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    Default Creed shelf life

    I purchased 4 Creed bottles back in late 2012 / early 2013 - GIT, Himalaya, SMW and VIW. They've been sitting on the back shelf for a couple of years while I continue to sample other frags. I recently pulled them out to try them out again, and it appears as though 2 of the 4 bottles have gone bad.

    GIT & SMW both have this strange pungent smell in the opening that I liken to an old leather car seat that's cracking due to exposure to the sun over the years. It seems as though the top notes have deteriorated, that smell settles after an hour or two, but it seems as though the top notes have deteriorated and turned into a bit of a foul smell, particularly in the opening. Strange thing is I've worn GIT about 6 months ago and didn't pick up on the deterioration, smelled fine at the time.

    VIW & Himalaya both smell great, and I'll be working on getting through those bottles so I don't have the same issue with the scent deteriorating.

    I've kept them in their boxes in a cupboard away from direct sunlight, but it appears as though the temperature variation has had a fair impact on GIT & SMW.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience with their Creeds?

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    If they were in a cool dark place they should stay fine for years. Top notes are always the first to go but a bottle from 2012, if stored properly, should show little to no signs of turning.
    Maybe you have developed a sensitivity to a common note in the two?

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    It's kind of weird, but I bought Creed carded samples just before I purchased the full bottles. I still had those original samples and tested both GIT & SMW side by side with the Creed samples. The samples were much smoother, did not have that pungent smell and the top notes seem to have lasted. SMW for instance, with the sample, I could smell the nuances of the top notes, it smelled smoother, more refined and I could detect the individual notes. With the bottle, it was as if the top notes had completely been obliterated and replaced with that pungent smell, like a bouquet of flowers that had wilted in the sun, sitting on top of the mid & base notes.

    I thought my nose was playing tricks on me so had my sister and another person blind test both on paper and they both came to the same conclusion without any prompting.

    The odd thing is, the temperature conditions shouldn't have varied too much between the samples and the bottles, because they were both stored in similar conditions and both would have gone through the same temperature fluctuations. I'm not sure why the bottles would have deteriorated more than the samples in glass vials.

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    The ones I purchased several decades back and optimally stored haven't noticeably degraded at all.
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    I don't own those perfumes, but that is strange, as others said 5 years are not enough for deterioration, especially since I doubt that the temperature could have changed that much, from boiling to freezing. But what you describe does indeed sound like deterioration. So who knows, perhaps a bad batch or perhaps the bottles had already been deteriorating when you bought them.

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    I have not personally had that problem with any of my Creed bottles. I have experienced the changes you're describing from a couple of Creed decants, but not factory bottles.

    It does sound like (from your description) that they have degraded, which is very unusual, considering their age.

    The telltale sign is the very noticeable off-smell in the opening. That smell is usually from citrus notes that have gone bad. After they dry down and move to the other notes, the fragrance typically returns to smelling like it should.

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    They get better with time. I suggest buying from respected vendor like Creed or neimans. Some of these grey markets you don’t know how they stored their inventory

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    ^ agree or reputable splitters I’ve had some even from well known discounters come bad and smell different god knows how they were stored before arriving to the discounters.
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    All of my retail purchase bottles (purchased back in 2011/2012) are all in excellent condition. The same could be said with my vintage green flacons as well. I decanted the juice into large glass atomizers, both sealed around the atomizer and neck with parafilm. Everything stored away in room temperature away from both direct sunlight and room lighting. No problems whatsoever.
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    I purchased all 4 bottles from online discounters. 2 from fragrancenet and 2 from beautyencounter. One from each went bad... both reputable online discounters...

    The lesson for me is to use up the juice quicker if going through online sources and be prepared to pay more if i expect it to still be wearable after such an extended period. For all i know they could have been sitting in a warehouse in the sweltering heat before they were shipped out.

    Thanks for all your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gts View Post
    The lesson for me is to use up the juice quicker if going through online sources and be prepared to pay more if i expect it to still be wearable after such an extended period. For all i know they could have been sitting in a warehouse in the sweltering heat before they were shipped out.
    Based on the thousands of threads here that have dealt with this very subject over all the many years, I think I'd chalk it up to bad luck instead of online discounters. I'm sure the majority here purchase their fragrances (including Creeds) through such places and have never had a problem. If that's the way you feel, that's fine, but the end result will be that you'd be overpaying for nothing.

    I doubt there's any reliable data that prove it's safer to buy (overpay) through authorized retailers, or that they provide fragrances that are fresher and that last longer.

    I have received old stock from authorized retailers, so there's no guarantee the stock will be fresher. Actually, inventory may turn over faster at places like Fragrancenet (for the most popular fragrances) than the retail places because they do so much business.
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    I have experienced similar thing with the GIT sample, it has such foul opening notes before turning to the same old base. Another one was the GIT from Cosmetics Now that is nothing like the one in David Jones, the smell is completely off (I'm in Australia and David Jones sells authentic Creed at insane prices).
    Given that the bottle is black to protect the juice from light, I think GIT is somewhat more prone to degradation than others. My sample of Royal Oud is fine, and it's even older than the GIT. If you buy it from overseas (like I did), maybe there's a chance that a product could gone bad because of varied storage conditions.
    I did return my bottle of GIT to CN and am considering buying one from David Jones, as they seem to be better transported and stored.
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    I have a lot of the older Creeds and I swear they all got better with age

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    Have had a few of them for at least 8 years or so, and they are still good to go.
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    Most of my bottles of Creed were purchased from various online stores and sellers around 2007-8. None have 'turned'.
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    I've sprayed a whole bunch from each bottle hoping to expel some of the juice that may have been stuck in thr tube. I've also taken off the sprayer and rinsed in warm water to make sure i get any residue out. Ill test them both over the next week and let you know whether that had any positive impact on the smell.

    Strange that 2 of 4 have gone bad for me when it seems most people havent had any of that experience.

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    All of my Creeds have gotten better with time. I have a bottle of GIT that's about 3 years old and it smells amazing right now, and much better than it did the first day that I bought it. It's really incredible...I wouldn't sell this bottle for $500 I like it so much.

    My bottles of MI have gotten fruitier and more sparkly over time. SMW, more crisp. And the bottle of Royal Oud I've owned going on 6 years now is deeper and spicier than ever.
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    I have a few Green decanter Creed. Royal Scottish Lavender. Cuir de Russie. Royal delight.

    They aged marvelously, and perform tri·fold in comparison to newer Creed formula's.

    Do what you may with this info, it's just my experience.
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    I have bottles of SMW and Himalaya from 2005 and 2007, and they still smell amazing. I also have 2009 MI, of which the top notes have gone bad. Overall, it is hard to predict which will go bad, but I feel like the Creed bottles with a non-clear bottle (SMW, Himalaya, etc.) have an advantage in protecting the juice from light. It's also very important to store your fragrances in a dark area - I've had many, many hot days over the years, and yet, 10-15 year old fragrances can survive it, as long as they are in a dark area. My personal area is in my closet, behind the shirts/jackets I hang.

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    It's the global warming effect.

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