Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
I don't find Aventus to be a simple, tension-free scent at all. That smokey birch drydown is quite dark and mysterious.
Last week, I visited my parents and one of my brothers was sitting there so I let him sniff it-- he sprayed some on his arm and hated it right away saying smelled "industrial", whatever that means. Then two minutes later, he was smitten with it. He couldn't believe how much he loved it.
I have to say that the longevity and sillage are very, very good with the caveat that I cannot smell it on myself after half an hour or so. The other night at work, one of my coworkers from another department came into my workspace to ask me if I knew of a good place for him to buy a certain cologne that he wanted to purchase (haha, I gave him a bunch of samples once, and he always comes to me with fragrance advice). I asked him if I could smell my cologne (because I couldn't) and he said it was quite strong- and he liked it too. I got a little self-conscious because it was the end of the night and I hoped I wasn't gassing people out with it. I've asked other coworkers, and some said they could smell my Aventus the entire shift whenever I walked by. I'm still trying to strike the right balance in application of this one.
It's weird, sometimes I spray it on my neck and think it's gone an hour later. Just a few minutes ago I dabbed a little on my wrist and got in the elevator-- and I could feel it filling up the elevator within seconds.
The thing I like about Aventus is how much it changes and how different it smells from one wearing to the next. I think a lot of Creeds are like that and I think that's part of what frustrates people. My Millesime Imperial is the same way-- temperamental as hell. I can see why people wouldn't find Aventus to be their style, but I really find it to be a complex, attractive scent that works for me.
The price, however, is ridiculous-- I only bought it to commemorate a personal achievement that I was working toward. It does irk me that Creed are getting carried away with their prices: When Virgin Island Water came out, I went to Neiman Marcus and spent a whopping $208 before tax for a 4oz bottle (the price tag is still on the bottom of the box). The price tag on Aventus was $285 before tax (pushing it to about $310 after tax). I don't mind spending $150-$200 on a fragrance I really like, but getting around the $300 is pushing it a little. I'm just glad I got a big bottle that will last me a long time.
Another small thing that bugs me-- The paper label that wraps around the bottle. On the Creed website it says "The Aventus bottle is sleek black leather around a CREED bottle in the classic CREED "flask" design." No, it ISN'T leather. It's not even some kind of leatherette, like the Habit Rouge EDP bottles had. It's false advertising, to say that it's "sleek black leather". It still looks nice with the paper label, but when I took it from the box the first time, I noticed that the area on the back of the bottle where the label wraps around, it's doesn't completely adhere to the bottle-- and sometimes when I pick up the bottle, the rasp of the label catches my skin. It's kind of an unnecessary corner that they cut. For $300, they could have used something nicer in which to wrap the bottle.
I like the fragrance very much. I just think they should watch their prices a little or else put some of that money into the quality of their packaging.