Originally Posted by Cologniano
I order mine through creedboutique.com. When I receive mine they're usually a fresh batch that needs to be aged a bit, IMO. Just by what I gather throughout Basenotes, I would say you'll get 08' through 10' and you'll be lucky to get a 2011. I have several Creeds and MI and Himalaya are not part of the equation. Erolfa works better on my skin than MI. Original Santal works for me better than Himalaya. I'm sure you tested for compatibility, blind buys create a bad vibe for Creed. My stuff lasts a good 6-8 hours on my skin, I don't have to douse my clothing, what I spray on my neck chest and wrist lingers.
Regarding the freshness of batches with Fragrancenet Creeds, the majority of batches that I got were pretty recent. I ordered MI and Aventus in November, and both batches were from the current year.
Ordered my GIT and SMW from Fragrancenet in May/June, and I got the previous year's batch.
The oldest batch I got from a Fragrancenet Creed was my Himalaya, got a 6 year old batch. I'm satisfied with all of my purchases though.