Oddly enough, Pure XS for men is darker and spicier than Black XS, its older brother. The top does come across lighter and cleaner, with ginger, thyme, grapefruit and bergamot. The heart is rich, smooth and a little hot: vanilla, cinnamon, leather and liquor mix with apple. The base is yet another contradiction: cashmeran and myrrh, sugar and cedar, patchouli and woods. It's a scent that must be smelled to be understood.