Originally Posted by akshay03
I ended up purchasing Original Vetiver mostly because I had some excess holiday money and I could always purchase Guerlain's later.
I must say I'm really happy with my choice - it's a very clean vetiver. Smells soapy and is lasting quite a while on me. Thanks for everyone's help!
x2, IMHO COV is one of the few creeds I spent money on, and will definitely spend again.
I don't think I could ever tire of COV.
It's a new classic, IMHO.
For others on the board contemplating COV / Mugler, I urge you to test them both before you buy.
I personally can't understand how many here speak of COV and Mugler as if they're 99% the same.
Both Creed Original Vetiver and Mugler share one or two very similar notes. Its a very smooth, and very very green. A leafy, but not a light smell, its a very rich, smooth and pleasant green note.
Unfortuneately, the Mugler has not enough of this particular note for me, especially not enough on the dry down (although I do like the drydown). This note(s), which I really like, seems to be in the background for the duration of Muglers composition. I was hoping once the synthetic top notes of the Mugler went away, this note would dominate, but it seemed even more distant on the dry down. Very disappointing and unlike Creed Original Vetivers use of this shared note
I find Mugler Cologne's first 45 min. to be dominated by several scents I would classify as unisex leaning feminine. It is a sharp, citric, synthetic, detergent smell, and not a pleasant powdery soft detergent-type either. The citric sharpness is as sharp as the opening of Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil, only in a very unnatural, synthetic way. However synthetic the Mugler Citrus is, it is still just as feminine as the Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil.
It is a harsh, sour combination of bath and body works Body mist-type of smell, also a synthetic citrus dishsoap note dominates for a good portion of the composition. Again, these soapy clean notes may appeal to others, but I cannot wear the Mugler.
Yes, there is a very smooth, and rich green note it most definitiely shares with Creed Original Vetiver, but in Mugler, this note is extremely weak, and over-powered by notes I dislike.
Also the Mugler base is not smooth or creamy like the creed, but this is expected.
That being said, I think the comparisons between Green Irish Tweed and Cool Water are very fair. GITs top is clearly smoother and far superior & natural to the CW top. But, especially on the dry down, where apart from the delicious smoothness of the Creed Ambergris, the two are essentially the same.
I also think Sean John Multi-Platinum/Unforgivable is rightfully compared to Millesime Imperial, and while I prefer Millesime Imperial for the salt, and the refinement/natural undertone, Sean John is still remarkably similar, nearly identical in the most obvious, and important places.
Overall, out of all the colognes which are said to be copied to or from Creed, I feel the Mugler to Original Vetiver is by a wide margin the most false to my nose.
Also, if the classic Guerlain Vetiver isn't right for anyone considering these 2, try the Sport or the extreme. They tend to get bad reviews here, IDK why. I like GV classic GV sport, and even GV extreme. I haven't tried GV Frozen, nor do I plan to, so I can't speak to that. GV extreme is more spicy and w/ smooth incense, GV Sport is a little more bracing, with better citrus, and I think more hot pepper, and alot less tobacco. Guerlain Vetiver sport&extreme are both lacking the floral notes (carnation?) from classic, and still has the good spicy Vetiver very unlike the leafy vetiver of COV, but still very very good.
I like the Guerlain Vetiver Sport about the same as COV, which is alot. Alot alot.
And they compliment each other well, one being leafy and smooth, the other being rooty and crisp.
But with all that, IMO it's impossible to go wrong with either COV or the Guerlain Vetivers.