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Creed Himalaya

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My second favorite cologne, second to Opus 1870. This is a scent I wear to mark special occasions, or just to make me feel very confident and happy.

The Creed website lists these as the notes: "Grapefruit, Bergamot, Mandarin and Lemon top notes with a heart of Cedar, Sandalwood and Vetiver and a base of Musk and Ambergris."

I don't get much of the grapefruit or mandarin, or lemon, etc. But I get a lot of cedar, a bit of bergamont and sandalwood, as well as Vetiver. It smells somewhat like Paco Rabanne XS, but the Himalaya is a much more complex scent.

Overall, this is a great cologne, and I highly recommend it.

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Pros: Nice kind of nondescript scent
Cons: Outrageously expensive
While I am not a "Fragrance Head" I do have a large collection (~30) from a few different perfume houses and designers. This has a pleasant all be it short lived (on me) scent, I can detect the citrus and musk in this juice, but the scent (to me at least) has no real identity. For the price it should have a little more personality.

The packaging is first rate, but the bottle looks chintzy with the cap off.

I agree with Featherweight, it does seem to be a teenagers fragrance.

Purchased at Winners (T. J. Max) a price of $200.00 for 120ml is quite expensive, but better than the list price of $350.00 in the great white north

This is my first Creed fragrance and given the relative value likely my last. I will stick to Penhaligons and Knize.
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Himalaya is an odd one. Some call it Creed's "teenager juice", as in it smells like the most youthful and friendly of all the masculine Creeds, but I disagree. Although it does smell amazing, I find it to be a serious and somewhat mature man frag. The key to understanding Himalaya is to see its components as two things:
  1. A fragrance within a fragrance, and . . .
  2. Green Irish Tweed without the green

In place of the green freshness of GIT is a very dry, grey, gunpowder accord that stands out prominently in the middle notes. This is like a little scent within a scent. The pink pepper explosion off the top of Himalaya mingles with some bitter citrus and then evolves into a smoky and cold soapiness. Then, when this interesting and ambiguous scent dries down, you get a fresh sandalwood, cedarwood, ambergris, and musk. Nice stuff. I'd say wear it if you feel confident in yourself, and you're not looking to knock women's socks off in a sexual way. Probably ideal for the self-assured 45-50 yr old guy who fishes on the weekends and gives the 20-something girl he works with sought-after advice on a regular basis. Definitely one of the better Creeds.
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Top Notes: Grapefruit, bergamot from Calabria, lemon from Sicily
Middle Notes: Sandalwood
Base Notes: Musk, ambergris, cedarwood

This stays close to the skin. I can smell the grapefruit/citrus and bergamot up front. The sandalwood and musk round it out. It lasts about 4 hours. It's definitely a winter scent. Grapefruit keeps it fresh in contrast to the sandalwood. It kind of bounces around between a fresh clean scent and a woody incense smell. To me though I feel I would have to apply more. It reminds me of Green Valley a little in that the musk contrasts with the fresh smell. The waxiness of the ambergris shows up towards the drydown. It's definitely a chameleon of a scent in it's evolution. It's like an Ambergris Sandalwood Citrus Candle. Sandalwood lovers will really take to this one.
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