Dark and Soapy
I would never have put those two adjectives together before smelling Black XS Potion Pour Elle. But this is a perfume that is most definitely both dark and soapy. Now, I like both types, especially dark, deep mysterious fragrances. Initially upon application the Bacarra or "black" rose is most evident, with a slight sharp hint of grapefruit. I needn't have worried that the grapefruit might "lighten" this perfume into a summery category. The grapefruit is very slight and only seems to prevent this from becoming too sweet or floral. Black XS Potion is beautifully blended, this is what I originally imaged the L'Excès should have been: Dark, sensuous, the scent of a femme fatale. But I found the original and L'Excès both to be too sickly sweet to be truly "dark".
However, THIS is what I have been waiting for from Paco Rabanne. It is as if they realised that there was something that they missed from the "Black XS" and have concocted the perfect "potion" in POTION! I am a huge fan of the gorgeous black sandalwood from which the soapy note emanates. It is a refreshing change to discover a dark perfume that doesn't rely on berries or patchouli. I honestly cannot fault this. If one loves dark perfumes, black roses, soapy notes and has a gothic penchant, then adoration will soon follow. Beware, this is STRONG! Not much is required, it will go a long, long way. I am now going to stock up on lots of back-up bottles as this is a limited edition (as all great perfumes seems to be these days!)
Black XS Potion Pour Elle is a pagan goddess dressed in layers of black gossamer with alabaster skin, red lips and big mahogany eyes. Her dark silken hair whips around her like a cloak carrying the fragrance of her many magickal potions on the breeze.