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Insurrection Pure II LIGHT
When Insurrection II Pure moved in with me for the first time in January 2018, I noted
"This fragrance is said to be a copy of Aventus. Whatever the original is, this Cheapy smells great, especially in the first 2.5 hours, with WAHNSINS pineapple. But then it goes back to about 20-30%, which is a pity, and I would have to spray something fruity afterwards. Durability is with approx. 6h on skin and >12h on shirt top, Sillage also strong, but after 4-5 hours the fragrance turns increasingly into slightly acidic bitterness, which I do not like at all" ... That's why I sold it again.
And that was a mistake.
A few months ago, when I suddenly felt like something sour, I remembered the scent and ordered it again. But now it looks like:
Starts as usual with a strong fruit note, but only with 70-80% of the power of that time. Main problem: the top note already begins to warp after about 5 minutes (previously 2.5 hours!) and remains after a quarter of an hour at only about 20%. And then something like full but dry wood, which is supposed to be the black currant, prevails. Sure, it's usually never really fruity fresh, but more woody than fruity to smell, well ... But this mixture is not necessarily bad, but unfortunately also a little artificial. And then, after approx. 2 hours, the oak moss is increasingly added, but remains discreet. A little musk is also perceptible afterwards, so that the Frenchman becomes a little softer from hour 3 onwards. But amber and vanilla? Nothing. But I wouldn't find it suitable either. Or do they exist in the Aventus and therefore have to be inside? ... Oh, I don't feel like looking, it's so disappointing :-/
Conclusion and considerations:
Insurrection Pure II is definitely not what it was 1.5 years ago. Three explanatory approaches:
1) Reformulation: It almost smells as if it had been outsourced to a start-up.
2) Adaptation: to the constantly changing Aventus batches, sometimes fruity, sometimes woody, etc. But at least H & S should remain unaffected by this. Oh no, it's said that the Aventus got lost in the cellar ;-)
3) Marketing strategy: Currently, an Insurrection II Pure EXTREME is in the starting blocks, so that you may want to create a greater distance between the two. All those who are used to the previous ones and blindly (re)buy are the glued ones, and those who order the Extreme are happy about an intensive batch, which basically smells like the original version. Win Win of the finest ... you can gladly attest me paranoia;) but was it not with Hugo the same?
But back to the current Insurrection Pure II: compared to my previous batch, the current one is unfortunately only a shadow of its own and has from the former H & S over the entire fragrance process perhaps 70%. I find it particularly unfortunate that not only the concentration has suffered, but also the wording itself. What one perceives is predominantly the black currant, which, however, comes across a little artificial, dry, woody and slightly sweetened by the remains of the pineapple. The oak moss hardly helps, the scent has no depth at all.
Wehrmutstropfen: If you don't know the earlier version and don't like acidic bitterness anyway, you might like this current one
Insurrection Pure II LIGHT