"bnib" - brand new in box
"tint" - yellow-greenish coloring
"grail" - grail (especially good batch)
"vintage" - all batches from 2010 - 2013
Nerdy, right? "Aventus" - "masterpiece" or "aftershave"?
Aventus is rarely described as I think it deserves to be. He is not a fragrance that you buy blindly and immediately like. For this he has too many variations (more on this later).
He is initially fruity-sweet, but sometimes also rather citrusy, slightly acidic. After that it becomes woody, I mean smoky, but actually also no more. Sometimes it smells dirty. But it can also be very floral. Huh?
There is basically not the "one" Aventus - you probably already know what I'm getting at: the batches. Over the years, you basically have differences like night and day. Why the fluctuations?
Stinginess? Marketing? Natural ingredients and their varying harvest quality are often cited as the reason. However, four reformulations to date (the latest in late 2019) are also to blame.
In the following, in particular, the differences and the development over the years should be shown in more detail - statements such as "aftershave" are namely comparable to "Is just a Western" as a conclusion to "Play me the song of death". Unfortunately, many portals like eBay, the Facebook marketplace etc. are full of partly absolutely professional refills or fakes, which you can partly only recognize by an "o" instead of a "0" on the batch label - or by the kind of the glued cellophane. Some who are talking about aftershave here, unfortunately, never got to enjoy the original Aventus.
In 2010, the journey began that could be a completely different perfume today. It was the time of the smoke. No, dear ones - your 2019 bottles no longer contain smoke.
For those who didn't smell Aventus back in the day, here's an example description of batch 13Q02: Imagine being sprayed with a modern-day Aventus, standing at the grill for two hours. Your shirt eventually smells completely like BBQ: the birch tar says hello. When the smell of the fruity pineapple mixes with the BBQ, you have Aventus 13Q02 - a grilled pineapple, as it were. This is exactly what happened to me recently when I was walking past a BBQ party, drizzled with Batch 19S41. I was instantly in 2013.What memories!
Fans love the old stuff, and prices go into four figures.
There was also the "ashtray" style Aventus from 2010 to 2013 - those batches were particularly extreme and were basically just liquid smoke and a leather touch. Definitely much more niche than today. The performance was "stellar", as they like to say. Brutal sillage was no exception.
Therefore, anyone in the community who mistakenly calls their bottles "smoky" after 2013 is immediately "tarred" and feathered. Every newcomer must experience this painfully - also
Over time, the topic of "grilled pineapple" was ticked off due to regulations, and Aventus was allowed to be "only" fruity to woody. The oak moss also had to be reduced. Finally, at the end of 2019, it hit Lyral. However, this does not mean that you now "finally" have identical Aventus batches. No, each batch is still more or less distinctly different from the other, and even more so from the older ones. Even the fruit at the beginning can be dimmed, so you get a "darkventus" like batch 17N01. If the vanilla note is strong, one speaks of "bootybatches" - alluding to the fact that women go for it, e. g. 16A01.
Since e. g. these batches are particularly popular, they are appointed "grail batches" and may also cost more than others. An overview of all batches can be found in the respective groups.
The problem of negative reviews on the performance of Aventus has always existed, but often unfairly. The reason is the anosmia triggered by the fragrance. Scent blindness sets in after 15 minutes for some, and after two hours for others. Since a residual perception is still present, one assumes a subterranean durability. This is not the case. I myself perceive the fragrance with a scant few hours - however, it smells in the air and for others much stronger and more present. This is proven by the comments of the people around me. Sometimes, ten hours after spraying on, you can still smell my "cloud", claims a colleague. This pleases me, of course, since I do not notice it myself. At the same time, I can confirm this. Customers who also wear the Aventus, I sometimes still smell an hour after they have already left - an unsettling phenomenon that unjustly costs many durability points! Yes, newer batches are weaker or don't smell as "strong" or "juicy", but the difference in performance is not as enormous as it often seems. The only way to find the right batch is by testing bottlings en masse - after all, there are hundreds of batches.
As for prices, they fluctuate constantly. Brand new bottles you basically buy abroad, for example at "noseparis". Here one paid until recently only 210€, since 01.04.2021 but 250€, thanks to renewed price increase by Creed, or Black Rock. In D you pay already longer almost 290€ for 100 ml. Private purchases are cheaper, but often enough buyers put for their favorites also significantly more - the buyer determines the price, and one ALWAYS buys! The price hustle is exciting and badass.
As of May 2021, the following prices (exceptions for "grails" possible, price per 100 ml) are appropriate:
2010 - 2013 - min. 800€
A big problem are fakes, which can catch even professionals. Even if the bottle is real, the ring under the spray head is made of plastic and the batch code exists and the packaging has no white edges, fakes are possible. Particularly often faked are the batches 15X21, 16C01 (everywhere on eBay!), 19P01 (with almost perfect packaging), 20B01 (missing the "N" at the end), and many other variations, such as travel atomizers a 33 ml. Resourceful crooks refill original bottles with so-called "stray cat piss" (i.e. a faint, yellowish scented liquid), according to joking fan jargon. Some collectors have a batch collection worth over €10,000.
Aventus can have the side effect of making every other fragrance "stink" against it. There is Aventus, and there are perfumes. On the one hand great when you finally arrived - on the other hand, you almost wonder if that was it. Everything else smells somehow artificial or even repulsive.
The money saved goes instead of other fragrances now in certain batches. Why not in clones like CDNIM, Explorer, Cedrat Boise, etc.?
In short, these absolutely do not compare and in no way offer the addictive, incredibly natural scent of the "King", which connects (and also shares!) more than any other perfume.
Aventus is, in my opinion, exactly how a man should smell - I thought that back in 2016 when I first smelled it, and even more so today. It's the absolute top, the definitive 10/10, the perfect scent, thanks to which I had to sell almost all other fragrances and am now well into the double-digit litre range of batch collecting. And I fucking love it!
My "grails?" 16J01, 18G11, and 19S41!