Wow, I was just about to start a thread saying what the original poster said, but I guess I'm not the only one thinking how *Unforgivable* this scent really is. I'm on spring break (back home in western Pennsylvania; nowhere exotic because I spend too much money on school and cologne), and over the last few days I did the rounds of the department stores to see what's new. When the first SA sprayed Unforgivable on a tester card, I was taken aback- I thought I might have been dreaming or something, because it smelled *exactly* like my Millesime Imperial. EXACTLY. I told the SA of the similarity (nay, blatant rip-off) between this and MI, but the lady had no idea who Creed was.
The next day I was still a bit upset (no, I didn't lose sleep over it or anything), so I decided to put my Millesime Imperial on, even though it was a bit of a cold and I like to wear it in the warmer weather. I went to a Kaufman's to see if they had Givenchy's Very Irresistible for Men (the only new-ish scent I didn't get to try yet; they had it and it was actually pretty nice... do yourself a favor and try it on the skin and not the card), and after being greeted by the lovely lady SA there, she said, "Well, I see... er... smell that you're already familiar with the Sean John Unforgiveable" ARRRRGG!!!!!!!!!!!!! >
After explaining that I was in fact wearing the real stuff (MI), which came out nearly a decade ago, she was somewhat intrigued. She was familiar with a few Creed frags, but mainly the women's line (or so she claimed, but I trust her because she was one of the most knowledgeable SAs that I've met).
Besides the unforgivably blatant rip-off, the thing that upsets me most is the fact that I've been wearing MI for quite some time now (and I doubt many college-age kids do), and have been getting nothing but raving praise for it. Now that there is a cheap-ish knockoff of it, I'm afraid of more people confusing my MI with this Sean John crap. My nose can tell the difference between the two (Unforgivable smells pretty synthetic to me, and the drydown is garbage compared to MI's), but most people don't get close enough to get a whiff or don't have as good of a nose. It's a shame you can get away with making something so uninspired and blatantly copying another fragrance. If MI were US currency, I'd have the Secret Service investigate Unforgivable, because it's obviously counterfeit. If MI were a novel, Unforgivable would be it's plagerization, and Creed would be able to sue for copyright infringement. How anyone has the audacity to copy a classic and pass it off as their own, I don't know. Oh well...
In better news, at the local TJ Maxx, they had M7 deodorant for $5, shower gel for $5, and aftershave balm for $10. Now if there just were any juice left in my bottle, I'd be set...