I don't smell any similarities between Aventus and Bulgari PH Extreme. Aventus is well worth it, but I wore it several times before coming to that conclusion.
I don't smell any similarities between Aventus and Bulgari PH Extreme. Aventus is well worth it, but I wore it several times before coming to that conclusion.
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"No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
You misunderstood me.
I didn't sample the Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme. Unfortunately, blind-bought a 1 ounce bottle 6 months ago. Bvlgari is my favorite house, and I own 7 of their fragrances. The only one from them I don't like is the Pour Homme Extreme.
I sampled Creed Aventus because I couldn't afford a blind-buy. I do plan on trying other Creed fragrances because I don't want to judge a house on just one of their fragrances. I just think the Aventus is a waste of money because it provides the same results as Pour Homme Extreme (at least it does on me). If it smelled different, then I wouldn't mind at all.
I agree with you about initially hating a scent and later loving it. That happened with me when I tried Angel Men.
I wish I did like how Aventus smells, because the ladies seem to love it.
By The Way...
Today will be the last day of my semester. I'll wear Creed Aventus on my left wrist and Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme on my right wrist. If they're able to, I'll have them smell both and give their opinions of them. I'm a little embarrassed about it, but I'll "take one for the team"
Wow. I'd say nobody saw this coming except a lot of people did. Good luck with your Bulgari theory and the lunch ladies.
I know you're new here, but there is a search function. See how many guys have written similar stories about how Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme nearly got them devoured.
I cant smell Aventus, but its like some kind of dog whistle for some people.
When it comes to personal authenticity, this probably ain't gonna be the first time you find yourself up against something like this.
Oh the humanity !
I have not smelled Aventus, but think the only logical explanation is that Creed scientists have discovered that pineapple is a pheremone; in order not to destroy society by publishing this fact in science journals, they are benefiting civilisation by confining such dangerous knowledge to one of their perfumes.
well If you are spending 250$ or something, your expectations would be a lot higher.
i understand your point but may be you might need to give it time
What is Cool Water to Green Irish tweed, that is Burberry Summer 2009 to Aventus. Bvlgari PH extreme has nothing to do with Aventus or vice versa, maybe Bvlgari PH Soir, but far fetched although style and vibe mayhaps...
In initial blast Aventus is very much similar to Emporio Armani He, but that lasts only for a few minutes.
Last edited by Zgb; 15th December 2011 at 01:14 PM.
Burbery Summer 09 is the only scent wich truly reminds me of Aventus, but Aventus is sooooooo better !
Alright, everybody. THE TEST RESULTS ARE IN!!!
Unfortunately, two of the lunch ladies were on break, so I was only able to catch the other two.
I gave them both a "blind test". I sprayed Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme on the back of my right hand, and I sprayed Creed Aventus on the back of my left hand. I did not tell them which hand had which cologne.
I let the first lady smell them. She said she liked my left hand better than my right. I asked her if she thought they smelled similar. She said there was no similarity at all.
I walked over to the second lady to give her the test. Luckily, she didn't see which hand the first lady picked.
I reached out my hands so she could smell them, and she grabbed each one of them very aggressively (I think she was aroused again). Guess which one she picked! My LEFT HAND! She also told me that there was no similarity.
So, Creed Aventus defeats Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme according to the ladies.
The "aggressive" lady had a big smile on her face afterwards
It's too bad that I used the last of my Aventus sample today.
I'm still not a huge fan of this Creed Aventus, but it's starting to grow on me and I'd like to purchase some more to see what type of reactions I'll get from wearing it.
I'll purchase a decant of Creed Millesime Imperial later today. The next one I'll try will be Virgin Island Water.
Thanks for all of the help, guys!
Make sure whatever size you get has a sprayer. My Aventus and L'instant Extreme were even better when sprayed as opposed to dabing from a sample vial. Samples just don't have the magic to me. When sprayed, they are much more alive/fresh, and stronger. In the past, I had given up on a couple fragrances too early because I did not understand them and had not enough experience with them. Make sure you really like it for yourself though, unless your aim is just to make the lunch ladies day; which would be an expensive gesture...just what are you wanting them to serve? J/K.
By The Way... Even though I've owned my bottle of Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme for about 6 months, today was the first time I've ever worn it in public. I was too embarrassed to wear it in the past because of my strong dislike for it. The only reason I wore it today was just to compare it with the Creed Aventus. Haha! I'll probably never wear the BPHE in public again. The two lunch ladies did say they liked the BPHE, but they still liked the Creed Aventus a lot better.
I dont get major similarities between those two fragrances.
Also, building up expectations leads to disappointment but sometimes when you live with smells for a little while you smell them differently.
And good god, how anyone has high expectations for creed after being on this site and reading about the neverending problems is beyond me. If I were a newbie my expectations would be so low I wouldnt even bother
By The Way... I've also received mixed reactions from women while wearing Pour Homme Soir. Girls either aroused by it, disgusted by it, or unable to detect it at all. Bvlgari Pour Homme Soir is a strange one for sure!
Aventus works like a charm sprayed on clothing, jackets, I spray it on my backpack and it lasts like a week makes the whole room smell amazing.
Love the stuff, I tend to spray jackets or backpack when I want to use it more as an office room freshener that way I can smell it when I come and go lol. I also spray liberally on clothing and I will catch whiffs throughout the day, it's very deceptive but it's one of the top compliment magnets I have worn.
“Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back.”
slesperado, completely irrelevant note unrelated to the topic of Creed Aventus, but if you're the same guy, I really enjoy your YouTube videos!
oh the lunch ladies story made my day! Haven't mentioned it before, but Aventus was probably the only scent I got female compliments on in this office. Last time I wore it, couldnt smell it myself, but the best looking girl asked me "hey what's the name of the scent you are wearing?". Not intending to sound any posh responded with "oh that's just Brute" She remarked "yeah right! It smells really nice. That suits you well!".
The lunch ladies situation shocked me as well. They never complimented any of my other fragrances, and I had visited those same ladies almost every day for the past 6 or 7 months. I didn't even apply very much Aventus either (mainly because I had a 2.5 mL sample that had a CRAPPY atomizer).
Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
I'm still laughing about the guy who posted the little yellow guy shitting a brick LOL. I had never seen that one before. Anyway Aventus does smell great, but I haven't had chicks falling on me or anything YET!
I recently bought Aventus and I love it...
Haven't got any compliments yet......
May I ask where you guys are spraying your Aventus ?
and should I be applying a non scent moisturizer before i spray??
It is a bit colder where I live but when i'm indoors i want to smell good
Call it olfactory fatigue or whatever you want, it's a common occurrence for mewith scents like Aventus, GIT, Gendarme, and most Bvlgari scents. I can't smell a damn thing and I'm talking nose to wrist hours after application yet people were asking me what I was wearing. Then I have fragrances that I can literally smell on myself all day...stronger scents like Tobacco Vanille, Amen etc. It's a mystery for sure but a proven fact...
Wear it more often. Might take your nose some time to register it. This has happened to me with a few scents. I smell it all day.
I tried Aventus when it first came out through a perfumed court sample, and didn't like it. I ended up giving the remainder of the sample away to another basenoter, who told me it was a dreaded "ashy batch." I'm now about to try Aventus again, just for the hell of it. Creed sucks me in despite myself. At their best, several Creeds are untouchable (to my nose). But their best are too damn inconsistent for me.
Current Top Five:
1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
5. Creed Original Vetiver
Aventus has grown on me, I like it more now than I used to. However it doesn't justify a purchase. I would pay 100 at most for a 4 ouncer. It reminds me of Gucci by Gucci, with some apple or pineapple added.
A year passed, and I was seeking something to add to my collection that was suitable for warm weather. Speaking with the SA at the Creed counter in Neimans, she asked "Have you tried Aventus?" She sprayed me, and I gave it a few minutes. Surprise! Different place, different time, different circumstance and reason for looking, and suddenly this was sparkling! This was a brilliant scent for summer - light enough though not fleeting, just the right amount of intrigue. I also found people asking what I was wearing and it garnered interest (and I wear a lot of unique stuff).
I also took it with me to the Philippines recently, not a place where anyone wants a heavy, cloying scent. This worked perfectly. Balanced, light, and you don't feel suffocated by it. Projection (as the Lunch Lady Dude pointed out) is terrific, longevity is better than most Creeds. I ended up liking...strike that, loving this fragrance, though it's only a daily-wearer for me in tropical summer in the Northeast.
Bottom line is that people will like what they do, whether it's a $10 bottle of Old Spice or a $280 bottle of Creed. Whatever gets you through the night is alright, as the song goes. I just wouldn't compare Creed with a standard Department Store frag, since the concentration, components, and quality will be different.
My feeling is that Creed isn't innovative anymore. They haven't made scents worth the price point since that last run of amazing Millisemes they made, GIT/MI/SMW/Himalaya etc. That was a great time for Creed, that period maybe 25 years ago or so(?) It's the reason why I will never go so far as to say Creed is overrated. On the other hand, I just don't get all of these new ones. VIW smells like tanning lotion as far as I'm concerned. Aventus was better but not innovative. I'm going to get a sample at some point of Wood and Spices (or however it is named) but my expectations are not high anymore.
Anyway As I recall Aventus smelled more like apple than pineapple but it was just a small vial sample awhile back. Also I don't think it smells like Bvlgari PHE, but I don't have a bottle of that anymore. It sounds like Millesime Imperial might work well for you; it was my absolute favorite years ago and the first cologne experience I ever had that truly amazed me. Look into that one. But I have to say Virgin Island Water was a big disappointment. And on top of that, it seems appropriate only for certain situations, because it smells like tanning lotion and it evokes images of frufru drinks to me.
Last edited by autumngleeman; 22nd December 2011 at 09:18 PM.
Okay... It happened again, guys.
I decided to buy a large decant of Aventus a couple of days ago for a follow-up evaluation.
The first sample that I bought (the one the lunch ladies loved) was from a 2010 batch.
This new decant is from a 2011 batch, and it smells VERY different.
The 2010 batch was extremely smoky, and this 2011 batch has LOTS of pineapple and only a smidgen of smoke, so this one smells nothing like Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme.
Now to the main point...
I've been wearing colognes for over 10 years now, and I've been eating fast food ever since I can remember.
I've gone through drive-throughs hundreds of times, but tonight's drive-through experience was a "first" for me.
I was coming home from band practice, and I decided to go to McDonald's to get something to eat.
While I was waiting at the window for my receipt, the cashier said, "OH! It smells so good coming from [the inside of] your car".
I was shocked because I wasn't expecting anything, especially since I couldn't smell it anymore.
I was a good 3 feet away from the window, and this occurred 4½ hours after application.
And again... Aventus proved that it's a projection monster by cutting trough the heavy smell of food.
I now regret saying such negative things about Aventus. Just like many others in the fragrance community, I have done a 180 on my views of Aventus. I'm going to save up money so I can purchase a full bottle.
I'm also going to purchase a full bottle Virgin Island Water because that stuff puts me in such a REALLY good mood.
I wore Virgin Island Water to band practice 3 days ago, and my singer (who is female) could not stop smiling
Aventus and Virgin Island Water are now my favorite colognes and will be my signature scents.
I personally like the 2011 batch of Aventus more than I like the 2010 batch of Aventus.
That smokiness was just too much for me Maybe I'll eventually like it.
My current batch number is C42B11X02.
A smell that may be arousing has to be specific, it has to signal a perfect genetic match between You and Your partner. This is a well known fact. Then it is quite unlikely to happen that each of four arbitrary selected ladies find Aventus to be a match to her genetics.
I think Aventus is so kitschy, so devoid of any match to a persons body odor, so plastic, it stands for being a non-human. No 4-letter words, no body, no desires, no feelings, but just being a political correct, fully functional in-significant other.
I don't want to exaggerate a potential 'meaning' of that juice. Given the right mood You could even see deeper meanings in such objects:
I don't think it's fine art. Regardless lots of (female?) people around who would express their feelings full-heartedly: "Soooo cuuuteee!"
<edit> ... ahh, again we end up in comparing batch numbers indicating completely different scents. Guys, is that considered a reasonably quality worth in-countable amounts of dollars? Could You please respect Yourself!
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From a complete waste of money, to a great buy and one of your favourites!
Funny topic. Amazing how peer perception can contribute to your own perception.
I'm aroused if a woman walks by me and she's wearing Bvlgari Pour Femme. I think that stuff is sexy, regardless of the wearer.
I also think that most other men would be aroused by it too, but it's not common for a woman to wear that stuff (at least in my area).
I also think it's important to list the differences between the batch numbers because there are some people that prefer the smoky smell and others that prefer the pineapple or apple smell.
I do agree that Creed should probably make at least two versions of Aventus, like "Aventus" and "Aventus Intense", and figure out a way to keep a certain consistency from batch to batch. That would make it so much easier.
I think if Creed would manufacture a serious device, say a mechanical lemon squeezer nobody would accept that much variations from batch to batch. I wonder how people who payed that much on such well balanced, hence delicious concoctions cope with the tremendous feel to have gotten the plain wrong product! Could a Creed be "spot on" under circumstances like this?
I don't think it's a waste of money per say, but in my opinion it isn't worth the hefty price tag. Maybe at a discount . . .
Aventus has a surprisingly uninspired fruit opening to me. An uninteresting blend of pineapple and apple with some currant. I'm disappointed at how unrealistic this accord is. It's definitely a very high quality material comprising it, but I'm not getting the rich pineapple experience I thought I was in for.
Then it dries down into an inky semblance of what brand-new and starchy-crisp dollar bills smell like. Wouldn't call it "smoky" in the least. Aventus apparently means "success," so I guess this is the interpretation: success smells literally like fresh-off-the-press money.
Meh. My love for Green Irish Tweed grows ever stronger.
I think it's real value, factoring quality of concept & composition, quality of ingredients, and overall likability, I place it on the same tier as scents going for $70-$80 per 100ml.
So yes, at retail price, a huge waste of money.
I think it's great. My top fragrance. It's very versatile. Can be worn on many different occasions. It emits a pheromone enhancing scent. I read above how the lady's eye seemed like she wanted him bc of the cologne. I myself have had the same thing happen to me but I acted on it and took full advantage of what "Aventus" truly is. Its a magic potion. I can't be without it.
Seriously, I am not a fan of Aventus, but I like Creed, and Royal English Leather and Royal Oud are two of my favorite scents. I loved SMW the first time I tested it, but I haven't been able to replicate that with two 2.5 ml samples from TPC.
Probably got a bad batch. I love this shit and so does my girlfriend and anyone who smells me. Do you, homie. Maybe you can get free lunch from those cafeteria ladies. Win!
Subsequent batches were even worse, all "artificial smoke flavor", almost no fruit and very little "90's nondescript fruity metallic sport scent", even less patchouli.
I always did like the very simple synthetic-moss/white musk/ambrox/isobutavan drydown, despite not finding the base creed-marque-worthy-quality, it was simple and pleasing.......................................... and a waste of money.
That might have been what I was picking up! Needless to say, I didn't feel compelled to smell it again. I wasn't a big fan of the smokiness, but did think it was interesting. I honestly don't understand the amount of hype behind this one. I'm glad for the people that like it though. Maybe I'm just picky.
I'm yet to appreciate this fully. I had a decant and it was very smokey, to the point of being ashy. I've heard of the 'ashy batch' so can only assume I got this.
Would have been really pissed if I'd bought a full bottle.
"Ashy" and "smoky" are two different scents. I agree with DULLAH - it smells like a common '90s tonic of some sort. It's not a bad fragrance, just not particularly distinguished.