Originally Posted by zztopp
To me whats getting utterly ridiculous is labeling every other Creed as 'utterly synthetic' especially when considering when the competitors are putting out. There must be something wrong with your sample because I just bought a new bottle last november and NS is as great as ever.
To me NS is one of the best citrus-woods fragrances on the market...the opening is a citrus melange of excellent lemon, grapefruit, verbena, etc. with out-of-this-world quality...certainly one of the best openings in a citrus fragrance ever, if not the best. The heart notes phase is where NS varies the most...depending on the bottle you may either get a plush, fluffy, soft neroli note or a more citrusy-petitgrain woody rendition. NS is never overly floral with orange blossom tones...it is after all neroli screened through a bright citrus blast rendering it more masculine. The base is the standard Creed millesime ambergris woods.
To me one of the most memorable days was when I bought Malle's Bigarade Concentree and Neroli Sauvage on the same day, with NS's startlingly good citrus notes totally overshadowing the Malle's good but slightly fuzzy and lower fidelity citrus show..
I take a lot of unofficial reviews of Creeds here and elsewhere with a grain of salt, mainly because it's obvious that at least 75% of those who think they're trying Creeds are actually purchasing fakes off ebay and other disreputable discount merchants. They get a vial of some cheap replica juice, are dissatisfied with it, and take it out on Creed as though they've tried the real deal. Anyone who says that Creeds are "utterly synthetic" has yet to try a real Creed. Or they've only tried very old stock from dishonest retailers, bottles that have sat on shelves for a decade or more in less than ideal conditions, and everything about their chemical structure has degraded - something typical of perfumes with more natural ingredients.
Creeds certainly aren't 100% natural, but their clarity of note separation indicates to me that they're truly well made and boast some natural oils.