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    Default Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet.com Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers. Here Are Pics Of My Bottle and Box, The Testers Smell Of Way Less Alcohol and Have Alot More Melon and Fruit. Has Anyone Experienced This?..
    And If Anyone Could Tell What The Year Is On This Bottle Of Mine That Could Help Me Out...
    I am Upset But I Was Thinking That Maybe The Testers Were Old At Both Stores....





    Last edited by DavidBee456; 9th July 2010 at 02:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Well it certainly isn't old.

    All I can say is that it has been a fairly common complaint here that the topnotes in MI degrade. By no means universal, but still it has been talked about.
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    way less watermelon and i smell strong alcohol when i spray it at first compared to Saks and Neiman

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    I stopped by a Saks on my way into the mall to reapply some MI. When I sprayed myself with their tester I immediately regretted it. There was such funky (musky?) vibe to it that it smelled like a completely different scent. Luckily I sprayed it on my wrists so I was able to go scrub it off. It smelled like the scent had spoiled, not just degraded. Who knows, I got my bottle from fragrance net and it smells great.
    Last edited by Captcrunch; 9th July 2010 at 02:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    both testers had XX08XXX numbers meaning 08 Year???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBee456 View Post
    both testers had XX08XXX numbers meaning 08 Year???
    I don't think that means much of anything. My bottle (newer with gold label) has 01 for the lot number which is way before the newer bottle was released.
    Last edited by Captcrunch; 9th July 2010 at 03:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Its the 3rd and 4th Number i thought my lot# is W01 too.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I have a 2.5 oz bottle with an 06 code on it. Got it in 2007 (from scentiments). Was happy with it. About a year later the top notes diminished. Still wearable, but the opening is degraded. I tested some at Nieman Marcus last month; to me, the top notes were there, but the drydown was thinner that what I have at home. I will retest again. As of right now, I will not repurchase. But I do try to keep an open mind.
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    This creed madness!

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    did you smell more or less alcohol in the opening after time?

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    i smell hairspray burst when i first spray it i did not at the store

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBee456 View Post
    did you smell more or less alcohol in the opening after time?
    I don't get more alcohol. Just as if the melon note were turned down (or off).
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I got two bottles this spring and they are very different indeed.

    One was from Beauty Encounter. It has an "08" year stamp on it. The juice has a noticeable GREEN tint to it. It smells really great though. Best MI I've ever had (about 4 now). It's mid notes (the florals) are really pronounced and wonderful.

    The other one was from Creed Boutique. It has an "09" year stamp on it. It is perfectly clear, no tint at all. And I can't figure it out... it's very salty and kind of weak. As if it's all top notes and basenotes, lacking the mids. I've noticed over the past few months that it's aging well... it's starting to smell "fuller". But I actually like this one too because I use it to layer with other creed fragrances. it works magic with GIT.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    thats what i was thinking..the creed bottle i have might be new and the testers are more aged..maybe the super ripe melon comes from age? i would think the new bottle would have that too

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBee456 View Post
    thats what i was thinking..the creed bottle i have might be new and the testers are more aged..maybe the super ripe melon comes from age? i would think the new bottle would have that too
    one basenoter suggested I fridge the bottle and that did help reinvigorate the top notes somewhat.
    Last edited by scentsitivity; 9th July 2010 at 04:34 PM.
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I agree Creed have short shelf life, they constantly change, I ordered my Green Irish Tweed from an official Creed retailer and it smells much much better than the sample. This is why, when it comes to this fragrance house, pay the retail price and you'll get a much better juice than from discount stores.
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Even Saks And Neiman are still Selling 08 serial numbers so Fragrancenet sent me a newer bottle

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBee456 View Post
    Even Saks And Neiman are still Selling 08 serial numbers so Fragrancenet sent me a newer bottle
    the way it is with discount places like Fragrancenet and BeautyEncounter is... if it's a popular Creed that sells a lot, go ahead and get it. They restock their inventory quickly as turnover is higher, so the bottles don't sit there long.

    if, however, it's a more niche Creed that doesn't sell like hotcakes... say Santal Imperial for instance, then I would suggest buying from Creed directly (Boutique online or NYC). Reason is that since the turnover isn't high, it's likely that those bottles have been sitting there since 2001.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I recently bought a bottle of MI and I must say I'm disappointed with its projection and longevity. Out of the 5 Creeds I own, I think it's the weakest. I am now considering purchasing Erolfa/Green Valley. I really hope either of them will be more vivid and longer lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    This creed madness!

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    It's been interesting reading the posts to this thread. I've recently got hold of 2 decants from fellow Basenoters and both of my MI's are far different. I actually thought one had gone off (it was a great swap deal though even if it hasn't), because it has a strong smell to it that I can only describe as petrol, but it now appears this may be one decanted from a bottle that smells different to the MI I am used to.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    M.I. is arguably the *most* "variable" Creed I know. (Green Irish Tweed a close second.)

    The difference is that, in almost 11 years of owning multiple "editions," I've never been disappointed by any GIT - I actually enjoyed the vintage differences. With M.I. things are different. My very first one - from the old Creed Boutique - was the dream citrus of all times ... a bit like the long-discontinued Les Hesperides de la Grande Serre (from L'Artisan Parfumeur) in terms of top notes quality, but with more depth and sillage.

    I've never found any M. I. to be of that quality since. I actually bought it (from different sources) and then re-sold it on EBay three times... while still a good cologne by all means, I just couldn't stand the discrepancy between the newer bottles and what I remembered it "had" to be.

    I'd be ready to admit that my nose may have changed... but then why didn't I become more demanding of GIT as well?

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Since this topic about Creed is constantly being discussed it leads me to believe one of two things- Creed has poor quality control or people here are just plain crazy. I am not sure which to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partagas View Post
    Since this topic about Creed is constantly being discussed it leads me to believe one of two things- Creed has poor quality control or people here are just plain crazy. I am not sure which to believe.
    You're welcome to believe both at the same time (-:

    Jokes aside,

    1) Even if I were crazy, which wouldn't be too hard to demonstrate in any fair legal system, there are some serious noses here which are not.

    2) Variability doesn't entail poor "quality control". Think wines. You can get (to pick a wine which is pretty good but doesn't cost an arm and a leg) Louis Jadot Pinot Noir, at the same price, with the same "seal," from 2005, 2006, 2007.....

    They will vary in quality and characteristics... sometimes considerably... but is it poor quality control or the inevitable vagaries of nature or of nature-dependent products? That's a difference between wine and Coca-Cola. You can always rely on Coca-Cola (-:.

    Of course, customers who prefer consistency before anything might be put off by this variability, and legitimately so. On the other hand, others might accept it. (All said, even I, a Creed admirer, find the M. I. variability a little too much to stomach, given the price.)

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I noticed that my MI flacon was an insipid concoction; it was mostly salt. I was concerned, but I purchased it directly from Creed, so it was authentic. I eventually spoke with the director at the Creed Boutique in New York and he said that their fragrances become "fuller" over time. I've had the fragrance for about 3 months now and the notes have become noticeably richer. I'm going to let it age a few more months before I start getting serious use out of it. Perhaps a flacon is the best way to purchase Creed fragrances since they age so nicely.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Quote Originally Posted by pigasus27 View Post
    I noticed that my MI flacon was an insipid concoction; it was mostly salt. I was concerned, but I purchased it directly from Creed, so it was authentic. I eventually spoke with the director at the Creed Boutique in New York and he said that their fragrances become "fuller" over time. I've had the fragrance for about 3 months now and the notes have become noticeably richer. I'm going to let it age a few more months before I start getting serious use out of it. Perhaps a flacon is the best way to purchase Creed fragrances since they age so nicely.
    If it smells that bad leaving the house, they shouldn't be releasing it, should they? It is like releasing a cheese that is supposed to age for a year at nine months. Or a 10-year scotch in 6 years. Ridiculous.
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    Yea will, I actually have 2 MI's. The one from the split and a big bottle from a swap and they smell different, they big bottle is a little more salty but stronger while the decant is mild but seems to last longer. lmao idk whats up with that.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I bought a MI from fragrancenet last November and when I sprayed it I panicked. It smelled very alcoholic and I thought I had gotten a fake one. After several sprays and shakes I started to get the melon and the salty smell that I got from the sample I got from the perfumed court. What a relief that was. The only complain I have was that the gold on Creed emblem was pealing off but that must be a Creed issue.

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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    I have gone through 3 bottles of MI since 2005 and currently own 1...2 are from Saks, and 2 from reputable online sites. In these past 5 years the only differences I have noticed are that in the "older" bottles the top notes were nearly non-existent and the millesime base was heavier. I bought the latest "new style" bottle last year, and it is certainly brighter. However thats exactly what I felt when I bought my 2nd to last bottle from Saks in 2007, and that juice had gotten progressively heavier over the years.

    I have never experienced such wide variety of variations as the people here. But then I also don't buy Creed off ebay..
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    I have the same issue with my new bottle of MI (also purchased from Fragrancenet). While I am reasonably sure it is authentic, I am baffled as to why it smells so inferior to my two-year old sample from Perfumed Court. The sample is a rich, creamy sandalwood with loads of melon / fruit and has great longevity, whereas my new bottle smells like a light, clear, fresh lemon / saltwater concoction with weak longevity. After only 10 or 15 minutes, I get nothing but a quasi-saltwater base (I assume this is the Creed ambergris drydown).

    The sample is fantastically impressive, the bottle is nice enough but very weak and bears only the vaguest resemblance to the sample. So I'm debating whether or not to return it. Has anyone else experienced this dilemma? Did your bottle "mature" over time into something much more fruity and potent?
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