Thread: Basenote A-Team on Creed Santals
Notable new assessments by Darvant on Creed Original Santal and Colin Maillard on Creed Santal Imperial.
I am always bewildered by people who cite Creeds as among the top sandlawoods since they are sandalwoods-in-name-only. It always seemed to me that, as is often the case with this house, that the Original Imperial Emperor has no clothes. Funny comments about the Creed's fanciful alternative to the Gregorian calendar too.
Despite what these purport to have or don't have, still like them both and glad to have them.
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CREED is always very comedic, with these names - "Royal / Original" etc etc, when there is neither anything royal (apart from the US retail prices $$$) nor original about them (except for a few rare cases - Green Irish Tweed for example IMO). They have a few good ones, not anything very bad, but too many average ones IMO.
In the words of another BN member - ''acute delusions of grandeur and too much marketing BS''.
I get more Sandalwood in Royal Oud than in Original Santal.
I don't care what a scent is named. I don't get much sandalwood in Original Santal, but I don't buy scents based on their names. I buy them based on smelling 'em enjoying the smell enough to want a bottle. So, Original Santal could be named Original Blueberries and I'd still think it's great. I don't get much rose in Rose 31, but I love it.. There's nothing extreme about Tom Ford Extreme, but it's one of my winter favorites. And I've never been to Morocco, so I have no idea if L'Air du Desert Marocain smells like Moroccan air. Don't know, don't care. It's awesome. I don't get hung up on whether a scent smells like its name.
Want a decant of Spice & Wood or Pure White Cologne? I'm looking for a small decant of Original Vetiver. Let's swap!
I really like OS. It just smells really nice in the dry down. And you can smell it on clothes for weeks after application.
Never tried Santal Imperial so far, but enjoyed Original Santal quite a bit
Santal Imperial was quite good, but not sure if its still available. Himalaya has more of a noticeable sandalwood dry down to me than Original Santal.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Original Santal - Offensive
Santal Imperial - OK but boring
Bois de Santal - Really really great
"Wonderfully wild, eminently civilized" - Derby by Guerlain
My swap thread
Is there an agreed upon "reference" sandalwood one can easily buy or sample?
If you are one of those people who insist on paying full retail......Please check out my for sale thread.
I like both Santal Imperial and Original Santal, but agree that neither is particularly heavy on the sandalwood I recall from years ago, when it was plentiful, inexpensive, and tragically over-harvested.
Last edited by schnozz; 21st October 2015 at 03:22 AM.
I buy fragrances that match my personality. I want to smell like I'll whisk you away with me on a weekend retreat, not bring you to a nightclub and buy you drinks.