Aventus by Creed was created in 2010 by Erwin and Olivier Creed, and last year they celebrated their 10th anniversary. One iconic perfume was created by father and son.
Seeing Napoleon in his victories, drenched in sweat and riding his horse with his weapon high, you can understand the idea behind Avnetus. Inspired by his conquest, strength, and romantic soul, they created an amazing piece of art. A mature man with this shows courage and ability.
Aventus’ popularity shows how valuable it is. There’s no doubt it’s a big name in fragrance. People labeled this perfume one of the best perfumes in the world, and its reputation skyrocketed.
We will always have conflicting opinions when we have a product like this.
The fragrance is made in batches by Creed, a niche house. That’s a problem, because thousands of people have noticed (including me) that almost every batch is different – some lack smokiness, some lack projection, and others lack longevity. There’s no change in price, though. Aventus is one of the most controversial fragrances ever.
Creed Aventus is unique in many ways, so here’s an in-depth review so you know everything you need to know. Let’s get to it!
Update: Some have asked how this is a 2022 review when I haven’t tried the 2022 batch yet. As we (me and my team) test different batches of Aventus, we’re updating this post. While we got our noses on the 2022 batch, we didn’t get the chance to test it properly under all conditions. It’s on its way, and we’ll update the post as soon as we get it. For now, you can still buy batches from previous years, and there’s a lot of information about them. This post is a great place to learn about Aventus in general. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
How Does Creed Aventus Smell?
Creed Aventus is a dry, musky, and fruity scent, and it’s definitely a masterpiece.
Once you’ve opened Aventus, there’s no going back – poets say a conqueror consumes all your senses. There’s a fruity, sweet, smoky, and tropical smell.
Here are the notes for Creed Aventus (1):
The top notes
- The pineapple
- The black currant
- The bergamot flavor
- The apple
The middle notes
- A birch tree
- A patchouli scent
- A Moroccan jasmine scent
- I love roses
This is the base
- I’m Musky
- Moss from oaks
- It’s vanilla
You’ll feel the citrus burst followed by pineapple notes as soon as you spray it – this is what makes Aventus so special. With its aggressive opening and dominant pineapple note, Aventus is truly a one-of-a-kind.
Over time, musk takes over and citrusy chords fade, but pineapple remains the perfume’s main note.
Half an hour after application opening is officially done, and then it’s smooth sailing.
A true “Napoleon” would wear this scent for a long time because it mixes musk, ambergris, oakmoss, and patchouli together.
It leaves a great impression on people, but there’s always a catch, and this one’s called a batch.
Here’s what Creed Aventus smells like in general, but keep in mind that some notes are stronger in some batches, and that opening and dry-down may differ too. Dry-down used to be much more intense in previous batches, but now it’s totally different. Let’s dig into that story a little more.
Can you tell me which Creed Aventus batch is the best?
It’s almost impossible to know what you’ll actually get with Aventus these days because batches are so polarizing.
In my opinion, the best batches of Creed Aventus were: 13z01, 15×21, 16j01, 19s01, and 19p11. In terms of performance, batches from 2020 aren’t very good, 2021 was ok (ish), and I haven’t been able to get my hands on batches from 2022 yet. It doesn’t smell promising, but I didn’t have the chance to test it under all circumstances.
Notes are being forced differently in some batches. In each edition, it’s about the formulation and the ratio. The most valuable batches are from 2013 and 2015. The fragments were all balanced in a recognizable Aventus way. That’s sad to say, but it’s true – older batches are better.
There are some batches that are more fruity, and some that are more smokey. When it comes to Aventus batches over the years, there are a lot of opinions. I personally think batches from 2018 and 2020 are the worst. Often they don’t have fruity or smoky flavor, even though they’re in the Aventus frame.
There are some notes that dominate more than others, they’re not in fragrance union anymore. The fragrant notes are still very appealing, but the original Aventus vibe is definitely gone.
Creed Aventus: How long does it last?
According to Creed Aventus, it lasts between 9 and 12 hours on the skin.
The creators of Aventus wanted to provide a completely luxurious fragrance, and performance is everything. There’s a possibility the scent lasts over 12 hours on your skin. There’s something very noticeable about it.
There’s a lot of sillage! It’s like they want to follow you just so they can smell you forever. There’s something seductive and powerful about it. A masterpiece, in a word!
It depends on the batch, just like longevity, but it’s a beast in general.
Newer batches don’t have the same issue, but there’s a noticeable difference in performance. I’m not saying they’re bad or poor, just that they’re not acting like previous batches. It stays on your skin for about 3-4 hours, and silage isn’t as strong.
Make sure you check out the things you can do to make your fragrance last longer!
Creed Aventus: When Should You Wear It?
You can wear Creed Aventus every season on any occasion because it’s a signature scent. Aventus prefers warmer days and daytime over cold nights and winters. It’s going to work for all kinds of occasions, as I said.
You can wear it to casual or formal events. It works for everyone and everything, and it really blends in both day and night. No matter where you go, Aventus will stick with you, whether you’re going out for lunch, shopping, attending a parent-teacher meeting, attending a business meeting, or going out for a night on the town.
It doesn’t matter what season it is for this guy. Although it’s adaptable, it will be most effective in the spring, summer, and warmer fall months. It would be winter, since this kind of freshness doesn’t go well with cold temperatures.
It’s my favorite to wear at work and during business meetings. When you imagine Napoleon behind you, you feel different!
How many sprays of Creed Aventus do you need?
You’ll need 4-5 sprays of Creed Aventus for all occasions – two under your ears, one behind your head, and two in the dip of your clavicle.
Try it out and see what works for you. One or two sprays will do the trick if you don’t want it to be the best. Alternatively, if you want it to linger on more than just your neck, spray away.
The more you spray, the less effective it will be.
Our full guide to applying perfume will show you a few tricks you didn’t know!
The smell of Aventus is appreciated by everyone who wears it because it conveys a feeling of luxury and musky fragrance. A “myth” about this perfume says that men get more compliments from men than women who wear it. I tested it and it works!
We won’t know which sex likes the scent better because it’s so widespread, but we do know that Aventus is a status symbol.
Creed Aventus Original Where to Buy?
Shop at Creed boutiques or authorized reseller perfumeries to get Creed Aventus, but if you want to buy it online, FragranceNet or Creed’s website are the best places.
Obviously, you should always visit an authorized reseller in person so you can try it out and make sure it’s the real deal.
If you’re more into online shopping and want it delivered to your door, I recommend buying your bottle of Aventus from FragranceNet – you’ll get the original bottle, and that’s where I get mine.
There’s also a Creed’s official website where you can buy it.
It’s possible to get a fake Aventus if you buy from suspicious websites or unauthorized resellers. Buying from a trusted source is always best!
What is the reason for the high price of Creed Aventus?
Creed makes luxury fragrances, and they’re a luxury house. This is an expensive fragrance because it’s made to be a luxury scent, and you’re paying for it so you can wear Creed. In other words, it’s branding.
It’s not always true that high prices mean top quality. I’m not saying Aventus isn’t a good product, just that if they’re selling it for over $300, they better make sure it’s top-notch quality, reliable, and trustworthy – which Aventus isn’t.
To answer this question, Aventus by Creed shouldn’t just be seen as a perfume. If you buy this perfume, you’re buying the institution behind it, the effort and work put into it, and the specificity of its design. House Creed has every right to set the price they think the product is worth.
Although I think Aventus is overpriced, I think the price makes sense since it’s a niche perfumery house that makes fragrances for a specific market.
Consider getting some clones of Aventus if you want something similar but don’t want to pay $300+ for it (which is totally normal). You can’t go wrong with them.
Which Creed Aventus clone is best?
As a result of Creed’s Aventus, many fragrance houses have been inspired. In addition, some of them wished to create something that would be a top seller just like Aventus, while others figured that it does not have to be an expensive perfume to smell like that and created their own.
On the market today, Armaf Club de Nuit Intense Man and Montblanc Explorer are the best clones of Creed Aventus.
In general, I do not like the word “clone” because it reminds me of the word “stolen”. Both Armaf and Montblanc are well-known fragrance houses, and I doubt they intended to use the formula for their own products.
In my opinion, they simply recognized an opportunity where they could create something similar without spending a substantial amount of money.
As a result, I prefer to use the phrase “inspired by” rather than “cloned”.
There is no doubt that Club de Nuit Intense by Armaf is very similar to Aventus. The only difference is that it smells more synthetic in the opening, and it does not reach the same depth as Aventus – it usually sticks more to pineapple, while Aventus kicks it out. Our full review of Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man can be found here.
The Montblanc Explorer is also an amazing fragrance inspired by Creed Aventus… or an amazing clone, as you may wish! It is smoother than Armaf, but it does not last as long as Armaf. For a better understanding of how similar Montblanc Explorer is to Aventus, please refer to our full review.
Aventus outperforms Armaf and Montblanc in terms of sillage, projection, and longevity, but Armaf comes in second.
If you are interested in finding a cheaper fragrance that is inspired by Creed Aventus, you should definitely check out these options. Aventus inspired lots of fragrances (Office For Men for example) so keep that in mind.
If you really want Aventus, then this is the next thing you have to remember.
What Is A Fake Creed Aventus?
You can spot a fake Creed Aventus by knowing how the real one looks. We compared the fake Creed Aventus with the original in this section.
The black market loves Aventus, which isn’t surprising since it’s a popular scent.
You won’t have a problem recognizing a fake Aventus if you learn enough about the original. Here are a few things I’ve noticed, so you can pay attention to them before you buy.
These are the things you need to know to spot a fake Creed Aventus:
You need to know: Creed Aventus never comes in plastic. You can tell if it’s a copy this way. There’s also a difference in the box’s structure. There’s more silver detail on the original, it’s stronger. They’re always thinner because they’re made from cheaper materials.
Touch the box and you’ll tell it’s a copy because all the details are very hard to feel, whereas on the original you can feel every detail (especially the silver).
You can spot a fake Aventus by checking the rings inside. There’s always a white outer and inner ring on an original Aventus. There are some fake ones out there. There were some less successful ones and some more successful ones, but none were good enough because the original is really specific.
A fake bottle often has wrinkles that can’t be felt by hand because they’re printed.
False caps usually have a thin layer of plastic with a thin layer of aluminum on top, whereas the real ones have a heavier, higher-quality build.
When looking at bottles, these are some general guidelines to keep in mind. Scammers are always changing, so it’s hard to keep up with all the changes they make.
The batch coding process
The batch code used to be a reliable way to check if Aventus was legit. In spite of that, scammers have evolved and lots of them have Creed Aventus batches on their bottles.
Still, it’s a good idea to check the batches.
Enter the batch code on a site like CheckFresh and it’ll tell you if the original supports it.
You can’t rely on batch code’s trustworthiness because it’s just a number on the bottle – scammers know that.
The fragrance’s smell
It’s hard to describe if you haven’t smelled the fragrance before, because every nose is different.
In general, fake Aventus just sticks with the synthetic pineapple smell without getting to the base notes.
There’s something about Aventus that tells a story, and it changes over time. The chances are good that your Aventus is fake if it never goes beyond pineapple note.
In my opinion, fake Aventus base notes will be tinier and more fragile if they even reach the base.
In the end, the price is probably the best indicator that you’re buying a fake Creed Aventus.
As of right now, Creed is selling Aventus for $325 for 100 ml on their own website.
The price can vary between resellers, but it can’t go below $250 for 100 ml. It’s just not possible.
Resellers probably get a lower price from Creed so they can sell it for $350 and make a little money, but it’s just impossible to sell it for $150 for 100ml, no matter how good a deal they get.
There are even some scammers who sell it for $40 for 100 ml and you know something’s fishy right away.
A lot of times, overpriced stuff is a scam.
The packaging and sizes of our products
Almost as much money was invested in Aventus’s presentation as it was in its fragrance. An elegant black matte box with silver details gives the impression of elegance at first glance. A triumphant Napoleon Bonaparte rides a horse in the middle of the box, the inspiration for the perfume. This gives the impression of masculinity, strength, and sensuality
We find a beautiful bottle when we open the box. There’s a lot of harmony and moderation on the bottle. In my opinion, the most striking thing is the logo and Napoleon himself as a symbol of perfume. A black stripe dominates the middle of the transparent bottle. The bottle is topped with a black cap that looks like a crown.
Creed made a special Aventus package for their 10th anniversary. This was boiled down a bit and turned into a packaging story. A black matte bottle with a silver cap comes in an elegant black box. It’s a nice way to celebrate a fragrance’s tenth birthday by releasing a special edition.
Here’s what Creed packs in Aventus:
- A 50 ml / 1.6 fl.oz bottle.
- It’s 100 ml / 3.3 oz
- 8.4 fl.oz / 250 ml.
- 16.9 ounces / 500 ml.
- 33.8 ounces / 1000 ml.
What’s the verdict on Creed Aventus?
The Creed Aventus left its mark as the king of controversy, polarizing quality, and the subject of many controversies.
Creed Aventus is still good, but it’s not like it used to be. Aventus batches weren’t the best in 2020 and 2021, but we hope that 2022 will be better and that old Aventus will return.
This perfume’s reputation isn’t in doubt, it’s proven its quality over the years. There’s only one question mark around it: the price-quality ratio.
But that’s another story. A bottle of Creed Aventus will definitely serve the purpose if you want to hold a piece of history one day in the future.
While I am passionate about perfume, I live in a rural area of the Bronx, New York, far from any perfume stores that are close by. It is straightforward: I do not have any credentials to provide as the author of this blog. I just love perfume, that’s all I have to offer.
In addition to wearing male, female, and unisex fragrances, I also enjoy wearing perfumes containing woods, incense, citrus, flowers, spices, vetiver, and green notes. As well as chypre perfumes, I enjoy fragrances with oakmoss, especially chypres. Patchouli and amber are not particularly appealing to me, and with some notable exceptions, perfumes that smell very clean, oceanic, or are too sweet are not particularly appealing to me.
I also have an addiction to expensive chocolates and teas, and I spend a great deal of time browsing the Internet, reading blogs primarily written by others.