Yeah, don't waste your money on Creed. /Thread
Just kidding. Buy Aventus. It smells great and lasts a long time. Pineapple, smokey leather, awesome. GIT is the gateway Creed that gets people into the door. It's universally appealing, but some people swear it smells like Cool Water. I think it smells good but I never reach for it. Millesime Imperial smells fantastic with it's melon/sea salt notes but has piss poor longevity. Don't buy Original Santal, Himalaya, Silver Mountain Water, or Original Vetiver b/c Mont Blanc Individual, Paco Robanne XS, Al Rehab Silver, and Mugler Cologne smell like them (in respective order) and are much cheaper. I guess what I'm saying is, Aventus is the only "mainstream" Creed that doesn't have a cheaper designer counterpart. Don't get me wrong, Creeds smell fantastic and their high quality ingredients are evident. But you'll drive yourself crazy trying to find a good batch b/c they aren't consistent. Go ahead and grab a sample of those and then try the counterparts I mentioned.
To make it easier for you:
GIT- Cool Water or Aspen
SMW- Al Rehav Silver
Himalaya- Paco Robanne XS
Original Santal- Mont Blanc Individual
Original Vetiver- Mugler Cologne
And I agree with Jack Hunter about the Rive Gauche PH. It's fantastic.