Lime, eucalyptus, pine cleanser. This was the worst of the Creed lot that I have tried. It had too much and too much dissonance. Everything screaming for attention, and the Eucalyptus smelling like Vicks vapo-rub. No thanks...If this is what the Royal House smells like, I am glad I am on this side of the Atlantic.
Windsor by Creed, 2009
Rated #779 in Fragrances
I was extremely excited to receive my sample from theperfumedcourt.com because of all the hype surrounding this fragrance. Unfortunately, now it's clear to me why it was discontinued. I can see how a small number of people can like this, but to me, it was too old fashioned and off-putting. The notes listed above are blended beyond recognition into a note that reminds me of anise mixed with mothballs. I feel terrible having to say this about such a loved fragrance. Thank God I didn't make a blind order like I was about to do!
After hearing so many people go on and on about Windsor, I bought a large decant and tried it out. This one isn't for me. I got an overpowering hit of eucalyptus, some pine, not much else... very medicinal on my skin. Honestly, it reminded me of the stuff my grandfather used to clean his kitchen when I was a kid. I know there's a whole lot of love for Windsor out there, but I didn't care for it at all. There's the faintest hint of rose after it dries down, but by then, I was over it.
I have been anxious to try this for 6 months, and ALMOST blind bought a flacon, but luckily had the opportunity to try it first. Honestly, you can look over my reviews!! I rarely give a fragrance a thumbs down, but this would rank a double thumbs down if I could...Lime cream, coconut (not listed but there ) pine oil, eucalyptus cough drops, and a strange chemical undertone similar to what Creed Original Vetiver has. I know the Creed snobs would give a cup of muddy water a thumbs up if it came from Creed, but I judged it on its own merits, not its House. Top it off that people actually pay $600-$700 for this and it just makes it all the more tragic. If you must join the exclusive "Creed club" for heaven sake...buy Green Irish Tweed, or even Aventus...
I have nearly 50 different Creed scents, but I think Windsor is by far the best . It is indescribile ,it is not too often you find such a heavy rose note in a mens scent , just amazingly brillant . In my opinion it works just as well for men as women .
A cashmere sheet made of gold. It is a little shy on projection, but that's okay because this is a snuggle scent anyways. A beautiful amber musk is the heart of this fragrance. The SA said the top note was "fake grapefruit," as in there is a ton of stuff to make you think grapefruit; I got some melon, some tangerine, maybe bergamot. Again though, is it worth the price Creed demands? A thumbs up because I would wear this a lot if I had a bottle, but almost a neutral because I would not pay the asking price for it.
This review is for the new Windsor, for I have never tried the original formulation: Amazing scent. The most natural smelling rose fragrance out there. This is one of my favorite Creed fragrances.
Windsor (new) opens with a gin-like mist with faint lime accents before quickly transitioning to its heart notes that are quite difficult to describe on skin... I get a lot of cedar, with a dull eucalyptus, rotting pine and just a mild faint rose that really is not the star of the scent at all. Projection and longevity are both average. I went into smelling Windsor (new) with high expectations as I tend to love rose fragrances, and this one has gotten a lot of love by fellow enthusiasts. Unfortunately Windsor (new) is a failure, IMO. I get very little rose, but instead a weird combination of eucalyptus, pine and cedar primarily that adds in the rose as almost an afterthought to create a scent that comes off as something reminding me of stale hay in a barn house. I realize that is not what any of the notes smell like individually and I normally would not make the association with any of them at all, but maybe it is a skin reaction or something else, but that is what I am getting from the overall accord... The scent is almost something I might expect to smell from an animallic even though this should really not smell like that -- not terrible smelling, per se, but just "off". It is a weird smell and completely different from what I wanted and expected. I give this unfortunate way overpriced semi-stinker from Creed a below average 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5.
The inauspicious and slightly weird opening quickly dies away revealing what has been rightly characterized as the most beautiful of roses. Catch the rose's beauty here right at the beginning if you can. It will never be better than it is at this moment. Eventually Windsor dries down to the velvety tailored elegance of rose, orange and cedar. The dignified well-mannered effect may be too unexciting for the hoi polloi. Considering who Windsor was made for, and also that the conceit of combining ingredients culled from all over the Commonwealth was actually made to work, this is quite an achievement. I don't know anything about batches or batch numbers. My flacon I found floating in a basket of bulrushes near the banks of the Seine.
I have over 20 Creeds but this one is THE MASTERPIECE. If I had to choose one fragrance to wear until the end of my life, this would be the one. Impossible to describe and explain but this is piece of art. All other fragrance houses can look at this one with envy because there is not like Windsor and most likely never will be.
Windsor by Creed, 2009
|Availability||In Production - Limited Edition|
|Notes||British gin, Jamaican lime, Scottish highland pine. Duke of Windsor roses, Bahamian orange, cedar from Canada, Australian eucalyptus|
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