(I tried this on my wrist from a tester at Bergdorfs in nyc)
I thought this scent was good, not that unique or tremendous though. It was pretty forgettable...and that is not what I want especially at this price point. It's not awful...its just not worth the money.
I own many outstanding niche fragrances and without a doubt, I would have to give this fragrance a perfect 10. Additionally, it is so versatile and easy to wear that I've named it my signature fragrance. I reach for this one more often than any other fragrance I own....Spice & Wood opens with a strong - eye opening- blast of woods and spiced apples that some say resembles cognac. I can somewhat see this correlation but this is not what comes to mind because it is so clean, I just don't get the alcoholic drink vibe. The patchouli and clove are barely noticeable and add a nice touch. The dry down is divine!!!! It reminds me of a brand new suede leather jacket. I find this fragrance to be an absolute masterpiece worthy of wearing for virtually any occasion (weddings, gym, picnics, etc...) and it gets me compliments whenever I wear it. I bought the flacon after owning a smaller Creed atomizer filled with it and I've noticed a difference. With the atomizer, I needed to spray it approximately 6-7 times to get the performance I was seeking but with the flacon, the projection is monstrous and 2 sprays to the neck/and 1 spray to each wrist is suffice for the day. With any Creed, you will notice that if you go light on the trigger, it will effect the performance. My advice is to spray this fragrance generously and you will have no issues with performance.
Ahh...Spice and Wood by Creed. Fairly nice fragrance with all the notes I should love. However, this is EXPENSIVE and just doesn't deliver for its' price point. Opens with a hard liquor smell of whiskey, gin, or any cheap hard liquor from the "bottom shelf" really. This does subside a little after 15 minutes and an apple/iris quality comes through. This presents as musty in my opinion because of that lingering sour alcohol. I find an all too fleeting clove note in the middle that seems to overpower the rest of the notes and almost presents as pure clove oil rather than cologne. Lasts 5-6 hours before breaking down to a musty, watery generic wood fragrance. Overall, it is disappointing. I admit my opinion is influenced by the price. If i'm paying premium prices, I want flawless. This isn't it.
Is this Creed's response to Tom ford's Bois Marocain?
If it is, than Creed did a great job, it improved on Bois Marocain by creating a more wearable, more sophisticated and a lot smoother fragrance than Tom Ford's.
Specially in the opening, Bois Marocain is piercing sharp, to the point of been somewhat annoying with its strong pencil shavings note, while Spice and Wood is smooth as silk.
The heart and drydown are very similar but I would prefer S&W over BM anytime.
Both are blatant copies of the brilliant J. Casanova EdT that unfortunately was discontinued, but neither reach the greatness of J. Casanova, although for those lamenting the disappearance of that beauty can replace it with either S&W or BM.
BM is more outdoorsy and young, while S&W is more intimate and mature. Sillage of BM is nuclear while S&W is closer to the skin, but still pretty decent. Both of them last for hours.
Spice, Wood and Overpriced...
Spice and Wood opens with an alcoholic gin-like blast before quickly adding a slightly tart apple and natural lemon tandem. As the fragrance enters the early heart the apple is just detectable as the stronger lemon remains, now joining peppery angelica and deep slightly sweet clove in support of an emerging cedar and birch starring tandem. As the fragrance enters the late dry-down the lemon finally is replaced by relatively clean musk that now joins the still dominant remaining cedar from the base as the fragrance's linear development finally comes to a conclusion. Projection is average and longevity above average at 8-10 hours on skin.
There is plenty of fine smelling cedar to be had, and the clove spice adds some depth with the angelica imitating pepper quite well but the real pleasant surprise is the natural smelling supporting lemon that hangs around well into the heart accord. The lemon is the only thing that distinguishes the composition from being just another woody composition that has been done about as well a hundred times over. That said, the whole composition just screams "me too," just done with better materials than most others in the genre. The bottom line is Spice and Wood certainly delivers on the promised notes and does smell relatively good, but one can't help being more than a bit disappointed in its mundane results, earning a "good" rating of 3 stars out of 5 for the fragrance, but a strong avoid at its ridiculously lofty $225 per 30ml bottle price tag.
Pros: Delivers what it promisses and adds a gorgeous supporting lemon note to the accord.
Cons: Relatively benign and completely overpriced.
16th September, 2013 (last edited: 13th December, 2013)