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Black XS L'Excès for Him (2012)
by Paco Rabanne

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Black XS L'Excès for Him information

Year of Launch2012
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 30 votes)

People and companies

HousePaco Rabanne
PerfumerFabrice Pellegrin
SupplierFirmenich
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Black XS L'Excès for Him

Black XS L'Excès for Him is a masculine fragrance by Paco Rabanne. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin

Black XS L'Excès for Him fragrance notes

Reviews of Black XS L'Excès for Him

What a pleasant surprise! L'Exces features a fresh, candied pineapple and grapefruit accord over a clean, synthetic woody base. It's simple--fresh and sweet--and is perfectly wearable as there are no particular missteps, imbalances, or awkward moments in its development (in fact it's linear for the most part, just moving more toward the woody base as the fresh pineapple accord settles in). Performance is solid, slightly above average with decent projection and 6 to 8 hours of longevity. I was also surprised by the quality of L'Exces' bottle--it's solid glass which fades from black to clear (top to bottom) and features a tiny, dark gray, solid metal skull dangling from its side, with "Black XS L'Exces' in gothic silver writing on the front. Sounds tacky but actually comes across really cool and well done. I'm totally happy with this. There are so many men's scents that have come out recently and have tried to capture what's been so effortlessly achieved here--to create a sweet men's masculine that combines fresh fruity qualities with woody undertones. L'Exces does it without blinking. And rather than incorporating that clumsy, woody-amber chemical that's being done to death in the base of today's men's scents, L'Exces succeeds with a simple synth sandalwood that remains relatively smooth and dry, providing a perfect platform for its fresh top. If you enjoy Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace for Him you will probably like this one. In some ways it's even better, and it costs much less. Thumbs up for this offering from Paco Rabanne, which I recommend as a blind buy as long as you're into this kind of fragrance, of course.

Final Note: In comparison to Black XS, which I also like, L'Exces is fresher, lighter and brighter, substitutes grapefruit and pineapple for strawberry and rhubarb, and has an immediately more wearable appeal. Black XS is darker, more syrupy, and requires a bit more thought before applying it (like, "Where will I be? What will I be doing? Etc.). Though Black XS may be a bit more interesting, what L'Exces loses in that department, it gains in wearability and simple use factor. Good stuff.



28th June, 2017
Sweet, fruity scent. Reminds me very much of Polo Red but with a much better drydown and way better performance.

Projects well and lasts all work day.
28th March, 2017
Yes, it is similar to Black XS but I find this one slightly better with the lemon note. Some get a pineapple vibe because of the sweetness and I can understand why. The sweetness of this fragrance makes it seem more pineapple-like than lemon. Regardless, I think this is a nice fragrance, lemon or pineapple. Strawberry isn't listed in the notes but it's in there and I'm assuming it falls under "fruity notes." In the end, I don't think you can go wrong with XS or XS L'exces. I own both and can tell a difference.
01st April, 2014
vawallpa Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Very similar to the original but Black XS L'Excès is very nice and bottle-worthy
22nd March, 2014
This smells identical to YSL's l'Homme Libre. Maybe a little less sharp in the beginning, but the dry-downs of both are almost indistinguishable from one another.
21st April, 2013
Let's see. Take some five alive and spill it on your shirt and you'll get about the same effect.
27th October, 2012

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