It's like a fruity spice with wood underneath it. The wood reminds a little of the wood in Royal English Leather but more subdued.
From the start I get the flavour of a nice bown of overripe fruit: banana pear, pineapple, and more, counterbalanced by a touch of bergamot. The base is the hallmark Creed ambergris, softened up by a bit of vanilla, ending on a nice barbershop-soapy accord on my skin. Very pleasant, never cloying, with decent silage, good projection on about six hours of longevity on my skin - a nice spring scent.
I went to Saks looking for a feminine floral and thankfully Saad at the Creed counter totally derailed me. I somehow came home with a new bottle of Acier Aluminum. I mean, when someone tells you a fragrance smells like bananas, steel and late 70s porn, you have to pay attention right?
I am not great at deciphering notes but I can tell you if Mitsouko and Eau de Soir by Sisley had a baby, this would be it.
Mossy, fruity and crystalline all at once, it evokes hot and cold simultaneously. It's odd. And I like odd.
What some have identified as "metallic" in this scent's top notes seems to me a piercingly tart, even acidic note with a distinct "chemical" edge. There is also a sweet, fruity leather accord in the opening, and this sticks around after the sharp note’s quick fade. The heart is fruit, musk, quiet leather, and spices – ever so slightly reminiscent of Serge Lutens’s Daim Blond, but with more sweet spice and a somewhat animalic background. I have no idea what the actual notes are, but I get plenty of amber nutmeg and at least a trace of cinnamon.
The Creed “millésime” house accord emerges and moves toward the foreground as the scent evolves, but its character is greatly altered in the absence of the fresh green or marine notes that so often accompany it in other Creed scents like Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, or Millésime Imperial. Acier Aluminium is much darker and “dirtier” than any of these other Creeds and hence, to my nose, more interesting.
Acier Aluminium's sweet amber eventually replaces the soft leather in the drydown, which this scent enters very quickly. That’s “quickly” as in 30 minutes. The drydown is the most conventional part of the development, and it is very pleasant. Happily, the base is enlivened by some of the spice notes that re-emerge in an olfactory game of hide-and-seek.
Acier Aluminium is ultimately distinguished enough to merit attention, but still safe enough to wear in almost any situation. It's originality is a tremendous advantage over most of the other Creeds I’ve tried. in. While some have commented that it's a winter scent, I find that it takes on a more challenging and gratifying animal aspect with a little heat and exertion. In the final analysis, it stands for me with Erolfa as one of the better modern Creed scents.
(I tried this on my wrist from a tester at Bergdorfs in nyc)
I hated this from beginning to end, you could not pay me to wear this. I wont say anymore....