Aventus by Creed is an unmistakable fragrance, adored by many around the world.
Top notes of pineapple, apple, blackcurrant and bergamot give Aventus its recognizable freshness, while the smokey, woody aroma in the base give it’s masculine yet sweet aroma.
Many fragrance houses have attempted to replicate Creed’s success by creating their own version, or clone, of Aventus. This means it’s possible to own something that smells almost identical for a fraction of the price. If you’re looking for your next cologne that smells like Creed Aventus, you’ve come to the right place.
Check out our top 10 Aventus Creed Clones and alternatives below!
Initially launched in 2016, Al Haramain’s attempt at an Aventus clone is, for some, the closest thing to creed on the market today, and we have to agree.
As with Club de Nuit Intense, the difference lies in the opening. L’Aventure brings another citrusy lemon and bergamot opening, compared to Aventus’ pineapple and apple. This, however, soon dies down in the first 10 minutes. At this point, it becomes incredibly hard to tell the difference between the two fragrances.
For the price and its authenticity to the original, this is our standout winner, and if we were to rate this out of ten in terms of authenticity to the original, it would score a solid 9.
Bond No 9 is famous for naming their fragrance line after locations in New York where the brand is based (think Chinatown, Bleecker Street, and Queens). Bondno9.com was dedicated to the brand’s online presence, and for this reason, it was released exclusively on their e-store.
As with many fragrances in this review, this scent is clearly inspired by Aventus, but we wouldn’t describe it as a clone. If you’re searching for a perfume that smells more true to the original, then there are plenty of better options (see above) at a better price point.
For us, it is much less smokey and more fruity than Aventus. However, it still makes for a very decent scent with better than average performance.
The bottle is pretty unique and rather loud, so maybe not one to slip into your gym bag.
When this scent from Armaf was first released, it quickly gained a reputation for being the best Aventus Creed clone on the market – it swiftly solidified itself as possibly the best Aventus clone ever.
A major selling point of Armaf Club de Nuit Intense is its exceptional performance, and it gets you a LOT of compliments. Even better is the price – compared to the original Aventus cologne, it’s almost 10% of the cost, which is hugely significant.
You should, however, be aware of the hype that surrounds this cologne. If you have ever owned a bottle of Aventus Creed and expect this to be an exact replica, you may be disappointed. Aventus has a world-renowned pineapple aroma in its opening, whereas Club de Nuit Intense is much more citrusy. However, once dried down, the recognizable smokey Aventus scent does shine through.
One thing we really do not like about this cologne is the presentation, particularly the bottle. We find the design with the faux diamonds a bit gimmicky.
We find Club de Nuit Intense best suited to the budget-conscious male who is looking for an Aventus vibe at a fraction of the price.
XS by Paco Rabanne is actually closer to Creed Himalaya than Aventus. Still citrusy, it lacks the pineapple opening of Aventus, instead focusing on grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon. Because of this, we tend to prefer this as an autumnal fragrance, as opposed to the summer freshness of Aventus.
XS opens with lavender and bergamot mixed with a classic citrus twist consisting of lemon, bergamot, and mandarin orange. The middle is much more herbal, dominated by sage and geranium, calming down in the base featuring vanilla, amber, and sandalwood.
We love this for a typical daily routine, heading into the office, or carrying out your usual daily chores. On that basis, it’s a great alternative to Aventus for more casual use.
Last up from the House of Reyane is Tradition Insurrection II Pure. Like many other fragrances on our list, there was a lot of hype surrounding this release when it first hit the market in 2013. Many fans claim that this is the closest clone to Creed Aventus perfume.
Projection performs well on this fragrance, and on first spray (especially in the air) smells very similar to Aventus. The downsides emerge in the drydown where we feel it can smell a bit synthetic, and you may find you have to have a few extra sprays to replicate Creed’s intensity.
Insurrection II Pure is wide accessible at many outlets and at such a fantastic price point, is a no brainer for the cost-conscious fragrance fan, looking for an Aventus vibe at a low cost.
Glenn Perri Unpredictable Adventure is a respectable and cheap alternative to Aventus, but by no means a replacement. At Creed’s price point, it can achieve a more natural smell to the inclusion of high-quality ingredients, which is just not possible in the more budget-friendly options. But for such a low price point, you really can’t complain.
The same pineapple and sweet vanilla scents make their way through in Unpredictable Adventure, with a subtle smokiness most notorious with Aventus.
We definitely think this is a great fragrance and doesn’t necessarily need to be considered an Aventus clone for it to gain recognition. It is very popular amongst fragrance fans online, especially those looking for Creed Aventus alternatives.
One of the lesser-known alternatives on our list, the Alexandria Fragrances Brasilia fragrance opens with top notes featuring ginger, orange and pepper, with mid notes of patchouli and sandalwood and a base of musk and tonka bean.
The opening of Brasilia is quite harsh and doesn’t smell as good as Aventus on the first spray. For that reason, we recommend spraying and leaving to air dry before smelling as it can often be overpowering. After 10-15 minutes, the Creed Aventus vibes start shining through which is what brings it onto our list today.
Brasilia and Creed Aventus are very close, but by no means identical. Alexandria has done a great job in attempting to replicate this behemoth of a cologne. Still, there are other much closer matches in our top ten.
Performance-wise, this is a robust and reliable choice, and very close to the actual performance of Aventus itself.
Now we absolutely love Zara’s fragrance line. They offer very affordable alternatives for many of the most popular fragrances on the market, but how do they do when taking on the almighty Aventus Creed?
To cut to the chase, this does smell a lot like Aventus. If you are looking for something that is the closest possible match, this isn’t it. But this fragrance is incredibly accessible to most, at another fantastic price point.
What Zara’s Vibrant Leather does well is replicating the opening of Aventus, which many other colognes in this review failed to do. The dry down is where it changes, however, and starts living up to its leathery name. In our opinion, it smells terrific in its own regard, but less accurate to the original.
The bottle itself is intensely minimal and classy. Still, it is let down by its longevity on the skin, gradually fading after the 4-hour mark. If you’re looking for a wonderful smelling fragrance without the cost, consider Zara Vibrant Leather.
First things first, we love the presentation of this bottle – classy, sophisticated, and expensive. It comes incredibly close to the original scent and makes for a beautiful alternative.
Pineapple vintage intense opens up incredibly fruity and fresh, and the pineapple is unmistakable, accompanied by citrusy bergamot. As it dries down, you can detect aromas of patchouli and vanilla, and it leans more towards the fruity spectrum than it does towards smokey.
We do feel that this scent is more inspired by Aventus instead of attempting to directly clone it, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind before buying.
Performance is incredibly good and will last a whole day, between 7-8 hours. Projection is fantastic, meaning the likelihood of you receiving compliments is exceptionally high – we find ladies love this one in particular.
Fans of Afnan Perfumes Supremacy Silver praise this cologne for having the same longevity and projection as Aventus – incredibly strong and lasting for a long time.
After spraying, you immediately pick up on the pineapple and blackcurrant, and it dries to form a very fruity, Aventus-like scent. After a few hours on the skin, an incredible smokiness develops which is very true to Creed’s formulation.
Where other colognes in our review have quite obviously been inspired by Creed’s Aventus, we think this goes more for a cloning angle, and it does it very well. For that reason, you could use this as a direct replacement for Creed.
Creed is one of the oldest fragrance houses on the planet, having been in business since the 1700s. Initially creating perfumes for Kings and Noblemen, Creed has refined their craft over hundreds of years to bring an unmistakable quality. This rich history is one of the reasons they command such a high price.
Second is the quality of the ingredients used in their fragrances. Cheaper scents often replace natural scents with synthetic alternatives which are much less expensive. Creed, on the other hand, opts for natural ingredients, creating a more genuine scent, but at a higher cost.
Without doubt, Creed Aventus is one of the most popular fragrances to have ever hit the market. Behind its success its obviously the scent itself – a deep pineapple, fruity yet smokey aroma that is unmistakably Creed.
The quality of the ingredients used in Aventus is another reason it is praised around the world in the mainstream but also some of the most avid fragrance experts.
The Creed name is synonymous with quality and exclusivity which has inspired many fragrance houses to launch copycat fragrances in an attempt to recreate some of Creed’s success.
It’s very unlikely to find it on sale. You might be disappointed if you wait for Black Friday and its price increases by 10%. It’s the best luxury scent for men you can get on the market and a worthwhile investment if you can afford it.
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Researched by a team of fragrance experts.