I just bought a big bottle of Aventus yesterday at NM and I love it. I was concerned about possible batch issues so I didn't want to take a chance. Batch#: A42B11S01.The weird thing is this stuff smells so different depending where/what I'm smelling:
The box: Yes, the box has a musky laundry detergent type smell somewhat like Narciso Rodriguez for Him EDP or Tommy Hilfiger T. I sometimes smell this wafting in the sillage, but not when I sniff my skin.
The sprayer: When I remove the cap and sniff the sprayer, it's a very crisp fresh apple/bergamot/citrus smell.
Sprayed on exposed skin of arm: dries down quickly to a piney/terpenic/patchouli/smoke/birch/ash smell-- very dry and almost green. A hint of Terre D'Hermes. I find this drydown very distinguished. I also find something of a mood that reminds me of Vetiver '48.
Sprayed on chest under shirt(pulling shirt collar over nose to inhale): This is very fruity and heavy on pineapple. The vanilla is most noticeable here too. Smells very different than the spray on my arm. Under clothes it seems to remain sweeter and less dry.
Random Sillage: I get notes of blackcurrant and rose that waft occasionally into my nose from the sillage, but I don't get these notes when I sniff the skin directly. I also get hints of the laundry musk note in the sillage.
I'm not saying that it's impossible that there are some slight variances with different batches of Aventus, but this stuff is so temperamental just within the same bottle (in a good way! The notes are exposive and vivid) that I think it all may be a bit of an exaggeration. When I let it dry down on my arm-- it's ashy; when I wear it under my shirt on my chest-- it's pineapple. In fact I didn't really even smell much pineapple yesterday when I bought it-- but then today once I sprayed it under my shirt for the first time, it was a pineapple bomb.
Weird. Very high priced, but that aside I'm thrilled with it.