Creed is an old brand, one with tradition, but also one that we perfumers are very critical of. Well ... actually every brand will, because after all, we are in a forum here that is characterized by critical fragrance experts in the first place, aren't we?
With its famous Aventus and the Cologne based on it, Creed is viewed more than just critically. We charge!
We accuse, for example, an increasing degeneration of the niche character of some parüm houses, in which they try more and more to adapt to the mass taste. Even if this may be the case, I would ask you to bear in mind that many of those brands, including Creed, can be just as different, namely classic and, to a large extent, conservative.
Very conservative, very adult, extremely noble and not at all wanting to chum up every nose, "Royal Mayfair" presents itself. The royal fair, to translate, seems like a contrasting programme in today's world, where sweet, sticky fragrances seem to be gaining more and more popularity, manifesting its effect on a green-wood base.
The prelude is discreetly alcoholic. You can definitely smell the gin, while the lime stays very much in the background, which is also the reason why the prelude is not very loud. The pine also contained in the top note is enchanting with its discreetly aromatic woodiness, which should be familiar to all of us. After all, the pine is the plant that characterizes our Central European cultural landscapes the most, isn?t it?
The unknown is the Eucalpytus, which appears green, aromatic, slightly bitter and without any sweetness. Although only present in the base note, it surprises the rose in the heart note. After a while, however, this one gets a bit tired. She confronts the eucalyptus, but does not devour it, as other roses, these bloomers standing for temperament and emotions, have done in other cases. The rose on display here is a particularly adult, particularly ripe, so green and unsweetly appearing, by no means berry and loud, so that the entire composition retains its serious, almost distanced character. The eucalyptus and the rose rather form a symbiosis from which this noble, green aroma emerges, which is peppered with floral notes - thanks to the rose. In the end, particularly bitter cedar rounds off this symbiosis with its woody character.
With this fragrance character that flatters the wearer's nose so green, so unsweet - becoming increasingly rare for contemporary fragrances with rose as a component - the French fragrance house, with its new edition published in 2015, is creating something that smells pleasantly and is not geared towards mere spectacularity and showmanship. It should not be a fragrance that is aggressively designed to occupy entire rooms. This is a quiet treader, one that can only be perceived with increasing proximity to the more elegant, more mature wearer. The wearer is sovereign enough to enjoy this little water alone, without feeling the need to confront his environment with a biting scent cloud. Conservative, classic, reserved - these are the qualities that can be attributed to "Royal Mayfair".