Black XS L’Exces for Him is flanker to 2005’s Black XS and was introduced by Paco Rabanne this year. Due to the fact that I could not be deemed a fan of the original fragrance, I was somehow reluctant to the new re-interpretation, until I sniffed it last Friday. And in spite of its un-appealing bottle, I dare to say that Black XS L’Exces for Him is one of the most interesting fragrances launched since the beginning of the year. Probably it got something to do with the cypriol note added in the heart, a dominant accord which confers that understated elegance that is specific to a classic perfume.
Black XS L’Exces for Him belongs to the woody aromatic olfactory group and was developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin. On the official website, the scent is advertised with the tag line “Be a Rockstar”, together with its feminine counterpart Black XS L’Exces for Her, introduced in the same time.
The construction of the fragrance starts off with an unusual blend of lemon and lavender however from the first sprays on my skin I detected a strong aroma of pear. Later, as we reach the mid development phase a whole new dimension starts, because the cypriol oil from the heart is intermingled with ozonic accord in order to compose one of the most impressive sensations of this kind. The dry down happens in a couple of hours, rendering an interesting sensuality to Black XS L’Exces for Him, due to a combination of amber and patchouli.
The bottle that holds the scent is a re-interpretation of the one presented with Black XS at that moment, preserving the same color scheme and adorned with a skull and a rose, as an allusion to piercing, an attribute of the rock stars. The video commercial was directed by famous Swedish director Jonas Akerlund and features models Sasha Pivovarova and Nick Rae and Iggy Pop as guest star.
Overall, if you do not mind the bottle so much, Black XS L’Exces for Him is one of the most appropriate fragrances for this summer.
Black XS L’Exces for Him Paco Rabanne Perfume Details
- Black XS L’Exces for Him by Paco Rabanne is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Intense Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Aromatic
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Fabrice Pellegrin
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Iggy Pop, Sasha Picovarova and Nick Rae Video for Black XS L’Exces for Him Paco Rabanne