Occasionally I get sent PR samples that were a complete surprise. As in, I wasn't expecting them, they just turn up in my post box. Now, as you all know, skin care is my thing. Fragrance, not so much. Had this surprise parcel not contained such a prestigious brand, I may not have featured it BUT when a bottle of Creed Millésime 1849 comes through the post, whether you're a fragrance writer or not, you damn well better pay it some respect!
For those that aren't familiar with Creed as a brand, they've been making fine fragrance since 1760. Originating in London and made perfumes for the then Queen Victoria. In 1854 The House Of Creed moved to Paris and established themselves on the quality and exclusivity of their fragrances. Fast forward to modern day, Oliver Creed continues to create fine fragrances, using traditional methods, with only the finest ingredients from around the world.
Creed Millésime 1849 is a limited edition made exclusively for Harrods, which was established in '1849', hence the name. It's a unisex fragrance and contains top notes of Calabrain Bergamot, heart notes of Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedar and Ylang Ylang, before settling down to base notes of Bourbon Vanilla, Oud, Sandalwood and Musk.
I like the fragrance and really enjoy wearing it. It's long lasting and different to anything I've worn before. It's warm but gutsy. On me, the Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Musk are the predominant scents. I always think a sign wether a fragrance suits you though, is how many compliments you get while wearing it. Sadly, I didn't recieve any. So I like it, but maybe it's just not 'me'?
Retailing at £225 for 75ml eau de parfum. However much I like it, I could never imagine myself spending that much on a fragrance, regardless of the story behind it or the ingredients that went in to it. Hell, I wouldn't even spend that much on skin care.
If you're not like me though and can justify £225 for a perfume then you'll find Creed Millésime 1849 in Harrods.