From M. Micallef:
Royal Vintage is an exceptional perfume for men’s refined elegance and timeless. It offers a very subtle fragrance: introduced by a tonic scent of pink berries and bergamot, affirmed by notes of the cypress and the patchouli rounded by the softness of leather and musk.
There is it, *POOF*, right off the bat, it smells like the often replicated, Aventus, with its bubbly bergamot and birch.
It hovers around this similarity for a little bit, about 30 minutes, but there is something not quite the same that wriggles out.
There is a medicinal, melted plastic note running between it all.
Quite a bit of roughness from a woody amber and the harshness of Pine-Sol.
A very off kilter, weird and falls apart pretty quick.
Its all over the place it settles into a rough, woody ambery for hours as the dry down.
Its one dimensional in the base with a droning norlimbanol and ambroxan mix.
Royal Vintage overall is huffy, smells like exhaust fumes in the sillage. Definitely not a smooth operator.
The next morning it ends with a light, sweet, musky, smooth ambergris.
Its easy to see through this unnecessary and uninspiring release. Its an attempt to ride the coat tails of something popular.
At least Aventus is a mall scent with some interesting bits thrown in, this is just junk.
The fruity, woody amber accord in Royal Vintage has been repeated so many times now, its bordering on cliche.
Aventus is officially a virus on the market. It’s cheap, ambery, “mall scent” accord seems to infect every house.