Originally Posted by fit&frag'd
Ok, so follow-up to my recent post. Now 3 full wearings into the 2011 z01 batch & WOW! I didn't really get the fresh, juicy pineapple from it the first couple of times for some reason, but now, on my 3rd wearing, it just bloomed and boy was it great! I still get a slight "gasoline" smell very early on in the background, but less pronounced, no smoke, and the drydown is well blended, but mostly light pineapple wafts and a great muskiness. This is one of those fragrances that's hard to put my finger on all facets, but something about it just makes me want to keep smelling it more and I never tire of it. Still VERY long lasting, too!
But seriously, I can't figure out the "gas note" early on...is it the blackcurrant, or birch/birch tar maybe? Does anyone else get this, or am I crazy? I mean, I see the smoke or ash reference all the time, but have never seen someone mention it the way I'm smelling it.
Hey, Man. I know what you're talking about. The first sample of Aventus I had was from a 2010 batch. It was extremely smoky. It literally smelled like a bonfire with some pineapple hiding in the background. Now I have the Z01 batch (A42B11Z01 to be exact) and I smell no smoke. I do understand that "gasoline" smell you're talking about. It kind of reminds me of when I was a little kid. One of my favorite things to do was mowing the lawn. In this Z01 batch, I have the faint smell of a freshly-mowed lawn mixed with the exhaust of an old lawn mower. I don't know what note is causing this.
I personally prefer the smoky batch that I had a long time ago because of how "dark" it was, but this one seems to be easier to wear. I just received this bottle today, so I haven't tested it in "the field" yet.
I spoke too soon! I had just gotten that bottle and applied it. So, it was still in the top notes when I wrote the review. After about an hour of wearing it, the "smoke" slapped me in the face. The pineapple was still there, but the smoke came out of nowhere. In the 2010 batch I had when I first tried Aventus, the smoke was there as soon as it contacted my skin. With this Z01 batch, the smoke comes later. I went to sleep and woke up about 7 hours after applying it, and the Aventus was still strong! I love this stuff!