Initially gave this a 2/5 rating 5-6 years ago. I returned to this one today and I'm pleasantly surprised. I went from smelling Gucci's Alchemist's Garden collection (which was underwhelming) to this one and I think the synthetic sweetness hit me differently. I kind of get the marine vibe (not photorealistic) but it's sweetened by the orange and (patchouli?). I can't believe I skipped out on this one for 6 years. I just thought it was a crappy designer scent and never returned to it. Either my taste has changed or I'm less picky. Perhaps I've smelled so many other crappy designer scents and my nose is lost.
I'm going to go with Varanis Ridani and give this a thumbs up.
Terrible synthetic, sharp, fresh opening. Drys down watery and disgusting. Weak and apologetic. It smells like cheap shampoo. The citrus notes in this- if one can even call them citrus- smell like Clorox or Lysol wipes. Overall very boring and definitely one of the worst of all of the blue scents that have taken over modern designer perfumes.
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.
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.
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.