Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was full of too much food, but great company and lots of quiet.
It’s another Creed today! Creed Windsor is described as a recreation of the scent Creed made for King Edward VIII I guess before he bailed on the crown and married Wallis.
The scent description and notes from Creed’s site:
“Classification: Citrus / Green. Windsor is as subtle as the Duke of Windsor´s hand-tailored suits, shirts and ties, following his philosophy, “Royalty need not shout”
- Top Note: Windsor is a tour of the British Empire Edward once ruled. Its top note is British gin, Jamaican lime and a touch of Scottish highland pine.
- Middle Note: “Duke of Windsor” roses, those he preferred in his own garden, the Nuits de Young variety.
- Bottom Note: Bahamian orange, Canadian cedar and a dab of Australian eucalyptus.”
This fragrance carries all the indicators that I’m going to hate it.
- Recreation of some long-ago scent? Check.
- Pretentious copy that makes me roll my eyes? Check
- Made by Creed? Check
- Royalty involved? Check
- Gin? Incense? Heeeeey, wait a minute.
The open veers fairly traiditional Creed green fragrance, but it’s not heavy green or overpowering like – shh – git, but you would be unlikely to think of anything but Creed on the open. The gin, lime, pine and eucalyptus seem to be softly falling over a base of inense. I’m not sure that it is incense, but the woody notes in it seem intertwined in something that is vaguely resinous. I was so prepared to hate this that when it dawned on me that I really liked it, it was shocking. I just kept sniffing this weird gin-soaked forest that felt like it had been dragged through the local monastery’s brazier and thinking guys would smell amazing in this, but only just a little more amazing than I do. The drydown softens and melts those notes into a pine needle bed that is soft and inviting. I was smelling it for several hours, it had a very nice waft to it that wasn’t too much, just the right amount of sillage. The longer it is on, the more I find my noses buried in it. It’s got a lovely, interesting balance to the notes that intrigues me.
So we can begin the argument again about the exclusivity and the price, etc. I like it, others will hate it, I know the argument on Basenotes has begun in earnest. I have no idea if it is worth it, but it smells great, and this is the green scent from Creed that I can truly love.
I’m happy to give away some samples of this to commenters. Let’s do 4 small samples to four commenters!