Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto
But Bigsly, I gotta say - the similarity is all in the fruity topnotes. Which we all know you hate! What about the base?
As I've said before, skin chemistry seems crucial with many frags. With Zara Gold, the smoky pineapple lasts for a very long time. This may be accentuated by the fact that I get a little on my shirt. Whatever the case may be, neither frag is like the old vintage ones. These are largely if not entirely non-natural frags. Aventus may be a bit "better" in some way, but because I rarely wear it, or anything like it, and because of my skin chemistry, there is no difference for me. Sure, if someone studies these day after day, he will likely detect some difference, but that is irrelevant to me, just as some people can't tell the difference between the new and old Lagerfeld Cologne/Classic or Red for Men by GBH (which I think separates a great frag from an unwearable one). What kind of base could Aventus have that would compete with the great vintage designer frags? The answer is that it can't compete, at least for what I'm seeking. However, if the top notes last for hours, as is the case for Aventus and Zara's Gold, and I like them, it works for me (at least once every couple of months) !