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Invasion Barbare / SB (2006)


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Year of Launch2006
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 260 votes)

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PerfumerStéphanie Bakouche

About Invasion Barbare / SB

Invasion Barbare / SB is a masculine fragrance by MDCI. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Stéphanie Bakouche

Reviews of Invasion Barbare / SB

Understated, not that interesting, clean tones, would keep it if I owned it.
09th May, 2017
old barbershop fouger, nothing particularly enthralling!
28th February, 2017
Invasion Barbare seems to the best-known of any of Parfums MDCI's fragrances and I waited far too long to try it out, especially given that it's a fougere, a style that I'm always intrigued by, as I feel that fougeres are often done decently well but are rarely done excellently.

I think IB flirts with excellence. The predictable lavender dominance is coupled with a relatively strong citrus opening of bergamot and grapefruit that lasts into heart before being overtaken by the spicy cardamom, eventually settling into a rugged patchouli base. I don't get much sweetness from the vanilla at all---at best a smoothness comes from the musk, though, perhaps. The drydown still feels mainly like lavender and cardamom with a hint of patchouli.

In the fougere realm, I definitely prefer Invasion Barbare to Fougere Royale, as IB is simply more inviting and less acerbic. But IB is pricier, at $250 for 75ml (on Luckyscent), and despite its performance, which is outstanding, it's a slightly tough sell.

7 out of 10
22nd December, 2016
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United Kingdom
In a specifically and historically defined way of the term "chypre" I wonder whether this epithet is applied correctly to the product in question. There are, however, in IB certain features characteristic of a typical chypre fragrance, and maybe one could call it a 'chyproid' scent.

For starters, the citrus-bergamot opening blast is typical for a chypre, although in IB there is soooo much more to it. It is combined with a delightful violet chord and with lashings of aldehydes and cardamom, with a whiff of herbal goodness under the surface. The overall impression of this opening potpourri is quite unique, original and very well crafted. A top-notch opening phase.

In the drydown lavender is more evident, lavender being the second characteristic of a classic chypre that is present here. This lavender is not sweet, not really softish-floral and carries a more herbal than a floral-blossom connotation. What this lavender has instead is an underlying soft and slightly spicy powderiness, a mildly chalky powderiness that has cuncurrent traditional as well as contemporaneous undertones that complement each other well.

This all is gradually sweetened in the base by a soft and never cloying vanilla aroma, and only later the third component associated with chypres moves to the fore: a light and discreet gingery white musk, but the harsh edginess and mossy components so typical of the classic chypre are conspicuous by their absence. The end game is powdery vanilla above all.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin, with the last couple of hours being very close to my skin.

A delicious and invigorating cluster of too notes raises this composition way above average, although the subsequent development does not keep up the expectation that is raised initially. Nonetheless, a good spring chyproid, versatile and suitable for all but the most formal and ceremonious occasions, and one of the best creations this house has released. 3.75/5.
01st September, 2016

Incredibly well blended and balanced scent.a classic fougere timeless and modern at the same refreshing without being stereotypically fresh and retro without being dated.a lavender powerhouse that slowly fades into a atypically sterile,soapy musk.
Complex,masculine,Classy,Subtle,spicy but smooth and sophisticated.

It starts of a little strong of violet leaf and citruses.although quickly dries down into a mellow, sweet and soapy in a good way lavender,vanilla and musk.makes the way a real gentleman should smell fresh and confident.great for a special autumn evening.

Sillage?Very Good.

Longevity?Great on my skin.

26th February, 2016
Glad I ordered a small decant instead of a bottle of this. Had an acrid/stake powder note that tainted it. Try before you buy this one.
03rd December, 2015 (last edited: 29th April, 2017)

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