100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 11: Creed & the Aquatics
by, 17th October 2011 at 12:52 AM (3174 Views)
Sorry I took a little time away, but Iím back!
For those who missed the start of my little project, I was inspired by NowSmellThisís 100 Perfumes Every Perfumista Must Try. I thought it would be fun to do a men's version, or at least list with the reasoning told from a masculine point of view. Iím not pretending to be an expert, just an avid fan and I look forward to seeing as many comments as possible, especially from people who disagree with my picks or have suggestions of their own. With that, we get to the dawn of modern menís perfumery:
Creed and the Aquatics
Whatever your opinion of Creedís questionable history and royal lineage may be, thereís no denying that they pretty much rule the menís luxury fragrance market now and thatís largely because of their biggest aesthetic contribution to modern perfumery, the invention and perfection of the aquatic scent.
33. Green Irish Tweed by Creed
In 1985, Olivier Creed (with possible uncredited help from French nose Pierre Bourdon), combined Allyl Amyl Glycolate, Dihydromyrcenol, and Ambrox and created a revolution. Somehow, this trio of ingredients combined to create a whole new kind of smell Ė Itís a weird smell that simultaneously calls to mind a murky, mossy beach and the nose-tingling ammonia in a window cleaner.
By teaming this synthetic trio with bergamot, violet leaf, and a bunch more supporting players, Creed created a whole new perfume dynamic that almost instantly made everything else feel outdated, a deep, dark, emotionally satisfying yet moody expression of modern masculinity that, most importantly, wasnít just another woody chypre.
34. Millťsime Impťrial by Creed
Over the last 25 years, Creed has put just about any mix of ingredients it can imagine over their trademark Allyl Amyl Glycolate/Dihydromyrcenol/Ambrox aquatic mix. From deep tobacco and woods to coconut to tea, nothing has been safe from Creedís aquatic-creating tentacles. Some of these have been artistically inspiring, while others are a bit lame. I personally picked Millťsime Impťrial for this list because itís aesthetically pleasing and also a good opposite end of the spectrum from Green Irish Tweed.
If Green Irish Tweed is a dank, slightly moody green interpretation of aquatics, Millťsime Impťrial is a bright, refreshing shot of sunshine. With a nod and a wink to CK One, it uses a bright, laundry-clean mix of lemon and herbaceous greens with a pinch of melon on top of its Allyl/Dihydro/Ambrox mixture, resulting in a golden yellow shot of summertime in a bottle.
If you only try two Creeds, I think Millťsime Impťrial and Green Irish Tweed are the best of the bunch, as well as giving a good sense of the two ends of the aquatic spectrum.
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