Aventus - a modern phenomenon. In recent years, no fragrance has polarised as much as the aforementioned Creed silver disc. First of all, I have possessed Aventus (even if only as a bottling) and can still remember exactly the first encounter...no scent has ever knocked me so out of my socks, trusted me, and yet strange, full of nostalgia and somehow, in a strange way perfect.
Less perfect, of course, was the price, even the small 2.5 ml bottle, which had disintegrated into thin air after a few uses, cost me at that time almost 20 euros. And somewhere, rightly so. An expensive, entertaining pleasure, but a wonderful one.
The wave of imitators up to bold, even confessing copies (isn't it, my dear Armaf?) caused by the hype around Aventus didn't slosh past me without a trace. The "King of Fragrances" at a ridiculous price? Could it be? DARF that ever be?
This must be reconciled by everyone himself with his moral demands; in the end, withdrawal prevailed for me. I just needed it, the mentioned bottle, which so quickly opened up into Nirvana, was painfully missed by me.
Nundenn, long speech, short sense: After research 3 candidates crystallized on the list of test candidates; one of them was Al Haramain's "L'Aventure". That this should be a direct Aventus clone and wants, outwardly first only the name screams. However, the bottle itself is a different number. In short, terrible. Some may like it, but this completely mirrored and cheaply chrome-plated container, with a cap in rubber door stopper optics and loveless writing has the charm of a reciprocating piston on me. Maybe something for car lovers.
But now for the important part, does he smell like the king, our little silver Arab?
When sprayed on, a strong, sweet and fresh note reminiscent of lemon or another citrus fruit is immediately noticeable. Could be orange. In any case very fruity, sweet, and synthetic, even slightly soapy. Hm, the first taster took away my anticipation of the student Aventus. Nothing to sniff out of the unbelievable top note of the original. And above all, no pineapple. Is that the end of the first one on the list? Scaredy sweat's spreading. I'm telling myself, they still have heart and base notes, all right
After the fragrance (which is extremely oily on the skin, by the way, I had never had it before) was dried, the whole thing turned a bit. The Patchouli from the base comes here strongly to the wear, actually a little too strong as I find. Aventus doesn't have that either, and that slightly pushes the fragrance in an oriental direction. In general, if you look at the fragrance pyramid, you can hardly see any agreement with the Creed. How's he supposed to smell like that? Can he do that at all?
He can. You just have to give it some time until the synthetic sweet top note and the flowery-powdery one have evaporated. What remains is actually a fragrance that reminds us of Aventus. Especially in the Sillage. If you hold your nose directly to your wrist, you can smell the difference, and clearly so. I don't know what some YouTuber have in their nose that says 98% match. L'Aventure is less mature, less harmonious and generally much sweeter, flowerier, and shallower than Aventus. It's this soapy-powdery, which just doesn't fit with the rest of the fragrance. But the scent you leave behind actually smells deceptively similar.
Conclusion: Al Haramains "L'Aventure" cannot replace the king of fragrances. He is too incongruous, too sweet and there is a general lack of head and heart notes. What he does very well, however, is the base note. This one seems to copy the Creed DNA surprisingly well and he clearly sprays the Aventus Vibe in the Sillage.
For the small money (the 30ml bottle cost me as much as the 2.5ml sample) you can't really complain. Still, too bad somehow... well, it would have been too nice. I think I'll start scratching up the coins in my wallet later on.
To get the pineapple, I ordered a natural pineapple aroma from Dragonspice, and I have to say, the scent in the mix now smells much rounder, more harmonious and more like Aventus. The right ratio is important here, as the fragrance oil is very concentrated, so it is better to test it drop by drop. The natural sweetness and slight astringency of the pineapple seems to dampen the somewhat aggressive-synthetic top note and take away its strength. Instead, a warm pineapple aroma now comes to the fore in the top note, which significantly improves the fragrance experience from the first hour and makes it definitely wearable as a "casual" version of the luxury fragrance.
Now only the smoke is missing...but for that there is the Armaf!