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    Default Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Fell in love with this scent before it because available as I had a decant of Windsor for a year before this was released.

    Always thought it was an incredible, regal scent and something I have never smelled before. 10 minutes after application is is magical. However it isnt something you’d wear everyday. This scent evokes power and wealth and I picture the Great Gatsby wearing it with one of his lavish 3 piece suits as well as Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen)

    This scent most definitely deserves more praise then it gets.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    It is a bit underrated but has its fans. Some enthusiasts will say there are no 'underrated' Creed scents since Creed is clearly the most popular 'niche' house. I'm fan of Creed. It is my favorite house.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Personally don't feel it is. Do love it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    It is a bit underrated but has its fans. Some enthusiasts will say there are no 'underrated' Creed scents since Creed is clearly the most popular 'niche' house. I'm fan of Creed. It is my favorite house.
    Creed was my favorite house as most Creeds smell ‘natural’ compared to other niche brands however constant batch variations with Aventus along with how they butchered Aventus (the reformation, as well as becoming weaker in projection and longevity) and them increasing price while simultaneously discontinuing 4oz in favor of 3.3 made me dislike Creed.

    Nowadays I much prefer MFK and Parfums de Marly as they each have a few classics I absolutely love

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    It definitely doesn’t get the love that others like GIT, Aventus, BdP, OV, Royal Oud, etc get. You have to like rose and eucalyptus. But I think it’s great. Had a small decant of it a while back, I need to get a full bottle. It’s usually available at reasonable prices online for a Creed anyway.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    It definitely stands out among most other Creed scents in that it's not at all what I'd consider a crowdpleaser. It took me a while to appreciate it though. At first I just found it weirdly musty, but finally, I discovered the rose and now really enjoy it. I think I'll put in queue to wear soon.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    I personally think so. I find it to be a fairly linear scent lacking complexity, personally I find it rather uninspiring.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I personally think so. I find it to be a fairly linear scent lacking complexity, personally I find it rather uninspiring.
    I'll agree it's not complex. Basically it's Eucalyptus, Rose, Tuberose, Pine and Gin. But it's well blended and the notes that are used smell very good. It has development that takes at least 25 minutes for the Eucalyptus to settle down and to get to the floral portion then it gets linear from that point with the Eucalyptus ever fading more and more over the hours.. I detect a slight bit of bergamot or lime in there too. I love the scent of this one. The ingredients must be of a great quality because the generic scent oil companies have failed miserably at trying to make a knockoff of this one. I've never smelled a competent copy of this. The eucalyptus freshness and realistic floral aspect of this are of very high quality that no poor synthetic copy gets right.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    It’s fairly rated IMO. Not a crowd pleaser with its prominent eucalyptus note, but wears well & suits me just fine.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    I can’t stand it, so consider it *overrated*.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    It's an acquired, somewhat hard to wear fragrance. I think it is underrated, as it's one of the more unique Creed's but.. the majority doesn't want stuff like this.
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    From a personal viewpoint alone, one of the better if not even among the best Creeds tested so far.

    Light, versatile yet with way above average, nearly outstanding performance too, while the quality and elegance of the minty chypre piney notes is indeed both timeless and everyday/workplace appropriate too, with a distinction and tastefulness quite unique among scent releases from a similar time interval.

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    Amazing but Windsor was better.

    Windsor smelled fresher while Mayfair smells more musty.

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    Underrated? Not here at Basenotes. Compared to Windsor, there's a difference, like they tamped down the eucalyptus a bit from Windsor... maybe. But to me, it has the right amount of hype (here) but has been a compliment getter for me in the workplace and in public places.

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    I’ve gotten compliments on Royal Mayfair too

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    An observation,

    When first getting into fragrances I didn't like nonuniformity of opinions. I think we all want people to perceive things how we do. Now, for me personally, there is a quaint humor with the differing opinions. Even though I don't agree, I like hearing someone's take on what they find negative about a fragrance. The only description that grates on me though is "old" as a way of getting around criticizing the fragrance itself and rather launching an insult at the people who enjoy it. And it's my opinion that fragrance enthusiasts (not saying anyone in this thread has said it) who say it shows they are missing the entire point of their interest. Fragrances can be loved by a generation of people, and if fragrance is truly your passion, then you will seek to understand how the fragrance gets appreciated. What are the good aspects to it? There are two parts to our hobby. Respecting and admiring great fragrances through history and seeking out new and exciting fragrances today. Then there is speculating and dreaming about what kind of fragrances we haven't encountered yet.

    I think it's okay to not like a genre of scent, for instance, I don't like most gourmands. I find them too rich, too concentrated and they lack subtlety. But I try anyway to understand what makes the fragrance enjoyable for others. If I can understand what people enjoy I can better understand fragrance in general. Who knows? I might have a shift in my tastes and grow to acquire the enjoyment myself. I hated Dior Sauvage at first, but after examining it and picking it apart and reading what others liked about it I began to know what notes my brain was not liking and then what notes I liked. And I began to understand it was the blend of counter-intuitive clashing bitter-peppery-inscence-woods meets floral-slightly sweet anise that gave it a kind of artistic presentation. Then I started liking it. That's my one example of a major taste shift I experienced. I'm still working on getting past overly rich gourmands though.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by cameron View Post
    I’ve gotten compliments on Royal Mayfair too
    I think skin chemistry can make the florals in this get deeper, richer and come off the skin with a better sillage. I usually have to wait up to an hour or so for the eucalyptus to calm down and balance with the florals. I haven't gotten any compliments, but I still highly enjoy what it develops into. I imagine on 'ideal skin' this one could get very nice smelling on the air.

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    I have been wearing it twice in a row due to this topic as I having trouble deciding on it. Sometimes I enjoy it and other times I just find it weird. Weird in a way that I question if one would like to smell that way. Like, it smells, but do I want to smell like this? Maybe the other times I pick up the gin and the rose and I like those notes. I think my final answer is that it is OK. Creed have done better and they have also done worse. It's not that good that I would buy a bottle but I have gone through 2 ml's in a sample and it was a fun discovery. So, it is fairly rated, if you ask me.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    I think it is.
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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by H_West View Post
    I have been wearing it twice in a row due to this topic as I having trouble deciding on it. Sometimes I enjoy it and other times I just find it weird. Weird in a way that I question if one would like to smell that way. Like, it smells, but do I want to smell like this? Maybe the other times I pick up the gin and the rose and I like those notes. I think my final answer is that it is OK. Creed have done better and they have also done worse. It's not that good that I would buy a bottle but I have gone through 2 ml's in a sample and it was a fun discovery. So, it is fairly rated, if you ask me.
    If you can wear Lyric Man confidently, then Royal Mayfair shouldn't be an issue. I prefer Royal Mayfair, but then again both are niche category scents that you're not going to smell but a few rare times in public on someone else.

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Just going off of my impression on how Basenoters perceive it, I would not say it's underrated. I like it myself and own a bottle for that reason. I go through a cycle of craving it and wear it as my scent of the week, then forget about it for a while again (till I encounter a thread like this ).

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    Default Re: Is Creed Royal Mayfair underrated?

    Royal Mayfair is a excellent formal fragrance, would not be out of place when dressed up.
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    I like it. Not that far from Windsor I. Worth owning, worth wearing, worth enjoying.

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    don't hate it (as a creed fan/owner) but it doesnt do anything for me. eucalyptus isnt a scent i find 'perfumey'. maybe its becasue im in austrlaia and the smell is easily found. plus it smells like a muscle relaxant cream called 'deep heat' here.
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    Most Creeds are overrated

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    I first smelled Royal Mayfair at Nordstrom in November of 2015 and loved it right away because I could smell the pine note in the opening along with lime and the gin note and though it was amazing and classy. It was also the first men's fragrance with a rose note that I considered owning as well, and I had to have a bottle. I do think it's slightly unappreciated by some but since smell is such a subjective thing, perhaps it's just the fact that less people care for this note pyramid than they do for say GIT or Aventus. I agree that it's more of a white shirt and tie affair than it is a jeans and t-shirt fragrance, but it's beloved in my wardrobe.

    I've always felt like Tom Cruize would be a fan of Royal Mayfair. A strange aside, but it just seems like something he'd wear.

    Anyway...I feel great when I wear Royal Mayfair...I think it's brilliant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    If you can wear Lyric Man confidently, then Royal Mayfair shouldn't be an issue. I prefer Royal Mayfair, but then again both are niche category scents that you're not going to smell but a few rare times in public on someone else.
    I'm having a hard time explaining here. I'm not saying it is something wrong with it that I don't want to represent. It is more like it doesn't speak to me (with the exception of the popping notes of gin, rose). The base, or whatever it is when it is just there. They "grey mass" of the scent. It is like smelling cardboard, for example. Sure, it smells, but is it a smell I want to wear? Hmm, not sure.

    Lyric is a special scent indeed. I have not worn it in more than a year. I won't buy a bottle of that one either. I have easier identifying what I smell in it though with the rose and bergamot.

    As you say, both are niche category. I have worn both with pride and enjoyed them. Not just enough to make me buy a full bottle, but the samples were enjoyable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    I think skin chemistry can make the florals in this get deeper, richer and come off the skin with a better sillage. I usually have to wait up to an hour or so for the eucalyptus to calm down and balance with the florals. I haven't gotten any compliments, but I still highly enjoy what it develops into. I imagine on 'ideal skin' this one could get very nice smelling on the air.
    I would say the most enjoyable part for both Royal Mayfair and Windsor was at the opening, the citrus/bergamot gave both life but once it settled to woods and florals everything collapsed on itself to becoming a linear scent. Never got any complements with this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcologneguy View Post
    I like it. Not that far from Windsor I. Worth owning, worth wearing, worth enjoying.
    I own Windsor myself and over the years my perspective of it to Royal Mayfair has become indifferent. I think it's just something that I personally don't care for anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scent Detective View Post
    Anyway...I feel great when I wear Royal Mayfair...I think it's brilliant!
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