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    Default Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Needing to get my Creed fix, I ordered up a bottle of Original Santal on Amazon from Notre Dame De Paris Perfumes. This was a complete blind buy for me, just like every Creed I've bought. I did the research and it seemed like something I'd like with excellent longevity and projection. I received an authentic bottle with lot number A411S01, making this a 2011 batch. Upon initial sniff, it did NOT smell like Joop! Homme as I've been led to believe it would from the reviews. It's far too natural smelling. As a matter of fact, I got a Himalaya vibe from this one. I sprayed 1 spray on my hand and 1 spray on my neck before taking a nap. I woke up 4 hours later and smelled Original Santal very strongly. In those 4 hours it took on a slightly sweet powdery smell with a hint of cinnamon. This one is very sweet and a little uncharacteristic of the other Creed's I own. It does smell incredibly natural. I'll give it a proper full wearing and report back with longevity, but so far it's already beaten SMW and MI. I'm pretty happy with it so far.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Joop is just too in your face and overpowering to be compared to OS.

    Now go try Mont Blanc's Individuel and see how close you think they are. I think they are extremely close to each other on the drydown.

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    Which do you think is better between OS and Individuel?
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Good buy, one of my favorite Creed scents, and I despise Joop.
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Original Santal is a real treat, IMO. I don't wear it often, but when I'm in the mood for sweet/spicy and a little on the daring/trashy side, OS fits the bill. And you have to admit that the packaging is beautiful. Overall, welcomely out-of-character for Creed. A nice addition to the Creed collection, and my collection too.

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    I hear this one was potent. I do 5 sprays for all of my Creed's except for Aventus, which gets 3-4. I'm gonna go full blast with OS today and see if I can make it out alive!
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I don't have Joop, but I like OS a lot...the sandalwood and cinnamon notes are unique to my experience and nose...and on my skin, OS will go 12 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cologne connoisseur View Post
    I don't have Joop, but I like OS a lot...the sandalwood and cinnamon notes are unique to my experience and nose...and on my skin, OS will go 12 hours.
    That's some seriously impressive longevity for a Creed sir. I have gotten 13 from Aventus but it's exceptionally strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    I hear this one was potent. I do 5 sprays for all of my Creed's except for Aventus, which gets 3-4. I'm gonna go full blast with OS today and see if I can make it out alive!
    I'd be willing to bet you'll picking up the OS 24 hours later! I wore it last Friday, sprayed it on my body only, but it still permeates my shirt from that day.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I enjoy semi-frequent and somewhat guilty-pleasure reapplication, but only in tiny doses, so I can repeatedly indulge in OS's sparkling, spicy topnotes.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    looking to test this one out... I like sweet scents like new haarlem, pure malt, Allure sport, lolita lempicka but Joop was nasty to me when i tested it from a sample.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Feels good does it not when a blind buy is successful, enjoy the fragrance!
    Currently wearing: Eau de Santal by Floris

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    This is the creed I've been most wanting to try, the notes sound great. and the bottle and presentation are outstanding. Will definetly be in my next samples purchase.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Congrats and enjoy this fine fragrance.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    i never cared to try any creeds because of longevity and batch problems. this would be the first because it doesnt seem to have those problems

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    Its a good one. Enjoy your new find.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Which do you think is better between OS and Individuel?
    I really can't say for certain. I have only tested OS on paper. I just thought they were very similar. If you're ever at a Perfumania give it a try. Curious what you think.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Just found out Pierre Bourdon was the nose behind both OS and Individuel.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Good choice, OS gets me lots of compliments along with excellent longevity and sillage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by checker View Post
    Good choice, OS gets me lots of compliments along with excellent longevity and sillage...
    Agreed.
    I don't wear it much, weather is too warm out here for it.
    When I do, I can smell it the next day.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Feels good does it not when a blind buy is successful, enjoy the fragrance!
    Yes sir it does! I've had tremendous luck with good blind buys including all my Creeds and L'Instant De Guerlain/Extreme. This Original Santal is good stuff. Very potent!
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince23heat View Post
    looking to test this one out... I like sweet scents like new haarlem, pure malt, Allure sport, lolita lempicka but Joop was nasty to me when i tested it from a sample.
    This one is very natural smelling, unlike the highly synthetic Joop! I can see where people draw comparisons to them but I don't think I'd mistake one for the other. Since you like sweet scents, you'll love this one. It's sweet!
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I can definitely respect it for what it is, but for some reason it smells sugary to me, and not in a good way. Almost an overload of granulated sugar if that makes any sense.

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I do not recommend 5 sprays of this one. I put it on 4 hours ago and I can't get away from it! It's sooo loud! But I like it
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I guess i have to try this again.
    Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    I do not recommend 5 sprays of this one. I put it on 4 hours ago and I can't get away from it! It's sooo loud! But I like it
    Personally I only use 2 sprays of Original Santal & Bois du Portugal.
    Can't imagine doing 5 sprays. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.T. View Post
    Personally I only use 2 sprays of Original Santal & Bois du Portugal.
    Can't imagine doing 5 sprays. lol
    It's a bit much!
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    Approaching hour 6 and still going strong! This is the point at which GIT usually starts to die down for me. So far longevity and projection have been fantastic.
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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    I agree with those who feel it isn't very "Creed" - it's an interesting departure, for sure, but I find it gets cloying.

    Whenever I read Creed and Santal together it's impossible to not think of the best sandalwood fragrance ever made, Creed's discontinued Bois de Santal. A masterpiece, as cliche as that adjective has become on the boards!

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    Default Re: Just Received Creed Original Santal

    glad it worked out for you ... enjoy !!!

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