Originally Posted by fugazi
i see many of your points.... but it seems you come to conclusions very fast.
you were brutal on Aventus, which turned out to be a very popular BN favorite.
might you take a bit more time to digest Spice & Wood before you trash it? seems you are quite the extremist. (hate/love)
Truthfully, I like Aventus quit a measure more than Spice and wood, despite Spice and Wood being a much more "high quality" smelling scent. Stylistically, Spice and Wood seems far too reserved. It actually will please quite a few fans of 80's style wood scents, looking for a much lighter, more contemporary alternative to a green/wood scent Like Cartier Santos, but don't want ANY of the contemporary sweetness.
And you make a fair point, that I have reached some decisive conclusions very quickly, and more time would no doubt give me a fuller understanding of the scent. I agree. But it's character has already been made very apparent to me, and I don't appreciate it's character at all.
As for the notes, I am sure I'll find others on subsequent wearings. But the dominant notes of this are a bitter cedar, absent any soft/round notes (like Himalaya or Windsor) to accompany it. A dark-greens/dry-bitter-spice accord, similar in emotion to Epicea. And the smokiness/burnt rubber of Aventus. The tiny helpings of rose, apple, and iris simply don't bring the scent any balance. the bitterness dominates.
And of note is that those who dislike the sweet/loud/spicy clove, fear not, there is none of that to be found. This is like ground cloves that have been aged to the point of tasting dusty and muted. CREED's use of the word "Aged", now seems a very apt adjective.