Xerjoff Oud Stars Mamluk is part of Xerjoff Oud Stars Collection, launched in 2012, created by Xerjoff's founder with Sonia Espelta and Laura Santander. It is adding a gourmand luxe layer on top of oud.
Xerjoff Oud Stars Mamluk features notes of Italian bergamot, honey, caramel, jasmine, osmanthus, Laos Benzoin, Vanilla Madagascar, Indian oud, Crystal musks and amber. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
Perfume Posse - "Candied Oud with a skanky backwash. You’re not sure whether to eat it or bed it. Caramel, honey and vanilla blend so beautifully with the oud, and you get a jab of sharp oud, then it’s covered over in more candy Floating down there under it all is sex and more sex – with the dessert after and, well, before and during. But this, while being gourmand and feels sweet isn’t that sweet – not Pink Sugar sweet at all. The oud, amber and benzoin choke off the overfilling parts of the candy so you just crave more, and it never delivers so much that you have your fill."
Fragrantica - "Absolutely the best... love love love this!
This perfume is everything... It's comforting, empowering, festive, sensual; feels like a blanket that surrounds you. The scent is the warmest warm that exists, it does have a definite animalic tone due to the oud, but in the right circumstances (skin chem and appropriate weather) it acts more as the warm part of the scent."
Fragrantica - "Potent and rich. It's as though you've dropped real thick raw rugged honey on your skin, in the opening. Slowly moves to a dense caramel sweetness with some smooth florals, and before that completes its stint, the animalic pungent Oud with musky amber and benzoin nuances come through dialing down the sweetness just a bit, the rugged honey note however stays throughout the life of the scent on skin, smells expensive, not for everyone, could be challenging to pull off, but the complexity and character of the scent can definitely be appreciated. Regal. For me personally, it's a 9/10"
Fragrantica - "Gorgeous honey & caramel, supported by a tiny, tiny touch of well-blended oud.
I was expecting something way more challenging (based on the reviews I read around here) than what I got. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about scents that appeal to most people. This is lovely, gorgeous, sweet, outstanding, all the nice adjectives I can put together for it, I would."
Basenotes - "So to my nose it's all about oud, honey, caramel and jasmine. It's a sweet one, but not overbearingly so. It has a "dirtiness" that comes I think from the oud mixed with honey and indolic jasmine. I've encountered this kind of jasmine before. It can have an almost "fecal" note to it which I think may disturb some people. Personally I don't think it crosses over into "gross" territory. I thin the notes are blended exceptionally well. Almost like a honeyed, caramelised oud and a hit of over ripe jasmine garlands. Personally, I like it. I like some "dirtiness" in my fragrances. Needless to say, with the price on this one, you MUST try before you buy it."
Kafkaesque - "...pretty, lush, rich, heady, and languid. Mamluk is really a honey lover’s fragrance, and not something I’d ever recommend to those whose skin chemistry always turns the note sour, urinous, or animalic...Mamluk is actually a perfect fragrance for those who normally struggle with oud, who like it highly tamed and sweetened, and who prefer it to be a minor, unobtrusive player instead of a main one. It’s definitely a fragrance for those who love very sweet or gourmand perfumes."