Originally Posted by scentementalThanks to all for your very kind words.
Maybe the real conversation on Creed has just started. For a house that occupies such a large space in the imagination of so many people, there has been very little interesting or noteworthy commentary on the fragrances themselves. Hopefully that will change.
Scentemental has summed up the situation with Creed so well in his earlier
post. I would like to comment on perhaps one or two reasons why Creeds
hold the attention of so many on this board. This is a simple and subjective
way of saying it, but I just think that a number of Creeds smell very
_intense_ and yet somehow natural (as opposed to chemical).
Now I realize
that all smells are from chemicals, but most will agree with me when I say
that the smell of a real orange being peeled or eaten is more satisfying and
desirable than the smell of any number of citrus fragrances on the market.
The (synthetic) fragrances smell good, but we associate the fragrance with
that of the real fruit and we (maybe subconsciously) compare them. When
the synthetic is a close match to the real thing, we think it smells somehow
natural. Many fragrances on the market smell like an orange, but also
like something not encountered in nature that, while not so objectionable,
is also perceived as foreign and intrusive.
When I smell Bois du Portugal I smell something intense that grabs my nose
and says "wake up," and yet the scent components seem like they could
have been encountered individually in nature too, while not in that particular
combination. The "foreign, intrusive" quality I perceive in something even
as good as Rive Gauche pour Homme isn't there, yet the intensity is.
Perhaps I'm wrong on this, but the anachronisitc qualities of some Creeds
are a welcome relief from the endless variations on the theme of synthetic
citrus-woody that one encounters in the also-rans of the department store
fragrance counter today.