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    Default Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    Hi All -

    New here, so I am sorry if the answer to this exists elsewhere. I recently sampled a bit of Creed OV at a department store in town, and I really liked it.

    What I am curious about, is what is at the very base of the scent. I sprayed some a strip of scent paper, and I can still get a very strong whiff of this base note off the paper days later. It reminds me exactly of what my grandfather used to smell like. Is the the vetiver? Sandalwood? Ambergris? It is a very soft green and almost leathery smell.

    I am curious, because I'd like to buy a scent that smells more like this base note than the top notes of OV (unless this is what this consistently dries down to on the skin).

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    I get Sandalwood, but that smells like a vaguely creamy, dusty wood. From your description it sounds like a mix of the vetiver and something else.
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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    you’re probably picking up the heavy use of Ambroxan (ambergris) in OV.

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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    Quote Originally Posted by Finnster View Post
    you’re probably picking up the heavy use of Ambroxan (ambergris) in OV.
    Yep, you're right. This is in the base of just about every Creed. It's their 'signature' base, which is ultimately ambrox very carefully blended with other things.
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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    My guess also is the ambergris.
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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    Likely Ambergris
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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    certainly no vetiver -- it's quite musky imo

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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    Welcome!

    I smell some vetiver and some synthetic materials like ambroxan. I think ambroxan became big only in the 80s, so if it's from an era before this, it could be vetiver. If you have the chance, try smelling other vetiver perfumes like Tom Ford Grey Vetiver or Guerlain vetiver to see if it's vetiver you pick. For ambroxan, you can check the drydown of things like Dior Sauvage.

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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    There is a vegetal, almost sour-sweet note that, IMO, smells like vetiver and some kind of fougere/fern along with ambergris along with a clean note that is almost soapy. That's what I get. People say there is no vetiver in this but I believe there is and it's blended in a way that turns it into a sweet/sour effect. There is also a type of barbershop vibe in it that seems like a sandalwood note buried deep in the base and isn't very apparent. And I believe a barbercide note was added to this as well. If you smell Original Vetiver very carefully and you know what that cleaning solution barbers use for their shears/scissors smells like, you can pick it up in the mix quite easily. You'll be asking yourself why you didn't smell is in the first place because that note is prominently independent in the mix.
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    Default Re: Help! Creed Original Vetiver Base Note?

    Thanks! I agree that it definitely musky. I haven't smelled many other vetivers (at least not that I know of) so I wanted to understand what is dominantly at the base of this since I quite like the scent after it dries down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    There is a vegetal, almost sour-sweet note that, IMO, smells like vetiver and some kind of fougere/fern along with ambergris along with a clean note that is almost soapy. That's what I get. People say there is no vetiver in this but I believe there is and it's blended in a way that turns it into a sweet/sour effect. There is also a type of barbershop vibe in it that seems like a sandalwood note buried deep in the base and isn't very apparent. And I believe a barbercide note was added to this as well. If you smell Original Vetiver very carefully and you know what that cleaning solution barbers use for their shears/scissors smells like, you can pick it up in the mix quite easily. You'll be asking yourself why you didn't smell is in the first place because that note is prominently independent in the mix.
    I can for sure smell the barbercide at first, but it dries down to something that is really complex - having a hard time putting my finger on it but hoping to get a better sense so I can find other scents similar to what this is like after it dies down a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    My guess also is the ambergris.
    Thanks for the feedback. I don't want to purchase this if for 90% of the time I won't get this scent from it. The top notes are nice, but what I really enjoy is what this turns into.




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