XS pour Homme 1993 Eau de Toilette

XS pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Paco Rabanne
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XS pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Paco Rabanne for men and was released in 1993. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCorn mintCorn mint BergamotBergamot LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesJuniper berryJuniper berry CorianderCoriander GeraniumGeranium
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwoodCedarwood SandalwoodSandalwood RosemaryRosemary OakmossOakmoss

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Scent

7.2163 Ratings

Longevity

7.0124 Ratings

Sillage

6.3127 Ratings

Bottle

6.7134 Ratings

Value for money

8.016 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 20.07.2022.

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The bottle was re-designed in 2018.
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6 in-depth fragrance descriptions
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Schallhoerer
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Schallhoerer
Schallhoerer
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My name is Messner, Kevin Messner.
You know him. He is a welcome guest on TV shows, writes books and gives lectures. When you see his face, connect it with that of a real mountain climber. And you know what? My brother deserves the same. Reinhold always had the urge to go outside. To walk in nature. He was not a couch potato. The mountain called his name very early on.

It was different with me. I liked to have a long sleep, an extensive breakfast and then lie down again. The day has 24 hours, so there is enough time for everything else. Reinhold was already out of the house at 5 o'clock, the cattle in his pocket, the climbing equipment on his back. Most of the time I only heard the door fall into the lock when I briefly lay down from one side of the bed to the other.

On May 8, 1978 my brother stood on the top of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. I can only imagine how the air must have been up there. Do you know what I did that day? I spilled a glass of milk. Unintentionally. UHT milk. Lactose-free. Did I ever tell you about my brother Reinold?

When Reinhold came back from his summit ascent a few weeks later, he told me everything down to the last detail. The air up there was cold, slightly citric and metallic. He would have smelled a strong woody note up there, which felt like soap on his skin as it progressed. I asked him if that could be from hypertension. My brother laughed only casually. This was the moment when my wish arose to conquer this mountain myself.

Two years later, I was ready. My big brother had provided me with the mountain equipment. He had also taught me the basics. It could finally start. Himalaya, here I come.

You surely want to know if I did it right after my brother and climbed Everest in the Himalayas. You know, I actually went to Nepal. In a very fancy hotel. There were wonderful massages and a superb buffet. A man on a mission can go astray
My name is Kevin Messner and I stand in my brother's shadow.
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Scentemental

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Scentemental
Scentemental
Helpful Review    5  
Brilliant! An olfactory sunset.
Paco Rabanne XS has been around for twenty years for good reason, it is an excellent fragrance that balances its notes wonderfully. I found this fragrance hard to describe when I first got it, but after having it a few years I know that the 'big players' in the notes are citrus, woods, juniper and geranium.

The juniper and herbal notes such as rosemary give this a strong aromatic quality (especially the juniper). These are tempered by the citrus, which is itself restrained by the mint. The floral notes, mainly the geranium softens the whole effect. Rosewood adds sweetness, but not in a cloying way.

The fragrance is rich and has a wide range of notes. To some it may smell generic, another woody citrus, but this is not a fair evaluation in my opinion. It is a lot more sophisticated than the myriad of woody citrus fragrances on the market today: it's a bit like an olfactory fractal, the more you focus on it, the more you find.

I see a similarity with ck One which came a year after. To use an analogy: XS is like a sunset, with rich yellows, burnt oranges fading to greenish yellow above the horizon. Calvin Klein one is the same view ten minutes later, when the sun has set, thin ghostly yellows fade to greens and greys. The use of citrus is both fragrances is masterful, restrained and modified by accompanying notes.
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Miaw2

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Miaw2
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Classic!
That's a classic for me. Great smell, very unique when released.

Opens a little herbal with mint and geranium.

The drydown of this fragrance is wonderful.

The base is basically woody - rosewood and santal - smells very elegant and not overpowering.

Projection, sillage and lasting power are average.

Also, smells close to Creed Himalaya but it costs 1/4 the price.

Updated September 2014
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Smellavision

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Smellavision
Smellavision
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Not new, but not dated...
Reviewing a bottle from 1998.
Well, it's clean, masculine and fresh yet cooling and somewhat synthetic. Starts off with a green opening with pine plus a hint of mint and transitioning into violets, which give off a slight metallic feeling. After this juniper and musky cedar with a bit of sandalwood come into play and give a touch of an amber-y base, joined by a huge dose of oakmoss that - surprisingly - doesn't make it feel dated liked other scents from around this time. The strong oakmoss may of course be due to the older bottle.
In short, a fruity floral with great projection.

Just for fun, I did a comparison with a bottle from stores today, to see what the similarities are :
the scent is almost identical, only has the oakmoss almost disappeared making it much less "butch" and more contemporary.
Still a great scent with decent projection and longevity.
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JavSantana

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JavSantana
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The fragrance of my deceased uncle
My uncle Alfred used to ride motorbikes back in the day and unfortunately passed away in an accident on 2003. And on the bathroom of the first floor of my grandparent's house where he used to live, was left a motorcycle - shaped bottle which contained a pretty masculine, quite old school fragrance, rather an after shave balm, which to me smelled amazing and is a very nice aromatic memory, everytime i went to that house, i got into the bathroom and smelled the cologne. As time passed, i think one of his brothers took the bottle and i stopped smelling it...

Then, on quarantine 2020 i got to smell a fragrance which is pretty similar to XS (I didn't knew XS back then) called Carlo Corinto Black, a pretty woody fragrance with a dominant juniper berries note. However, that is a frag that was launched some six years ago or so, Alfred died in 2003. Some days ago i got to try several clone frags at a Waldo's store here in Mexico, and the XS inspiration inmediately brought so many memories to my mind. It is the fragrance i had been searching for since years ago, and the smell memory of my uncle. I bought it, a pretty nice, juniper berries heavy, very aromatic, men's fragrance, with a touch of old school.
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LukbabLukbab 2 years ago
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My signature scent! Not the best, but definitely versatile, fresh, pleasant and clean. Great performance on me (on skin detectable 14 hours)
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AmberScentAmberScent 3 years ago
It's a bit outdated for my taste.I miss some sweetness to face the fougére agressivity of the rosemary and juniper berries notes.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 3 years ago
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It has been over used in the 90's and has been out of fashion since then. However it's an honest, fair, citrusy fresh, green fragrance.
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Nik604Nik604 8 months ago
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This is mega classic ! Just a timeless spirit , emotion and attitude. Even if the new edition is slightly reformulated, it's still top notch
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KLewisKLewis 4 years ago
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How I would expect a generic masculine fragrance to smell. Clean, fresh and good for everyday use.
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