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    Thumbs down Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Hey,

    I bought the 120 ml EDT of Creed Silver Mountain Water a couple of weeks ago - bought online for $165. I have now worn it a dozen times, and to be honest I feel disappointed - is it just me and my skin or is this scent overrated because it has the Creed name on it

    I bought it to use it for the upcoming spring and summer - and as a high end gym scent. This stuff is really boring and mediocre smelling to my nose.

    I feel like when I last week bought 2 $120 bottles of Amarone red wine only to discover that they failed in comparison to a lot of my $30-$40 bottles of Amarone red wines. I tried really really hard to given them a fair chance, but also in blind test the dumped in comparison to 4 other Amarone red wines (4 friends tested them without knowing what was what)

    I really try hard to be honest and give a fragrance a chance before I come with my honest opinion about it.

    SMW seems like a dusty semi-fresh extremely skin close scent but it sort of fails to be fresh enough nor stylish enough nor particularly elegant to me.

    Had I paid $45-50 for the bottle I probably wouldn't bother to write this. I mean I have a lot of pretty tame, safe & boring aquatics and middle of the road nice smelling frags in that price range - but this is $165 stuff, that even sells for $250 retail, so at least it should be decent quality stuff.........right......

    Don't get me wrong it's not bad in any way - but frankly it's just a mehhhh sort of scent to me. Lasts maybe 6 hours on my skin, but from start to finish is very very close to skin - to be honest it smells like a mediocre supermarket $15 frag.

    To be sure I didn't receive a fake - I ordered two 2 ml samples of Creed SMW from two different retailers - smelled the same to my nose.

    Honestly - it's really boring, dusty, semi fresh, semi stylish - has tones of metallic like undertones, fresh like under tones - but I absolutely get nothing special out of this frag. Let me be honest - I expect to at least be able to tell myself that frags costing $150 a bottle and more should smell like HIGH QUALITY juice to me.

    Creed SMW does smell natural, nothing synthetic about it. But it's tame and boring, and on me only projects for like 1-2 hours and fades away longevity wise after 6 hours tops (4-5 sprays) and I often get 8-10-12 hours out of other regular frags.

    I will rate Creed SMW 7/10 - only because it smells completely natural and the bottle looks extremely nice. The scent is boring and tame and highly overpriced.
    This is NOT an Aston Martin NOR a Maserati, it's a Toyota dressed up as a Bentley.

    I have to give my thumbs down to this frag - even if it costed $45 a bottle it would be highly mediocre to my honest nose :thumb down:
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    Claus The Danish Viking

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I would say the same about other Creed fragrances. I think SMW is one of the more interesting millesimes actually, but everyone has a different opinion about it here and elsewhere, and I am not trying to change your opinion about it. I'm sorry to hear that it failed for you. All I would add is: NEVER buy blind. I learned this the hard way too, but ever since I have always sought out a sample of a potential purchase first.

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    You might try spraying it on your clothing if the longevity is not good on your skin. I could smell SMW for days and days if I were to spray it directly on a shirt. You might also ask other people if they can smell it on you, just to make sure your nose hasn't somehow become immune the scent.

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    Silver Mountain Water is a very nice fresh scent,. It's just not $150 nice, which is what I paid for my 4 oz flask. I like the tea and metallic "ink" note in it. It smells cold and clean. The bottle is a good graphical representation of what it smells like, as well as one of my favorite looking Creed bottles. It projects well enough for the first 1-2 hours and then fades to skin scent for the remaining 1-2 hours and then it's gone. The most I've gotten out of it was 4 hours so far, which is very disappointing for a supposed EDP strength fragrance. To be honest, the first time I smelled it I thought it smelled very much like Millesime Imperial. They do have something similar going on, but they're very different. I'd rank it as my second to the last favorite Creed right above Green Irish Tweed.
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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    You might try spraying it on your clothing if the longevity is not good on your skin. I could smell SMW for days and days if I were to spray it directly on a shirt. You might also ask other people if they can smell it on you, just to make sure your nose hasn't somehow become immune the scent.
    I NEVER spray my clothes with frags, because sometimes the scent stays even after washing the shirt - and I try to use new frags every other day.......
    The scent is just not interesting enough to my nose, nor does it scream high quality - just seems quite mediocre middle of the road to my nose.......just being honest here.

    I appreciate high quality - but I also like to be honest.
    I've seen this frag praised highly in here and on YouTube - so felt like I would give it my honest opinion.
    As said, if this frag was named Bvlgari or Versace I would not bother write about it.
    But it's a Creed costing 3-4 times what a designer frag cost.

    I will sell my 120 ml bottle and move on - I still LOVE LOVE my 120 ml Creed Original Santal and Creed Aventus (Just received a 2 ml sample of Aventus) and my 120 ml Creed GIT is pretty good to my nose (not a masterpiece though - but very well made quality frag)

    Have a nice day out there
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    Claus The Danish Viking

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    Silver Mountain Water is one of the longest lasting scents I've ever experienced. It has a freakishly powerful radiance as well-- it really gets noticed. I also think it has a "superstar" smell about it. One of my female coworkers used to beg me to wear it and it alone every day. Also, I really like the white flask-- as mesaboogie says, the bottle really suits the actual fragrance.

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Silver Mountain Water is a very nice fresh scent,. It's just not $150 nice, which is what I paid for my 4 oz flask. I like the tea and metallic "ink" note in it. It smells cold and clean. The bottle is a good graphical representation of what it smells like, as well as one of my favorite looking Creed bottles. It projects well enough for the first 1-2 hours and then fades to skin scent for the remaining 1-2 hours and then it's gone. The most I've gotten out of it was 4 hours so far, which is very disappointing for a supposed EDP strength fragrance. To be honest, the first time I smelled it I thought it smelled very much like Millesime Imperial. They do have something similar going on, but they're very different. I'd rank it as my second to the last favorite Creed right above Green Irish Tweed.
    Funny - I don't get the fresh notes in this scent. It's semi fresh - but too dusty and metallic inky smelling to be a really fresh frag. Yet the longevity and projection is very mediocre - almost as worse as the freshest scent out there on my skin and I get good longevity out of mosts frags.

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    Used to like it. Now, not so much.
    Currently wearing: Augusto by Mazzolari

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    No, best Creed out there.
    My top 16:

    1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
    3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
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    11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
    13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privé - Figuier eden
    15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Smells like an expensive sports deodorant...
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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Not something that I will pick in Creed's line though. Then again thats just my personal opinion.
    Current Top 5:
    1. Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver
    2. Tom Ford Noir de Noir
    3. Dior Homme / Dior Homme Intense
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    5. Creed Aventus / Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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    Quote Originally Posted by morrison74 View Post
    Smells like an expensive sports deodorant...
    Definitely.

    I would include Bleu and Allure Sport in that category.


    I swapped my 4oz bottle for a huge 200ml Terre dHermes Pure Parfum and i have no regrets.
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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I, for one, was quite disappointed by SMW. It's very nice, but to me it lacks "oomph!" Probably better for the ladies, although I suppose I can see why men would wear it, too.

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I am not disappointed, because I did not expect much - and my expectations were met.
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    I kind of agree with you too. For a few days I was absolutely head over heels for SMW. But then, last night I went to the Creed store and tried two sprays to the neck. Naw, not for me. It just doesn't last long and doesn't have the wow factor like other Creeds such as Aventus. I'm now looking at picking up Original Santal, which lasts really long and has a rich smell.

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    I like it so far, not much experience with it though.

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    I like it, imo it's one of the best spring and summer fragrances.

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    I really like it, probably my favorite out of the Creeds I've tried. However, projection and longevity on me is really bad. Except when I spray it on my clothes, then it seems to last forever and I can still smell it days, even weeks, afterward. Because it doesn't last on my skin I would probably never purchase it. I like most of the Creeds I tried but to my nose they all seem to lack something, they are rather 'flat' to me without much 'depth'...

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I am just going to post what I wrote on this thread: I like the scent and my wife loves it on me -- she says it's not like any other colognes I wear. Will be purchasing this soon.
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    It is ok scent, nothing more. Similar to 212 men

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy View Post
    Silver Mountain Water is one of the longest lasting scents I've ever experienced. It has a freakishly powerful radiance as well-- it really gets noticed. I also think it has a "superstar" smell about it. One of my female coworkers used to beg me to wear it and it alone every day. Also, I really like the white flask-- as mesaboogie says, the bottle really suits the actual fragrance.
    This is my experience as well. I'm wearing it today. It's a wardrobe mainstay for me.

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    I own it and still haven't sold my bottle because every once in a while when I wear it, I like it. It's definitely unique, so I'm not sure where all the sport deodorant comparisons are coming from - I've never smelled a sports deodorant with inky, icy fresh tea notes.

    I don't like it as much as GIT, MI or Aventus etc... but as far as fresh scents go, it's a hell of a lot more interesting than most. Lasts about 10-12 hours on me and projects very well.

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I like it and have it but Creed has better offerings IMO.

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    I love SMW!!!

    Sorry it didnt work out for you
    Sounds like someones having a case of the Mondays

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    It projects like no other fragrance I own when it's hot out. But I agree the smell is not spectacular. It's certainly a compliment-getter though.

    Another thing about it is something in the top notes makes me want to sneeze.
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    I think that you got an old stock. I had a same problem than I returned that one and bought new from Neiman Marcus and experience and Longevity are totally different.
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    It is a Creed, nice but over rated. Having said that I do like the "tea" note and enjoy wearing this scent. I own this and MI in the Creed line. Nothing else made by Creed is worth the cost.
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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    I like it. I get better longevity from this than I do from most Creeds other than GIT.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    I hated SMW when I first smelled it, then grew to like it; I personally don't think it smells that similar to anything out there, and definitely gets noticed.

    But I stopped wearing it after a while. Not that it's a bad scent, but there are so many better choices that please my nose more. I find when I wear it I don't smell my wrist during the day, which I do when wearing MI, GIT, Egoiste, Chergui, etc. And at Creed's price point, I won't keep buying and wearing a scent that doesn't "wow" me.
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    Default Re: Creed SMW - anyone else disappointed ?

    Quote Originally Posted by d4N13L View Post
    Definitely.

    I would include Bleu and Allure Sport in that category.


    I swapped my 4oz bottle for a huge 200ml Terre dHermes Pure Parfum and i have no regrets.
    Great swap and great deal!

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