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    Default Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Ok, I know this topic has been touched upon numerous times, but I'm curious about the most up to date opinions. Tonight is my first skin test of Mugler Cologne. I have smelled it numerous times on paper, but that does not do this one justice. On my skin, I get the incredible similarities between it and OV, and am wondering which you guys prefer. One thing I did notice, which is I believe a common detractor for MC is that within about an hour and a half it has already dried down to a light musky skin scent, and is not projecting much at all. Does anyone have both of these in there wardrobe?
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    To me, Mugler Cologne is the equivalent of Mac 'n Cheese, to stay in US terminologies.

    In this dish, it's just the processed cheese and the pasta. Nothing else. Don't add broccoli, peppers, chicken, ketchup etc. It's a plain and simple dish as it should be.

    Now, Original Vetiver adds a lot of spice, ambergris, musk in the drydown, making it a much richer scent than Mugler Cologne. But I love the simplicity of Mugler Cologne.

    The longevity is quite poor though.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    To me, Mugler Cologne is the equivalent of Mac 'n Cheese, to stay in US terminologies.

    In this dish, it's just the processed cheese and the pasta. Nothing else. Don't add broccoli, peppers, chicken, ketchup etc. It's a plain and simple dish as it should be.

    Now, Original Vetiver adds a lot of spice, ambergris, musk in the drydown, making it a much richer scent than Mugler Cologne. But I love the simplicity of Mugler Cologne.

    The longevity is quite poor though.
    That's actually a really good analogy. I too like the fact that it is incredibly simple, something I can imagine just dousing myself with, nothing I have to think too much about. But I LOVE OV and I just don't really know if they can both coexist in the same drobe.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I get the scented toilet paper vibe during the Mugler drydown that I don't get with OV.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I've had both and while I prefer OV, I'm not sure it's worth the extra cash vs. the Mugler. I would like OV more if it's sillage & projection were a bit better....

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    I've had both and while I prefer OV, I'm not sure it's worth the extra cash vs. the Mugler. I would like OV more if it's sillage & projection were a bit better....
    Well that's the thing. Personally I think OV has about average s/p and it works for me, and I am not going to pay retail for it, more in the 110-130 range so, the price difference isn't that bad.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I've tried both and bought a bottle of Original Vetiver.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I prefer OV.

    But I give Mugler credit for coming to the market first.

    But... I prefer Creed's first Vetiver, the 1948 Vetiver to both of them!!!

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I don't think that Mugler Cologne was intended to be a sillage bomb. I love the skin-scent type clean musc dry-down. It's perfect for when I need a pick-up. OV has a different base and is less unisex.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I like Mugler Cologne better - and the fact that it costs considerably less then OV makes it even more attractive.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Mugler Cologne is much brighter and lighter and much more of a fun scent. Original Vetiver is deeper and grassier, a bit more of a masculine smell. I prefer Original Vetiver for smell, but Mugler for price. I already own Cologne, but if I owned Original Vetiver-Cologne would get worn much less.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    They aren't similar at all to me. OV is masculine and Mugler's Cologne is somewhat feminine to my nose.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Mugler Cologne is much better as far as I'm concerned. It's just more vibrant and just makes me feel good when I wear it. And what more can you really ask for in a frag?

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I have smelled it numerous times on paper, but that does not do this one justice.
    Testing any fragrance on paper does not do it justice. I always find it unfair when people review fragrances based on paper test.

    OV is just another quality vetiver. Mugler Cologne is unique, like a futuristic eau de cologne. Sure it's a very subtle skin scent, but amazing fragrance doesn't necessarily mean BIG fragrance.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I had used 2 bottles of Mugler Cologne before buying Original Vetiver. Its only here on BaseNotes i learned they are supposed to smell alike. They do not, IMO. The common vetiver ingredient does not make one a clone of the other.

    MC smells much sweeter, with a prominent vetiver note, while OV is all about the vetiver, with citrus hints on top.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Oc > mc.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Oc > mc.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    I had used 2 bottles of Mugler Cologne before buying Original Vetiver. Its only here on BaseNotes i learned they are supposed to smell alike. They do not, IMO. The common vetiver ingredient does not make one a clone of the other.

    MC smells much sweeter, with a prominent vetiver note, while OV is all about the vetiver, with citrus hints on top.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I wouldn’t consider myself a fragrance connoisseur but as of today, I own both these frags. I went out to work with OV on. At lunch, I picked up a bottle of Mugler Cologne and applied it. (I could hardly smell the OV anymore)

    Having pondered it for much of the day, I can safely say I’d buy Mugler again over OV. The price difference is vast and the smell very similar. Granted OV smells more natural and has more depth, but the cologne gave me that fresh smell for longer.

    I agree that in a close, intimate situation, she may notice the subtle nuances, but in that situation, I wouldn’t be reaching for either of these frags. These are fresh, inoffensive type scents for me, not seduction/exciting scents.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I prefer Mugler Cologne. It has a vetiver note but itsn't too prominent since I tend to not like fragrances with a strong vetiver note, more along the lines of incorporated. Mugler is birght, soapy, fresh and very fun. OV just didn't do much for me, it's a good fragrance but, I prefer Mugler overall and the price is a lot better as well.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I agree. That bright freshness was what I was looking for in each. Mugler Cologne seems to deliver that better. Throw in a cheap price tag and i'm sold.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    OV.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    OV by a mile. Mugler has an awful, rank dry down on My skin. Not bad for the first few minutes. OV is outstanding, all the way around and what I love in Vetiver, deep grassy notes.

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    Mtg, just a warning. I know you've started to smell scents, in general, more strongly than you used to, and have talked about changing your application method and amount with many of them in the not so distant past. Well, before you make any judgement on OV vs MC (I've got no opinion on the matter as I've not tried OV yet, but I'm willing to bet I'd like it more as I don't care for MC) do give MC a few more wearings. I too thought it disappeared quickly at first, but after a handful of wearings I now find the white musk(s) in the base to be very strong and very loud.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Wow, proof that the nose is constantly maturing. I forgot all about this thread, and can safely say, I no longer find MC too light. I ended up purchasing OV, and still hold MC in high regards, and would willingly add it to my wardrobe if I found it at a decent price when money wasn't tight.

    Don't worry SOS, this was from about a year ago, and things have certainly changed since then.

    Edit: I also no longer find them very similar.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Wearing them in a side-by-side comparison a while back, I found the topnotes very similar for the first few minutes, but I preferred Creed's vetiver + generic-Creed-base over Mugler's weird salty soap. I don't like that iodine note Mugler used.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Quote Originally Posted by BarneyB View Post
    OV by a mile. Mugler has an awful, rank dry down on My skin. Not bad for the first few minutes. OV is outstanding, all the way around and what I love in Vetiver, deep grassy notes.
    I pretty much echo this. MC is a blaring synthetic powerhouse musk on me, and I couldn't stand it. OV is awesome.
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    I like the light white musk in the Mugler dry down, but I can't take it for very long. It has a sickly softness that I just cant take. It also has some old lady florals that just don't suit me. Smells great, but not for me.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    I think Stereotomy summed it up nicely, though my take on it is a bit different:

    MC is only as complex as that fragrance needed to be, whereas OV is 'gilding the lily'.

    I own both, but tend to reach for MC more often...it's more concise, plus on my skin, OV sometimes goes all 'bug spray' in the drydown.

    MC lasts for 8+ hours on me, so no complaints.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Original Vetiver by far.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    MC is nice - OV is better.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    Just did a side-by-side comparison yesterday. Sprayed OV on one forearm and MC on the other. The top notes were similar, but OV started to smell much better after a while. OV smelt more natural & sour. MC was more synthetic & sweet.

    Without telling my wife which is which, I asked her to tell me which one she liked more. I then asked her again multiple times every so often, to see if her opinion would change with the different notes. On all of the occasions, she said she liked OV more. Said it smelt classier than MC.

    Furthermore, OV lasted far longer on my skin than MC. Dry down smelt better as well. IMO, although slightly similar, OV is noticeably better than MC.
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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    If possible, I'd take both since I like both

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    OV ftw.

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    Default Re: Original Vetiver vs. Mugler Cologne

    OV is my favorite Creed, MC is good but not great IMO. OV has better longevity and sillage on me

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