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    Default Creed IS worth the money

    So, I've had a history with Creed's Himalaya. The first sample I smelled was excellent. The next three were trash. I've smelled some fake bottles. I've smelled some real, but old bottles.

    But the other day I went into a boutique and smelled a real bottle of Himalaya that was made in 2008. And let me say, it is a world of difference between aged or not-properly-taken-care-of Creeds and good condition ones. I never thought of Creed as being as good as some other niche houses, like Bond or Czech&Speake. But this certainly changed my mind. I bought the bottle on the spot.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that before you declare that the Creed empire is built upon hype, try a good condition, recently made bottle. It certainly changed my mind about this house.

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    I've had varying degrees of success with this house. So overall I'd say yes, it IS worth the money... sometimes


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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Depends on the Creed frags one is talking about, but I cannot deny the fact that, at least in my very personal and highly subjective opinion, REL, BDP and Original Vetiver are only some of the creed frags (and my list is far from complete) which I can truly perceive- at least, from a highly individual viewpoint- as masterpieces. So yes, at least part of the frags by the house of Creed may truly be worth the money.
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    I think they're all very well made, but some of them just don't fit my tastes. I enjoy ones like Himalaya, MI, and SMW. I got MI and plan on getting SMW. Himalaya is the only one I don't enjoy enough to get a full bottle of

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    I REALLY like Creed frags, but they do not (and never have) smelt like £75-100+ worth to me. Every christmas and birthday for the last 4 years I've said I'm gonna buy a bottle of something (one of the waters probably), but then I think that for the same price or not much more I can get 2 niche or other high end frags and I just chicken out. That being the case, my collection is STILL Creedless.

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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Even the ones I own and love are not worth full retail to me.

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    I usually buy small decants of the Creeds I like. I never go through a whole bottle anyway with all the scents I have.

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    Creed is NOT worth the retail price.
    It's worth what discounters charge though. (~%50 off retail)
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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Creed is NOT worth the retail price.
    It's worth what discounters charge though. (~%50 off retail)
    My thoughts exactly - and some would have to be discounted way more than that for me to consider purchasing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Creed is NOT worth the retail price.
    It's worth what discounters charge though. (~%50 off retail)
    Have to agree but I really liked Windsor even though it was very pricey.

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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Creed is NOT worth the retail price.
    It's worth what discounters charge though. (~%50 off retail)
    I agree as I don't like paying retail for any fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Creed is NOT worth the retail price.
    It's worth what discounters charge though. (~%50 off retail)
    Definitely. I'd never pay retail price for a bottle of Creed. Grey market all the way, baby!

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    Still a Creed Virgin here...I'll most likely just sample creeds until I'll have enough vials to reach the moon hehe

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    It's also worth noting that the scent can slightly change by the batch of ingredients that year (as temperature and climate can have an affect on the crop, such as amount of rain affecting the scent of lavender), for better or worse. Mind you, this won't make a HUGE difference, but it can still have some impact.
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    Sorry, double post (don't know how to delete the comment, just edit it).
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    Haven`t tried all of them, but i think at least B-D-P is worth the money..

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    Creed seems to be the worst brand in history for producing consistent results with their perfumes, then. Don't give me that crap about natural ingredients: if you really can't consistently source good materials, and give your customers consistent results, you shouldn't make a perfume out of it.

    Also, if you can't make a proper formula for a scent with relatively stable ingredients, you're a bad perfumer. Creed is the only brand where people care so much about 'fresh juice'.

    It also seems that Creed's the only brand that people report this kind of deviances on. Even compared to other 'we're natural peeps' brands like L'Occitane. But then again, people often go in neurotic mode talking about Creed.
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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    The price of anything is subjective.If you are willing to pay $175.00 for a bottle of Creed's fragrance from Nieman Marcus it is worth it. If you not willing to pay that amount, It's not worth it. The same hold's true for any fragrance.Or for that matter anything that is in the market place.
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    If you think a Creed fragrance smells great, then yes, it certainly is worth the money.
    Sales thread here

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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    It has been said: A house that cannot produce ONE scent all the same (e.g. Himalaya) sure is sh**. Don't wanna try ten bottles of Himalaya to get one "right".

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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    Quote Originally Posted by DesGrieux View Post
    It has been said: A house that cannot produce ONE scent all the same (e.g. Himalaya) sure is sh**. Don't wanna try ten bottles of Himalaya to get one "right".
    True. It makes you wonder if the juice you spent $175-575 on smells like the real deal...

    If a juice doesn't pass muster, or has the potential to embarass such an 'esteemed' house, why the hell do they release it to be made available to unsuspecting customers? Do they think we're fools? But I probably won't mind it so much if they vary their retail pricing according to the variances in the quality of individual batch...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    True. It makes you wonder if the juice you spent $175-575 smells like the real deal...

    If a juice doesn't pass muster, or has the potential to embarass such an 'esteemed' house, why the hell do they release it to be made available to unsuspecting customers? Do they think we're fools? But I probably won't mind it so much if they vary their retail pricing according to the variances in the quality of individual batch...
    As a matter of fact the famous Forrest-Gump-quote went like that: "Life is like a bottle of Creed juice. You never know what you get." The sentence was changed, of course, later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesGrieux View Post
    As a matter of fact the famous Forrest-Gump-quote went like that: "Life is like a bottle of Creed juice. You never know what you get." The sentence was changed, of course, later.
    LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    LOL.

    And why? Because Creed threatened to unscent Hollywood.

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    Could it be that using more natural ingredient vs more synthetic one make the fragrances more prone to go bad under heavy temperature or things like this?

    Engineering a fragrance with a majority of synthetic molecule maybe make it easier (give you more freedom) to create a stable solution who can resist bad treatment, like being stock in bad condition like a room too hot.

    There's probably pro's and con's for using more natural ingredient.

    Some people get some fake creed too, it doesn't help.

    Keep in mind its just a supposition I don't know the scientific property of the natural ingredient vs the synthetic one. But it could be kinda like dry wood vs humid wood, both are wood but the dry wood can combust more easily with is energy of activation who is less than the humid wood.

    Like I said just supposition

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    Quote Originally Posted by _FP_ View Post
    Could it be that using more natural ingredient vs more synthetic one make the fragrances more prone to go bad under heavy temperature or things like this?

    Engineering a fragrance with a majority of synthetic molecule maybe make it easier (give you more freedom) to create a stable solution who can resist bad treatment, like being stock in bad condition like a room too hot.

    There's probably pro's and con's for using more natural ingredient.

    Some people get some fake creed too, it doesn't help.

    Keep in mind its just a supposition I don't know the scientific property of the natural ingredient vs the synthetic one. But it could be kinda like dry wood vs humid wood, both are wood but the dry wood can combust more easily with is energy of activation who is less than the humid wood.

    Like I said just supposition
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    Still, even CREED must use a synthetic ingredient or two. Why?

    Creating a 100% natural CREED perfume is preferable, of course. But a natural composition would not survive the months-long journey that begins with hand bottling at the CREED workshop in France, sea shipping to the United States, clearance at the U.S. port and transportation by ground to CREED’s authorized retailers coast to coast — Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, select Nordstrom’s, select Bloomingdale’s and the new CREED boutique at 794 Madison Avenue in New York — if there were not a synthetic to prevent natural ingredients from spoiling along the way in the wide temperature variations that occur from, say, Boston to San Diego.
    Bollocks. 'A synthetic ingredient or two'. Ha!

    We're not talking about milk here, we're talking about perfume. What marketing midget without any knowledge of organic chemistry came up with this piece?

    And why the heck is a 100% natural perfume preferable, 'of course'? Synthetics broaden the perfumer's palette. Without synthetics, a classic like Chanel No. 5 would never have existed in this form.

    Creed, like any other company that exists for profits, is telling their customers what they like to hear. Creed is just really good at it.
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    Default Re: Creed IS worth the money

    they're worth it to me, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post

    And why the heck is a 100% natural perfume preferable, 'of course'? Synthetics broaden the perfumer's palette. Without synthetics, a classic like Chanel No. 5 would never have existed in this form.
    Blame it on the ban-hammer happy European Union regulatory group. Ban this, ban that, keep the legal team happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Bollocks. 'A synthetic ingredient or two'. Ha!

    We're not talking about milk here, we're talking about perfume. What marketing midget without any knowledge of organic chemistry came up with this piece?

    And why the heck is a 100% natural perfume preferable, 'of course'? Synthetics broaden the perfumer's palette. Without synthetics, a classic like Chanel No. 5 would never have existed in this form.

    Creed, like any other company that exists for profits, is telling their customers what they like to hear. Creed is just really good at it.
    Quite!

    I have actually smelt several 100% natural frags from a couple of independent makers and I have to say that none of them were all that earth shattering - they were nice, pleasant frags that were strong while they lasted, but when they went they went quick and completely, in a relatively short space of time. It was a common theme with all of them and they all had a very 4711 development to them - intense opening, quick drydown, gone. If that's what generally comes from 100% natural ingredients, I'll stick with the guy wearing the white coat and goggles in the lab thanks!

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