I used to like it, had a miniature, but never bought a full bottle and I honestly cannot believe the universal praise this fragrance gets.
This scent is somewhat archetypical fresh.
Not a fougere like Cacharel Pour Homme or Eau Sauvage.
Not a citrus like Armani Pour un Homme or YSL Live Jazz.
XS smells too undefined, it lacks prominent natural smelling ingredients, it is an odd fresh mixture, but a very common one.
To my nose it does the same thing as cheap supermarket deodorants, it doesn't really smell like an Eau de Toilette, it's just a bit more refined and sophisticated than those cheap deodorants and it obviously lasts longer.
Pretty reminiscent to the strong, bright and sharp scents I smelled in the boys locker room when I was a kid, back in the 80's
None of the kids used designer frags at that time, today it is pretty common for youngsters to use Adidas, Puma, Polo Blue, Diesel or even Allure sport.
We all used Fa, Fresh Up and something similar like Rexona (I can't remember the name).
Very strong, bright and sharp fresheners but you couldn't tell what those deodorants smelled like, only that is was kinda fresh.
XS has that typical kind of fresh and it never settles down into a softer and more textured scent, it stays fresh in a loud and linear way,
Citrus? Not really, it smells kinda sourish and musky, but when you've tried YSL Live Jazz or even better Mugler Cologne you know what true citrus is supposed to smell like.
Mugler Cologne has a true, authentic lemon note, Live Jazz a credible grapefruit note.
Sandalwood and cedarwood?
When the scent is nearly gone, after 5 hours or so, a very subte hint of a woodsy note is noticeab..ehm..conceivable at best, but you have to get past the musk first which isn't that easy.
I am not trying to suggest that I only like fragrances that do smell real and natural, nor am I trying to suggest that I can sense every single ingredient in the ones I like.
But at least they smell like something I know of, something tangible.
DKNY Men for instance smells like Earl Grey tea to me, Mugler Cologne like grass and lemon and even Chrome, the most synthetic fragrance I know, at least smells like something familiar: metal.
XS smells musky and fresh, an undefined and loud fresh, almost at the level of becoming unpleasant.