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Champions intensified: Paco Rabanne’s new heroes have arrived


Back in 2013, fashion house Paco Rabanne released a fragrance fit for champions: Invictus. It was a fresh, sporty creation in relation to the brand’s other scents. Then two years later, the power shifted to women with the launch of Olympéa. There we had it: a heroic perfume duo.

Two years later and Paco Rabanne has decided it’s time to intensify the fragrances of champions. For Olympéa Intense, perfumer Loc Dong has kept the same structure as the original perfume but has taken the sensuality up a level.

Floral notes of white pepper contrast with orange blossom absolu and grapefruit flower. At the heart vanilla bursts in the warmth of cedar wood with a hint of salt, white amber and an ambergris accord. Musk and velvet blend at the base.

The Olympéa bottle revisits the sacred female: symmetry and geometry embody strength while curves and proportions bring sensuality.

Beautiful Brazilian model Luma Grothe is back as the emblematic face of Olympéa. Aged just 23, she has the likes of Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and Versace decorating her CV. Grothe plays the high-heeled fantasy goddess who manages to defy the gods.

Now to Invictus Intense. This sexy woody, amber scent opens with green aromatic laurel leaf and orange blossom electrified by a black pepper cardamom duo. The ambergris accord brings a soft, woody warmth which contrasts with the force of black amber and woods.

A true champion needs a prize worthy of a place on the mantelpiece. Echoing the original Invictus trophy style bottle, the Intense version is a deeper, darker version. The solid glass goblet is topped with an exultant shining-metal cap.

Who could forget the rippling muscles and masculinity oozing out of Nick Youngquest? The ex-rugby player and now yoga teacher is back for more action as the face of Invictus Intense.



Helen Pawson
written by: Helen Pawson
Helen is Brands Editor at The Moodie Davitt Report. When she isn’t on a plane to attend the latest travel-related launches, she can be found (nervously) watching Leicester City FC or in search of the sun.