Certainly you’ve heard the comparison to that “other” niche scent out there.
The opening, Black Currant is there, there are some rough textured spices there as well.
It feels a bit prickly or tart but smooths out some after a minute or so.
Lemon starts to take over, its very bright and sweetened with a veil of powdered sugar.
The jasmine creeps into the composition after a few minutes and some sweet fruits like dried peaches or apricots are detected.
Toward the dry down, you will catch the presence of a musky cedar. Weathered and old.
A prominent musk is in many Mancera compositions, and rounds things out nicely.
Cedrat Boise is a very smooth and soft scent after 5 minutes where Aventus is more tart, edgy and rough even after 8 hours.
I think this is from CB’s Jasmine smoothing it out a bit to start and the musk finishing the job. The Birch from Aventus keeps it smoky, edgy, more masculine.
I wouldnt call this one unisex, but between the 2, a woman would find CB more suitable since it is smoother, more floral and sweeter.
I can be quite sweet at times, especially in the mid.
This is a nice one, and a pretty good substitute for Creed’s Aventus, especially for the price, but there is a little bit of “cheapness” with this one.
It can be prickly at times, a bit like hairspray. Aventus has more definition with its notes.
I have tried both of these, not side by side, but the difference between the 2 is definitely noticeable.
Longevity is fairly good, which is expected with an EDP concentration.
Sweetened black currant and lemon verbena tarts, on a wood table, scattered with flowers.
Imagine the sun is out. There, you have it.
If some hairspray harshness doesnt deter you, give this one a try if you enjoy a sharp, woody, citrus fragrance.