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    Placed my order too. Damnit lol
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    I ordered a sample too. At $2, I couldn't resist. I'm not expecting it to smell identical to my bottle of Aventus, but I won't be surprised at all if it turns out to be really good. It'll be fun to try them out side by side.
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    it's so funny to me how few youtube reviews say anything about the ingredients/accords/notes. most of those clowns have no nose. instead they talk about obvious things like potency/projection/longevity and vague BS subjective stuff like "season" and "time of day." that "info" is nearly useless to me when picking a fragrance.

    however, JiveHippo's youtube reviewer did mention just enough to get me interested. i can't stand the "smokey" (birch tar) part of Aventus, and don't like vanilla, but I did find the top notes interesting. that review states no leather or vanilla which piqued my curiosity. i ordered a sample, what the hey.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    it's so funny to me how few youtube reviews say anything about the ingredients/accords/notes. most of those clowns have no nose. instead they talk about obvious things like potency/projection/longevity and vague BS subjective stuff like "season" and "time of day." that "info" is nearly useless to me when picking a fragrance.

    however, JiveHippo's youtube reviewer did mention just enough to get me interested. i can't stand the "smokey" (birch tar) part of Aventus, and don't like vanilla, but I did find the top notes interesting. that review states no leather or vanilla which piqued my curiosity. i ordered a sample, what the hey.
    I don't get any vanilla in the base but it does have the dark vibe that I believe is a combination of the leather and patchouli. I'm not sure what birch tar smells like so I can't vouch for that, but it is a bit smokey. Pretty much what you smell in the first 5 minutes is what your going to smell for the entire life of the fragrance. This is basically Aventus for a warmer climate. It's a winner for me because it's so humid where I live that Aventus is just way too potent if you going to be outside for any amount of time.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    i really like vanilla, a lot. but when its used in small bursts, not when its used as a crutch for turning a bland fragrance into a gourmand.

    i detect the vanilla in aventus. its subtle, it's slight, but it's there and it adds A LOT to the fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    Interesting. For those who have tried it, what do you think of the quality of the ingredients compared to aventus?
    One's an EdP and one's an EdT. Aventus is of course much stronger. In Aventus almost every note is "in your face", especially the pineapple. Fresco is a normal EdT in the way it projects. If your comparing pineapples to pineapples it's not as strong in Fresco, but it smells very similar to the Aventus pineapple and the rest of the notes smell very similar to the other notes in Aventus.

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    Thanks for the warnings rich. 2 bucks incl shipping is a damn good price for any 2ml sample.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    i really like vanilla, a lot. but when its used in small bursts, not when its used as a crutch for turning a bland fragrance into a gourmand.

    i detect the vanilla in aventus. its subtle, it's slight, but it's there and it adds A LOT to the fragrance.
    Which batch do you have? I don't detect any vanilla in mine, but that's probably because Aventus is a scent that I've never really made an effort to pick apart, notes-wise. I should though, just for the fun of it.

    I wish I knew people who had different batches. I'd love to compare them side by side. I wish my batch had just a bit more smoke. Oh, I adore that smoke.

    I get the feeling Fresco won't have the smoke, among other differences. One of the youtubers above made a comment about it being more of a summer scent, and that's what I'm expecting too. I wonder how long it'll take to get the sample. A week or so? Patience, patience...

    ...god, sampling is so much fun.

    Anyway... it'll be interesting to see what Ilum Deam does next. If they're just going to clone scents, please please please let the next be an Amouage! I love Amouage, but their scents are such bankbreakers. On the other hand, if Ilum Deam is going to be more than just a high-end cloner, I'd love to see them develop Fresco as a line, perhaps with a darker version for 2013. I've always thought that Aventus could easily serve as a base for an entire line, and that's not something Creed would do.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Ok, pulled the trigger. For $30 why not? Sounds close enough.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Just wondering: Is "Ilum Dean" a Latin phrase? Does it mean anything? I visited their website, and noted two things: (1) Much content is missing, with placeholder when you click on some links (2) "Fresco" seems to be their one and only product (I was expecting them to sell other stuff too, like clothing or other personal care items).

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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Anyway... it'll be interesting to see what Ilum Deam does next. If they're just going to clone scents, please please please let the next be an Amouage! I love Amouage, but their scents are such bankbreakers.
    Not likely. One of the hallmarks of Amouage is their heavy use of very expensive naturals, like Mysore sandalwood. Very tough to replicate that type of composition more cheaply.

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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Just placed an order based on Coachrob's review. Can't go wrong for 30 bucks.

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    Goddamnit! It's cold outside and now I have to go and get my credit card out of my car! Thanks guys! :-P

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    now that its affordable i hope every one gives their aqua di gio a rest and get this.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesc View Post
    Ok, pulled the trigger. For $30 why not? Sounds close enough.
    Me too - I couldn't resist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stayclose View Post
    now that its affordable i hope every one gives their aqua di gio a rest and get this.
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Here's another video on this.


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    This is gonna be a hype monster... I can feel it already...

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    Quote Originally Posted by protector View Post
    Just wondering: Is "Ilum Dean" a Latin phrase? Does it mean anything? I visited their website, and noted two things: (1) Much content is missing, with placeholder when you click on some links (2) "Fresco" seems to be their one and only product (I was expecting them to sell other stuff too, like clothing or other personal care items).
    Lol, I just checked their website.

    "Ilum Dean, is a new fashion house in New York" riiiiight...except they don't appear to sell any clothes or accessories, and seem to want to thrive off selling a cologne that smells like Aventus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Lol, I just checked their website.

    "Ilum Dean, is a new fashion house in New York" riiiiight...except they don't appear to sell any clothes or accessories, and seem to want to thrive off selling a cologne that smells like Aventus.
    I'm down for a company based on making high quality, cheap fragrance knockoffs. Assuming this is the "Aventus killer" that it is purported as, I'd be excited as heck to see if they could do faithful renditions of other favorites such as MI or Tobacco Vanille.

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    Does Ilum Dean deliver international ? I wanted to try out the sample.

    Edit: Guys they do deliver international !
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    Blind bought this one. Considering I pay more than this for most decants I'm okay risking a let down.

    The ebay seller was on 53 bottles sold when I purchased mine an hour ago. I just checked and it's now at 56 sold. Hype train for sure...
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    Default Re: fresco by ilum deam (an aventus clone?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jridgen View Post
    Blind bought this one. Considering I pay more than this for most decants I'm okay risking a let down.

    The ebay seller was on 53 bottles sold when I purchased mine an hour ago. I just checked and it's now at 56 sold. Hype train for sure...
    That's actually the second listing he put up on Ebay. He sold over 60 bottles in 3 days on his first listing. Now you can do directly to his website and purchase it for $25 and change shipped.

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    Hopefully people don't start using this to fill Aventus decant orders claiming it to be "Aventus". I'd imagine the more experienced person could tell the difference but the average joe coming into the hobby couldn't (because they just don't know what to expect). Just me being paranoid.

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    I just purchased 3 samples (didn't seem worth the effort for just one lol). No need for a full bottle, since I already have a full bottle of the "real" thing, but I am very curious to see for myself!
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    His shipping price has gone from free ninety free to $4, and now it's up to $6.30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    His shipping price has gone from free ninety free to $4, and now it's up to $6.30.
    My guess is that it went from free "please try us out" to "ok this is expensive, we've got to start charging for this" to "OMG I need to rush this out faster to build on hype."

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    Purchased.. Shipped to my pop who will then ship to me in France.... yippee

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    well...I also got a bottle. You gotta love youtube reviewers to hype something like this lol. Will see if this anything like my beloved Aventus bottle

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    Doesn't seem to be a European source.

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