Join The Club : More Than Words 
Xerjoff (2012)

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There are 13 reviews of Join The Club : More Than Words by Xerjoff.


Big, loud, expensive-smelling rose-oud. If you know any of the loud rose-ouds from Montale or Mancera, then you will be familiar with how More Than Words smells.

Impressive performance. Loud, big projection with minimal sprays and longevity that lasts into the next day. Can even remain through a shower.
Jul 19, 2021


Xerjoff More Than Words (2012) is part of the "Join the Club" collection, a line that originally served two purposes. In practice, "Join the Club" acted as an entry-level line inviting people to "join the club" of being a Xerjoff perfume owner (how condescending), and even had a mail-in card where you could register with other owners to form an actual club. In aesthetc, "Join the Club" sought to envision the "good life" of social clubs often found among wealthy elites, like golfing and cigar lounges, with More Than Words being themed around a poet's society (and sadly not the song by Mr. Big). As an additional layer of "cool", Xerjoff thought it wise to leave the notes absent and let the wearer interpret what they are smelling (or hide the fact that these were cheaper), and to me this equates to a rose/oud/resin fragrance in the Middle-Eastern vein. I've smelled a lot of high-quality Xerjoff fragrances, and while this one doesn't smell particularly cheap, it smells like so many things that can be had more cheaply, so I'm not 100% sure if the value is here for the target audience of the line, which is the seasoned niche connoisseur unsure of value offered. This stuff might not have been advertised as a rose oud, to avoid giving away the notes as per the origina marketing gimmick, but once that was revealed by savvy noses, More Than Words had to slog it out among every designer prestige line and upstart luxury niche perfume brand trying to toss rose oud bottles at unsuspecting shoppers in high-end department stores across the Western world.

From the onset, I get a very sweet jammy damask rose and cardamom, heavy and rich. There might be some citrus here but if so, it's going to be a muted mandarin orange because the rose jam comes in right away. At this point the opening resembles Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose (2013) in the pasty rose opening, accompanied with some synth oud but a much larger dollop of patchouli and olibanum than anything else. Some fruity lactonic notes also enter as the heart emerges, the oud note feeling a bit barnyard but thin, like Jovan Intense Oud (2012), which sells for a fraction of this in price. The real star of the show once the rose/patchouli/oud combo settles in is the labdanum, again very heavy, rich, and pasty. This labdanum is paired with benzoin of styrax, some woody-amber molecule, ambroxan, and musk. The final finish of More Than Words is somewhere between Perfume Calligraphy Rose, Jovan Intense Oud, and By Killian Musk Oud (2013) but with a bit of late-wear scratch. All but one of these is under $200, and one of them under $50. the first half of the 2010's was a busy time for Western rose oud or rose patchouli takes, and sadly More Than Words gets lost in the din of them to me, plus Tom Ford Noir de Noir (2009) was also peaking in popularity then, so Xerjoff had its work cut out. Wear time is 12+ hours and sillage is intense, so there is no lack of performance for dollar spent at least. Best used in cooler months and in romantic settings. To me, this genre always reads unisex, but More Than Words is a bit fruitier and sweeter than some of this ilk, so it may come across feminine depending on your perspective on things.

Xerjoff More Than Words gets a surprising amount of talk from guys, but then again Xerjoff as a brand practically rolls off the tongue like a sneeze when other lux-o-niche lines like Creed and Roja Dove are mentioned in the same breath. Creed never really messed with ouds like this, and Roja Dove (bless his heart) likes to use the real deal, which puts his ouds out of the price range for even most well-off collectors, meaning something like More Than Words would become a defacto hit for guys into these "status brands" and looking for a rose oud that would win them brownie points on social media. In this role, More Than Words served amicably until the craze for rose oud or rose patchouli scents died down in men's circles, with Parfums de Marly Akaster (2015) representing the Johnny-come-lately of the movement. Of note to collectors, "Join the Club" is a retired sub-label and like Sospiro or Shooting Stars, has had most of its popular entries re-issued in the now-standard Xerjoff bottles. The originals will command coin for looking different, but smell virtually the same, and the "club" facet of the line has also been retired. I like Xerjoff More Than Words, but I've smelled this trope so many times with so little variance that it's hard to truly get excited. Smell for yourself before joining this club. What would you say if I took those words away? Then you couldn't make things new just by saying I love you. La di da da di da... More than Words. Thumbs Up.
Sep 30, 2020


2012 Rose Oud in the vein of Guerlain Songe and close to the Kajal Perfumes Paris Fiddah family. OK, however better service to this genre can be had with the Nicolai Incense Oud and certainly by the related Oud Sublime, which both, speak more, to an Aristocratic elegance.
Dec 17, 2019


Could a Montale perfumer be moonlighting for Xerjoff on this one? It's a big, brash synthetic oud drenched in sour woody and syrupy rose-like floral notes pulled out of the bottom drawer. Underneath is a musky much of a muchness; I think an ambergris effect was being aimed at. More Than Words seems like an apt name – one does feel rendered a bit speechless by the gall. Subsides into a sweet ambery oud-type perfume of dull familiarity.
Dec 2, 2019


The blend of oud and rose smells very good and the addition of the fruits spins it to another level. But it's not just that, as there are resins, spices and a slight incense note burning under the fruits. A couple of hours in and the oud is amplifying, it smell bitter which is contrasting well with the fruits. It's a bold perfume and the smell is addictive.
May 23, 2019


Join the Club: More than Words notes: frankincense, labdanum, ambergris, fruity notes, woody notes, floral notes, oriental notes, agarwood

A fragrance dedicated to writers and poets, More than Words oddly does feel reflective and deep. I get the vision of an old-fashioned sit-down at a campus library somewhere, where a man or woman reads aloud their work to a group of eager, attentive listeners. Nothing fancy nor showy: Just a simple connection between speaker and audience.

Starts out with a strong citrus splash that instantly unveils a rich oud, reinforced craftily on its edges by pungent fruits, bright woods, and dark floral essences.
(Way later on the drydown and afterwards, all I smelled was a straight cedar-like, dry and slightly smoky oud; in my perception, it smelled like a slightly toned-down Sospiro Rosso Afgano.)

I'd classify this personally as a citrus-wood scent with a definite presence of agarwood (dry, aromatic, not perceivably barnyard nor antiseptic). In the end, this one has a Montale Aoud-like quality, fairly straight and to the point agarwood spruced up with pungence and even somewhat resinous as well (thanks to the olibanum).

I do enjoy this one, though it's not as moving to me as other Join the Club outings were. Overall, a simple, reflective EdP for men or women alike.


Jan 13, 2019

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