Originally Posted by Kron
If people spent 5 minutes reading the forum and immediately understood the whole batch situation is blown massively out of proportion (ie there's one bad Aventus batch from back in 2010 and you should avoid MI and GIT made in 2010) then they wouldn't even have a problem.
The reality is anyone buying a Creed throughout 2011-2012 won't have had a single issue, Plus anything 2009 and below will be fine too.
But its funny how a certain group of people who don't even try Creed want to continue with the impression that the 'bad quality control' is still an ongoing thing when in reality its not even remotely accurate.
I don't think this is a perfectly fair appraisal. Creed makes my favorite scents, and unlike the people you complain about I have tried 80% or more of Creed's current scents. I have more bottles of Creeds in my collection than any other house, and wear (and recommend) Creeds more often than any other house, too. While I can't speak to Aventus since I just don't like that particular fragrance, here's where we diverge.
You say people should "avoid MI and GIT made in 2010," which pretty much indicates that they was something wrong then. I agree, from what I remember, that those batches smelled pretty poor. But even since that time, I've found different batches from 2011 smell different -- some MI, for example, smell very salty, while others are very melony. Now, I'm not saying any are bad, and I'd wear all of them happily. My point is simply that the smell isn't consistent. Could my nose be playing tricks on me? Sure. Could I be reading about Creed's production issues, and then my brain subconsciously tells my nose that it's true? Also a possibility. I'm not as experienced as most of the people on this board, and certainly not as experienced as you.
Production variability does not mean the bottles smell bad, just that they're not consistent. And lack of consistency, to me, equates to "poor quality control," since Creed is the only major house that seems to have a lack of consistency. And the definitive proof is this: even Creed admits
that different bottles smell different, though it says the variable smells are due to the percentage of natural ingredients. So, if you don't buy that explanation, you can't say that production issues are all just a dead letter.
I'm not being critical of your opinion, but just wanted to point out that even those of us who love and buy MI and GIT may wish every single bottle smelled like every other bottle, which does not seem to be the case, even now.