Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon
Well allow me to be the first naysayer here. I received my bottle of Millesime Imperial from Fragrancenet.com today, and it smells nothing like my sample from TPC. Gone is that sweet, creamy melon and sandalwood I get from my TPC sample; instead, I get a high-quality lemon water that bears only the vaguest resemblance to my sample, and then the scent is gone entirely after about 10 minutes.
Now, my sample from TPC is 2 years old, and I've heard claims on the BN threads that Creeds actually smell better as they "develop" over time. But, then again, I've also heard just the opposite -- that they lose their potency over time. So, I don't know what to think.
Here's the other thing. My other
Creed bottle (Acier Aluminium) (the one I know is legit) has a lot number *printed* on the bottom of the bottle (LOT C1008A01) that matches one of the two lot numbers *printed* on the bottom of the box (LOT C1808A01 and, beneath it, LOT C1008A01). My MI bottle, on the other hand, has no
lot number on the bottom whatsoever, and no
lot number printed on the bottom of the box. It does
feature a lot number on a sticker applied
to the bottom of the box (LOT: A3309W02) but, unlike my AA box, there is no lot number printed on the box itself.
So, I don't know what to think. I've never had a problem with Fragrancenet in the past, but this is the first Creed I've bought from them. There is no doubt in my mind that it differs drastically from my TPC sample. I'm doing a side-by-side comparison right now; the TPC sample (from an atomizer) is still going strong, but the Fragrancenet bottle is, as I said, basically a high-quality lemon water that is virtually gone after after 10 minutes.
The bottle / box / Creed pamphlet all appear 100% legit. Is it possible that this bottle will "ripen" over time and eventually come to smell like my 2-year old TPC sample? Should I just have faith and hope for the best? Or, should I look into getting a refund? Any other ideas or suggestions? I am disappointed to say the least.