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Self-pity - This is the most beautiful season of the year..
"...much more beautiful than winter depression, because only in winter you get something out of it" (Christian Steiffen)
(Comment or Blog - I chose the first one to describe the way to Mod1. If this is too long for you, please enter the last paragraph...)
My eyes wander back to 2013, far before my time at Parfumo and yet the origin of my registration here in 2016. After many years of loyalty to the fragrance house Azzaro, I bought my first Aventus bottle, 75ml...for far too much money, at the beginning of 2014 on the recommendation of a nice employee in a perfumery. I was just so flashed that I really wanted the scent. Before, the mid 90s had only happened to me with Azzaros Acteur. I was very thrifty with it, two sprayers had to be enough - and they did. From then on, I collected compliments all over the place. During the day I took it in alternation with Dolce di Giorno and my Azzaro leftovers, when I went out in the evening it was always with me. I remember two episodes - they go back to the year 2015, when a shooting trip took me to Santorini. The hotel receptionist was so enchanted by my great scent that she sniffed at me every day ;). On my way home, I ran out of the remaining bottle a little, because the cap of the first series was a bit prone to it. The smell sticks to my washing bag in such a way that I can still perceive its smooth smokiness today.
When the flacon was used up, I was so fixed - and the opinion that there are certainly still many other pearls to discover in the scent cosmos. In May 2016 I signed up here at Parfumo. And indeed, I discovered many new great fragrances. With the usual Kostanz, holding on to 1-3 scents, it was over from now on. At some point the longing was so great that I bought a new Aventus at SOUK at the end of 2016. What immediately struck me was the fact that he lacked smokiness. At first he smelled like I remembered the Aventus, but he never developed the great symbiosis of smoke and pineapple that I knew - and suddenly missed all of a sudden. At first I thought my nose was playing a trick on me - but there was the washing bag that reminded me of my first bottle every time. And so it was only a matter of time before I came across the batch discussion. Now I was really pinned down. I got samples of later Aventus batches (unfortunately I didn't even know the batch of my first bottle) and several clones. But I never came back to my original Aventus, which already saddened me. Why can't a perfume house as renowned as Creed maintain its quality? I sold the fruity Aventus again and it began an extended Aventus-free time.
At some point I became aware of DUA-Fraganzes and their Aventus field trials. I tried the 13ZZ (I don't know the 11Z yet). The 13ZZ didn't agree with me like that. I talked to Maggy4U about the topic, he recommended me to test the 11Z and told me about DUA's "Poseidon's Elixir Remixed MOD1". The idea behind this is to try to combine the fruitiness of the first Aventus series (2011) with the smokiness of the later series around 2013. What the hell, I thought, test it and ordered the MOD1 from DUA FRagances. Skeptically I pressed the sprayer on the cheap looking bottle. On the left arm a fruity Aventus from some later series - and on the right the Mod1. At first sight, the fruity candidate smells more harmonious, the Mod1 rather imperfect - as if the components didn't want to merge properly. This again I did not remember from the Ur-Aventus so. So my scepticism seemed to be confirmed - "cheap bottle, cheap result". But far from it! After about an hour, I barely trusted my nose. While the fruity representative was already much closer to the skin and almost smoke-free, pineapple and smoke in the Mod1 mated with a brutal harmony and created an extremely long-lasting fragrance with room-filling sillage. From then on, the 2 weeks of field trials, sports, work, etc... and there they are again the compliments. Yes, I am happy to be satisfied with the result of MOD1 - the test of the 11Z is still on schedule.