Join The Club : 40 Knots 
Xerjoff (2012)

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There are 13 reviews of Join The Club : 40 Knots by Xerjoff.


For me, 40 Knots is one of the most identity-changing fragrances I've tried. It goes from somewhat of breezy, barely-there aquatic in the opening, quickly fading to an almost medicinal, rosey floral not long after. It finally settles into a smooth, seductive, honeyed amber. It actually has me thinking of Ambre Nuit.

Projection is good without being heavy and this lasts 8-9 hours on my skin.
Jul 20, 2021


40 Knots opens with a fresh, slightly salty oceanic accord with underlying subtle supporting woody-amber before moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart it remains slightly salty oceanic, with a fresh, airy and slightly sharp green accord emerging to meld with the synthetic woody-amber accord that begins as subtle support, then groww as time passes until into the star. During the late dry-down the composition turns slightly powdery, as the woody-amber accord takes the fore as sole star, shedding its green, slightly salty oceanic supporting cast through the finish. Projection is good and longevity very good at over 10 hours on skin.

40 Knots starts off pretty nice smelling, if nothing too groundbreaking with its salty oceanic accord, staying pleasant through its early heart as the additional green accord while a bit synthetic is not so in a bad way, melding quite well with it. Sadly, the composition takes a major turn for the worse as it introduces a dreaded synthethic (in a bad way) woody-amber accord into the mix that has cashmeran written all over it. As time passes the cashmeran gobbles up everything else and spoils what started as at least a mild winner. To its credit, 40 Knots never takes the cashmeran to sickening levels, keeping the unwelcome stuff well in-check throughout, but even so it is just a bit too much for this writer. The base is *all* cashmeran, all the time. The bottom line is the $195 per 50ml bottle 40 Knots starts off mildly interesting and certainly pleasant, only to gradually sink into its cashmeran laden depths, earning an "above average" 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 rating but an avoid recommendation as too much of its development is wasted in mediocrity to hold one's attention long.
Apr 1, 2020


I will keep it simple. It smells like a million bucks. Yacht type of a scent.

Actually, this smells like Dior Ambre Nuit on steroids.
Oct 25, 2019


Too sweet and floral for me to be an aquatic, in fact I found it performs better in cold weather than in hot days.
Performance/price ratio too low: sillage aprox half arm. After 2 hours is barely distinguished at skin level.
Bottle and box are pieces of art...maybe I would buy a full bottle just for those. I will search sea elsewhere.
Jun 18, 2019


yeah, i suppose this could be an aquatic , but it's one of the most unusual i've run across...i close my eyes and picture cruising on the open seas...walking barefoot on the beach with the breeze blowing the scent of flowers and greenery around...i get spicy wood with a touch of what seems like a boozy caramel...has a little of that metallic/ozony vibe...a little musky too...would easily fit in with Erolfa/Himalaya/SMW...good all-around fragrance for spring and summer...
Feb 20, 2019


This fragrance begins very bright and floral and to my nose not very aquatic at first, more like the fields leading to the sea, silky and smooth tho all the same. Then suddenly I'm getting dry woods and maybe a whiff of a salty sea breeze with something jammy and sweet bringing to mind dior's ambre nuit, later things take a final turn into what feels like a chic white musk dry down with sea notes and a bit of spicey deck wood..all together the experience is enjoyable and very creative, I feel very relaxed wearing this, as if I've had a day out by the harbour and took that boat trip on offer. The fragrance lasted a long time on my skin but never became too loud or attention grabbing ..it kind of became a second skin with little whiffs here and there. I'm close to saying this is a nautical masterpiece, it is certainly an interesting fragrance and exactly why many frag heads end up in the niche world.
Jan 28, 2019

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