Hidden among my samples: Creed’s ‘Original Santal’ This was released in 2005 and can you believe I never tried it? I have this wary feeling about Creed fragrances – for me, more often than not, they are too expensive for what they are, and also, if you like any of them, you can probably find something similar out there.
I have always loved sandalwood. I remember when I was a kid I used to use the Chinese sandalwood soaps and I felt more mature and sophisticated in my young age. And Original Santal covers sandalwood fairly well. This is a clean, refined, upscale version of sandalwood, and it is mixed with a lot of things – I detect a ginger and orange note, and some lavender (which gives it a masculine touch) I also get some tonka bean, and some cinnamon. It’s pretty well-rounded and of course blended well. (I see it was signed by both Oliver and Erwin Creed)
But I also can’t help but be bored by it. It’s no different by your run-of-the-mill department store fragrance. It’s solid but staid, and has no projection. I know I would never buy it at that price and if I had wanted it, I hear that Individuel by Mont Blanc is a pretty good alternative. I’ll use my sample but I won’t look back.