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Invictus (2013)
by Paco Rabanne

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Invictus information

Year of Launch2013
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 215 votes)

People and companies

HousePaco Rabanne
PerfumerAnne Flipo
PerfumerDominique Ropion
PerfumerOlivier Polge
PerfumerVeronique Nyberg
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Invictus

Invictus is a masculine fragrance by Paco Rabanne. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Veronique Nyberg, Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo

Invictus fragrance notes

Reviews of Invictus

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Fresh is grapefruit-laced opening blast, although grapefruit is not the only citrus fruit invoked here: a tangerine accord is present also, albeit less prominent. I get also a transient aquatic undertone with a greenish bay leaf component a d touches of fresh hay.

The drydown is dominated is dominated by a jasmine impression that is quite intense. After a white bright but quite intense patchouli is added. It is a soft patchouli than lacks any harshness.

The base get heavier and heavier with time. A strong but rather nonspecific wood note is met by a super-synthetic attempt to create an ambergris with a pseudo-oakmoss impression for the plasticine age.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and six hours of longevity on my skin.

A spring scent for cooler days, that is marred by being very cloying on me at times, albeit pleasant is a generic way. 2.75/5.
19th October, 2019
This is quite good. The animalicness in here (ambergris, oakmoss) is done in such a refined and subtle way that it just gives a whole new dimension to aquatics, which is laudable.

It's a initially fresh and fruity aquatic that's tweaked to something you can't really put in normal aquatic/marine territory anymore. I was gonna rate it neutral but I think this might be one of those that will be praised for its innovativity in the distant future.

ps: do not go by clones even if they list the exact same notes. Because the ones I've smelled are nowhere near the original, they tend to use very animalic smelling stuff that's horrible when paired with a marine accord.
02nd August, 2019 (last edited: 07th December, 2019)
I dont see how anyone could find the smell of invictus horrendous. It smells amazing and there is a reason it gets non stop compliments when one wears it. If you want a youthful, fun, fresh scent this is for you. If your thought when putting on a frag is will it be sexy to females then this is for you, in my mind i feel like that is pretty much the point of wearing a frag. The longevity is its only downfall i get maybe an hour or two out of until its only skin.
04th July, 2019
Nothing brings out the male fragrance-head class warfare quite like a popular bland mid-tier designer scent! Guys in love with their cheap wet shaving scents like Backyard Pete's Homemade Bay Rum will call this stuff gaudy and superfluous with it's fancy packaging and sweet, people-pleasing smell, saying it's neither manly nor grass-roots enough to join them in their daily mustache waxing ritual. Guys that drop hundreds on a single bottle of Eau de Hedge Fund Parfumerie will cast this trophy-shaped bauble down as cheap, overly synthetic, and with poor performance compared to their nuclear ouds and ambergris florals made by the eighth generation of whoever from ingredients his man servants fetch him under fear of the lash. Dudes who just want to get lady's phone numbers at the Hard Rock Cafe and max out their reps at the gym before tuning their Audi A6's for weekend street races probably already worship this stuff and have all it's flankers too. Who needs that pricey Dior stuff when there's Invitus (2013), the scent of winners?? Am I winning yet? No? Guess I better put more on. All joking aside, Paco Rabanne had to know all this controversy was coming for releasing an ambroxan-powered sweet citrus office bomb on the heels of Blue de Chanel (2010), and Prada Luna Rossa (2012). Their previous "winner" Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) was finally starting to show it's age a bit as the rich fruity composite amber stuff was getting played out in clubs by then, and "freshness" was made exciting again thanks to some new aromachemicals that Chanel took out for a test drive in Jacques Polge's swan song for the male line. His son Olivier Polge worked on this monster, alongside not one or two, but three other perfumers of some repute, including Dominique Ropion, Anne Filipo, and Veronique Nyberg. Paco Rabanne was borrowing from Calvin Klein's old playbook of "the more perfumer talent thrown at it, the better it has to smell", and just like with CK's confused mid-2000's output, Invictus also comes across like a train wreck of compromised ideas stitched together and made to draw breath, but it isn't bad... somehow. No, no, what we end up with here is a rather competent fruity fresh citrus musk with a telltale ambroxan base thrum, which is certainly the flavor of the 2010's tuned to what the buying public has since grown accustomed to calling "good". I like Invictus better than 1 Million, and give it a thumbs up only because it is inoffensive and versatile as a generalist, which is something Paco Rabanne has needed back in their contemporary lineup since they released the aged XS Pour Homme from 1993.

The 20-something single-fragrance every-reach-is-a-dumb-reach kind of guys are who this is made for all the way, and you could almost stop reading here if that's all you wanted to know. I'm not going to try and fool anyone into thinking this is perfume art, as it is very painfully safe from start to finish, but that's why I ironically like it. Most Paco Rabanne masculine scents have some air of risk about them, going all the way back to the soapy green macho wonder that is the first Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973), then onto their brash animalic floral 80's release Ténéré (1988), with XS being the only safe space with it's barbershop tones before launching into the genderbender of Paco (1996), then the loud Ultraviolet Man (2001), and the club-hopping 1 Million. There wasn't really an office-safe entry in the Paco Rabanne canon outside of good ol' XS, or maybe the unisex Paco, but Invictus solves that, if you just look past the beyond-stupid packaging. I guess we allowed Zippo lighters, bright purple juices, and gold bars from this house, so why not a trophy? Invictus opens with grapefruit, like a callback to the late 90's and early 2000's ozonics, but it doesn't go nose-burn or tart like them, instead thrusting in some sweet mandarin connective tissue borrowed from 1 Million, and dihydromyrcenol/calone mix that also feels like an even older call back to the early 90's. However, before we go calling this a timeline in a bottle, the heart shows us the true face of Invictus: Hedione hedione hedione! Wow guys, if you thought hedione as an aromachemical was dead in modern designer fragrance, take a whiff of Invictus, as the stuff is simply soaked in it. If you survive the hedionic assault, you get some hints of that "fake bay" smell found in cheaper after shaves, but don't believe the pyramid here, as this is anything but a St. Thomas scent. The base is the place of disgrace for most perfumistas and colognoisseur, as it's a very ambroxan-heavy finish. I can handle it, as I'm also a wearer of Bleu de Chanel, Sauvage (2015), Obsessed (2017), and many others that have taken to this ingredient as their new fake-amber, but when saddled with guaiac wood, it almost has an oriental timbre than can be cloying in warmer weather. Luckily, this is still a few years before norlimbanol was shot into men's cologne like anabolic steroids before a Mr. Olympia competition, so there isn't much harsh scratch in the finish, but there also isn't much else besides musk either.

Once more, I find Invictus agreeable, but barely so because it plugs a hole in their lineup. I see the hyperbolic vitriol in reviews below coming from some of our more up-turned community members here, but I think they just don't really -understand- what these kind of scents are about, like a fan of classical music or jazz suddenly being forced to endure modern electronic dance music or pop all in major chords or 4/4 time, and spewing out all this hate whilst upon their "enlightened" soap boxes about how music "should" be rather than realizing the very definition of music transmogrifies person to person, generation to generation. To be blunt: this is the electronic dance music of fragrance for a generation that values creative use of synthesis over naturally-sourced elements that can be picked out as such in a wear. Not everyone can appreciate an acoustic guitar recorded onto an old Ampex tape deck live in the studio without a metronome, just as not everyone can handle a sequence of pre-recorded MIDI samples or purely-digital sounds on a looping track without any transitions or changes in time signature. Same applies with fragrance fellas: not everyone wants bitter herbs, virile animalics, dusty florals, or smoky vetiver on ambergris, oakmoss, and sandalwood. Some folks want that sweet, synthetic, plasticy "smell good" vibe of car air fresheners or bath products adapted to their personal space. Perfectly pleasant stuff like Invictus, which is effectively the "nondescript nice" essence of every bottle in Macy's sprayed simultaneously, but all in one bottle instead, fulfills that purpose. This stuff isn't higher art for sure, and it's performance is just adequate for the price, but even I like a lazy day with something I don't have to think about on my collar after a week or two or really out-there perfumes which command my attention, and the only fault I find with Invictus is the fact that it's a very gaudy bottle for what is just a sweeter, rounder, and more-generalized take on what Chanel started in 2010 when it released an aquatic with a warm base. Never mind me however, and please go on about how this scent and it's ilk have ruined the state of modern perfumery or whatever, but be mindful that your scent choices were designed with you as a target demographic just the same this was for the slack-jawed clerks at Wal-Mart who you'll smell this on, and that's fine, same as Invictus, which is also literally "just fine".
30th September, 2018 (last edited: 08th October, 2018)
hcr Show all reviews
United States
Sprayed this and the opening reminded me of Nuit D'Issey. Reason is it tickles my nose in a certain way. I then see that they both have grapefruit as a top note. Maybe my nose doesn't like smelling grapefruit? Dies down after a bit and is nice, but this will probably just stay a sample.
30th June, 2018
I gave this a thumbs up based on the overall smell alone. I got it as a sample from Macy’s and I really liked it. While I was at marshalls last week I saw the gift set for $59 and picked it up. I really like the scent and so does my wife,BUT, this cologne does not last long at all. I will still give a thumbs up because I really like it I just wish it lasted longer.
10th June, 2018

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