If you look in your local Boots store or other Fragrance store you will probably see the most expensive fragrances for around £60 so you may not have heard of Creed Original Santal which staggeringly retails for £77 for just a 30ml bottle and up to a staggering £250 for a 250ml bottle. From the bottle you would expect this to be quite a summery fragrance and you would be right. You would also be right in thinking this was a rather upmarket fragrance too. I remember trying this fragrance in a store in London and then reading the price of it on the pricelist. So is it a total waste of money or an aptly priced gem?.
This fragrance was released in 2005 and has split many Creed fans with many disliking this particular fragrance in the range. I came in from the angle of a neutral as I was not too aware of Creed fragrances and I am someone who always gives a fragrance a go at least once. Despite the question marks this is a very highly respected fragrane with some reviewers describing a "marvelous scent". There is also a womens version of this fragrance like with most fragrances.
Top notes: Orange Tree Absolute, Jamaican Ginger
The top notes start off the fragrance with a fresh summery feel which is great for daytime wear and lasts for a good 3 hours before it moves into the middle notes.
Heart notes: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Juniper Berry
This gives the fragrance a slight kick with a slightly muskier scent. I think this really adds a nice dimension to the fragrance and it lasts a good few hours before moving into the final notes.
Base notes: Sandal wood from Mysore, Virginian Cedar, Absolute Vanilla, Benzoin from Thailand, Ambergris, Tonkin Musk
After the progression from the light beginning of the fragrance to the muskier middle notes we now have the lighter vanilla scented notes which really add a very nice feel. I am very impressed by the progression. After another three hours or so the fragrance begins to fade. This is a very fine spicy, woody fragrance which has a lovely scent.
This is undoubtedly a very fine fragrance which is very expensive and therefore is only really available in the most up market stores like Harrods and also Brummells of London. A bit of searching around the Net and you may be able to find the fragrance for a cut price but you are unlikely to find any bottle for less than £75 anywhere. This is a great fragrance which will suit a variety of ages but the one big drawback is the price. A little cheaper and this would have been given five stars but I have to lower it to four stars. Still a fine fragrance though. I'm sure this fragrance is a hit with Premiership footballers. If you can afford it then this fragrance will delight.