a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
AVENTUS – 2010 – ♂♀
Classification: Chypre Fruity
Top: Blackcurrant, Italian Bergamot, French Apples, Pineapple
Heart: Roses. Dry Birch, Moroccan Jasmine, Patchouli
Base: Musk, Oak Moss, Ambergris, Vanilla
Perfumer: Olivier Creed
Price: 120 ml flask $285
I was asked to sample Aventus while visiting the fragrance counter at Neiman Marcus one afternoon. I was already wearing something at the time so, I declined. The Creed product specialist insisted on spraying Aventus on a sample card for me to experience. Not always the best way to experience a fragrance but I found it interesting, so I asked for a sample to take home.
I wore Aventus the next day and was completely hooked right from the beginning. The opening notes of Pineapple and French apples were fresh and crisp and slightly sweet but not sickening. I experienced more of the French apple note than the pineapple, as some others have complained about. The black currant and Italian bergamot notes were background players in the opening which combined nicely with the semi-sweet apple note. The heart notes of this fragrance were just as pleasing. Roses, dry birch, Moroccan jasmine and patchouli were a nice harmony. Patchouli can be dangerous but in combination with the Moroccan jasmine made this very interesting. I also enjoyed the base notes of musk, oak moss, ambergris and vanilla. The vanilla notes is subtle while the oak moss seems to be the most obvious player for me. Even the dry down on Aventus can keep you sampling your wrist hours later. The longevity could be better as with most Creed fragrances. I seem to feel it disappear after 6-8 hours. Everyone else seems to still be able to smell it on me so, maybe the wearer just become to accustom to the fragrance.
I’ve been wearing Aventus daily for a few weeks and it never fails to get people’s attention. I have been stopped multiple times a day and asked, “What fragrance are you wearing”. I’ve also had a co-worker approach me to ask a question and was so distracted by my fragrance that they forgot what they were about to say. The common thread of commentary I’ve received about Aventus is that everyone agrees it is a fresh, clean and completely intoxicating fragrance. These comments were from men and woman alike.
I feel compelled to say a little something about the packaging design for Aventus. Simply put, I have seen better packaging design on bargain designer fragrances. I find it interesting that Creed approved this packaging concept. This presentation is the equivalent of a senior high school student packaging project. There is really nothing innovative here. If anything, you will remember the fragrance by the terrible graphic displayed predominantly on the front of the bottle. Not what I would expect from a niche fragrance house.