- May 25, 2015
I know how a lot of you on Basenotes feel about clones, I'm in the same boat, but after watching a review vid from Fragboy_Stewie I blind bought a bottle of this for $40 shipped. I've now had some time to the test it the past few days, and here are some of my findings. First off, let me say that Creed Aventus is one of my all time fave scents and I have never bought or smelled any other so called Aventus wannabe before. The first thing that impressed me was the quality, this juice is high end and doesn't feel cheap or smell synthetic at all, I would say quality wise it's on par with most frags in the $80-$100 dollar range. The initial blast is that fruity-smokey bomb that I love so much with my Aventus! To me it opens exactly like my M01 and W01 batches of Aventus, only thing is the Armaf has a noticeable lemony note in the open that is not in Aventus. I did a side by side comparison and sprayed one hand with Aventus and the other with Club de Nuit Intense Man and gave my girlfriend an impromptu blind nose test. Like me, she loves Aventus, I was amazed when she could not tell the difference, even after dry down these two are identical in smell, actually the Armaf seems to hold on to the pineapple note a bit longer on my skin, but both smell identical after 15 minutes on me. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the job Armaf did at capturing the smell and feel of my favorite cologne, and I wanted to see if it would get me the compliments that my Aventus does so often, so of course my next test was to wear it to work. I have a carpet cleaning business and I am in and out of peoples houses all day, and most of them are women, so basically, a pretty good scenario for feedback. The first day I received 2 unsolicited compliments, one coming nearly 6 hours into my day! Much like my Aventus, olfactory fatigue is the same with this one, because I had assumed that it was long gone by the time I got that compliment! This is my first bottle from the house of Armaf, and I am now really intrigued. Let me know if any of you out there have had tried this stuff, I'd be interested to hear your opinions. For me, it will never replace my Aventus, but instead will be my little fling on the side.