A tart, synthetic fruity-pineapple fragrance, that dries to a very very light, mossy and smokey masculine base with a little vanilla and ambergris. If this was a designer fragrance, with a retail price no higher than $80/125ml, it'd be a good buy....but qualitatively, and even compositionally (perhaps more embarrassing for creed), Aventus, in no way is worthy of anything close to it's retail price....$280/120ml.
It begins with a very strong note of bergamot oil, green apple candy, and givaudan's cassis...this is a very unisex and fruity opening, on the sweet/candied side in texture and flavor, but thankfully, it's lacking excess sweetness that would have really made it a bit too similar to Power by 50 cent (which also used a ton of the givaudan cassis)....creed does a half-hearted job here of tempering the cheapness and syntheticness of the fruit notes, with a little natural bergamot oil, but I feel this stage needs some more light elegant supporting floral and tart citrus notes....but that is just my personal taste, others may like the very sweet, wet, synthetic fruity opening as it is, nearly bare.
When the bergamot oil fades, as well as the plastic-y top ends of the green apple and cassis notes, a fairly good, tart Pineapple note moves in, and the composition is improving here. The tartness in prominent, and this is welcome, as the top was really quite close to being way overly fruity in a most cheap and unimpressive way. Accompanying the pineapple here, are very light notes of Jasmine and Rose, and these are much more apparent on the skin than on fabric. Another welcome addition here is that the green and brown tones of the basenotes are beginning to show themselves.
As the scent dries more, the Pineapple doesn't completely fade, and the combinations of the wetness of the synthetic florals, and the sharpness/bite of several other notes, including Patchouli, keep the image of pineapple alive...as a very smokey Birch tar note comes in...this stage is my least favorite of the scent....as the rubbery/plastic-y cheapness of many of the synthetics used here is most apparent, and rather than being smoothed over by a stronger presence of the base, or by a natural floral note or a natural spice note, they are simply given a slightly burned finish, from the birch....burned rubber isn't exactly what I expected in a $280 fragrance between the Pineapple/fruit, and the moss/ambergris.....but that's what we get......
after the smokey birch and rubber subsides, my favorite part of the fragrance begins.....albeit in far too quiet of a manner. This wonderfully masculine, and yet still very contemporary base is a combination of a very green synthetic oakmoss note (moss that literally lasts forever BTW, longer than the musk), a light patchouli note, a pleasant Ambergris note (to my nose a combo of Ambroxan and Ambrettolide), and a vanilla accord that seems to be more Isobutavan than Vanilla, but this is very welcome, as that smooth strawberry/cocoa/caramel smoothness of isobutavan keeps some of the image of fruitiness alive all the way thru the dryout. And along with that strawberry nuance is a "cake frosting" type of vanilla...a little more contemporary and gourmand that the vanillic notes used in many other creeds, but I like it. The base is kept contemporarily fresh by Lyral ( a smooth floral note), and a long-lasting white musk cocktail, seemingly composed of mostly habanolide. I can't get enough of this drydown, but it's so weak, that one must drastically over-apply the fragrance, to get a good presence of the wonderful basenotes. And I don't enjoy those topnotes enough to put on that much of it.
I really wish this fragrance had some more balance and elegance....keep the Pineapple and birch notes right where they are, but around those two starring notes, increase the presence of moss/patch/ambergris/lyral/musk basenotes, a heavier presence of some dignified floral midnotes, as well as some more bitter/sour/tart notes in the topnotes. But apparently it's selling well, and if those sales persist past the holiday season, I doubt CREED will make any tweaks to this formula to bring more balance. Unfortunate, as I feel this base, if made stronger, could really anchor this fragrance and many others, but instead, it lays far too quietly and passively, under a synthetic Fruity top of very questionable composition and quality, for a fragrance of this price, and from a house that specializes in top shelf fresh masculines, many with utmost natural appeal.
So while I'm not a big fan of this scent in it's current form, it is a good designer level masculine fruity scent,with a very weak, but compositionally good base, that hopefully shows more promise for the future direction of CREED than either Royal Exclusive does.
That initial review was based on a weaker, fruity/rubbery batch, lot # C4210E02
My opinion of this scent is getting better, based almost entirely on what I feel is CREED's best batch of this scent...lot # C42B10J01.....this batch has an incredibly good drydown, very rich and elegant and masculine. The heart seems to have gained a little more spice/wood from my previously reviewed batch, even if it seems to have it's apple/currant/pineapple presence reduced, either comparatively to the strong base, or willfully...I'm not sure. But what I do know is I like this batch of Aventus the most of the nearly dozen different batches I've tried. Build upon the exact formula of C42B10J01, please, and I may eventually place this one right up there amongst some of the better millesimes. But before I compliment too much, I must say that nearly 2/3 of the other lot numbers are still not worth anywhere close to $280/120ml