Invictus Aqua 2016

Version from 2016
Invictus Aqua (2016) by Paco Rabanne
Bottle Design Cédric Ragot
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7.4 / 10 237 Ratings
A limited perfume by Paco Rabanne for men, released in 2016. The scent is fresh-aquatic. It is being marketed by Puig.
Limited Edition
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Main accords

Fresh
Aquatic
Synthetic
Citrus
Sweet

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Yuzu zestYuzu zest Grapefruit zestGrapefruit zest Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Marine notesMarine notes Violet leafViolet leaf
Base Notes Base Notes
AmbergrisAmbergris Gaiac woodGaiac wood WoodsWoods

Perfumers

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Scent
7.4237 Ratings
Longevity
7.2215 Ratings
Sillage
6.9220 Ratings
Bottle
6.7238 Ratings
Value for money
7.370 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 17.05.2024.

Smells similar

What the fragrance is similar to
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Invictus Eau de Toilette
Hawas for Him by Rasasi
Hawas for Him
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Legend Spirit
Teahupoo by Zara
Teahupoo
Mauboussin Private Club by Mauboussin
Mauboussin Private Club
Invictus Aqua (2018) by Paco Rabanne
Invictus Aqua (2018)

Reviews

5 in-depth fragrance descriptions
ThoYv

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ThoYv
ThoYv
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Unfortunately, the Invictus Aqua Edition from 2016 is no longer produced
Too bad that the edition of 2016 is no longer produced. The fragrance was simply fresh and perfect for the summer. It was also a fragrance that was very suitable for teenagers because it was so fresh
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8
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8
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8
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Oldish2002

121 Reviews
Oldish2002
Oldish2002
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Legendary
As always, some with hate, some with love. I really appreciate this fragrance and I see why it got so far. I tend to grab this in the warmer days, being such a delightful experience. Sweet, creamy, floral, aquatic, bubble-gum(ish) with even more character than a just bubble-gum. It's much more than that. Very good pick for a casual day (if you afford that) or just stick to special days/nights. I see this as a summer party fragrance. This is at least for me the best scenario but it can also be worn in many other scenarios. It has a youthful vibe but also a maturity vibe in the drydown. Performance is great and is very easily appreciated. 8 hours are there and even more if you overspray. Sillage and projection are great as well, no doubt.
You will be noticed for sure.
I feel very lucky to own a bottle of 2016 and I will keep it for special occasions.

Overall : 8/10
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9.5
Scent
Onizukansi

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Onizukansi
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Very underrated and incorrectly associated
For me, it has been the best summer fragrance of all time since 2016. The fragrance that made the entire Invictus range visible. Neither the Legend Spirit nor the Hawas come close to it in terms of DNA. Both of these fragrances only have something bubblegum-like in common with the Invictus Aqua 2016, it's a shame that all the Youtubers suggest these 2 fragrances as alternatives. The Invictus Aqua 2016 smells much more qualitative than these two and has a perfect balance of sweetness, freshness and spice. Also smells different than these 2, much better in my opinion. Less pungent despite more depth. Finally the Aqua 2016 is out again as a 2024 version. Same DNA, weaker shelf life, as it still needs to mature. Finally, after 8 years, the Invictus team has responded to the wishes of the fans and brought it out again.
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Carlosfarra

8 Reviews
Carlosfarra
Carlosfarra
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The Best Fragrance EVER
This is a legendary fragrance. In the words of our friend Jeremy: If you find one below 100€ just blind buy it.
The aquatic nature of this invictus, much more intense than the 2018 version (which was sweet). The 2016 is basically not sweet at all. It’s salty, tart, so so fresh, smells unlike any other perfume I ever owned. There’s no Freeze version, no Aqua this or that, which can even come close to this masterpiece.
Deserves my 9.5/10 overall evaluation.
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OvidiuPop

21 Reviews
OvidiuPop
OvidiuPop
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Aquatic and synthetic
The Context

Prior to receiving this decant I was aware of the Paco Rubanne brand and the Invictus line and I was not that interested into getting anything in the near future from the brand, and then I received this sample for my birthday alongside the other samples that I’ve wrote about. Among all of them this one I used the most because I wanted to understand the notes that make the scent profile of this one. Then I purchased another fragrances and I moved on. I wear this sample at the moment when I write this review in order to refresh my memories of the scent profile and catch other notes that in the past I was not that familiar with.

The Scent

This is a synthetic aquatic fragrance that has a sharp smell from start to finish. I have the version from 2017 according to the flier and its similarities with the note breakdown. In the opening I get a strong citrus synthetic push that stays for a half of a minute, then it settles down into an aquatic, sweet but still synthetic scent. Towards the late drydown the aquatic part it
Is still present but really faint and it plays with the light woods. Overall, it’s better than I expected from these kinds of releases and flakers.

The Projection

This is a medium to a high but only in summer. For the other seasons, it is medium to weak. I find this one only working in high heat in summer, a dry one.

The Longevity

I get for this one around six hours and the first half the projection is strong on my skin. The synthetic keeps it that long. I spray this and after those six hours I still can detect that synthetic component and the woods. So, this one would be all present for a work day in an office. It is noticeable but not annoying and I imagine this would fit really well with a suit. That reminds me of a video by Kenvin Samuels about this fragrance. From what I recall he had the same comment, that this would fit really well with a suit on an office day. So, I totally agree with mr. Samuels, this is the type of the utility for this one. From the experience that I have up until this point I would say that a fougere, a leather or a chypre applied correctly would make a great office fragrance. Also, I imagine applying this one for more than 3 sprays overall and suffocating the office, but anyway.

The Perfumers

There are two noses for this creation. Anne Flipo and Nicolas Beaulieu. While I did not had high expectations for their career I was a bit surprised of mrs. Flipo catalog and vast experience. She has a lot of creations under her name for L’Artisan Parfumeur, YSL and Givenchy. Some of the most well known fragrances in the community for men and women are made by her, so she is really impressive. On the other hand, Nicolas does not have a lot of creations and no significant ones from any house, or ones that I’m not that familiar with. For this one I think they had a lot of experience on how to make a simple straight forward intense aquatic fragrance and be mass appealing, but not obnoxious like the original one, from what I know.

Conclusions

If you want a fragrance that makes impressions and has an interesting scent profile and evolution, but not that weird, I would say that this is for you. I use this fragrance as reference for aquatic type of scents but till this day I prefer Glacier Rock, from my collection. And there is also another fragrance that I purchased late that month but only the opening is aquatic, the rest of its evolution is more fougere-like. I’m not totally sure if this is the case, I am not that familiar with fougere but I know that they are supposed to represent the atmosphere of the forest and what ivy, the plant, would smell like. But anyway, solid release and good projector and good performance.

Thank you so much for reading my review! I got a little caught up on my writing, but I had more pleasure in showing my thoughts then in the last review, so I’m pretty happy with this one. I think I need more experience with aquatic fragrances. I will try in the future to find samples for 40 knots by Xerjoff, Pacific Oak Moss by Goldfield and Banks or Virgin Island Water by Creed and I will try to compare them side by side. Next review will be about Oriflame’s Blue wonders. For that one I have a good context on how I discovered this one and how my thoughts changed with just a short period of time on its actual quality.
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Topfpflanze3Topfpflanze3 7 months ago
8
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7
Sillage
7
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Often copied but the original remains original - rating of 7.2 is a joke. The DNA was perfected in 2016, everything after that went downhill
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ScentedGentScentedGent 5 years ago
10
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10
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10
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10
Scent
Best summer fragrance ever. Killed off by a terrible reformulation. Bring it back!
2 Comments
KLewisKLewis 6 years ago
7
Scent
Fruity opening, salty drydown. Far better than the newer Acqua.
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