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Is the juice worth the squeeze?
No. They smell nothing alike.
In my view, no.. not at all. I have both and find them very different fragrances. I never thought of them as having any real similarities. I would say definitely try or buy both.
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I don't think it's redundant at all as they are quite different, but they DO have some similarities in the very late drydown because of the musk. So which option in your poll would I choose?
It wouldn't be redundant at all to own both. Having said that, I dislike both of them very much.
Current Winter Favorites:
1. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
2. Brückner - Aoud 1
3. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
5. Creed - Royal Oud
6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
8. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
9. Creed - Royal English Leather
10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
While they don't smell similar, they do serve a similar purpose. They are fresh, fruity, and great for casual wear in the warmer months. I am glad to own both.
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Don't they both share the same "Millisime" base?
No similarity between the two, except for a bit in the dry down.
But the dry downs of Original Vetiver, Green Irish Tweed and Millesime Imperial are much closer to one another, and Silver Mountain Water not that similar to any of these three. There's a hint of similarity, but that's about it.
For Silver Mountain Water the ambergris is hand-collected from whales in the Arctic Ocean in order to evoke the icy mountains of the North Pole. For the others it's from Pacific Ocean whales.
The two bases are extremely similar. The rest of the two respective compositions are quite different, with MI being far superior smelling on the whole, IMO.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
IMO Creed differences are predominantly in the heart notes. For example I identify Aventus with smokey pineapple, Royal Mayfair with eucalyptus, Green Irish Tweed with green, fruit fougre, etc.. The base notes a house or designer employs are somewhat a type of signature. People often talk about a "Guerlainade" base identifiable in many Guerlain creations, or the incense notes common in Amouage might be another example, but to my nose the fragrances are each distinctive.
In the case for SMW, I identify it by the tea notes, and MI by the melon and calone. I don't think they are redundant, but can't fault anyone who does, especially if you consider the cost of each.
My advice is sample both and let your nose decide. It's more fun that way as well, IMO.
They are very different to me. I prefer SMW.
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I personally don't find them all that similar especially for the first hour or two. The metallic opening of SMW is very different to me.
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IMO....starting from the similar vibes and getting separated with every moment and after a while, they are different.
Going along with what everyone else has said so far, they're nothing alike to me
I love MI but hate SMW with a passion
Having both would be ok
These two certainly polarise -- personally I find SMW the more interesting, but I really can't get on with MI
Apart from quality, I personally don´t find them similar.
Not redundant at all.
"I already had pork chops. Should I really bother with steak? It's just more meat, amiright?" Nope. Nope. Nope.
SMW and MI are very different. Both are excellent, though I'm much more of a fan of MI, which isn't a knock on SMW. It's just that MI really clicks with me.
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I have both and enjoy both and it's never once crossed my mind that they're similar.
However, Wild Fruits by Mancera smells like a hybrid of the two, maybe 70--80% SMW, 20--30% MI.
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