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The smell of this really “sensual” body lotion really drives me crazy every time I smell it. It is definitely a strong smell—so it can be “you either like it or you don’t”_ and well, I love it. And the most amazing part is that I got it free with one of my perfumes. I am so bowled over by the lotion that I plan to buy the perfume as well. This lotion is said to be slightly sweeter than the original perfume and people who have loved the perfume have loved the lotion as well and vice versa. That means that there is no chance that I wouldn’t appreciate or love it.
One of the websites defines Paco Rabanne’s fragrances saying that:
“Innovation, sensuality, audacity and architecture are Paco Rabanne’s core values. Those qualities also apply to the surprising fragrances dreamt up by the designer to influence desire”
The webpage of the fashion house itself www.pacorabanne.com gives the perfect ingredients and flavours that defines the lotion and the perfume best:
Top Note: The top note is vibrant and has the smell of fresh ingredients.
Middle Note: This note is sensual and attractive.
Base Note: This note defines the fragrance with its woody, virile and powerful fragrance.
The Black Xs range was launched in 2007 and was created by Emilie Coppermann and Marc Buxton and is for the “seductive rebellious mood”. Decked in purple and a rose engraved in relief, this is an elixir of innocent and sensual contrasts. Spicy and captivating, with a rock ‘n’ roll spirit, the fragrance has top notes of Tamarind Blossoms, Pink Peppercorns and Lingonberries, a heart of Black Violet, Cocoa Blossom, Black Hellebore and Rose, and base notes of the sensual Massoia Wood, Patchouli and Black Vanilla.( Vogue India).
Quantity: 50 ml/ 1.7 FL.OZ. (However, larger sizes like 150 ml/ 5 oz are also available.)
Price: Since I got it free, I am not aware about its price in India. However, the 150 ml/5 oz bottle is prized at 40 pounds in some sites, while other sites show that it is prized at around Rs.1500 for the same amount.
MY TAKE ON THE PRODUCT:
In one word, it is brilliant. Anybody who does not enjoy strong smells might not be as spellbound as I am or find it as amazing as I find it, but besides just the smell, it is a good lotion as well. It absorbs excellently into the skin, making it soft and supple without the sticky and sweaty side effects even in the humid Indian summers. Of course, don’t expect it to work on skin that is really dry because it is a light lotion. It is perfect to wear if you want to indulge yourself, if your skin asks for a soft and light moisturizing after a bath maybe and even if you just want to smell good. The Black Xs range has shower gels too (in fact I have one of that as well) and if you want excess of XS, going for both is certainly not a bad idea.
However, I would specifically like to caution that this lotion cannot be replaced against your regular lotions unless you are uber rich and can afford to buy one lotion every month. It is a high end lotion and so I, at least, use it with restraint and caution so as not to waste or over use it.
PROS OF THE BLACK XS BODY LOTION:
• It works. It makes the skin soft, smooth and supple.
• It is a milky fluid for the body. Consequently, it deeply replenishes the skin.
• Its USP is of course its smell which lasts pretty long.(I actually keep smelling it whenever I use it like I am addicted to it).
• It forms a natural barrier and deeply hydrates skin.
• When used with the perfume or after the shower gel bath, it accentuates the smell and retains it longer.
• It is really “sensual” 🙂
THE CONS OF BLACK XS BODY LOTION FROM THE HOUSE OF PACO RABANNE:
• The fragrance might not be for people who like their poison to be soft, subtle and light.
• It is definitely bold, daring and audacity redefined.
• It is expensive
MY RATING: 4.5/5
WILL I BUY IT AGAIN? Yes, Yes, Yes. Not only the lotion, I shall definitely buy the perfume as well.
JUST A SMALL NOTE: In 2010, paco rabanne launched their latest collection “1 Million and Lady Million”. The packaging is extremely innovative and attractive and the perfume has been hailed as one of the best by the house. I want to buy this as well!!! 🙁
Just a preview of how exquisite they look because I was completely awe struck and had to share it with the readers of IMBB:
All of Paco Rabanne’s fragrances, they say, take us to the world of excess, fantasy and magic. Now we know, it is not just the fragrance, but the bottle and the structures as well.
Hoping that all my IMBB readers like it,
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