Originally Posted by sjmin209
Sample of Creed Himalaya today. I'm bored to tears by it.
I think that should be their slogan. "BE BORED TO TEARS... WITH CREED!"
Himalaya was dull, sweet, and "safe" to my nose. I had a whole bottle back years ago when Creedirect (who was the distributor back years ago in the USA) cleared out their inventory and you could get full testers for $30. For $30, it was a safe, sweet scent to wear to meetings. Never really developed, never really went anywhere, but didn't turn heads or do much. For $30, that's fine. For $200 or whatever they charge, it's a sin. I probably used 3-4 mls of it and swapped it on Bnotes for something much stinkier... glad to get it out of my collection.
The only Creeds that really surprised me were also the ones that they hardly distribute: Aubepine Acacia (a wonderfully odd metallic-y citrus), Ambre Canelle (sultry, cinammon, sexy amber... yes... sexy from Creed), Bois de santal (the best Creed ever... a stinky, civet-y sandalwood!)
It's 7:30 in the morning Japan time, so I haven't decided what to wear. Leaning towards Dior Dolce Vita, which in warm weather comes off as a slightly sweet fruit with a lot of cedar. I really like this one, as it does the cedar note without being too (pardon the pun) woodsy. It's a refined, delicate cedar, but definitely not overly feminine. At the same time, it's not an overly floral or sweet cedar, like Lutens Cedre (which, to my nose, is 99.5% tuberose, with a slight poof of cedar thrown in so the name sticks.)
EDIT: Changed my mind... when in a pinch on a sweltering, humid day... I go with Diorissimo. The world's best Lily. Not heavy, not light, not "girly," not "weird." A beautiful, real, floral scent with balance and kick that only Roudnitska could do. If you like scents like L'eau de l'artisan, or Sisley eau de campagne (sp?), or other grassy/fresh/crisp scents, give this a try. It's definitely a full-on lily, but it's not "sweet" like you'd expect. The problem with many current floral scents is that they flatten out the real flower scent and add sweet things like vanilla, tonka, etc. to make it "girly." My personal thought is that it probably is cheaper to do that than to buy actual floral absolute essences... but if you think about it... most real flower scents are not particularly sweet. They have a wet, earthy, dirt to them in addition to the floral scent. Diorissimo captures that really well, i find, without adding a lot of unnecessary "sweet."