Paco Rabanne Pure XS Review – Is It Worth Buying?

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Paco Rabanne Pure XS
Compliment Factor
As unique as a designer fragrance can be
Very affordable luxury fragrance
Has a Good performance
Gets you some amazing compliments
Not the best sillage
Vanilla note makes it smell "feminine" to some people

Paco Rabanne’s Pure XS, released in 2017, was one of the biggest releases of the that year. Fragrance folks all over the world were probably expecting another shouting fragrance like 1 Million and Invictus. That somehow did not happen… 🤷

Instead, we got an out-of-the-world sweet vanilla fragrance. Believe it or not, I have never smelled a men’s fragrance like Pure XS before! It is all because of the amazing notes that built this fragrance up.

Let’s talk about them first.

The Pure XS Notes

Paco Rabbane’s Pure XS is a sweet vanilla fragrance with some warm & spicy notes that combine together to become a fantasy fragrance that you’ve probably never smelled before.

All these notes and main accords set your mood up for PURE SUCCESS! Below are all the notes this fragrance contains.

Top Notes: Ginger & Thyme

Middle Notes: Liquor & Sandalwood

Base Notes: Vanilla & Sugar

There is no doubt that this fragrance is a king when it comes to how it smells. However, an amazing smell is not all that you should look for when buying a fragrance. There are many other things to look out for.

Things such as the performance, versatility and the price of the fragrance also make up how amazing the fragrance actually is.

If you are like me, you probably won’t buy a fragrance that disappears after just an hour or so of spraying it on yourself. Neither would you buy a very expensive fragrance that you cannot even wear on many occasions.

Let’s weigh Pure XS on these scales!

The Performance Of Pure XS

Unlike the notes, the performance of Pure XS can’t be described as “The Best”. The performance of the fragrance falls in the middle: It’s good… Neither great and nor bad.

There best way to calculate the performance of a fragrance is by calculating its longevity and projection. Here comes a brief inspection of both!


Pure XS stays on your skin or clothes for about 6-8 hours on average. The results however may vary based on where you live and what season and weather you’re wearing it on.


This fragrance projects nicely for 2 hours or so. It then dries down as a fantasy skin scent that makes anyone a fan of yours sitting close to you for some time.

How Versatile Is It?

Pure XS is not a very versatile fragrance. Because it immense sweetness, you can’t really wear it in the spring or the summer. You also can not wear it in office or formal settings because it might come off as offensive.

You can, however, wear it anywhere you want as there are no rules in my world of fragrances!

Value For Money Calculation

Pure XS smells very unique as compared to a lot of other fragrances. This is the reason why people will value this fragrance differently.

If you are like me, you love unique smelling fragrances! Thus, you’ll give it it 10/10 for the value for money. If you are the other type, you probably won’t like sweetness it has and will downrate it.

However, we can indicate the value for money by the comparing the size of the bottle to its price. For this test, I give it a sweet 8/10.

Final Thoughts

Finally, I have to say that Pure XS is one my favorite ever! I just love it even though it falls short on the projection side and sometimes come off as feminine…

I recommend it to all confident guys who have the ability to pull of any fragrance and make it smell cooler just because the wear it! 😎

You can learn more about this fragrance on Fragrantica’s Community Reviews

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