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Regarding filing off batch numbers, it's BeautyEncounter that is notorious for doing those sort of things. I remember reading on Basenotes that they even cut out the serial #'s of Mugler fragrances from the boxes, so you can't even register your purchases in the Mugler Circle.
I've gotten all of my Creed frags from Fragrancenet and I'm satisfied. I can see the batch #'s on them too.
Here's the thing, the "fake" batch numbers are really small.
Ah, so you didn't need a rape kit and forensics team to see it?I've gotten all of my Creed frags from Fragrancenet and I'm satisfied. I can see the batch #'s on them too.
Last year I unknowingly bought a bottle of fake GIT, and I compared it to numerous pictures of counterfeits. My bottle was wrapped in plastic, had the embossed logo, and also had a bit of a loose cap. Everything about it looked real. Upon application, this scent was not only NOT GIT, but also smelled so terrible, I threw it away... my wallet shedding tears of agony all the while... this was a great counterfeit on the outside, but it seemed as though the counterfeiters had never actually smelled the scent they were trying to copy, and filled it with something else entirely. This is an unfortunate thing with the fragrance world, and one that should make us always always always buy from legitimate dealers. I've learned my lesson a couple of times now through ebay and such. When in doubt, buy from the source. Otherwise we'll all be broke and smelling cheap (& supporting thieves and villains)...
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Creeds are easy to check for authenticity. Pull off the atomizer nozzle and look for the white plastic piece around the stem. Fake Creeds have a black piece in there instead. Also, nobody is filing fake lot number on Creeds. I'd be surprised if counterfeiters even knew what lot numbers were. Only fragrance aficionados care about such things. There is more conspiracy on this thread than the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa's remains. It's no secret that Creed has terrible quality control. So don't let loose caps or weak juice worry you.
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I'm also convinced that I initially tested vintage juice because it was from The Perfumed Court, and this dragon chasing has happened before because of them. On ebay I was able to dig up authentic vintage bottles of Heritage, Vetiver, Anteaus, and Santal Noble and, here's the real fucking kicker, I almost NEVER use them because they're irreplaceable.
This Royal Delight I have here is just so fucking impotent. It's like that new Anteaus, and that makes me a sad panda. Now I know how all the Aventus people feel; thank the gods I don't like that fragrance...
or maybe I just smelled a bad batch
Creed in 2012 is pure mondo bizarro. Fandom, batchdom, fakedom - way down down down in this subbacultcha...
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NO "MILLESIME" ON THE BOTTLE
Okay, so every picture of Royal Delight that I can find (and Bois du Portugal for that matter) has the word "MILLESIME" emblazoned on the bottle, but mine doesn't.
Yes, I'm still on this because it smells off and I have a bit of the OCD.
It is real.
Logic and experience dictate that there is NO REASON to EVER counterfeit ANY 2.5oz Creed...Let alone Royal Delight.....because it's a waste of TIME/MONEY/Potential Arrest to make a fake perfume that nobody wants.
You are paranoid.
Go ahead and be raped by Creed retailers, if you're not shrewd enough to buy what IS/what is NOT "real" Creed, through a discount source.
You'll be laughing all the way to the cleaner!!
Entertaining thread, compelling stuff, I seldom open fake Creed threads, let alone read to the end.
I have never understood the whole thing of buying stuff from questionable sources and then agonising publicly over whether it might be a fake . . . it seems like playing Russian Roulette and then expecting sympathy from a bunch of perfect strangers when you get shot.
The questionable French grammar thing was an interesting angle, though. Big sigh of relief now that we've cleared that one up.
There is no evidence that the rest of Creed's stable isn't being faked, as the absence of evidence doesn't equal the evidence of absence. Also, most of the confirmed fakes have such minute discrepancies in the packaging that it stands to reason that there are plenty of fakes that are perfect, or nearly perfect in packaging. At that point the only remaining discrepancy is the smell, and due to the notorious "batch variations" that the incompetence at Creed can't seem to eliminate, there really is no guarantee that an off-smelling bottle is a fake, because it could just be a lemon. Actually, I might be wrong. Perhaps it isn't incompetence that causes the "batch variations," perhaps it's a brilliant marketing strategy designed to get people to pay retail.
So, that leaves me with investigating every possible error in the packaging I might notice. So the grammar is okay, but...
what about the "FP" that the batch number begins with. Does "FP" ever appear on the 2.5 oz spray bottles? Isn't it only a designation for flacons?
And what about the absence of the word, "MILLESIME," on the bottle. Shouldn't all Royal Delights have that?
This would all be a lot easier if you actually could buy Royal Delight at a retail store.