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Original Cologne (2011)
by Creed


Original Cologne information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 53 votes)

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Parent CompanyCreed

About Original Cologne

Original Cologne is a masculine fragrance by Creed. The scent was launched in 2011

Original Cologne fragrance notes

Reviews of Original Cologne

There's not much to dislike about Creed's Original Cologne AKA Pure White, which is a harmonious blend of citrus and softer notes. The grapefruit is the main player but but bergamot and lemon are also detectable, with the musk and ambergris creating a more moderate base. It's slightly sweet, as well, but I can't really assign the sweetness to a note. Excellently balanced, it leans away from the soapy cologne and more toward a semi-gourmandy cologne, as most of the listed notes are food notes, and it is, on the whole, citrusy and sweet.

Original Cologne is a light, clean cologne that certainly leans toward warm weather use but is sophisticated enough to be used year round and in a variety of situations (both work and casual). This reminds me of C.O. Bigelow's Elixir White due to the strength of the grapefruit at the top of the fragrance and truly remaining dominant through its life.

Projection and longevity are consistent with EDTs, not the usual Creed millesimes/EDPs, but this is expected with a fragrance called a cologne. On that point, the main aspect I dislike is the price ($235 for 30ml, $710 for 250ml), as it's difficult to justify a higher-than-average Creed cost for weaker-than-average juice. If money is no object, this should be a must-have cologne for part of the collection.

7 out of 10
21st April, 2015
Creeds best

My favorite Creed scent of all time. It's expensive but just a wonderful clean citrus with decent longevity.

27th July, 2013
Very classy scent from the house of Creed. Projection and longevity is okay but not great, can pretty much spray as much as you like with this one and it still won't be cloying. I would suggest spraying on clothing as well, to increase the longevity.

I highly recommend at least trying this fragrance.
07th April, 2013
I really like this. Didn't expect to. A delightful, clean, fresh smelling cologne. Insipid? For me, not insipid at all. Your insipid mileage may vary as they say. Wearing this to me is smelling like you used an excellent soap. Expensive soap smell? Duh yeah.... And you're gonna wanna buy a big big bottle, maybe like a magnum. You're gonna need to throw some fuel in the firebox to get this engine up to speed.
16th February, 2013
zztopp Show all reviews
United States
Original Cologne (OC) aka Pure White Cologne might very well be the best classical Creed citrus since Bois de Cedrat. As with all "colognes", it is light and doesn't last an ungodly 15 hours on your skin like some thick French juices. But it is immaculately engineered with great quality materials. The moment you spray a blast or two on your skin, the top notes of high-def lemon, made slightly tart with grapefruit accents and softened with petitgrain just evaporate off your skin in a super pleasant and refreshing aroma. What comes next is what makes OC unique - and subject to a little controversy. The heart notes accord is green shell of galbanum with a fluffy slightly sweat pear note which also melds with an old world english powder note in the basenotes. The fusion of galbanum + pear + powder may sound garish and extreme but it is rendered with such a light hand here that it just makes OC come off as a bit eccentric and dandy.

Dandy..yes, OC is for dandies of the 21st century. The herbivore men of Japan more interested in technology gadgets and their looks than in the opposite sex. OC is a retro-modern fragrance for herbivore men. But really it just works for everyone and is especially pleasing in the humidity of the American south. Give it a try.

Rating: 8.75/10.0
05th December, 2012
This does not smell anything like its name. I get a strong blast of cloudy, perfumy pear. I don't like it one bit, unfortunately.
25th July, 2012

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