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    Default Help narrow down between four Creeds

    Hey, everybody.

    Fairly new to the forum and stepping up my collection, beginning with one from Creed. After skin testing MI, Aventus, and GIT, and hope to do so with Himalaya soon, I have narrowed my starter out to one of those, unless I get overwhelming persuasion to consider something that is similar.

    I'm a very young looking 51 year old who wears khakis and button down with no tie or polo every day in my office environment, which is pretty professional. Commercial pilot training etc. I also almost ever dress much nicer than that, and just don't have frequent formal occasions to justify a dedicated formal scent per se.

    One of the above, or another, if persuaded, will hopefully find its place in a 2-3 day/week rotation soon.

    A couple specific questions from those of you who have a fairly positive experience with these:

    1) Do you consider any of them too formal or inappropriate for the described circumstances?
    2) Have you liked any of them, but were disappointed that they lose sillage to you, even if you continue to receive compliments? I wear for myself as much as others, but don't want a projection beast.
    3) Similarities and differences between these as you see them from personal experience.

    I'd rather not hear from the haters. There's plenty of threads for that.

    Just prefer views on these specific ones from those who have an appreciation for them.

    I appreciate the input. What a great group you have here on the forum.

    Looking forward to taking my frags to the next level.

    Thanks!

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    In this scenario, I'd see myself being the most comfortable with MI.
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    53 year old checking in here and out of the four listed MI would be first choice for me in the office then GIT and third Aventus which provides a bit more punch for an everyday office environment. Himalaya is OK but I put Royal Oud and definitely SMW before it. Good Luck they are all wonderful scents in their own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNBLUEMIKE View Post
    53 year old checking in here and out of the four listed MI would be first choice for me in the office then GIT and third Aventus which provides a bit more punch for an everyday office environment. Himalaya is OK but I put Royal Oud and definitely SMW before it. Good Luck they are all wonderful scents in their own right.
    For some reason I thought you are in your early 30s.

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    Aventus

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    For some reason I thought you are in your early 30s.
    I wish I was and know what I know now.

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    I think some of the most popular office scents tend to have a couple of criteria:

    1. They are NOT overly strong, and
    2. The overall scent is pretty much universally enjoyed and accepted by anyone with a nose.

    This is why so many office colognes go down the straight and narrow road of smelling clean, fresh, etc., and don't vary too much. (BTW, the Chanels are good office scents.)

    I would also throw in one other requirement for an office scent, and that would be to not go with a fragrance that is SO different that others will get tired of smelling it.

    This is why I have never thought of Aventus as an office scent. It can be too powerful and I do think many people might come to resent HAVING to smell it several times a week. And I say "having to smell it" because that's exactly what you're doing when you wear a scent in close quarters. So you need to be considerate of others.

    Thus, I wouldn't recommend Aventus for an office scent, but I think any of the other 3 would be fine. Even better, seek out 2.5 oz testers online of all three at a good price and REALLY have a fine rotation. MI and GIT do seem to have some longevity problems for some people, but not for others. If they do for you, simply spray a little on your shirt as well. I also think all 4 of the ones you are considering are different enough to warrant getting all of them, in time. But I'd save the Aventus for going out. And watch your trigger finger when applying, as less tends to be more with Aventus.
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    You can't go wrong with any of them. I don't consider them inappropriate or too formal, I usually go with Original Santal in the day and Aventus during evenings. I'm always told I smell good, so you should be fine. GIT would be a good choice too but I'm personally neutral about it. I think you should try Jardin d' Almafi, I have worn it everyday for the past week.

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    1. No

    2. No, although Himalaya is probably my least favorite/worn that I own

    3. I don't really get any similarities between the four you chose. Maybe a little in the Aventus and GIT drydown. As far a differences, I'd break it down like this:

    Imperial - Fresh, fruity, salty, aquatic
    Aventus - Smoky, fruity, dry, spicy
    GIT - Fresh, green, woody, floral
    Himalaya - Floral, citrus, fresh, aquatic

    That being said, my ranking would be GIT, then Imperial, Aventus and Himalaya if I were in your shoes.
    My suggestion would be that you seek out samples of:

    Spice & Wood
    Pure White
    Original Vetiver
    1849
    Royal Oud

    Hope I could help.
    KCCO!

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    +1 on Pure White Cologne from Creed. It would be a great office scent. But it's expensive, so try to find a split.
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    Aventus is nice, but it can be a bit of a projection beast, especially early on, so you may want to avoid that.

    MI is the only one of the 4 you listed that I don't care for (and one of the few Creeds in general that I don't like).

    Himalaya is one of my favorites, but it is rather weak.

    GIT is an excellent fragrance for any situation or age, so that is a great choice - and would probably be my pick for you of the 4. However, it isn't even in my top 5 Creed fragrances - but is a very good all around fragrance.

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    You can't go wrong with any of those. I would go with Aventus though.
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    MI gets my vote.
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    I would say either MI or GIT although I like all four options.
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    Why confine yourself to a full bottle of just one? I'd get bored to death if I had to wear just one frag, why not acquire decants of two or three of these (MI and GIT, add Aventus too if you really like it) and rotate them? Or better yet, track down some Windsor It bumped off all my other Creeds from the rotation.

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    Default Re: Help narrow down between four Creeds

    MI, then Aventus

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    Another vote for GIT, this fragrance is truly popular without being generic and, in my opinion, for good reasons. Fresh, trendy yet also classic, appropriate for almost any outfit and in almost any (especially professional, formal, but also informal) environment.
    Currently wearing: Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

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    I vote for M-I.

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    I own all of them and think they are all perfectly appropriate for the level of formality you described. Of those, Aventus might be the most formal of the bunch. However, I wouldn't have any problem wearing it with polos and khakis (although its performance can be too powerful for many office settings, so go easy on the number of sprays). My recommendation is to go with the Aventus because it does well in all seasons (GIT and MI are better for the warmer months, IMO), which means you might get more wear out of it at this time of year. Another suggestion is to look online (Fragrancenet, Beauty Encounter, etc) and see which fragrance is the best deal. They are all fantastic fragrances, and you can't go wrong with any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vbrown View Post
    MI, Aventus, and GIT, and hope to do so with Himalaya soon,


    1) Do you consider any of them too formal or inappropriate for the described circumstances?
    2) Have you liked any of them, but were disappointed that they lose sillage to you, even if you continue to receive compliments? I wear for myself as much as others, but don't want a projection beast.
    3) Similarities and differences between these as you see them from personal experience.
    I'd say Millesime Imperial and Green Irish Tweed are the best of the four. Aventus I find to be a bit too overwhelming at times, and Himalaya is probably the weakest of the bunch (but far from bad though).

    1. none of them are inapprorpiate (just dont spray too much, especially of aventus)
    2. himalaya isn't strong enough
    3. himalaya is like a sporty version of GIT. i reach for GIT the most, but probably like MI more when i do wear it. Aventus has its moments.

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    All 4 are great but GIT is a sure thing

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    MI- none of these are formal..
    they are all safe friendly scents..
    likable by most

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    millesime imperial the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igor01 View Post
    Why confine yourself to a full bottle of just one? I'd get bored to death if I had to wear just one frag, why not acquire decants of two or three of these (MI and GIT, add Aventus too if you really like it) and rotate them? Or better yet, track down some Windsor It bumped off all my other Creeds from the rotation.
    I had a gift offer for this first one, but I love the idea.

    Even though it was expected to be one of about three in regular rotation, and the most premium of them, yes, I'm afraid I would still get a little tired of even one of these.

    I am very apprehensive for decants, since I think the practice can lend itself to fakes just as in full bottles.

    I am appreciating all of the input but this one may be the best, since I've never owned any Creed yet.

    Could someone either post or PM some reputable sources for decants?

    I'm sure threads exist, but since I started the thread and really like the idea in this pursuit...

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    Personally, I would go for GIT as it is just so classy and versatile.

    I do like MI, but am hesitant to buy a full bottle because I seem to get very little longevity from the samples I've tried. The same goes for Himalaya.

    I love Aventus, but as someone in his 40's I feel that it better suits someone in their late 20's or early 30's, whereas GIT isn't trying as hard has a bit more style and smoothness to it.

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    Green Irish Tweed in a landslide.
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    Daily office wear...GIT special occasions would be aventus for me. Hot weather then MI. Spring weather Original Vetiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vbrown View Post
    Could someone either post or PM some reputable sources for decants?
    I'd start here.

    The whole "fake" issue is way overblown in my opinion. But for your peace of mind if you deal with established members on Crystal Flacon or Basenotes you won't have to worry about anything. If you decide to go with the decant idea, I'd suggest getting smallish ones first - say 10ML or so despite the temptation to "stock up". Creeds are not the cheapest frags around and I am sure that you have experienced cases where you either change your mind later down the road or simply find something you like more, even if you are smitten by a frag at first.

    I'd also seriously recommend tracking down a sample of Windsor, to me it's the absolute best Creed. I've almost completely stopped wearing regular fragrances since getting into pure oud oils several years ago but Windsor is the only western frag that I still reach for with some regularity.

    Good luck!

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    Green Irish Tweed is the most versatile and best smelling of these...in my opinion. Millesime Imperiale might be the least abrasive for close quarters though. Personally, I don't like Himalaya at all. Aventus smells good, but as others mentioned, it can be a little overpowering.

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    Aventus would be my choice. Don't really care for the other 3 mentioned.
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