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Invictus Aqua by Paco Rabanne: My Verdict in 2024 [Reviewed]

Invictus Aqua is a men’s cologne release from the luxury designer brand Paco Rabanne. The newest edition of Aqua was released in 2018, and is an aquatic take on the original Paco Rabanne Invictus DNA. In today’s review, I’m going to give you my quick and honest verdict on its relevancy this year!

How does Invictus Aqua smell?

Invictus Aqua contains notes of grapefruit, violet leaf, sea notes, violet, woods, and amber.

On first spray on skin, I can immediately smell the grapefruit and violet leaf. The grapefruit smells juicy and sweet. The violet leaf comes across as green and slightly floral. This duo works quite well, with the airy violet accord balancing out the fresh blast of grapefruit.

A prominent grapefruit note in the opening

As the scent develops, the sea notes make their appearance. They don’t smell very sea-salty, though – I’d compare them to more of an oceanic breeze.

As Invictus Aqua dries on skin, the fragrance develops further. The grapefruit recedes, as the violet performs alongside the aromatic woods and amber. The woods are subtle and give the fragrance some mature structure in the background.

Additionally, the amber presents as a sweet musky note. Much like the woods, it delicately operates in the background.

Violet and violet leaf are great additions to the scent

Overall, Invictus Aqua opens as a citrus scent, transitions through some aquatic sea notes, and dries down into a floral woody musk aroma. Throughout the scent’s development, I can also smell some resemblance to Versace Dylan Blue.

Invictus Aqua’s scent profile is not unique, it’s a common compilation of notes. However, the composition is refreshing, pleasant and unoffending.

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If you’re used to marine/tropical aquatic fragrances, this one might surprise you. Yes, it does have an aquatic vibe to it, but it’s much more woody floral than something like light blue or Bvlgari Aqva. That being said, I do enjoy this fragrance- it’s a very fresh and floral take on the Invictus DNA. Because of its depth, I don’t really see it as much of a Summer fragrance as I do a Spring one, but honestly you can wear this one all year.

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What’s the longevity like?

The longevity of Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua is moderate at best. I wouldn’t call this a strong performing scent and would question anyone who did!

On my skin this projects out for about an hour, then lasts for a few hours more. For some people this might be ideal, especially if you want to freshen up and smell nice for a few hours.

Is it versatile? When should I wear it?

Overall, I believe Invictus Aqua is reasonably versatile. It’s best worn in summer but can be worn year-round if desired. That’s attributable to the woody, floral, and musky dry down which is appropriate across seasons.

Additionally, it’s relevant for just about any casual situation you can think of!

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Casual attire is best for Invictus Aqua

However, it’s worth noting that fruity aquatics are often tailored to a certain cohort of men. It’s not a juvenile cologne, but it’s not far from it. I think men in their teens, 20’s and 30’s are best suited to this scent. This would make a great starter fragrance for someone in that age range.

In summary

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Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua is a solid release. It isn’t a statement maker or beastmode performer by any means. However, it’s an enjoyable aquatic take on the Invictus DNA that will get the job done in any casual setting.

If you’re looking for more designer scents in this category, I suggest you check out my Top 5 lists on Versace and Prada!

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I want to hear from you. Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments. What are your thoughts on Invictus Aqua?

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