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    Default Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    Between which Creed which do you prefer? They're both lighter, fresher warm weather scents.

    Which do you prefer overall and why?

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    VIW by far out of these two. It can be argued that a cheaper substitute could be found for MI. No "good" substitutes for VIW. St barts is very week and I get no coconut, and coconut lime verbena is not even close in my opinion (no rum)
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    I love Virgin Island Water,with the sweet sugar cane with the tropical type smells with lime, coconut and white rum it makes it fresh, sweet, alive , invigorating and a fragrance that always puts a smile on my face. My favorite fresh scent ever.

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    VIW is really nice, better suited for the summer months IMHO. Imagine Hawaiian Tropic meets a Mojito

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    Damn, i just bought MI and GIT, told myself i'd buy no more frags for a while, but this is bringing back fond memories of the VIW i sampled... must... resist!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le_Male View Post
    Damn, i just bought MI and GIT, told myself i'd buy no more frags for a while, but this is bringing back fond memories of the VIW i sampled... must... resist!!!
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    I really like VIW. I find MI mediocore.
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    I've read the VIW projection is terrible though. I find Green Irish Tweed projection and longevity decent. Anything less I wouldn't really fork money over for.

    Too bad because I swear I remember liking VIW when I sampled it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Voted VIW because I have Unforgivable multi plat which is good enough for a MI replacement
    I'm getting Multi Platinum over MI as well, definitely a suitable replacement considering price.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    Wow, really tough question. I prefer MI for its sheer wearability, I don't mind wearing it anytime, anywhere. VIW, clearly doesn't have this going for it, which is the reason I don't own a bottle, because it simply doesn't fit in the majority of situations. That being said, I find VIW incredibly addicting, and just a beautiful scent overall. I guess I'd pick MI for the complete package, but I think VIW is pretty dynamite as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    Wow, really tough question. I prefer MI for its sheer wearability, I don't mind wearing it anytime, anywhere. VIW, clearly doesn't have this going for, which is the reason I don't own a bottle, because it simply doesn't fit in the majority of situations. That being said, I find VIW incredibly addicting, and just a beautiful scent overall. I guess I'd pick MI for the complete package, but I think VIW is pretty dynamite as well.
    i agree, viw is harder to wear but boy oh boy does it smell good, mi is more versatile.

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    wow... in my opinion Millesime Imperial is far superior.

    I own VIW and like it a lot... but it is a niche scent - appropriate for being at the beach but little else.

    Millesime Imperial is a masterpiece. Extremely versatile. both situationally and locationally. It has tremendous depth and complexion. It can even be paired with most other Creeds (GIT, Selection Verte, OV) to improve them immensely.

    No insult to VIW, but MI is leagues ahead.

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    I probably shouldn't vote since I haven't tried VIW. But I do think MI is masterfully done, if a bit light for my tastes. Also very versatile. I can't imagine a scenario where you couldn't wear it.

    It seems to me like it was Creed's entry into the lighter scents arena in the 90s, and it is unashamedly "Creed-ish." Will likely be considered a classic, if it isn't already.

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    I wear MI, I gave VIW to my wife. It smells great on her. MI - it's ok, not great on me. I voted for the sexy beach smell of VIW, especially on an attractive woman. Very nice.

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    MI for me any day of the week!!!
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    Both are great. But if I had to choose only one it would have to be MI.

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    @Lonewolf - If you don't like VIW you can always give it to your GF. One thing to consider is that it's arguably a summer specific scent. You only need a 1oz bottle to get you through the season.


    BTW, there's a Neiman Marcus in Troy. You can try a whole bunch of Creeds there.
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    In a purely hypothetical situation, VIW. But both of those frags have a longevity of about 15-25 minutes so in a practical situation - neither.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    @Lonewolf - If you don't like VIW you can always give it to your GF. One thing to consider is that it's arguably a summer specific scent. You only need a 1oz bottle to get you through the season.


    BTW, there's a Neiman Marcus in Troy. You can try a whole bunch of Creeds there.
    Oh, I'm not debating on which to buy, just purely a poll to determine who likes what better. I'm about 5 minutes away from the Somerset Mall which has Saks, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Macys and Nordstroms and I'm there quite a bit sampling lol.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    Own and enjoy both but would opt for Millesime Imperial without hesitation.
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    MI for me. It's a masterpiece. As good as Unforgivable and UMP are, they're still not substitutes IMO.

    VIW is nice but it leaves me feeling slightly sick. Still, there really is nothing better to wear on a hot day at the beach.

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    M-I . Manage to combine fresh and light notes with that luxury, exlusive vibes. The "gold standard" in fragrances!

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    Millesime Imperial and it's not close.
    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    I do think MI is masterfully done, if a bit light for my tastes. Also very versatile. I can't imagine a scenario where you couldn't wear it.
    It seems to me like it was Creed's entry into the lighter scents arena in the 90s, and it is unashamedly "Creed-ish." Will likely be considered a classic, if it isn't already.
    I'll expound on this.

    MI was created in 1995. It's almost as if the composition was made today, seemingly with all the advantage of hindsight on the aquatic/watermelon era of scents. But it was not. It was just made with utmost taste and timeless style, which are the cornerstones of flawless foresight.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    Both are very nice, but VIW to me is by far the better of the two and I also find it is longer lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Both are very nice, but VIW to me is by far the better of the two and I also find it is longer lasting.
    How's the longevity on it? I hear mixed things on both of these actually.

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    MI, hands down. I own both and enjoy them both. However, I wear MI at least once/twice a week. I have a huge rotation so that is a lot considering the ones I pass on just to wear MI. As already mentioned, MI's versatility is what sets it apart. You can wear this to the gym, work, beach, picnic, formal event, etc. It really doesn't matter. Works anywhere and will not offend. And you'll smell pretty damn good while your at it. I also find that the more you wear MI, the longevity grows. Or more correctly, your nose grows to recognize it's still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brrrry View Post
    MI, hands down. I own both and enjoy them both.
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    I actually own both of these and find them both to be great scents. I would give the slight edge to VIW as the scent that attracts me more, however as many have said I prefer the versatility of MI. What I actually do is layer the two scents. I will do about half a spritz of VIW and layer with a full spritz of MI. The results are amazing. It really helps to subdue the coconut and adds a lot of depth and attention to the creamy rum note of VIW. I suggest anyone with both to give it a try.
    Last edited by Captcrunch; 21st May 2010 at 03:16 PM.

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    I like almost any Creed frag, but MI remains one of my faves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captcrunch View Post
    I actually own both of these and find them both to be great scents. I would give the slight edge to VIW as the scent that attracts me more, however as many have said I prefer the versatility of MI. What I actually do is layer the two scents. I will do about half a spritz of VIW and layer with a full spritz of MI. The results are amazing. It really helps to subdue the coconut and adds a lot of depth and attention to the creamy rum note of VIW. I suggest anyone with both to give it a try.
    Great idea on the light layer of VIW. I would give the overall edge to MI. It is Creed's most versatile fragrance, IMO.

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    I haven't tried VIW and I'm not big on coconut so I doubt I'd enjoy it.. regardless I would like to try it sometime. So I guess MI wins by default!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TalkingMuffin View Post
    wow... in my opinion Millesime Imperial is far superior.

    I own VIW and like it a lot... but it is a niche scent - appropriate for being at the beach but little else.

    Millesime Imperial is a masterpiece. Extremely versatile. both situationally and locationally. It has tremendous depth and complexion. It can even be paired with most other Creeds (GIT, Selection Verte, OV) to improve them immensely.

    No insult to VIW, but MI is leagues ahead.
    Funny so many people say VIW is great for the beach. When I spend lots of time at the beach with suntan lotion all day, I like to shower and put a new fragrance on for the evening. But when the summer hits and I wish I was at the beach I can use a whole bottle of VIW in like 3 months.
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    If Millesime Imperial had longer longevity I'd place it higher POSSIBLY. Overall I prefer Virgin Island Water I'd say. My first impression was good but the longevity wasn't that great. After I sampled it more often the longevity was not bad actually Millesime Imperial's longevity on the other hand never lasted more than 3 hours and VIW's lasted anywhere from 4-7 hours.

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    Millesime Imperial is far more complex, interesting, longer lasting, well-designed, richer, classic -- just better all over.
    Virgin Island Water is lime, coconut, and sweetness. It's simple, overpriced for the ingredients, and doesn't last long. Oddly, I'm wearing it now. It's also fun and smells good.

    I'm not sure if the question was fair. I mean, it's a bit like comparing a car and a motorcycle. Two different functions.

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    I have to say MI for both the versatility and for the longevity on me.

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    VIW has good enough longevity and I can not understand why it is considered as a perfume without duration. Its sillage is small, but that is another matter..

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    Lots of people here say that MI is versatile and that this is the reason for choosing MI. But most of these people also have GIT or Aventus.
    Scents you can wear whether it is summer or winter.

    So why would you choose for MI because of it's versatility if you have GIT and/or Aventus?
    Isn't it better to wear VIW, a really summer scent, on you when it's summer?
    I'm curious about your reactions!
    Last edited by NormalUser; 26th April 2015 at 09:41 PM.

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    Ill have to disagree with most BNers here and say that I prefer Virgin Island Water over Millesime Imperial.

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    VIW has poor performance on my skin compared to MI, but otherwise it is a much more attractive fragrance.
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    I like VIW better than MI, but I think Millisime Imperial is a better fragrance, if that makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormalUser View Post
    Lots of people here say that MI is versatile and that this is the reason for choosing MI. But most of these people also have GIT or Aventus.
    Scents you can wear whether it is summer or winter.

    So why would you choose for MI because of it's versatility if you have GIT and/or Aventus?
    Isn't it better to wear VIW, a really summer scent, on you when it's summer?
    I'm curious about your reactions!
    add to my previous comment:

    Most of the reactions here are from 2010/2011. On internet I read lots of comments about VIW and batch numbers.
    I often read that batches from 2013 and 2014 are very good, maybe Basenotes users must retry VIW?

    @ freewheelingvagabond
    Which batch did you try? An older batch, or an batch from 2013, 2014 or maybe 2015?

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    MI because I overall like the scent better. That's not to say I dont occasional enjoy VIW. I find MI is more suitable for my everyday life, I have to been in the mood for coconut

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soul_Music View Post
    Damn, i just bought MI and GIT, told myself i'd buy no more frags for a while, but this is bringing back fond memories of the VIW i sampled... must... resist!!!
    Isn't that always how it goes lol

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    VIW for me.
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    Based on scent, MI for me. Not a fan of VIW.


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    VIW smells better I think. MI is one of those fragrances I spray and Im like wow this smells good why dont I wear this more often? And then its like, oh ya because I get bored when I wear it, poor performance as well...

    As for compliments cant accurately judge honestly because I dont wear VIW much since well I only have decant and have big 4.0 of MI but for what its worth I dont get many compliments on MI. I know for others its a huge compliment getter but its very ho-hum compliment wise imo. Maybe just luck I guess

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    MI is bottle worthy (or multi-bottle in my case) because it is truly one of the most versatile/classy scents ever made. VIW is decant worthy and smells great, but because of the few "scenes" it is suitable for (for me), it is a peg down from MI overall.

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    I am one of the few who don't like Virgin Island Water. I love Millesime Imperial.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial VS. Virgin Island Water

    Tough decision. I voted VIW for its longevity and silage. I really like MI for the 2 hours I can smell it,

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    Both are good in my opinion.

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    This is the equivalent of asking If I should keep my right hand or left hand. Both are incredible masterpieces that I will never be without.

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    Really enjoy MI. It's a must have in my summer rotation.
    I remember trying VIW and I remember it being very unmemorable.
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