Although I agree that this is a very linear scent, it is definitely enjoyable! It has a very soft floral note surrounded by a clean neutral tea note. There is a sharp bitter touch to the fragrance at first but disappears on the dry down. It is very close to the skin and is perfect for office/close quarter environments.
15th July, 2014 (last edited: 24th July, 2014)
This smells very much like Love in White. So much so that I'm wondering if CREED re-formulated their classic base that is present in most of their compositions.
At first sniff, this is a mess. Its sharp and tangy and cloying. After a while though, it evens out into something thats rather interesting but terribly linear. This is a citrus floral with the emphasis on the citrus. I have not looked at the notes, but do I smell grapefruit? Grapefruit and ginger maybe?
This is not worth what they are charging for it and I don't care WHO got the first bottle of it. This is a nice fragrance. Just nice. Not Creed.
Royal Ceylan (RC) - a 2006 limited edition release - 1.7 Oz. for $270; at that price, this stuff better be the nectar of Gods itself.
Its hard to describe Royal Ceylan because no one note stands out. RC contains a characteristic accord which showcases a central citrus note complemented by less discernible notes of ginger, tea and sea salt. These complementing notes give RC an evolved citrus accord, with occasional whiffs of ginger and salt. The fragrance stays close to skin, but longevity is good (around 7 hours).
RC is copacetic - infact, it smells like a refined Erolfa, which is a good thing. However, when compared to Feuille Verte, it is lacking in flow and evolution, and doesn't smell as arresting. The singular and exceptional jasmine basenote in Feuille Verte itself surpasses anything Royal Ceylan has to offer. At regular Creed prices, I might give this a neutral rating, but at prices costing a credit card and a nostril, it really cant be recommended.
Olivier Creed visited far flung islands to seek out pristine ingredients for Royal Ceylan. If only the end result was as gratifying as his sea voyages..