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So Creed has their own Oud scent as of July 15, and they sent me a sample (my traditional disclosure on sample sources if it is from a manufacturer). When I heard this was coming, I was thinking it was a pretty late entry on the oud ship, which I was thinking had sailed about a year ago, if it hadn’t already jumped the shark. What possibly could any perfume company contribute in this area that was new?
Well, skip a lot of the oud, for starters! Not that I find that a bad move. There’s enough in there, like a lighter Kilian Pure Oud feel, layered on top of with some really nice spices (ginger, maybe cardamom, clove, angelica) and smoke. When I first tried it a couple of days ago, I dabbed it on, promptly forgot about it, and then went just a little crazy trying to figure out what I had on that smelled so good, a little vanilla’ish (more angelica than vanilla, but the smoke in it seemed to push it in the smokey vanilla zone a little when my wrist went flipping around in the air). I’ve read other opinions on it being too brief and fleeting. I don’t have a longevity problem at all, it lasts several hours.
Having said that, if you’re looking for a strong oud fragrance, this isn’t going to be your scent at al, and you’ll be whining like it was your job. I really like it, but I think that’s mainly due to the spices in it – I’m a complete cardamom and ginger and smoke whore. I cut up fresh ginger just so I can have the scent on my hands. I like the balance in it, it’s not too medicinal or strong, completely wearable, but deep at its base it has that oud, dark oily feel, without making me wince. My prediction – it will be a wildly popular scent for Creed.
Worth $300 for 75 mls? Is anything? But let’s let you guys be the judge. This time I’ll split off like 3 samples from my sample for three commenters, but only if you agree to send back your quick two-sentence impressions of the scent later on so I can add them as additional opinions to this review or an updated review. So there’s this one, the White flowers and an Original something or other they are releasing July 15. Just drop a comment to be entered in the draw telling me which one of the three you’re most excited about sniffing, or none at all! White Flowers will have notes of green apple, Italian and Moroccan jasmine, sandalwood and narcissus, just in case you haven’t read anything yet about it. Yes, I do have a sample of that, but will review it next week.