natural and not as synthetic or aquatic as its "little blue brother" but does that justify paying almost four times the price? Maybe. But for me personally, the two are too similar for me to be willing to pay that much more money for the full Falcon. It's also a bit too linear for that. In the drydown the citric does settle down a bit and it softens up a bit but overall Renaissance doesn't undergo a great transformation. In fact, I'd almost say that "untrained" noses wouldn't notice much difference between the two fellows. The mint is really noticeable at the beginning, but fades into the background a bit as it progresses. Instead, patchouli and amber come a little more to the front. But that really only if you smell close to the skin.

H/S is really good for a "freshie".

All in all, a really nice, fresh and pleasing summer fragrance but definitely not a "must have" in my opinion. Would I buy the fragrance? Absolutely! For the price? Unfortunately, no.

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Serenissima

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Serenissima
Serenissima
Top Review 16  
the way to the temple
Today we are going to the temple ruins; the path is pleasant, slightly ascending and leads through shady olive and hesperid groves Equipped with a basket of provisions, which contains everything for a snack and to my surprise instead of water or wine bottle a jug and a cup: to draw the water from the small stream, which accompanies the way entertaining.
This little basket, in which there is still room for a paperback edition of Goethe's "Italian Journey", in my hand and my shoes in a little bag, off I go.

How nice it is to walk barefoot on the grass, still cool and fresh-damp from the morning dew; the ground vibrates slightly under my steps: nothing is sealed here!
With me as a city and office person, my feet and accustomed for decades to brisk footsteps and enjoy their freedom here.
Happily I dip into the tree shade; the sunlight draws its own patterns at my feet.
The olive grove is almost still asleep; trees and foliage give off a spicy aroma of healthy wood and vitality: both are very welcome.
The still small green orbs will grow and ripen into delicious olives over the summer.
The little brook accompanies me chattering cheerfully, gurgling and generously giving its cool pure water: how invigorating is a sip from the little pitcher, how wise the decision to do so.
Elated, with senses already wide open, I approach the small plantation of citrus fruits. It announces itself already by a fresh-fruity aroma wave.
Here they stand, not neatly lined up, but rather randomly placed: the trees, whose branches bear not only ripe golden fruit, but also delicately fragrant flowers.
I find these gifts of the goddess Aphrodite in abundance: Bergamot, lime, tangerine are ripe and, together with the dark green lacquered foliage and the wood of the trees, radiate a spicy-fruity mixture of scents that seems to dance in the light of the morning sun: balm for the soul!
How harmoniously everything fits together; no corners and edges disturb this wonderful fragrant bouquet.
My thoughts also stroll with me and soon the temple ruins appear on the small plateau: surrounded by pristine nature.
The flower-strewn meadow is never mowed; keeping it short is the job of the herds of goats and sheep that roam here. So they are responsible for the tinkling of bells that has accompanied me for some time.
In an abandoned garden, rose bushes left to themselves bloom, and in the light undergrowth the last lilies of the valley.
Here everything unites: the woody-spicy and fruity-fresh aroma that accompanied me so far, and the fragrance of flowers from garden and meadow.
In the fragrant shade of a silky cedar, I find a place on moss cushions that invite me to linger. Around me, the earth smells rich and fertile, patchouli golden brown, and the sun pours bright dots of amber over everything.
Balsamic scents and glorious tranquility surround me; the spring located at the temple gives clear cool water; it is said to give wisdom and beauty.
First of all, it refreshes and goes wonderfully with the goodies in the basket: ripe tomatoes, olives, still warm bread and sheep and goat cheese I can discover here.
A little wisdom and beauty for good measure would be welcome, but is not an obligation.
It is time to relax in this paradise of fresh scents, to listen to the tranquillity and possibly to follow the Herr Geheimrat on his journey through Italy, of which he knows how to tell "in the nicest way".

"XJ 1861 -Renaissance" is the name of the Xerjoff fragrance composition, which offers me this time out free skin and senses.
So there is another creation of this brand that has captured my heart, in which it takes me to the "land of my desire".
"Heart places" opened to me Xerjoff already several: here, too, I have arrived at a beautiful one thanks to "Renaissance".
The magic word is called "lustful fragrance-intensive lingering"!
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Felix2109

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Felix2109
Felix2109
Very helpful Review 13  
A hot summer day in my childhood
In the garden of my parents' house there is a small "herb bed" in which, in addition to rosemary, thyme and basil, mint and lemon balm are also grown. On hot summer days we often went to this patch and tore off some of the lemon balm and mint, back at the house another lemon or lime was then sliced. The whole thing was then poured into a jug of cool mineral water. A great refreshment to which I reach today still gladly in the summer.
Now comes with you perhaps the question, why I tell you this. The reason is simple, when I sprayed the first time XJ 1861 Renaissance and the scent rose to my nose it came to a flashback. So this scent smells just like hands used to smell back then, like plowing lemon balm and mint. And also the lime juice, which ran over your hands when you cut the citrus fruit, is clearly recognizable in the scent. I've always really liked that smell, and I'm glad that with XJ 1861 Renaissance, I've unknowingly found a scent that mirrors that scent experience in a perfectly natural way, and not just for an hour like it used to.
Even though my childhood and teenage days are not quite as long ago as Renaissance, it was still a nice trip back to my childhood. I hope I could bring you with this little journey the fragrance a little closer :D
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 4 years ago
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Renaissance opens fresh, a little bit tart with the lime and the mint. Then, you get a floral and powdery scent, musk, patchouli and cedar.
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NgarciaNgarcia 1 year ago
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The best citric perfume that I ever tried, elegant, high quality, good performance.
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JoloJolo 9 months ago
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Unsophisticated minty tangerine
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MrKaraMrKara 3 years ago
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This is a summer banger. Fresh minty citrus fragrance, smells amazing!
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JMWeedJMWeed 2 years ago
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Too complex for what I look for in a fresh/citrus. Quality blend, but doesn’t seem to be anything that would justify the price for a soapy.
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