Originally Posted by fumegator
so you've done a little bit of an about-face on this? i remember you saying you were drawn to OC over Royal Oud at first.
I think OC (sprayed, not dabbed) is possibly the most refreshing fragrance I've ever smelled. Makes Selection Verte and Virgin Island Water seem downright stuffy by comparison. It's like jumping in a glittering cold blue pool on a hot summer day. The pear note is one of THE best notes in ANY fragrance I have EVER smelled. Also, when sprayed, I get just a bit of spice in the midnotes that does well for the overall composition.
BTW - for what it's worth, i talked to my Creed rep at Nieman Marcus yesterday. they are taking preorders for Royal Oud, White Flowers, and Original Cologne. She said that OC is by far the most loved scent of the three of the clients she has given samples to. She said that out of 4 bottles they are alloted to receive in August, 3 of them are already pre-sold. This is after showing it to only 6 people.
Yeah, it's taking a while for them to sort out. My wife and I are both liking White Flowers immensely - that one is gonna get bought one way or another. I know that one isn't going to get a ton of love on the men's side here, but I think that the ladies out there are going to like it quite a bit. It's very much in the region of Spring Flower and Fleurissimo, but I think that it shoots for something very interesting and different. It has the naturalness and modernity of the aforementioned scents, but it draws in just enough classical stuff to give it the "unearthly" quality that Creed clearly intended.
Original Cologne - I think it's a quality frag, and I really think it deserves some kudos for being so out of the box as far as colognes go, but soapy scents just aren't my thing, and once my nose locks onto a soapy musk, that's it - game over. I think OC hits the mark on the way that it's being marketed - the "sartorial" angle, which seems hot right now. It's definitely pointed nicely at a clean smell, but by adding the restrained but cologney topnotes and the herbal bits, it ends up being distinguished in a way that screams "clean new clothes" but with an outdoorsy feel, which is smart and very much in the Creed ballpark. In hindsight, I can see why normal fragrance buyers are going for this, and it makes sense. "Clean" fragrances do very well, but this one comes in differently enough, that I think people who would spend more for something a bit different are going to jump for it.
I'm finding Royal Oud much more interesting - though at times challenging. Mark Behnke thinks that it does oud in a very different and very approachable way, and I have to admit, it's the most tolerable oud frag I've ever smelled. But the complexity is challenging for me. Normally that's not a problem, but this thing shifts on a much larger scale than the older Creeds. At times, it's almost in Neil Morris territory. At other times, it reminds me intensely of a woody masculine version of Vol de Nuit. Totally radical for Creed. It's as out-of-the-norm as Original Santal - possibly more so. It's getting very hard for me to not own this.
Original Cologne's problem is that it's the quiet guy in a tweed suit walking into a room at the same time as Celine Dion and the Prince of Persia. It's not going to get all the paparazzi, but it may be the one that regular folks can relate to. As for me - I'm going for autographs!