Finally, I am able to say that I managed to sniff a perfume that I was supposed to test long time ago. Reportedly, this was the first masculine perfume for which Givenchy employed an oriental family. As a result, Xeryus Rouge arrived on the market in 1995, nine years after the initial perfume with this name from the French fashion house was introduced. Developed by perfumer Annick Menardo, Xeryus Rouge belongs to the oriental fougere olfactory group and symbolizes an essence that adds a touch of class to a man’s style.
As soon as this fragrance is expelled from the spraying mechanism and makes contact with your skin, you will be able to perceive some top notes that combine citruses (tarragon and kumquat – a sparkling and spicy Chinese mandarin) and cactus. Following this refreshing start, a spicy heart filled with green accord settles down with a warm and reassuring feeling. The listed middle notes contain African geranium, pink pepper and cedar leaves. Then, as this complex construction dries down, it became part of a base dominated by a woody accord, in which cedarwood and sandalwood are setting the pace, juxtaposed to additional notes that features ambergris and sensual white musks.
In spite of the fact that I could not say I had the pleasure of sampling Xeryus, I strongly believe I encountered in Xeryus Rouge a sensual character, which deserves a place in the hall of fame of the most passionate classic fragrances, the ones that regrettably are no longer produced these days. The bottle that encloses the fragrance was manufactured from red glass, similar to the one of the Xeryus flacon, and highlighted by a metallic grey stopper. In case you’re after a classic oriental fougere for your collection, Xeryus Rouge might be that answer, like a perfume dominated by the red color and passionate such as roses.
Givenchy Xeryus Rouge Perfume Details
- Xeryus Rouge by Givenchy is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Fougere
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 1995
- Perfumer: Annick Menardo
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual