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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    With all this attention on spice, may I reiterate the following.
    From Larousse, the standard French dictionary.
    épicéa
    nom masculin
    (bas latin picea, genre de sapin)
    “Grand arbre conifère voisin du sapin, au tronc rougeâtre, aux aiguilles sans lignes blanches et aux cônes pendants.”
    A large coniferous tree, a relative of the pine, with a red trunk, needles without a white line (a solid green colour) and hanging pinecones.
    In English, “spruce”

    In other words, the creedboutique information is incorrect. epicea does not mean spice. There may be spices in it, but it is not labeled as a spicy scent. It is a spruce scent... make of that what we will
    What is interesting is that the Creed Boutique lists the coniferous note as 'Russian Pine', not Spruce.

    Some sidenotes: I was using the online babelfish translator. Yes, translating épicéa one gets 'spruce'. But if one puts 'spruce' in and goes the other way, out pops 'sapin'. And if one puts 'pine' in, out pops 'pin'.

    I wonder if the use of épicéa is in fact a play on words: the word spice embedded in the word spruce.
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    I recently acquired a bottle of Epicea. I like it a lot, but have the same problem that many others do: it just doesn't seem to last that long.
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    For the record, I don't smell any spice at all in Epicea, just herbal and pine notes. Therefore, the "spruce" connotation makes sense.

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    Since they haven't been posted on this thread, here are the notes, per the Creed Boutique website:

    Top notes: Bergamot, lavender
    Middle notes: Clove
    Base notes: Russian pine

    The write-up also mentions unnamed spices.

    For me, I find the spice notes overwhelm the coniferous accord and that is why I am not fond of this one. I prefer my conifers to feel fresh and green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    I wonder if the use of épicéa is in fact a play on words: the word spice embedded in the word spruce.
    I think you are really on to something there. It may be a very clever play on words. That is interesting, and why it is helpful to understand the meaning of the word. That understanding reveals a marketing strategy.
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    Default Re: Creed epicea

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    What is interesting is that the Creed Boutique lists the coniferous note as 'Russian Pine', not Spruce.

    Some sidenotes: I was using the online babelfish translator. Yes, translating épicéa one gets 'spruce'. But if one puts 'spruce' in and goes the other way, out pops 'sapin'. And if one puts 'pine' in, out pops 'pin'.

    I wonder if the use of épicéa is in fact a play on words: the word spice embedded in the word spruce.
    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    I think you are really on to something there. It may be a very clever play on words. That is interesting, and why it is helpful to understand the meaning of the word. That understanding reveals a marketing strategy.
    I can't think of a better olfactory description than spice embedded in pine. When they come through in the right proportions to one's nose - great stuff!
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    It smells like a NY Delicatessen to me. Smells almost like pickling spices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    It smells like a NY Delicatessen to me. Smells almost like pickling spices.
    Exactly. I'm not getting the strong pine note that I keep reading about. It's more pungent spice/vegetable to me, with only a hint of pine. At first I thought it was just the bottle I have, but I've smelled several samples and testers since and -- same thing. I keep hoping my nose adjusts to it, but so far - NY delicatessen. Yes, that's an apt comparison.

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    I am a lover of this one. I find most Creed's just annoying - the exceptions being most of the private collection that they have discontinued (which I also find annoying). However, outside of the private collection, Epicea is the most interesting and most enjoyable perfume they make.

    I get smidgens of everything everyone has mentioned - vegetal, herbal, even a touch "curry," but mostly I get pine. The lavender gives a nice herbal quality and the bergamot a touch of citrus - the combined effect not unlike fresh coriander. And to me, that's exactly what the two top notes provide, a bit of FRESH-ness, an herbal airiness and the perfect segue to the rest of the notes, especially the pine, which on me is very strong. This isn't "Christmas tree" to me, but this is not unlike the smell of the resin on my hands after handling one.

    Saying all that, it is definitely a cold weather fragrance for me - I don't wear it much in spring or fall and never in the summer. I am wearing it today, however, on a relatively arid and frigid December day. There isn't much better for a day like this this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    It was (is) claimed that the actor Gary Cooper wore Epicea. One reference: http://www.aedes.com/magazine.php

    Epicea is the Creed I like least.
    It is stated in the Basenotes Fragrance Directory that Epicea was issued in 1965 by Creed. Gary Cooper died May 13, 1961. He must have been a die hard Epicea addict.
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    Liked it when I tested it, then bought a bottle and after a couple of wearings I changed my mind and I can't see myself using it again. Oh well, ebay here we come...
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    Out of the 33 Creed unisex and men's fragrances that exist currently, Epicea is 28th on my list. While the opening is a little bit like lemonade, it fades quickly moving directly to lavender and clove which seems muddled to me. The base note is pine but more like some type of bug repellant or perhaps lemon/pine air freshener. Longevity on my skin was terrible and the dry down was worthy of a good scrubbing.
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    I love Epicea, it just doesn't last very long on me.
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    Creed rep whispered to me that it's about to be discontinued. Jump on it if you want collectibility, or actually desire the scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    It was (is) claimed that the actor Gary Cooper wore Epicea. One reference: http://www.aedes.com/magazine.php

    Epicea is the Creed I like least.
    The same thing is stated here - yet basenotes says this fragrance was launched in 1965 and Gary Cooper passed away in 1961!
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    This is the only fragrance that I could recreate with essential oils.. Bergamot, Pine, Lavender and Clove.. that's it!

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