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Le roi est mort, vive le roi
If a perfume had something like "God King" status within the community, it would probably be Aventus.
You can find it however you like, as is well known, the spirits are divided. But each one of us can then still summon up the residual reality of acknowledging the titanic status of this quite fickle beauty.
But if a perfume is so good that the myth calls for an armada of plagiarism, that's even more worrying. Aventus remains the most copied fragrance in the world and the original is increasingly falling into disrepute.
Malicious tongues would claim that Creed in her hubris would cause the fall of her house and they probably wouldn't be completely wrong about that either.
This is a new departure for Explorer, because there has never been a designer clone of Aventus before and it marks a milestone in the history of men's fragrances.
About the fragrance itself:
Explorer starts with a combination of bergamot, ambroxan and akigalawood and if you look at these and other notes you don't necessarily come to the conclusion what is actually tried here.
No pineapple, no apple, no currant and no birch tar, and yet: after the first smell I could have told immediately what this is supposed to be.
Explorer is more synthetic than Aventus, less qualitative, but no less pleasing. The head is indisputably pleasant for untrained noses and a stroke of genius if you consider that "normal" customers do not wait for heart and base, if a fragrance is nonlinear at all.
When it dries a little, the bergamot fades into the background and out comes a typical synthetic men's wood scent, as you can find it in every drugstore. Here everything is missing that makes other clones special
The shelf life is okay 6-7 hours. After one to one and a half hours of mediocre radiance, it goes over to a level close to the skin. For a fresh fragrance at a price quite decent.
In any case, it is immediately appealing, especially in the first hour, but the longer you wear it the more banal it becomes. I actually have enough "crowdpleaser" scents than this one really needed.
Explorer marks a turnaround for me: Aventus is no longer a niche fragrance.
Even if the copy is poor, it is still a copy and shows how much the end of the flagpole has been reached here.
Aventus had a good decade, but perhaps we can now give him a well-deserved rest, let him go down in the annals and wait for the next holy "Grail smell".
The king is dead, long live the king!