Inspired by Greek Gods and Goddesses is the latest Paco Rabanne fragrance drop - Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum (for her) and Invictus Eau de Toilette (for him). Two strong, commanding, sensual yet easy to wear scents that are set to take the fragrance world by storm this Summer. Let me share a few thoughts on each new Paco Rabanne fragrance, each of which is presented within the most adorable bottles!
Paco Rabanne Olympea Eau de Parfum £40-£70 via The Perfume Shop - link.
Rich, floral yet soft and comforting at the same time, Paco Rabanne Olympea is a blend of fresh green mandarin top notes, with a splash of water jasmine combined with warm ginger flower. At the heart you will find the note of the moment, salted vanilla finished with creamy sandalwood at the base. Although this is technically a Summer launch I would stash it away for the cooler Autumn and Winter months as it is a little on the heavy side (the vanilla really shines through) and may cloy in a warmer climate. I can't really think of something similar to compare this to but I would recommend checking it out if you enjoy rich, warm vanilla based scents.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette £36.99-£70 via The Perfume Shop -link.Being of the female persuasion I'm not all that great at describing male fragrances but I will give it a good go - Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette is strong, very, very strong. It somewhat tickles my nose (I know that must seem weird, it felt bizarre just typing it!) which normally indicates a pepper based note - apparently not in this instance. Rather Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette is deep aquatic come woody blend of grapefruit, bay leaf, gaiac wood, ambergris and patchouli accords. It is more aromatic than it is fresh and perhaps one that is best kept aside for night wear as it is a little over powering. On the plus side I do imagine this is one that will appeal to a broad spectrum of ages as it is universally appealing, long wearing and very much attention grabbing.
It's not often that fragrances stump me, normally I can draw some semblance of a comparison or at least an in-depth review but I have found it difficult to compare the Paco Rabanne Olympea and Invictus Fragrances, for that reason alone you need to pop along to your local The Perfume Shop and test them out.
This post contains press samples.