Thread: Creed Original Santal
I wore this yesterday. Two full sprays (one to neck; one to chest) lasted ALL DAY on me. I applied at 8:00 AM and I could still smell it at 9:30 PM last night. Great sillage and staying power. It's an energetic scent for me, especially in Winter.
The most powerful Creed I've every smelled. Very pleasant, modern and upbeat.
Could I live with just Creeds in my 'drobe? Easily, especially now that Aventus is on the scene.
I have both. Yes Joop and Original Santal are similar, though Joop is the sharper and more potent - you'd never confuse them in a side by side comparison.
But from memory, I think Original Santal is more similar to some of the Joop summer flankers like Beach Clubbing and Summer Temptation, both of which are softer versions of Joop Homme. It's not similar to other summer flankers such as Hot Contact or Electric Heat though.
I am not a fan of OS. Tried it in a dept store several years ago....bit meh IMO. Tried again recently as a free sample with a Creed purchase - one of the most nauseating fragrances I have tried. Is there much batch variation known here?
Recently got a sample of this from nordstroms. It smelt fantastic on paper. When I tried it a few days later I was utterly repulsed by how it smelt on my skin. I waited about an hour or two for it to get better and eventually gave up on it. I couldn't take it anymore and had to scrub my hand. Unfortunately it didn't come off all the way and I kept getting whiffs of it. Waste of money IMO.
I have tried it, and it`s quality-stuff indeed. I like it, but it`s too sweet for me to wear. I`m surprised this candy-sweet scent is marketed for men..
It's a million dollar version of Joop. Extremely classy, sophisicated, and has powerful sillage and staying power. I do get lots of favorable comments when I wear OS. Highly recommend it....
Every time I smell this from my sample, There is something there I like very much. -But also elements that I`m not sure aboute. Maby it`s the "candy" sweetness? It`s very modern, and definitively a "head-turn" fragrance. If a woman smell this on a man, I think she will eat him up! ;-)
Original Santal reminds me of Joop Homme that's why I did but this frag.
I really do like it! Not something I could wear everyday, but really nice. Typically when I go to the Creed counter they end up spraying this one for the lady friend.
I am currently contemplating between this and Individual by Mont Blanc.
The hunt for a Signature Fragrance is not an easy one! I see the light at the end of the tunnel! Edit: 2015... I've given up and given in
Want to buy or swap: A*men Ultra Zest, Bentley Intense, Mont Blanc Legend Intense, Paco Rabanne Invictus,
It is just about the only Creed that I would ever want an FB of. I think I said in another thread that it is a lot like Versace's The Dreamer. Better, maybe.
Yea it definitely reminds you of joop! An ex gf gave me joop years ago, but it was waaay to strong and overpowering for my liking. This is more refined and classier. I thoroughly enjoy this 1, not an everyday scent but it is a go to when going out to luncheons and the like
Midnight in Paris 5 STARS
Pure Malt 5 STARS
Rose 31 5 STARS
Original Santal = Mont Blanc Individuel.
Save yourself the money
I can't comment on the Koop comparison as I haven't smelt it but...OS smells awesome. I own nothing like it and frankly I think I will always have a bottle
I can't imagine any perfumer to replace the aroma of that with a better concoction. As to smooth out some tart middle note I use real orris butter in pretty small doses (money wise) and some fancy lavender / leaf alcohol on top to gather interest and hide the solvents a bit.
Notice, it's utterly genuine non synthetic East Indian sandalwood and costs me in perfume concentration about 30$ per 100ml. It lasts all day and night long and smells marvelous.
If You dare to compare, why bother with cheap substitutes if You can have the original real thing instead? Gucci vs. Chanel vs. Creed vs Joop, c'mon ...
I find it boring, and I am a fan of gourmands! This one smells synthetic and dull IMO.
I love Org. Santal & it's in my top 3 favorite Creeds (along with Virgin Island Water & Aventus). It's a wonderful cold weather fragrance & I especially enjoy the fruity/herbal top phase of this one. (juniper berry, coriander, & orange blossom).
Also, as someone else pointed out, if you like OS, be sure & check out Mont Blanc Individuel. It's very similar, but holds onto more of that fruity herbal feel in the drydown instead of going to tonka & vanilla like Org. Santal (this tonka/vanilla can kinda make Org. Santal's later stages a bit "lipsticky" smelling as it blends with the fruity topnotes).
To me, perfumery is an art, and the extent to which I trust my own skills is all I have to hold up against those of guys like Bourdon, Creed, etc. No offense WildThingy, but I trust their skill a little more than yours and mine - those who feel they are able to concoct better things in the comfort of their own homes are faced with one question: why aren't they working for a perfume company? Not to say that what you've described doesn't smell good - I'm sure it does. But would I pay top dollar for it? If so, why would I bother making it myself? And if I could make it myself, why bother with any perfume at all?
To the OP - thank you for starting this thread. I've read it, and as a big fan of Joop! Homme, I'm inclined to give OS a try. One of a few masculine Creeds I haven't encountered yet.
A very good sandalwood, a genuine and pure one is available for about 30$ per 5ml. To have it in bearable concentration this would give 100ml of a hefty spray - let it just warm up a little ... .
Could You tell why the industry, Creed in this case needs to replace such a cheap material? They would have 400% profit with every bottle! Why is it that they expect You to pay them a 4000% profit? And most of the expenses on their side are done to confuse customers about the 'original' in their santal!
Sorry guys, I didn't want to spoil You conversation. But to discuss the best sandalwood smell would start smelling the real stuff. Then it depends on taste whether or not You go back to the so called 'original' thing.
Very similar to Joop and not good quality at all especially at the cost. From Creed I'd go for Bois de Santal or even Santal Imperiale. If BdS is unattainable, I would give Lorenzo Villoresi Sandalo a try--it is truly the best extant sandalwood fragrance.
Not buying that true Mysore sandalwood is that cheap, either. High quality sandalwood is getting very hard to source. Synthetics last longer and the best synthetics smell very much the same.
Just putting sandalwood oil on your skin is a good idea if you love the scent of sandalwood, but it isn't perfumery. There's no art involved there.
Language besides, real mysore is unaivalable - could be. But there are other sources for really good sandalwood.
Yes, its not perfumery to just use that. But from what I heard both, Joop and Creed are badly gone wrong attempts to be perfumery. Even here on basenotes with lots of Creed devotees particularly 'Original Santa', whatever that means, is far more than less considered dispensable. That said, a non-perfumery alternative may yield some reasoning.
Eventually I don't think that Creed is replaceable for cheap - Green Irish Tweed <=> Cool Water. Creed is about having really spent that money. Exactly that gives rise to self confidence, and I bet that's all about it.
Have fun, guys!
They're definitely polarizing scents, although I wouldn't classify them as "badly gone wrong attempts at perfumery." One is an international best-seller for over two decades, and the other is popular enough for its niche manufacturer to keep it in production for seven years.
Interesting take on the concept of "original," though, I didn't realize there were different language connotations there.