There´s a fragrance review down there. But first, some housekeeping:
The winner of the bottle of Baiser du Dragon is … Jill! Please email me your address using “Contact Us.” I´m sorry I didn´t have a bottle to give to everyone who wanted it (well, not really – but you know what I mean).
Next: we´re tinkering with our blogging schedule; Patty´s now doing some regular posts on Fridays, so if you missed her excellent post this last Friday, do yourself a favor and go back and read it. Or you could subscribe to our blog, because sometimes she gets a wild hair from smelling too much product and decides to post on Saturday or Sunday.
Also: I know — our archives are a mess. The reviews sort of grew without us paying much attention or sorting them early on; the search feature is broken; there´s no list of fragrances we´ve reviewed; and when we moved to the current web address last summer, the older posts were badly garbled in punctuation. We´re working on a new format, and I keep going in and tediously cleaning up random old posts. Bear with us. (Sometimes I can´t find my old posts, either.) Okay, on to the fragrance:
What is it with Creed? You´d think for a line that´s been around since, what, the Battle of Hastings I´d have fallen in love with something by now. Part of the problem is the sheer number of fragrances lined up in formation on the counter (Bond No. 9 – heed my warning.) Part of the problem is I get distracted reading their cheat sheet, looking at which fragrances are/were worn by which celebrities (Marlene Dietrich, Princess Diana, Errol Flynn, Prince… okay, not Prince). Part of the problem is the Creed base in many of their fragrances — what I think is a combo of civet and ambergris – tends to smell very bitter on me. However, I took the challenge and decided I´d keep sniffing until I came up with five I´d wear cheerfully. With the exception of the first, I think they’re some of the line’s more obscure offerings.
Cuir de Russie – sandalwood, leather, ambergris, bergamot, amber. Released 1850. Wow. Which one of you said your skin just eats this thing up? A skank sandwich of such Plutonian proportions I felt a wee bit of shame walking around smelling like this. An earthy, fishy, post-coital leather. You people? Are perverts.
Cypres-Musc – bergamot, mint, ambergris, oakmoss, musk and cypress. Released 1948. Green and woody, with a resin-y quality further along in the plot. Gorgeous, long-lasting drydown.
Himalaya – bergamot, grapefruit, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk. Released 2002. This one I loved, although I concede it has a more distinctly modern smell than much of the line, and that´s maybe not a good thing for hardcore Creed fans. A unisexy citrus-bomb with a stiff wood chaser. Where have you been all my life?
Epicea – Russian Pine and spices. Released 1965. Colombina, have you smelled this? It made me think of you. Yes, pine and spices (pepper and cardamom, maybe?) A fragrance with zero development that also manages to be compelling.
Aubepine Acacia – bergamot, galbanum, mimosa, ambergris, hawthorne, acacia. Released 1965. Confession: I tried this in a fit of sheer pigheadedness, because I thought the notes sounded so horrible. Galbanum and hawthorne in the same fragrance? Please, kill me now. But it wasn´t the trip to Satan´s greenhouse I´d anticipated. It was sweetly green and honeyed with a touch of hay.
Okay, which Creeds do you like? What do you think of the ones I´ve chosen?
image: Cypress Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, allposters.com