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Xeryus (1986)
by Givenchy


Xeryus information

Year of Launch1986
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 241 votes)

People and companies

PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchLa Veuve Clicquot

About Xeryus

The male partner to Givenchy's Ysatis. It is a woody fragrance containing notes of Artemisiam, Cypress and Amber. The packaging is the exact opposite of Xeryus Rouge.
It was originally to be called Keryus, until YSL objected that the name was too similar to its Kouros scent.

Xeryus fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Xeryus

I'm not sure what the current version is like but I owned a bottle of this back in the early 90's and it was divine. A real grown up and mature scent. Woody & spicy with a slight touch of floral and sweetness. If I could be assured that it is still nearly as good as the original I would most probably buy a newer bottle. Excellent stuff.
06th November, 2018
I remember receiving Xeryus as a high school graduation gift! I was just beginning to develop a cologne collecting hobby at that time (around 1991), and this scent from Givenchy offered me a scent that I may not have purchased on my own, but nevertheless appreciated.

Xeryus is a nice woody fougere scent that echoes the time period when it came out. It's layered with freshness and spice, as well as an indistince wood-like flair thanks to the cypress. Exudes a sense of charm and confidence, like other well-made fougeres of that era. Clean and long-lasting, never confusing nor cloying.

And then many years after, I discovered and fell in love with Xeryus Rouge, a markedly different direction by Givenchy that has barely any resemblance to this original version, and a flanker that I consider to be one of my all time favorite, never-fail colognes. Can't say that Xeryus original receives a similar accolade from me, but I still give it all due respect as a wearable, thought-provoking scent that is still relevant today after so many years.
17th August, 2018
A nice clean and soapy men's scent with nice longevity and projection. Nice bergamot note on the top with mingling citrus. Blending with geranium, spices and oakmoss. Has a bit of woods in the dry down. A true winner but I wouldn't blind buy if you haven't experienced this juice before. Enjoy!
18th August, 2016
I find the top of Xeryus intriguing, but something in the base is not quite my style, too coniferous, perhaps.

Wearing this some more, I get a strong connection to the smell of dryer sheets, in a nice way - top quality dryer sheets. I could almost give this a thumbs up, I'm on the fence.
24th June, 2016 (last edited: 06th January, 2017)
Xeryus is an understated, yet terrifically pleasant floral-herbal aromatic fougère which opens with a gentle soapy accord of carnation, geranium and spicy woods, well surrounded by a classic base of woody-mossy notes (a great, sharp, compelling oak moss note) with a refreshing zesty head of citrus and a lavender note. Old school elegance with a hint of playful exotism. Initially close to the clean, relaxed, soapy genre à la Versace pour Homme, a bit more sophisticated, transparent and complex, but that is the "family" in my opinion. After its first phase, though, Xeryus evolves on a different path, more dark and shady and tending more towards classic gentleman's fragrances: the oak moss emerges better together with a spicy woody-leathery note, always restrained and clean, and always surrounded by a soapy and slightly exotic floral-herbal vibe. Radiant, relaxed, effortlessly refined and cozy, yet with just a hint of "mystery" all over: a sharp, heavenly sense of cleanness hiding shades and secrets. Cozy, refined and long lasting. To grab immediately in case of good deals (not a masterpiece, though, so don't spend too much money on this). Gorgeous bottle.

30th October, 2014
Genre: Fougère

The relatively conventional, but extremely well rendered citrus, lavender, and sage top notes that introduce Xeryus are good enough that I’ll apply it again just to get another sniff. The combination is sweet and suave, but the aromatic and animalic facets of the sage note put a darker edge on the accord while balancing the sweetness.

Astringent artemisia and geranium notes, mildly smoky woods, and a quiet floral accord that includes rose and orange blossom anchor the middle section over a foundation of moderately sweet amber and oakmoss. Some kitchen spices, most notably nutmeg and cinnamon, drift into focus after an hour or so of wear, but never grow so strong as to overwhelm the rest. The overall impression is somewhere between a woody oriental and a robust, 1980s-style aromatic fougère: part Héritage, part Lauder for Men.

Xeryus is in fact more restrained than most of the landmark 1980s powerhouse scents, and this restraint leaves it feeling less dated and more wearable than many of its contemporaries. The drydown, with its amber, moss, and animalic traces, is warm, and relaxed, yet civilized. While Xeryus doesn’t jump out and demand my attention once the splendid top notes run their course, it is a satisfying, comfortable scent that probably remains underappreciated alongside its brawnier, yet less amiable, peers.

A note: don’t evaluate Xeryus on paper, where the animalic sage note grows strident, sour, and overbearing.
09th July, 2014

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