Creed Acqua Originale Collection just in introduced in 2014 five perfumes. – Asian Green Tea, Cedre Blanc, Iris Tuberose, Aberdeen Lavender, Vetiver Geranium.`
This won’t be an extensive review of each of the five. Overall, I do like the collection. It fills some holes in the Creed lineup. I just didn’t find a lot that was really overly fabulous. But a nice collection regardless.
The collection was inspired by Olivier Creed’s many travels, synthesizing those adventures into perfume as art.
Creed Asian Green Tea is a ctirus aromatic based on a love of the culture of Japan,nwith notes of bergamot, mandarin, lemon petitgrain, violet, heliotrope, rose, cassie, green tea, amber, sandalwood and musk. I really like this, and it’s the one that I think fills a hole for Creed. Do they have any other tea fragrance? It’s subtle, has the Creed imprint, but has a plush violet green tea aroma that’s pretty charming.
Creed Cedre Blanc is a tribute to the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains Creed loved with notes laurel, cardamom, galbanum, geranium, water lily, jasmine, Virginian cedar, vetiver and sandalwood. I think Creed has some other scents similar to this, but I really like the treatment of cedar. There are moments when it feels a little too aquatic, but I suffer through them and get to a better laurel and spiced mixed with the cedar.
Creed Iris Tuberose, a white floral, is based on two of Creed’s favorite places – Tuscany and India. Notes of iris, galbanum,violet leaf, orange, Indian tuberose, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, Sicilian orange blossom, musk and Mexican vanilla. More tuberose on the open with gentle iris and other floral support. Creed does have other tuberose and iris scents, yes? I never pay as much attention as I should. I really do like this one. The tuberose skirts the edge of somewhat skanky, which is a great plus, and that makes it much more interesting for me than a lot of the Creed florals. Really liked this one.
Creed Aberdeen Lavender was created as homage to Queen Victoria, honoring the Scottish Highlands filled with lavender that she loved. An oriental fougere, it has notes of absinthe, rosemary, bergamot, lemon, lavender, tuberose, iris, rose, patchouli, leather and vetiver. Creed has a lot of lavender-based scents, but this one brings some new stuff. It’s not a traditional fougere, it’s definitely oriental. The pairing of strong absinthe and rosemary give it a quirky feel, but it stays really wearably great.
Creed Vetiver Geranium is inspired by the Island of Java, home of some of the world’s finest vetiver Notes of Indonesian vetiver, geranium, granny smith apple, bergamot, lemon, cinnamon, rose, patchouli, cedar and amber. Again, Creed has a lot of vetiver in their lineup, but this brings some new perfume shapes out. Spices and geranium give the vetiver a bed of warmth that’s a hit with me. This wound up being my favorite and the one I least expected to surprise me with how offbeatly lovely it was.
So favorite Creed fragrance, if you have one? I’ll give away three sets of samples to commenters today.