It took me 3 years to approach my first Aventus commentary, since it was, as with so many perfume enthusiasts, the first niche fragrance to be added to the collection. But why even write a comment on this legendary little water, actually everything has already been said. The smoky pineapple, we all know that by now. I would rather like to use this comment to share my experiences with this fragrance, to discuss controversies and finally to draw a final conclusion after 3 years of Aventus.
1: Aventus the "Pantydropper" - From niche fragrance to status symbol
I don't really know where this sexist term had its origin, but probably it originated from the vulgar mouth of various influencers, who presented their so-called Parföng collection with the words "Digga" and "Brudi" to the average 14 year old followers on various social media channels. That's probably the reason why many perfumeries now only offer Aventus behind closed showcases, because it's said that the crème de la crème of the big city club scene not too seldom gathers in front of the capital "D" to have a shower with the legendary panty remover. One status to spray on please! Exactly here we have reached the first milestone. Aventus, once a hidden gem among perfume enthusiasts, has now become a viral phenomenon and status symbol.
Personally, I find this controversy rather smiling. Of course, I wore Aventus on dates and was, in a way, guided by its charm, but what can I say, to this day I have never received a single compliment from a woman when I wore this fragrance. I think we all know that a man who is aware of himself does not need a fragrance to win a woman's heart. Of course, a fragrance is a nice gimmick in the process of getting to know a person, but in my opinion a positive response about a perfume is first and foremost linked to the sympathy of the wearer. The term "Pantydropper" is simply shabby and the scent doesn't really deserve to be associated with such associations, what a pity!
2: Romance among men and improved business relations
While Aventus is usually not recognized by women and is considered an ordinary fragrance, it is a true magnet among men. I could tell you countless stories where I was approached on the street by strange men, who then got into conversation with me because of the scent and literally fell around my neck. It creates a certain kind of connection when someone wears an apparently "unknown" scent for which you had to pay a lot of money. Somehow interesting and I think this doesn't happen with any other scent. But it gets really exciting when a scent helps to give you a certain advantage or look at you in your job. As a test engineer, I am in close contact with customers every day, and I am usually on the road at all levels of the business. The other day I had to supervise an inspection in plant construction at a large chemical company. Several craftsmen and the technical manager of the company were scurrying about on site. After a short conversation, he began to sniff the air and replied only: "Who is wearing this perfume here? Hey, isn't that AVENTUS?" The craftsmen were visibly puzzled and annoyed, especially when he started to create a cloud of perfume with his notepad so that everyone could perceive the scent. When I said I was wearing the scent, he couldn't get out of his rapture. "Best perfume people, the man here has taste, but very expensive, 100 ml costs almost 300 €" I find it incredibly interesting what an effect a scent can have, even if he used it here to brag. Nevertheless, it has created a certain connection between me and the technical manager, my reputation with him has increased even more, completely independent of the technical component. I am sure that this is not possible with any other scent! Whether I find this good or bad, I do not want to judge at this point.
3: Batch hysteria, maturation processes and Creed's dilution tactics
No Aventus without batch discussions! That's something that just about every Aventus fanboy has to put up with in some form or another during his perfume journey. I too, especially at the beginning of my passion, have let this tiresome topic drag me down again and again. YES, the differences are there, definitely! Meanwhile it is probably no secret that earlier batches were "smokier", the newer ones apparently "fruitier". But honestly, what is the point of this insight? What is the point of this eternal search for the Holy Grail or batch? Constant checks of the shelf life on the back of my hand, is it smoky now, or rather fruity? Is it as good as my bottling from 2015, or should I rather spend 1000€ for a vintage batch? ERROR! At the latest after I tried all the Dupes out of frustration and copied Aventus already annoyed, I realized that I'm completely losing the fun of a fragrance whose DNA I actually find absolutely great and unique.
In my opinion, Aventus 2020 is still an absolutely great fragrance that you just have to give it some time to mature, which is exactly what happened with my bottle. After 3 years the shelf life of 8 hours is absolutely satisfying, while the fruity top note is still there just like the first sprayer.
I'm sure that the scent has been reformulated many times in the course of regulation, but somehow I don't care anymore as long as the scent creates magic when sprayed on and tells a story as it progresses. Why does a fragrance always have to last 12 hours? I'm now relatively relaxed and enjoy Aventus to the full, now even more than ever before. A fragrance that for me is still one of the best in the perfume landscape after all these years. It's been copied many times, but not a single dupe comes even close to the depth and quality of the original. When I spray on Aventus, I have the feeling of squeezing out fresh fruit on my hand. Nothing smells of alcohol, nothing is synthetic, just great!
Finally, a piece of advice to all Aventus wearers: Think less, enjoy more!