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Aventus pour elle - et lui
Top notes: bergamot, sicilian lemon, black currant and 'spicy notes'
Middle notes: 'fruity notes', water jasmine and patchouli leaf
Base notes: sandalwood, cedar, leather, moss, white musk and vanilla
There is no shortage of scents in the 'fruity-woody' genre but this is one of the best I have come across. The citrus notes hang around much longer than usual without screaming synthetic screechiness, but the heart and soul of this fragrance is a rich blackcurrant note on a woody vanilla background. The leather and patchouli contribute a dry smokiness which helps to restrain the sweet fruits and vanilla from dragging the fragrance beyond the danger signs and into gourmand territory.
I have read a few comments comparing this fragrance to the divisive but successful Aventus by Creed and I agree that there are definite similarities. In fact it immediately reminded me of Aventus when I first sprayed it. It shares a bundle of notes - blackcurrant, vanilla, leather, patchouli, bergamot, jasmine, musk and moss - so this should come as no surprise. The main differences are the absence of pineapple (Royal or otherwise), less smokiness and stronger blackcurrant and vanilla notes (well, those are the main differences from my 2011 batch anyway). The heightened sweetness confers a more unisex impression, to my nose.
Longevity is excellent; 10 hours from 4 sprays. Sillage is better than average. The bottle and packaging are first class.
Pros: It may remind you of Aventus
26 August, 2013