Lemons and apples? That's what they say, and I can just sniff them out, like a couple of wedges of pie on another diner's table while drinking a cup of weak Earl Grey. The spice and wood kicks in fast, rounded by the a subtle dirty sweetness of patchouli, and lasts long. The dry-down is mostly dry-ish cedar plumped up with a hint of sexy musk. Nice enough, but ruined for about an hour with the emergence of the iris, a note that vaguely repulses me. I was initially enthusiastic, until I noticed that the pepper note just kept on stabbing and slicing and hacking at my nose. Ouch. Ouch!! OUCH!!! Enough already, enough. (The Mayans used burning chilies as a kind of gas weapon.) Overall, pleasant enough save for the chili dagger, but I laugh at the price. Good for some, not for me. ===== May 10, 2013 Okay. Another wearing. Smells better this time, although the chili dagger still challenges me. My colleagues at work went berserk--"What are you wearing? It's incredible!".
Spice And Wood by Creed, 2010
Rated #2097 in Fragrances
The strong pepper opening almost drove me away from this fragrance, but S&W grew on me until I decided to buy it. Here is why: - Almost nothing synthetic about it to my nose. Very natural. - I pick the cedar note strongly in the first 3-4 hours, making me feel like I'm hiking in the woods. Also generates a feeling of being strong. - Excellent longevity on my skin. That said, to me something makes this scent particularly heavy and energy-demanding. I cannot wear this every day or even every few days. Some fragrances make you feel handsome, but this one makes me feel like I'm carrying a handsome person on my shoulders. Wearing it makes me want to sit down and reflect on philosophical things. It is quite classy and says only good things about the wearer in a sophisticated way, but to me it is not refreshing, not uplifting, and not for after showering. This is something I'd wear when I'm trying to tell people that there is a lot more to me than meets the eye.
If someone wanted to precision craft a scent that I would like by surgically joining elements I enjoy from some of my favorites, there's a good chance it would end up a lot like Spice And Wood. It's got the cherry cough syrup over wood that I love in Filles En Anguilles leading to the sweet green mix of spices and fruit from X For Men, and then it opens up into a peppery iris reminiscent of 28 La Pausa. Throughout all this, it maintains a pleasant smell of peppery wood, just slightly fruity sweet from that apple note, before ending up with a really disappointing "woody amber" base that kind of smells like rubbing alcohol, the only cheap-smelling misstep in an otherwise very pleasant perfume. As much as I've enjoyed Spice And Wood, it has a strange concentration. There's a sharp chemical blast in the beginning that feels like it's turning off part of my nose, leaving Spice And Wood more enjoyable in its sillage than on skin, where it smells fairly weak. Aventus did this same thing to me, so I think it's a Creed thing. All that being said, this is not very strong. There's a certain luxury concentration at which a scent is rich without being loud (think Green Irish Tweed) that I expect from a really expensive scent, and Spice And Wood is nowhere near that. Yes, the sillage is decent, but it always feels quite thin. But it still deserves a thumbs up, because I really have enjoyed it.
A beautiful fragrance! I first sampled this in 2010 when it was released. It didn't impress me...very plain. I re-sampled again last week and I'm blown away. Stunning! I think I'm finally getting the Royal exclusives line by Creed. With S&W they took a traditional type of cologne and put a modern Creed interpretation on it. It opens with a light citrus that quickly morphs into a spicy apple note. This is really a beautifully done opening with a natural apple note- think baked apple pie. The middle brings on the spices with clove and patchouli being the prominent notes. The clove is nicely done, not cloying and the patchouli provides an interesting depth and character. The base brings in the more woody notes with a cedar and musk base. I think this is a fragrance that at first sniff smells plain and familiar...give it additional wearings especially in cooler weather and you will come to appreciate what I have- a stunning masterpiece!
It opens with a lemony apple scent quickly followed by spicy woods with clove and birch. It's quite woody and musky and has a earthy herbalness to it's character from the angelica root. It's nice but not distinctive enough.
Aside from the price/format issue, this is an excellent scent. It is dry, translucent, stylish, and quite masculine. It starts with good bright citrus and plummy bergamot. Dry-bark wood and peppery spice notes emerge. The scent is restrained and dignified -- introspective in mood and a bit haunting in style.
Wore this today for the first time. This is a wonderful juice that is exceptionally put together with great longevity. It is a 'mature' scent for someone very comfortable with who they are. It doesn't scream look at me, but rather introduces itself politely "I do say... Greetings! It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. My name is ________". I was unable to find fault with the scent. It is woods and spices - entirely as advertised. It is never overpowering or excessive or pushy or obnoxious in any way, during any stage. As a result, IME, it's not wildly memorable either. You'd have to be desperately searching for this particular mix of scents and accords to justify the off-the-hook nosebleed pricing, IMO. And even then I can't imagine you couldn't do better for the money. I won't be buying a bottle, and probably won't wear my sample again - but if these sorts of "nice, polite scents" are your thing, be sure to give it a sniff and a whirl.
I was really curious about this when I first saw the ads, seeing how long it had been since Creed did any of this genre that I've liked. There's initially nothing to it except the alcohol, and then a subtle, non-medicinal sandalwood starts to appear, with perhaps a bit of nutmeg and clove. It's already disappointingly weak, but the quietly natural quality of the wood is remarkable: not too soapy or sweet, aromatic or pungent. But even as I write this, it's so weak that I'm starting to have trouble really "finding" the center and the ancillary notes; I had the same problem with their Santal Imperial. Later, it does get a bit sweeter, with a similar blend of spices as in Trumper's Sandalwood but much less vanilla, if any, and maybe a little fruit or potpourri? I really enjoy this type of soft polished wood scent, much more than the harsher woods that some of the purists seem to like, but S+W just can't deliver the strength I'd expect from an expensive house. Call me when you come out with an EdP of it, Creed, and I might just buy some. What little I can smell is very good.
This is exactly as advertised: a cedary-spciy fragrance that is very mild and almost watery in its presentation. I can't imagine the longevity is very good. The projection is vague at best. So why is it great? Because it smells awfully nice. But somehow it seems almost all to simple.
Spice and Wood by Creed - Upon application, one is treated to a sparkling citrus, supplied by the zesty bergamot and tangy lemon, floating on a faint woodiness, and interspersed with a dry, tart apple. This refreshing opening tumbles to the waiting middle where light spices are infused, namely, peppery mace, sweet nutmeg, and an airy and pert clove, and interplay with a silty and woody angelic root, which imparts its own juniper-like, peppery flavor keeping the spices in check. The pirouetting apple takes on a more spicy jacket. Moreover, the shy white birch of the opening casts off its inhibitions and underlays the heart with its dry, firewood vibe. Transitioning to its pleasing base, rich and pungent cedar couples with the earthy egyptian iris, which along with the mossy and sensual oakmoss and musk gives a petroleum-like shimmer to its crisp woodiness. This impeccable composition is a pleasant and refined journey, but lacks any real pizzazz. Regrettably, the projection flees after the first hour and the longevity is rather stunted as well.
Spice And Wood by Creed, 2010
|Top Notes||Bergamot, lemons, apples|
|Middle Notes||Angelic root, cloves, desert peppers, patchouli, white birch|
|Base Notes||iris, cedar, oak moss, musk|
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