For a long time I thought about what I should write about Aventus and I still don't quite know. My feelings are hard to put into words, because there is almost nothing that I hate so much and love so much as Aventus, that's why I just give it a try...
Some years ago the hype around Aventus began and despite many reviews and description of the used scents, I could not imagine in the least how Aventus should finally smell. I asked myself: "What is it about Aventus that makes it attract so much attention?", "What justifies this high price?" and "What makes this perfume so special and noteworthy? To find out, I ordered a sample for about 8 Euro.
After it arrived at home on a Friday, my expectations were extremely high. Finally! A small 2,5ml tester with an inscription, whose name went very often through my head at this time: "Creed Aventus". Finally he was there. Finally I would understand what makes this smell, finally I had the opportunity to smell the allegedly best perfume and opened carefully the ampoule with the slightly yellowish shimmering liquid. I dripped a little on the back of my hand and waited a few seconds before I moved that nose. And then, finally, when I noticed the top note, it shocked me. For me, he just smelled like burnt wood. After old wet burnt wood. A world of faith collapsed within me. "That's him?" Stunned and irritated, I put the sample aside and tried to recover from this shock. I found him really disgusting and thought to myself, how can you like this garbage and distracted me by sitting down briefly at the Xbox and then preparing for a bigger birthday party in the evening.
I can't remember why or why, but it occurred to me to apply half of the rehearsal for the party after the shower and get ready to go out. Arrived there and a good 2 hours later, when most of the guests had arrived, it came. One compliment after another from my friends and I just thought to myself what the fuck. On the one hand I had completely forgotten that I had applied the sample to myself and on the other hand I thought to myself why my friends like this abnormal wooden smell so much and smelled again at my wrist. And this time it had knocked me over, this wooden scent had somehow developed into a heavenly citric vanilla chord with a smoky note and I was blown away. So there and away that I ordered the 120ml bottle the next day.
But why love-hate? Well this Friday is now a few years ago and the problem with Aventus are the batches on the one hand and the head notes on the other hand. Many people think this batch story is bullshit, but I can tell you that it actually varies from year to year and that it's pretty neat. My first bottle was a smoky creamy batch that I fell in love with and that lasted up to fourteen hours on my skin, but it hasn't been the same since it was empty. One bottle is more fruity, another one more balanced and without shit, I once had one that smelled like Nimm2 sweets and I hate those things above all. The current batch is fine but nothing compared to my first bottle. And then there's the top note. This, in my opinion, never smells so good right after spraying. Totally independent of the batch, it takes about one to two hours until Aventus develops properly and smells really pleasant. Then there are other negative aspects, like the high price, that Aventus is becoming more and more mainstream, that a splash too much can be too much for other noses, that I have not gotten any compliments for a perfume of almost 350€ since felt 3 years and so on
Like I said, I can't quite make up my mind. For me, this composition is a work of art, an understatement for masculinity. I don't know of any other fragrance that polarizes in such a way, that is so diverse and performs so well. But I don't know of any other fragrance where you have to compromise as much as Aventus.
Personally, this fragrance reminds me very much of my best friend Tim from school. Tim was the very rebellious, wild, alpha then. But not of the kind "dominance up to no more alpha animal goes", no he was rather someone whom one had gladly around itself and which pulled people again and again into its spell. He was always very cordial to others and defended the weaker against others, but could also become completely different when it came to it and that was the side that slightly outweighed it. In any case, through his manner and his actions, he always provided for new topics of conversation in our small hometown and Tim was gradually more and more mystified by the people.
What I want to say here, exactly as with Tim, an extreme mystification has developed at Aventus, which partly does not do him justice. Just as Tim is a normal person in the end, Aventus is a normal perfume with a strong, rebellious but also warm and unique character due to its notes.
And why under the starry sky? Because that's just what I have to think of when I smell Aventus. Sitting in a meadow on a warm, cloudless summer night, looking at the stars and thinking back at all the moments I had on my skin with my first Aventus, fascinates me. To my school days, to all the parties in summer, to all the beautiful moments and all the summer nights I have experienced, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied.