Acier Aluminum was polarizing from start to finish evoking memories of eating fruit that I disliked at a young age. In short, this one did not work out for me and I consider it one of my least favorite Creeds that I’ve smelled. The opening consisted of fruits and spices with a dab of bergamot. Many people suggested the presence of a banana note and I do agree to an extent. This ‘banana’ note I thought smelled more like a fusion between over-powering lab chemical smells in a chemistry lab and rotten fruit that was forgotten about in someone’s kitchen. I suspect the spices and fruit notes with bergamot created this illusion. In time, this profound smell subsided drying down to an amber/vanilla and ambergris drydown. Some of the fruits and spices linger into the drydown tinging it making sure that it’s not forgotten at the end. Overall, AA does have a dated feel to it and does not resemble stuff that is worn today. As mentioned from others, AA gives off a ‘1970’s porn/sexual’ vibe although I don’t get this correlation at all to the scent. Longevity and silage was excellent in which I got a good 8 hours with above moderate silage for the first several hours. As for versatility and occasions, I can’t think of an occasion to wear this fragrance. For versatility, I will say that it will be more suited for the colder weather as it’s quite potent. IMO, it probably won’t be the best choice of a fragrance in both casual and formal occasions. Overall, Acier Aluminum was a profound disappointment and I really have no kind words for it, good riddance.
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.