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    Default Creed or Bond No. 9?

    I have a modest collection of fragrances (about 10 bottles) all designer either from Sephora or Macys. I got my tax return and figured Id finally invest in upscale niche fragrance. I heard and read alot from both of these houses and wondered which would be the better choice for $150 budget. Im into more fruity, citrusy scents. I was leaning toward Aventus from Creed and was wondering if the Bond line has anything similar. Also is there a site I can get samples from each of these so I can try before I splurge in a full bottle? I saw some decants on ebay but i dont trust the authenticity
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    get decants from the perfumed court. Try Creed Miiesime Imperial, Aventus, Silver Mountain Water, and Original Vetiver if youre looking for citrus.

    The only Bond I love is New Haarlem, and that aint no citrus bro!

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    I would not bother with Bond no 9 go straight too the Creed. Fragrances you may want to check out are:

    Millesime Imperial
    Aventus
    Original Vetiver
    Selection Verte
    Silver Mountain Water

    OV is a soapy citrus scent and the others have that fruity aspect you seek.
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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    I really want to check out Aventus. Heard alot of good things about it. I heard MI smells alot like SJ Unforgivable which I already have so I may not go that route. So Bond doesn't have any Citrus/ fruit type fragrances? I know New Haarlem is a gourmond but what about the rest?
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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Hard to say for me. I've tried a boatload of Creeds and own a few. But I've only tried one Bond. I liked the Bond quite a bit, and found the quality to be on par with Creed. So I guess I need to try a few more before I can make the final call. Right now I find it hard to believe that all the Bond scents could be up to the standards of Creed.

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    I'd say save your money from an instant purchase and hit the Bond and Creed stores in Manhattan. They are very generous with their Bond samples at their store and also very helpful. I don't know what direction to send you in though for Citrus as far as bonds go; Brooklyn is the only bottle I own from there but really enjoyed Bleecker Street, Coney Island and Andy Warhol Silver Factory.

    As far as Creed, I notice differences between Unforgivable and Millesime Imperial and have since parted with my Unforgivable. Aventus is such an amazing fruity scent and dries down to a vanilla musky heavenly scent. But I would also suggest as well hitting them up for samples and testing in store. Saves from buying samples online etc since you are already located in NYC.

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Creed for sure.

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Hello Coney718,

    I would suggest Bond No 9 Wall Street or Bleeker Street. I prefer Wall Street as it has a cucumber note instead of the melon in Creed's Millesime Imperial. I recently purchased Aventus which is a great fragrance but only lasts a few hours. Unfortunetly, you can't buy decants from The Perfume Court or Lucky Scent. You have to buy directly from Bond's website or visit a Saks Fifth Ave.

    Lastly, I would suggest Uomo by Lorenzo Villoresi which is a great citrusy scent. It reminds me of being in Italy.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Bond No. 9 is a great intro niche house, and you can find a few pleasing frags such as Grand Coney.

    Personal opinion has changed as of recently, and I now prefer Creed as they are much, much more daring.
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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    I have more Bond full bottles than Creed, but I think Creed is the better choice...weird...I do have a bunch more Creed decants though. Standouts from both lines include:

    Creed:
    Green Irish Tweed (obvious)
    Millesime Imperial
    Aventus
    Virgin Island Water

    Bond No. 9
    New Haarlem
    Coney Island
    Andy Warhol Silver Factory
    Chinatown

    ...it's hard to recommend anything though since both have pretty diverse lineups

    but for fruity/citrus...Millesime Imperial is pretty hard not to recommend, along with a lot of Creeds

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    IMO they both have good and bad fragrances. Looks like you live in NYC, go down to the Creed and Bond no.9 boutiques and have a sniff

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Creed has much more to offer based on your preference IMO.
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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Both. Creed has some amazing scents that I wished had better longevity. Bond has some great ones as well and usually have good longevity and consistency (which Creed sometimes lacks). After I am finished with my GIT, I will try a bottle of Chez Bond to compare.

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Creed has more of what you're looking for, and tbh I think there's more satisfaction in getting a Creed than a Bond (not completely sure what I mean by that). But if you get a chance and some extra cash- Coney Island!

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerloop View Post
    I'd say save your money from an instant purchase and hit the Bond and Creed stores in Manhattan. They are very generous with their Bond samples at their store and also very helpful. I don't know what direction to send you in though for Citrus as far as bonds go; Brooklyn is the only bottle I own from there but really enjoyed Bleecker Street, Coney Island and Andy Warhol Silver Factory.

    As far as Creed, I notice differences between Unforgivable and Millesime Imperial and have since parted with my Unforgivable. Aventus is such an amazing fruity scent and dries down to a vanilla musky heavenly scent. But I would also suggest as well hitting them up for samples and testing in store. Saves from buying samples online etc since you are already located in NYC.
    Thanks for the advice and thats a great idea. I think I will take a trip to the Bond and Creed stores and see what I can snag. As far as Bond I would really love to try Coney Island, since thats where I was born and raised. That would be cool to wear a frag called Coney Island. Im also worried about the longevity of some of the Creed. I dont want to spend that kind of money on something that only last a couple hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coney718 View Post
    Thanks for the advice and thats a great idea. I think I will take a trip to the Bond and Creed stores and see what I can snag. As far as Bond I would really love to try Coney Island, since thats where I was born and raised. That would be cool to wear a frag called Coney Island. Im also worried about the longevity of some of the Creed. I dont want to spend that kind of money on something that only last a couple hours.
    If there was one Bond you'd probably like due to your description it'd probably be coney island...it's a nice fun fruity/citrus/margarita fragrance. Plus the longevity is very good.

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Go with Creed for sure!

    Aventus is a must have
    SMW is amazing

    MI smells like Sean John????? No way
    Sounds like someones having a case of the Mondays

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    Bond!
    Creed if you want to spend money for 4hrs of wear.

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    just buy Aventus by Creed ... you'll need no others ...

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    I'm so glad Killerloop gave you the good advice - there is no reason in the world for you to ever spend money on samples if you live in NYC. You can just go sniff everything you could every want. Honestly, if you walk into one of the Bond stores or the Creed boutique and say exactly what you just said here (you've been collecting and want to check out their lines), they should take care of you. Or just go to Saks and smell all of them together.
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    Creed & Guerlain ------> Ferrari

    Bond -------> Just a wannabe sports car brand

    Amouage --------> Porsche

    Chanel, YSL, Dior -----> Mercedes, BMW, Audi or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnBBang View Post
    Creed & Guerlain ------> Ferrari

    Bond -------> Just a wannabe sports car brand

    Amouage --------> Porsche

    Chanel, YSL, Dior -----> Mercedes, BMW, Audi or whatever.
    Amoauge should be better than a Porsche...maybe an Aston Martin or Rolls Royce.
    Bond could be a Nissan GT-R - still expensive but fun.

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    Well I just came back from the Creed and Bond stores here in NYC. First, I dont get Aventus at all, I dont know if it was a bad batch but I sprayed some on my skin and all I smelled was smoke with light hints of pineapple. Smelled like someone dipped a pineapple in a ashtray. I will NOT be purchasing that. I really wanted to like it based on reviews here but I couldnt. MI was nice but smells too much like Unforgivable, dont get me wrong MI is much more well done but i cant drop that kinda money on something that smells so similar to what I have already. But the real treat was Virgin Island Water. I fell in love with this instantly. The coconut note is heavenly. I can easily see this being my go to fragrance. The SA happily gave me samples of everything. Im going to use the hell out of this VIW sample.

    Now onto Bond, which coincidentally was only 3 blocks away. I tested New Haarlem, Bleecker Street Coney Island and a couple others. New Haarlem was nice but a little to heavy for the warm months coming up. Coney Island was the best out the bunch. This is also something I can see myself wearing alot this summer. I took a sample of CI and left. So for me its between Creed VIW and Bond CI but im leaning more towards VIW. Besides CI and New Haarlem I wasnt too impressed with the Bond line.
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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    at least to me Aventus took a few testings, but I love it so much now, so if you have a sample, don't count it out.

    But it seems like you enjoy the summery/tropical ones, Virgin Island Water is hard to beat. Maybe a reason it stood out so much is there's very few designer brands that give the same summer vacation feel as it does? Awesome you like it though! I'd go with the Creed personally.

    Curious your thoughts on Bleecker Street actually, as I just purchased it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coney718 View Post
    Well I just came back from the Creed and Bond stores here in NYC. First, I dont get Aventus at all, I dont know if it was a bad batch but I sprayed some on my skin and all I smelled was smoke with light hints of pineapple. Smelled like someone dipped a pineapple in a ashtray. I will NOT be purchasing that. I really wanted to like it based on reviews here but I couldnt. MI was nice but smells too much like Unforgivable, dont get me wrong MI is much more well done but i cant drop that kinda money on something that smells so similar to what I have already. But the real treat was Virgin Island Water. I fell in love with this instantly. The coconut note is heavenly. I can easily see this being my go to fragrance. The SA happily gave me samples of everything. Im going to use the hell out of this VIW sample.

    Now onto Bond, which coincidentally was only 3 blocks away. I tested New Haarlem, Bleecker Street Coney Island and a couple others. New Haarlem was nice but a little to heavy for the warm months coming up. Coney Island was the best out the bunch. This is also something I can see myself wearing alot this summer. I took a sample of CI and left. So for me its between Creed VIW and Bond CI but im leaning more towards VIW. Besides CI and New Haarlem I wasnt too impressed with the Bond line.
    Nice. Thanks for the report. I hope to hit both of those in the next couple days. Anyone know when they close at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnBBang View Post
    Creed & Guerlain ------> Ferrari

    Bond -------> Just a wannabe sports car brand

    Amouage --------> Porsche

    Chanel, YSL, Dior -----> Mercedes, BMW, Audi or whatever.
    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    Amoauge should be better than a Porsche...maybe an Aston Martin or Rolls Royce.
    Bond could be a Nissan GT-R - still expensive but fun.
    I like both your analogy, to think of it its true

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    I think Aventus would be a great choice for you

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    Default Re: Creed or Bond No. 9?

    Well went to Neiman Marcus and Saks, and tbh I think Creeds are a tad better for some reason, dont get me wrong there was some great bonds that i smelled but Creed has some awesome scents.

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    There are more Bonds that I like, but for me the best Creeds beat the best Bonds.

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    Only thing stopping me from pulling the trigger on a full bottle of Creed is the longevity. From my own experience and the reviews ive read it only last a few hours. Call me crazy if im gonna spend top dollar for a scent I want it to last.
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