Needing to get my Creed fix, I ordered up a bottle of Original Santal on Amazon from Notre Dame De Paris Perfumes. This was a complete blind buy for me, just like every Creed I've bought. I did the research and it seemed like something I'd like with excellent longevity and projection. I received an authentic bottle with lot number A411S01, making this a 2011 batch. Upon initial sniff, it did NOT smell like Joop! Homme as I've been led to believe it would from the reviews. It's far too natural smelling. As a matter of fact, I got a Himalaya vibe from this one. I sprayed 1 spray on my hand and 1 spray on my neck before taking a nap. I woke up 4 hours later and smelled Original Santal very strongly. In those 4 hours it took on a slightly sweet powdery smell with a hint of cinnamon. This one is very sweet and a little uncharacteristic of the other Creed's I own. It does smell incredibly natural. I'll give it a proper full wearing and report back with longevity, but so far it's already beaten SMW and MI. I'm pretty happy with it so far.
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3/5/12 at 4:12pm