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If you wear Creed, kindly get ITT

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GentryLtd, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. CaymanS

    CaymanS Senior member

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    Holy shit...cologne expires(?) Dammit. For some reason I thought it sorta lasted forever...?
     
  2. sjmin209

    sjmin209 Senior member

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    To the OP: why is Creed the obvious choice?

    You might want to check out this thread
     
  3. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    What nonsense is this? Why is it obvious or are you employed or otherwise financially benefited by people purchasing this substance?
     
  4. brokencycle

    brokencycle Senior member

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    I'm no connoisseur, but I have not noticed a huge drop off in potency and it certainly hasn't become rancid after a year or two of owning a bottle.

    I dunno, I'm probably just a plebe though.
     
  5. Digmenow

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    I stopped at a "discount" fragrance store in the local mega outlet mall a couple of days ago and inquired about their stock of Himalaya. They had two 4 0z. bottles of the stuff that they were retailing for $189. As I was leaving the first time (no purchase at that time), they dropped the price to $150 to get me to buy it.

    I called back today and asked if they'd go $125 (which, according to the basenotes forum is within the realm of possibility) and after the woman did some checking, agreed to sell it at that price.

    At that point, I started googling "fake Creed" and was able to learn a few things to look for but this video was just what I needed to arm myself before making a 3 figure mistake.

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]


    • The box had the larger "font" of the Creed embossed logo as opposed to the smaller, more intense stamping on the real box in the video.
    • Although the "four language" notes were properly folded, there were some glaring punctuation errors and some misspellings that MIGHT have been due to a UK version vs. U.S. usage but I doubt it.
    • Also, the Creed logo at the top of the page was larger than real one in the video.
    • The cap was plastic with a solid chrome finish instead of the "painted silver" that he describes
    • The Creed medallion in the center of the cap was several degrees off dead level.
    • The 4 oz. size is apparently the most faked due to the crooks' need to make the biggest splash for the buck.

    With so many tells, even though it had a number stamped in the right place on the bottle, I just felt it was too much of a risk and passed. I didn't even get around to removing the pump cap to look for the white plastic washer. I'll order it online from a recommended legit site like Fragrancenet and pay $30ish more.

    I'm not saying the store was crooked but the Creed they were selling was certainly dicey.
     
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  6. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +1

    In general, deciding on a fragrance by first selecting a "brand" is kind of stupid. About the only time it could conceivably make sense is with a house like Guerlain that has a few signature accords that appear in multiple scents, but it takes some serious knowledge and experience to be able to make that kind of assessment let alone decide you really like it. Unusual though that choice may be, that kind of person is also not going to be too interested in Creed anyway.
    It is possible that Creed makes something that you like. It is also possible that you won't hurt yourself by focussing on a particular brand and maybe limiting choice isn't a bad thing if you are starting out and can't deal with too many options. In that case, Creed is hardly the only option, but it isn't an especially bad choice.
     
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  7. jeff13007

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    Silver mountain water year long for me! But i do mix it up with Lavender palm and tuscan leather from Tom Ford. Or Tuscan Leather with a little bit of Champaca Absolute mixed in gets a lot of compliments for me
     
  8. Digmenow

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    Well, as the year draws to a close, I have been using GIT exclusively since the end of March. I have received 2 compliments which is exactly 2 more than I have ever received in my life on anything else I ever wore, including Polo (green bottle). The second compliment came a week ago and since it was late in the day, I was surprised since I had the impression that the scent only lasted a few hours on me and was gone by the early afternoon.

    I think I'll go ISO a bottle of Aventus next. No idea why, though. I'm wandering in the wilderness here.
     
  9. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    Creeds don't last on my skin either, but I have yet to met the person that did not like GIT, Santal, or Aventus. I have gotten compliments from even drive-thru cashier before wearing Creed.

    Even knowing they don't last long on me, I still consider picking more up. Aventus is evidently Creed's best seller, if you love it, buy it...
     
  10. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I prefer Aqua de Parma to Creed.
     
  11. brokencycle

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    A sales lady at Nordstrom gave me a sample bottle of the stuff, and I really like it. My wife waffles on it though.

    As for getting compliments on cologne. I really hate when that happens to be honest. I don't think other people should be able to smell my cologne, and I hate when I can smell other people: it is generally a sign of wearing too much.,
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Personally, I don't care for most contemporary fragrances. I guess I'm too old for this unisex thing and frankly I don't want to smell like food or a flower.

    I have several favourites...

    Vintage Tabarome--tobacco supposedly worn by Churchill and Bogart

    Kolnisch Juckten--birch tar and leather

    Eau du Fier--by Annick Goutal and one of the most unequivocally masculine, complex and sophisticates fragrances I've ever run across...and long since discontinued.

    Fumidus by Profumum--tobacco and scotch...Hemingway at two in the morning

    And a European student of mine brought me a bottle of Encens Flamboyant which purportedly Annick Goutal created for her boyfriend. It's OK and I like it but the Eau du Fier is my all time favourite.

    But the real reason I posted this is to point out that if you know the notes you want--for instance, leather or tobacco, or the name--there is a website called The Perfumed Court that sells decants of just about any fragrance you can imagine. Even vintage fragrances. You can search by the House, by the name, by the notes. You can buy decants for less than $10.00, in most cases. It's worth checking out esp. this time of the year because wives, in particular like to try new fragrances.

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  13. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    +100 you should just smell nice.......
     
  14. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    I still use other fragrances from time to time but over the last year Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa has become my signature scent from autumn through spring. Some times I also wear Intensa Oud, and during the summer Blue Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri has been my star parfume (all gifted by the wifey)
     

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