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5 Best Aventus Clones (and 2 to Avoid) – Updated 2022

Creed Aventus is probably the most popular fragrance in the world – but it’s damn expensive.

So for those of us who aren’t millionaires, what’s the best Aventus clone out there?

I’m going to run through the best Aventus imitations I’ve come across, as well as a couple that you should avoid.

When exploring cologne clones (try saying that ten times, fast!) there’s a bit of room for maneuver.

Are you looking for a like-for-like copycat or something that’s just in the same ballpark?

There’s a difference between a true dupe and an “inspired by”. To avoid being accused of plagiarism, brands tend to beat around the bush with their descriptions.

Luckily, I’ve tested all of the major contenders to help you cut through the waffle.

Let’s get into it!


Armaf Club De Nuit Man – Best Aventus Clone Overall

I’m telling you right now – Club De Nuit Man is one of the most complimented fragrances in my collection.

club de nuit man

It’s very similar to Aventus. I doubt 99% of people would be able to tell the difference.

But it somehow manages to get me even more positive female attention than Aventus did when I wore it. 

It’s an exceptional pick at this price point, but I’ll concede that there are a couple of hints that Club De Nuit Man isn’t a $300 cologne.

First, the opening is a BLAST of citrus. Personally, I like it – but I’ve had people describe it as a little harsh if they’re around me when I’m applying it.

Also, the projection is a little less consistent than Creed. Aventus is fireworks for the whole 10-hour ride, Club De Nuit Man starts a little too strong and ends a little too weak.

But even with that in mind, you need to remember that compared to Aventus Club De Nuit Man is basically free. It’s about as close to a clone as you can get, and represents great value for money.

At the moment I have one of the newer batches, which I sense is just a touch weaker than the older ones.

The older batches are almost impossible to come by. If you can get hold of a bottle at a reasonable price, jump at the chance.

Worst case, you can mail it to me and I’ll pay you for your trouble 😉 

Top Notes:Lemon, Pineapple, Bergamot, Blackcurrant and Apple
Middle Notes:Birch, Jasmine and Rose
Base Notes:Musk, Ambergris, Patchouli and Vanilla
Armaf Club De Nuit Man Fragrance Notes

Musky Oakmoss by Dossier – Best Budget Aventus Clone

Dossier colognes are relatively unknown, but I’ve got a feeling that’s going to change over the next few years.

musky oakmoss

Dossier makes no bones about the fact that Musky Oakmoss is inspired by Creed Aventus. It’s front and center on the box and marketing material.

They’re not wrong. It does smell a lot like Aventus, particularly in the opening. It’s a fresh burst of citrus – not quite the pineapple of the original, but still bright enough to come pretty close.

Then we meet the richer heart of bergamot, rose, oakmoss, and patchouli. It’s powdery and weighted really nicely. The rose in particular is a nice touch that adds sophistication without tilting feminine. 

The dry drown brings the musk you’ve been waiting for and adds a little mystery and intrigue. Without it, Musky Oakmoss might come off a little light and bright. The musk is an important grounding influence that ties everything together in a masculine cologne that implies authority and leadership.

As you’d expect from a budget clone, Musky Oakmoss is not quite as strong as Creed Aventus. All the elements are there, but it’s just not as powerful. 

That said, it’s still a great deal for the price.

Plus, all Dossier fragrances are vegan, cruelty-free, and use skin-friendly, “clean” ingredients. So you can do good while you smell good. 

This cologne in particular offers a fresh and refined Aventus-esque experience and would be well worth the money at twice the price.

Top Notes:Citric Notes
Middle Notes:Bergamot, Rose and Patchouli
Base Notes:Musk, Oakmoss and Woodsy Notes
Musky Oakmoss by Dossier Fragrance Notes

Hacivat by Nishane – Best Aventus Clone for Winter

Hacivat is like Aventus’ cooler older brother, and I don’t say that lightly. It’s darker, earthier, and in my opinion a little more mature. It makes Aventus feel carefree and playful by comparison. 

hacivat

Put it this way: Darth Vader would wear Hacivat instead of Aventus.

It’s a gloomier, broody fragrance that suits cooler weather best. The dark-amber, woodsy dry down undercuts the familiar pineapple opening with some serious masculinity.

It feels “greener” than Aventus from a healthy dose of patchouli and oakmoss.

Hacivat is also the only Aventus clone I’ve found that outperforms the original. It’s a 10-hour projection monster.

With that in mind, less is more with this one. 1-2 sprays max; 3-4 is way overkill.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Grapefruit and Bergamot
Middle Notes:Cedar, Patchouli and Jasmine
Base Notes:Oakmoss and Woodsy Notes
Hacivat by Nishane Fragrance Notes

The Scent of Peace for Men by Bond No9 – Best Aventus Alternative

Let’s get one thing straight – Scent of Peace for Him is a top-tier fragrance in its own right with a cult following. It’s the best Bond No9 cologne in my opinion.

Scent of Peace for Him

This is NOT a direct clone of Aventus by any means, but there are a few parallels that make it worth considering as an alternative.

It’s about 80% of the way there. It has that pineapple inflection for sure, but maybe lacks a little of that smokiness. It is lighter and brighter than Aventus, for sure.

It smells as though you’re delving into a cedar crate, pulling out a pineapple, and giving it a sniff to see if it’s ready to eat. 

This woody masculinity and energizing pineapple is a characterful yet professional blend. It’s perfect for showing the world you’re in control and can handle business, while also having some fun and expressing yourself. 

The Scent of Peace is less “sexy CEO” energy than Aventus, and makes me think more of an impressive manager who’s great at his job, and is maybe a little eccentric. 

As the hours go on, this pineapple note fades, and with it the association with Aventus. By the end of the dry down, you’re left with an aquatic, blue-ish scent. 

This is an easy-going and appealing fragrance that stands firmly on its own two feet. If you wear Aventus you’ll smell great, but run the risk of smelling like everyone else in the room. With Scent of Peace for Him, you can bring something unexpected, but not out of place, to the table. 

Longevity and projection are comparable with Aventus. You’ll get a full day’s wear without issue. 

Most people look to clones and dupes to make a saving, but The Scent of Peace for Men isn’t actually that much cheaper than Aventus. 

So if you’re looking for a budget Aventus imitator, look elsewhere.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Juniper Berries and Bergamot
Middle Notes:Currant Buds
Base Notes:Cedar and Vetiver
The Scent of Peace for Men Fragrance Notes

Explorer by Montblanc – Easiest Aventus Alternative to Find In Stores

You can tell Montblanc Explorer is inspired by Aventus just from looking at the bottle.

Montblac Explorer

This fruity, warm, amberish concoction is pretty sweet, and while taking cues from Aventus, isn’t a direct clone.

In the opening, the fruity notes are a little tart and remind me of the Aventus pineapple, but there’s no smokiness.

The real similarity starts in the heart, with bergamot front and center. It’s got a refreshing, palate-cleansing quality that tends to pick up compliments.

Ambroxan and a touch of leather lend a masculine sense that implies authority and will help add a boost to your confidence. The woodsy, vetiver base helps to stiffen and round out the sweeter fruit notes and prevents Explorer from feeling too safe or summery, which is great.

Montblanc Explorer lasts a good 6 hours too, which is plenty for a cologne in this price range. It’s a popular fragrance that’s widely available, and you’ll have an easier time getting hold of a bottle than some of the more niche choices on this list. 

Top Notes:Pink Pepper and Clary Sage
Middle Notes:Leather and Vetiver
Base Notes:Ambroxan, Patchouli and Cacao
Mont Blanc Explorer Fragrance Notes

London by English Laundry – Best Creed Clone… for Five Minutes

London English Laundry smells identical to Creed Aventus for five minutes. That’s because that’s how long it lasts.

London by English Laundry

Okay, it’s probably closer to an hour, but you get the point. This stuff was recommended to me by a friend as an excellent Creed Aventus clone, but it’s weak.

Honestly, one of the most short-lived fragrances I’ve ever set my nose upon.

Beyond that, the initial spray is almost identical to Aventus. Within 20 minutes it starts drying down and gets a little fruiter, with a touch of vanilla and cedar in the base.

Because it’s so light I’d recommend only considering London English Laundry for hot summer days where it has a chance to carry. It’s not got the firepower to cut through the cold air. 

Just prepare to respray throughout the day. It’s a glovebox cologne, best sprayed directly before you arrive at whatever it is you’re doing so it has a chance of surviving.

P.S I had to mention this cologne somewhere. As a Londoner myself, I can’t resist representing my city. God save the Queen etc.

Top Notes:Pineapple, Blackberry and Apple
Middle Notes:Juniper, Bergamot, Patchouli and Ambergris
Base Notes:Oakmoss, Musk, Jasmine and Vanilla
London English Laundry Fragrance Notes

Pineapple Vintage – Good Creed Clone, Bad Customer Service

Pineapple Vintage does a great job of capturing the Aventus DNA in the opening. It’s light and fresh, and for the first hour or so it smells a lot like Creed.

Pineapple Vintage

However, as it progresses it can’t keep up with the depth you expect from Aventus. The classic version is a bit too sweet and tart, without any of the smoke you’d hope for. 

Longevity across the range is within the realm of 4 – 6 hours, which is perfectly respectable for a cologne at this price point. My only issue, at least with the original, is that the second ride is basically just pineapple. 

It’s far less complex than Aventus, and I’d be tempted to call it Aventus-lite rather than an Aventus clone.

If you’re willing to branch out into their flankers, Pineapple Vintage can at least give you an authentic Creed batch code experience. They have about a dozen versions, each with different levels of pineapple, smoke, and musk, and the marginal variations are similar to those you find across Aventus batches.

It is such a shame that the customer service is just horrible. When I bought a couple of bottles last year, one came with a loose sprayer and had leaked all over the box. 

I reached out to them in good faith to have a replacement sent out but heard nothing. 

3 more emails, radio silence.

This, despite stating on their website that refunds are available for products not as described. I’ve since opened a dispute with PayPal so I’m hoping that will speed things along.

I should have done my due diligence. Having read reviews from online forums it turns out I’m not alone. Other disappointed customers have been promised full refunds and only been partially repaid, for example. 

That said, the juice itself is still good, so I’d be happy to order again through a third party where I know any complaints will be taken seriously.

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Top Notes:Pineapple, Apple and Birch
Middle Notes:Bergamot, Rose and Jasmine
Base Notes:Ambergris, Musk, Patchouli and Vanilla
Pineapple Vintage Fragrance Notes

Is Creed Aventus Worth it?

As a fragrance enthusiast, I believe everyone has to try Creed Aventus at least once, and if you’ve got a bit of cash it’s still worth it to Aventus in your collection.

It’s iconic for a reason. A lot of edgy bros don’t like it anymore because of all of the attention that it receives, but I don’t go along with that.

Anything popular is going to attract haters, but frankly, people’s opinion of a cologne doesn’t change how it smells. I continue to rock Aventus shamelessly – and I love it.


What to Look For in a Good Aventus Clone?

Aventus is famed for three primary characteristics. The first two are in the opening – tart pineapple, but crucially with an added hint of smokiness. This is not simply a bright, shiny fruity fragrance – it has a darker undercurrent to it.

The third element is powerful bergamot, a citrusy scent similar to lime but with floral, herbal undertones.

The other elements are a little more interchangeable. For instance, Aventus uses cedar as part of its woodsy base, but exchanging it for another, similar wood would still potentially produce a cologne recognizable as Aventus inspired. 


Creed Clones are Big Business

With such a variety of popular Creed colognes in 2022, plenty of smaller houses are jumping on the dupe train.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be covering more of the best imitations, so make sure to check back to learn about your favorites, like Silver Mountain Water and Green Irish Tweed.

But for now, check out the articles below if you’re looking to explore Creed – and some cheaper alternatives.

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