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  1. #31

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

    If all of this is actually true, it really sounds like Creed has major quality control issues with Millesime Imperial and that they must be constantly reformulating/tweaking the formula. Chanel has been churning out a consistent N 5 and Pour Monsieur for decades. I do have to say this, every Creed that I've ever owned came from an online discounter and everyone has smelled consistent with the testers at Neimans, Saks, Aedes and the original NYC Creed boutique on Bond Street. I find this claim baffling.

  2. #32

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    I got my MI from fragrancenet.com around March I believe and I really don't have any complaints with it. I can smell more of the sea salt notes more than any kind of watermelon. But I get absolutely no alcohol smell what so ever. From what other people have been posting it sounds like Creed does a bad job at staying consistent with their formula.

  3. #33

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    I'm pretty much convinced that TPC put the wrong Creed fragrance into the MI sample atomizer. I don't know what it is, but there is no way this is the same juice as my Fragrancenet bottle. I'm going to Nordstrom tomorrow to test their bottle of MI and make a comparison.
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  4. #34

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    If you want to age it a little to test if the top notes come out try putting a little in a sample vial....like half a ml if that. Then put it under a desk lamp so it gets a little warm for a few hours. Then the next day put on a swipe and see if it's any different. You have to wait a day so the notes meld together. Then repeat steps and try it again the next day.

    A few days of that should change the scent dramatically! To the point where if you do it too much for like 2 weeks straight that all the top notes will completely wear off. It's a cool little test to do!

    I bought my MI 2.5oz a year ago. It was the newer clear bottle with the clear juice. When I bought it I noticed the top notes were almost gone.....it was very salty and musky compared to the samples I had which were alot more fruity and full bodied. I haven't tried the MI in like 6 months or so....tonight when I get home I am going to see if it changed any!
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  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by dredmahawkus View Post
    I bought my MI 2.5oz a year ago. It was the newer clear bottle with the clear juice. When I bought it I noticed the top notes were almost gone.....it was very salty and musky compared to the samples I had which were alot more fruity and full bodied. I haven't tried the MI in like 6 months or so....tonight when I get home I am going to see if it changed any!
    Cool man. Let us know what you think.
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  6. #36

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    Well I went to Nordstrom today to compare my Fragrancenet MI with their tester bottle of MI, and there is no comparison. The Nordstrom tester is hands down the better fragrance of the two, by far. I also brought a friend along who is a huge MI fan as well, and he confirmed it by comparing my bottle with his own sample. This Fragrancenet bottle is a weak, watered-down version of the real thing.

    I was also able to confirm that my TPC sample is definitely MI. While I don't doubt that the Fragrancenet bottle is legit, there is no getting around the discrepancy between it and every sample of MI I've tried. Which leads me to believe that either MI gets better over time, or it varies dramatically from batch to batch.

    I guess I'll be returning this bottle. If I'm going to be spending $100+ on a fragrance, I want to be completely satisfied with it. The samples I tested were all great; it's too bad my bottle doesn't smell like any of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon View Post
    Well I went to Nordstrom today to compare my Fragrancenet MI with their tester bottle of MI, and there is no comparison. The Nordstrom tester is hands down the better fragrance of the two, by far. I also brought a friend along who is a huge MI fan as well, and he confirmed it by comparing my bottle with his own sample. This Fragrancenet bottle is a weak, watered-down version of the real thing.

    I was also able to confirm that my TPC sample is definitely MI. While I don't doubt that the Fragrancenet bottle is legit, there is no getting around the discrepancy between it and every sample of MI I've tried. Which leads me to believe that either MI gets better over time, or it varies dramatically from batch to batch.

    I guess I'll be returning this bottle. If I'm going to be spending $100+ on a fragrance, I want to be completely satisfied with it. The samples I tested were all great; it's too bad my bottle doesn't smell like any of them.

    What is the lot number on your fragrancenet bottle?

  8. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jer350 View Post
    What is the lot number on your fragrancenet bottle?
    It is A3309W02, which matches the lot number on the sticker on the bottom of the box.
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  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon View Post
    It is A3309W02, which matches the lot number on the sticker on the bottom of the box.
    hm, mine is C3309W01, I wonder what the difference is because I got mine from the same site and it smells great. I posted earlier I didn't get much melon but i just sampled it and I get more than I thought.

  10. #40

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    Hmmmm. . . this might explain why I read so many rhapsodic reviews of MI, while I find it just ok. Good, not great. I bought it from a high-end department store about a year ago. It's on the salty side. I don't get much melon or sweetness from it.

    I had severe quality control issues with Neroli Sauvage. Returned two bottles - online purchases - before I finally got one that smelled like the wonderful sampler I sniffed in a department store. Were they counterfeit, or old, or just bad batches? Can't say for certain. I did learn a lesson, though: if at all possible, sniff the actual bottle you're buying, before you lay down the cash.

  11. #41

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    Millesime Imperial/Caveat emptor?
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  12. #42

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    I forgot to try it lol I will tonight! I wore XXV. I don't think I have much confidence in it though I will post my experience. I think the old kind that was in the gold bottle was the good kind. Then when they changed it to the clear bottles somehow the juice changed as well. I still have some old samples to compare it with too. I remember when I first bought the clear bottle I compared the 2 and while the older samples were fruitier..... The samples almost smelled stale compared to the new bottle. It's almost as if the new kind in the clear bottle has a salty note and the old kind didn't. What was also strange was I found it really similar to erolfa. It was almost as if they were the same fragrance except one had a slight melon note the other a slight orange note. Both very musky and salty.
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  13. #43

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    Ok I tried my bottle and samples last night. The clear bottle still has something not quite right with it. It's not fake. But I think they mixed it wrong! There's too much musk and a touch too salty. The sample the musk was toned way down and smelled alot better! My erolfa bottle is the same way! A little too salty and musky. I think creed might have messed up making some!
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  14. #44

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    Yeah man I'm mailing mine back. Unfortunately this has put me off of Creed for the near future, maybe permanently. I don't even trust buying it from them directly. I'm not going to pay full price for a bottle of MI when I can't trust the juice inside to be even remotely correct, and I don't trust etailers anymore as far as Creeds as concerned. I guess I'll have to live without a bottle of MI. Oh well. There are plenty of other fragrances out there that are just as good.
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Same situation here. I bought a 1 oz of MI from Fragrancenet, it came in a clear bottle and is weak and salty, less fruit than samples. I'm not sure if I'm going to return it or let it "age". I think it's weird that they'd get fruitier with age.

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    Now I'm a little worried to buy GIT from FragranceNet based on all the comments about Creed products on this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffa View Post
    Now I'm a little worried to buy GIT from FragranceNet based on all the comments about Creed products on this thread
    I think as long as you have some authentic GIT samples to compare it with you'll be fine. If it doesn't smell right, just send it back. They're good about refunding your money, I was just refunded for my MI today.

    I've never had a problem with Fragrancenet other than this issue with Millesime Imperial. But I've talked to other people who have had the same problem with MI even when it's bought directly from the Creed boutique. So I don't think the problem is necessarily Frgrancenet; it's just as likely to be Creed releasing bad batches of their product. Which is a damn shame, because I'd really like to own a bottle of the stuff but this latest fiasco has poisoned the well for me. I might give it another shot with a trusted Ebay seller but if it happens again I'm done with Creed. Or, at least with their fresh, light top sellers (GIT, MI, SMW, VIW). I'm not worried about getting a faulty bottle of, say, Baie de Genievre.
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    Default Re: Millesime Imperial CREED From Fragrancenet Smells Way Different from Neiman and Saks Testers

    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing the Dragon View Post
    It is A3309W02, which matches the lot number on the sticker on the bottom of the box.
    O boy. Guess who just got a MI from fragrancenet with the exact serial/lot number. And yeah theres a problem, Fruity melon note completely missing/hardly noticeable, comparing it side by side with a millesime imperial sample from nordstrom. I'm going to return and buy it from somewhere else. God dam wish it wouldn't happen to me.

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

    I got a small MI bottle from Fragrancenet too. It smells better than my sample that came from the Creed Boutique with my order of Bois du Portugal and Acier Aluminum. I've gone back and forth several times between the two convinced at first that I was simply goofing it up.

    Nope. I wasn't.

    I kid not.

  20. #50

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    i have never, and will never, buy a fragrance online EVER. im way to paranoid about fakes. driving 15 minutes to the nearest nordstroms or sephora and paying the extra 30 or however much the difference is is defiently worth the peace of mind for me

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

    $122 vs $275 for a creed. Which would you with if you could return/exchange the $122 one for free in case anything happened?

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    well if ur asking me personally, neither. because i wouldnt pay that much for a creed. but thats just me personally. so i can understand ur point

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctran019 View Post
    $122 vs $275 for a creed. Which would you with if you could return/exchange the $122 one for free in case anything happened?
    Fragrancenet rocks, I accidentally purchased Chanel Allure Sport COLOGNE thinking it was the EDT and I returned it no questions asked. Im waiting to order a 4oz. tester bottle of MI once I see it on Fragrancenet.

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

    Maybe you guys should consider skipping MI and just wear another Creed. Kidding, kidding. You can't skip a favorite fragrance just because of some variances in quality. But really, it sounds like it's something that would worry a MI fan with every new bottle purchase . . . I've never tried MI because it doesn't sound like it's my kind of fragrance, but now I'm intrigued. I did do a side by side test of two different GIT vintages, and one was a little "funny" smelling in the middle, but not that bad. Both had the same top and drydown. Something about GIT seems to endure variances in vintage. All Creeds should be the same regardless of year, it's too bad they haven't managed it.

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    Fragrance.net is fine, my GIT that I purchased from them smell better and stronger than a decant that was purchased at a boutique. And the one from Fragnet is a 2007 bottle.



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  26. #56

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    This may offend you.

    Here is the answer to put this to an end. Creed MI has been reformulated with a complete overhaul which is NOTHING like the old one. I am guessing this has happened in 2010 or a bit earlier. I think the new MI is garbage compared to the old one.

    old mi: strong melon note with a base that smells like woody like GIT. Having never smelled this batch before you might think it has went rotten. (sometimes creed would add a cucumber note to the top)

    new mi: very very weak melon compared to the original MI (I wouldn't even call it melon but a citrus mix of crap). It also is very salty and metallic in the base. Smells pathetic. I would describe it like a metal pipe sitting in salty water with a dash of some crappy citrus melon.

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