During the first half of the last decade, there was a trend of black fragrances on the market and one of its exponents was Black XS from Paco Rabanne. A flanker to the 1993 XS, Black XS enjoyed huge popularity, in a blend of energy, charisma and vitality. The target group for this perfume is represented by the young men, while the composition developed by perfumer Olivier Polge belongs to the oriental woody olfactory family.
In spite of its reputation, or precisely because of that, I was initially reluctant to test Black XS. When I finally did it, it revealed me a well done composition that deserve the attention. Of course it will never enter my buying list (I do not like the over popular fragrance, with one exception maybe), but you could take it into consideration.
Black XS introduces an atypical construction: the fruity notes from the beginning are balanced with a sweet touch of praline and close with a woody character. The opening of Black XS contains Calabrian lemon, kalamanzi, tagetes and sage. The heart encompasses the gourmand touch: praline, cinnamon, tolu balm and black cardamom, while the base notes come as a combination of rosewood, ebony, patchouli and black amber.
The new version of the advertisement video was shot in 2009 and features 2 models: Sam Way and Erin Wasson, in a presentation of Black XS and its feminine counterpart, Black XS for Her. The fragrance comes in a bottle made of black opaque glass and adorned with the tattoo of a rose that has fierce thorns intertwining the fragrance name, which appears written in gothic characters.
Black XS Paco Rabanne Perfume Details
- Black XS by Paco Rabanne is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion, 150 ml Shower Gel, 150 ml Deodorant Spray and 75 g Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2005
- Perfumer: Olivier Polge
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
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