Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
Lol. Just now while looking at that old Olivier Creed bottle in the picture above, I noticed the price tag on the box-- $8.95.
A princely sum...
I wouldn't pay that much today for most of the Creed perfumes I've smelled, let alone the equivalent of $8.95 in 1970s dollars. From what I can glean, it seems representing Creed as a perfume manufacturer dating back to the 1700s is a complete fabrication, one so outrageously fatuous and backed by such absurd prices that people have bought the lie hook, line and sinker. Most of the Creeds I've smelled have a similar synthetic quality and lack of complexity which I find unpleasing, some painfully so. I find many are highly derivative. I think we can safely say that Epicea, the first and oldest perfume Creed has ever produced and sold dates to 1975, a date seemingly lost in the mists of time for those gullible consumers who clearly have no concept of history. Sorry to be harsh, but I'm tired of the massive deception which Creed's own marketing system is the sole perpetrator of. I truly feel sorry for those who've spent hundreds of dollars on what I would consider quite mediocre fragrances at a price point one-third of the prices they demand. Has no one on this forum read Luca Turin's Perfume Guide? He's hardly complimentary when it comes to Creed. Only Green Irish Tweed, one of Creed's fifty plus offerings, merits four out of five stars in his book. For the sake of discussion, I quote,
"Probably the only truly great fragrance produced by this firm, it was composed in 1985 by Pierre Bourdon, who three years later rehashed a similar structure in the hugely successful and endlessly imitated Cool Water. Green Irish Tweed feels as good as it ever did, with the brilliantly imaginative accord of Ambroxan (metallic amber), dihydroxymyrcenol (gray citrus), and octin esters (green violet leaf) sweetened by a touch of apple up top and sandalwood below. Brilliant, legible, perfectly balanced, immediately recognizable."
This, from a chemist who ought to know what he's smelling, renders Creed's claims that they use only the finest natural ingredients categorically untrue. Calling for truth in perfume advertising is a little like calling for truth in Hollywood film-making, but I find Creed's blatant fabrication of history crosses the line into tastelessness. Another thing: for a company based in France, with Erwin Creed presumably a native speaker, they seem to have a lot of trouble with the language, accents, proper use of adjectives, etc. Shouldn't it be Vanille Sublime? And Royal Ceylan? Um, use the French spelling for the name of a country which changed its name and ceased to be a British Colony in 1948, then present the first bottle to Kate Middleton? Why, to remind her of a simpler time when the sun never set on the British Empire? You'd think a company with a Royal Warrant would have a bit more tact. I could go on. Finally, getting back to the question which started this thread, which I've recently been pondering myself, I think we can safely answer: there aren't any.