Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood 2010

Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood by Creed
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Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood is a popular perfume by Creed for men and was released in 2010. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesApple, Bergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesAngelica root, Birch, Clove, Patchouli, Pimento, Pink pepper, Vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Iris, Musk, Cedar

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (303 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (235 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (239 Ratings)

Bottle

8.7 (222 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 25.11.2020.
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7
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5
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8
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Flaconist92
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Flaconist92
Helpful Review    7  
"The Sterillium among the Wooden Scents" or "Grandma Hildegard's Twilight of the Gods"
So the S&W is the first of the "Royale Exculsives" in my collection and the expectations were accordingly high.

WHAT THE Smell IS NOT

The name Spice and Wood is somewhat deceptive and misleading here. If you think that you will end up olfactorically at Spice Mustafa on the big souk in Baghdad and be attacked by an overdose of oud, saffron and sandalwood, ... you are completely wrong. And that is also somehow logical. We're talking about Creed here, not Amouage or Roja Dove. So the scent has the typical fresh Creed signature. But more about that later.

WHAT THE SCOFF OF THE Scent

The scent has been carried past spices at most. It has a spicy touch in every case. Especially after some time on the skin, the perfume is like a homeopathically diluted Terre d'Hermes. All in all, the fragrance is probably the most sterile and cleanest wood you can buy. In fact, it reminds me to a large extent of the smell of Iso-E-Super. For this you can probably thank birch, musk and cedar. I can hardly perceive the fruity nuances. The apple brings, if at all, a very slight tart and fruity freshness.
The DURABILITY is not the supreme insanity typical of Creed. But it should just about do for five hours of Götterdämmerung at the opera. He will probably be able to stand up to Grandma Hildegard, who is completely diesel-powered with Tosca or 4711 and has already dozed off on the seat next to you during the audition.
One cannot really speak of SILLAGE. To get back to the opera: if you have parquet tickets first row, it is very unlikely that you will be expelled from the hall because musicians in the orchestra have fainted because of the perfume and the tuba player's instrument has fallen out of his hand.

HOW TO INSERT THE FRUIT INTO THE CREED RANGE

Well, the scent definitely bears Creed's signature. A rather fresh woody British men's scent with a hint of spice. The Creed range, however, has other candidates that "Spice and Wood" would fit better. For example Royal Oud or Original Santal.
At least S&W doesn't have a trace of sweetness. Because especially in connection with sweet scents Creed sometimes seems a bit clumsy (Erolfa, SMW, Aventus Cologne).

CONCLUSION
S&W is a wooden freshly made product that is reasonably decent in terms of craftsmanship. I for one will use up the small amount I have. But my favourite of Creed, Royal Oud, probably won't knock it off the throne
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8.5
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7
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4
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9
Bottle
DerDefcon
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DerDefcon
Top Review    15  
There's a little problem!
Problems with Creed's exclusive product line? What might they be? Is it the usually very high expectations that are often disappointed - also with other expensive waters, of course? Is it perhaps the fear that here too different batches will result in a non-uniform fragrance character and that after enthusiastic testing, made possible by bottling, you will acquire a bottle whose contents do not correspond to what you meant to test?

The house of Creed has thus launched several fragrances that are sometimes very popular. One has meanwhile achieved cult status, represents a kind of substitute religion for many and causes a lot of furore in the most diverse scent forums. It is being discussed whether such a popular and frequently sold fragrance can or may be a niche at all. There is bickering about batch deviations. Whether these are actually present, I cannot judge, because I only have a bottle of the bestseller in my cupboard.

Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood" is not supposed to deal with all the problems just mentioned - they are "first-world problems", if we are honest, hence "little problems" - because there is a very specific "little problem" for this fragrance that is worth devoting time to. What is meant here is the sillage or projection. Now, some may wonder to what extent this could be a specific problem. After all, there are other candidates in that famous fragrance house that quickly evaporate or even become very close. The specific little problem is - and I would like to explain this in the following - caused by the combination of a sluggish scent and a low sillage.

An attempt at explanation:

Creed's "Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood" begins with a clearly identifiable apple note. This is relatively unsweet, rather a bit bitter and by no means as playful or synthetic as in Versaces blue Cash Cow or Yves Saint Laurent's "Y". The apple here is not quite ripe yet, thus quite unspectacular, but authentic and very mature and sublime, somehow also distanced due to its non-offensiveness. It doesn't take long to smell the woody birch, whose wood has a rather green and mossy touch. Birch is a wood that you like or hate, because it can be a bit musty. If you want to sniff such a thing in absolute perfection, you should try "Orion", but this is not the point of this article.
The wet mossy birch is tamed a little later by a completely opposite dry appearance typical of cedar wood. Cedar wood, with all its dryness, quite often reminds me of a freshly sharpened pencil, which is probably the reason why I like that one so much. However, associations with such a pencil are not awakened in the case of this fragrance creation, as the birch, although no longer so dominant, still maintains its mossy contrast program. The combination of cedar and birch thus results in an overall woodiness that is not wet and damp, but rather dry (cedar) and at the same time with a green tinge (birch). Together with the somewhat sour, not quite so juicy apple, all this results in a very luxurious and above all timeless scent character, with which one really can't get offended anywhere, but which also doesn't cause any leaps of enthusiasm in me, since it still lacks that certain something. It does not look completely finished yet.

What exactly is missing?

What is missing is the musk, which gives this apple-like, green-dry wood - I don't notice any spices (I wanted to mention that) - a creamy finish, just like you know it from many other fragrance creations. In fact, the musk does its job, rounds off the composition and gives the sour and especially woody scent a little more suppleness. Now comes the big "but".

Musk rounds everything off and ensures a perfect embedding of the fragrances I just described, BUT it simply takes too long. This is a dawdling musk, which unnecessarily lengthens the fragrance process. If we then have to deal with a small or quickly skin-tightening Sillage, which has already been discussed at the beginning of this commentary, I myself as the wearer don't notice much of this creamy perfection and my surroundings of course don't notice much either. Wearing the scent on the back of my hand, I can smell the effect of the musk, because after all I can move my hand to my nose. Wearing the scent on my neck, I unfortunately don't notice much or nothing of all this anymore. Since perfume is usually worn on the neck, a part of the body that cannot be actively moved towards the nose, "Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood" has the problem of not noticing much of the most beautiful phase of the fragrance process, which simply takes too much time to develop. This is how the little problem, consisting of a long-lasting scent and quickly fading silage, is composed.

I really didn't expect a Sillagekracher here and I'm not always a friend of one, because otherwise you always have to be careful when dosing, which can be quite exhausting. I also don't have the need to "delight" whole rooms with one scent, but I do expect a minimum amount of sillage and it doesn't matter if a scent is cheap or sinfully expensive. The latter clearly applies to this creed and has already disqualified it as a potential candidate for purchase anyway. I tested it anyway, because curiosity is what makes us on Parfumo. And so I will continue to put scents under my nose that I'm sure won't move in with me - for whatever reason. "Les Royales Exclusives - Spice and Wood" was one of them.
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9.5
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8
Longevity
8
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9
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Norleans
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Top Review    13  
Yummy!
Spice and wood. That sounds right in German.... wooden. What the Creed marketing department lacked in inventiveness when it came to finding a name, the perfumer was probably able to add to it in terms of perfectionism.

Spice and Wood is the cleanest, almost sterile wood I have ever come across. It almost seems to me like an alternative to all the orientalism, the heaviness, the spice bazaars, the eagle woods and the "dirty" campfires! Spice and Woods ingredients are first boiled, freeze-dried, additionally treated with odourless disinfectants and then processed as maximum pure and clean ingredients to this grandiose essence. Not only does it beguile with its extreme freshness, but it also brings this cool embrace that envelops you and gives you a feeling of security despite all the freshness. This astringency, masculinity, the birch and the hint of iris make this fragrance the beacon I perceive it to be.

Unfortunately, with all the cleaning, the shelf life is also affected to some extent, so that Spice and Wood, although acceptable in its shelf life, measured at the price of 4.20 EUR/ml, does not meet the legitimate expectation. But bottling every few months is a must for me, as S&W is my reference for woody fragrances.

Since a few weeks I am in possession of a Viking bottle. There is a certain similarity between these two exceptional fragrances for me. A lightweight S&W vibe is included in the Viking, but with more warmth and greatly improved durability. Both fragrances can coexist well in a collection without any doubling of fragrances.

Thanks for reading it
And if we don't read each other this year, I wish you a happy New Year! May 2020 be a great year for us all!
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CreedFanBoy
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The King
Such a fragrance deserves a comment. I'm not sure what to write yet, but he deserves one!

The scent, a mixture of apple and wood, is made for kings. Not for warlords and soldier kings, but for the fine, gentle ruler who reigns his people carefully. In silk robes, in the royal palace, surrounded by much-traveled advisors who have brought the scented oils from the most distant countries and cities, the monarch wears this perfume.
All around, matching the scent, lots of fruit bowls with pyramids of green apples in them.
His sword, which he carries around his waist, is owed to the king's gentle manner, made of wood. Fine wood, fragrant, round blunted to not hurt anyone.

So and only so this fragrance can be worn.
See if I can think of a better commi within the next few days
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9
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9
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10
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Liquidasset

10 Reviews
Liquidasset
Liquidasset
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Signature scent worthy
With warm woods, fresh spices and beautiful fruit accords this scent is orchestrated like a symphonic masterpiece. This is the true definition of a aristocratic fragrance. You get a wonderful clove note added to a divine Cedar /Birch wood base combined with a fresh apple and mandarin citrus accord. It’s uplifting and spirited while staying understated and elegant.
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Veserdar

19 Reviews
Veserdar
Veserdar
   1  
LIGHT FRENCH
I feel that this is very similar to Frenchlover in lighter version.
Frenchlover is more sophisticated and outstanding piece.For Spice and wood, I can not comment the same.
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7.5
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5
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5
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Drseid

753 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   7  
Spice, Wood, Lemon, Overpriced...
Spice and Wood opens with an alcoholic gin-like blast before quickly adding a slightly tart apple and natural lemon tandem. As the fragrance enters the early heart the apple is just detectable as the stronger lemon remains, now joining peppery angelica and deep slightly sweet clove in support of an emerging cedar and birch starring tandem. As the fragrance enters the late dry-down the lemon finally is replaced by relatively clean musk that now joins the still dominant remaining cedar from the base as the fragrance's linear development finally comes to a conclusion. Projection is average and longevity above average at 8-10 hours on skin.

There is plenty of fine smelling cedar to be had, and the clove spice adds some depth with the angelica imitating pepper quite well but the real pleasant surprise is the natural smelling supporting lemon that hangs around well into the heart accord. The lemon is the only thing that distinguishes the composition from being just another woody composition that has been done about as well a hundred times over. That said, the whole composition just screams "me too," just done with better materials than most others in the genre. The bottom line is Spice and Wood certainly delivers on the promised notes and does smell relatively good, but one can't help being more than a bit disappointed in its mundane results, earning a "good" rating of 3 stars out of 5 for the fragrance, but a strong avoid at its ridiculously lofty $225 per 30ml bottle price tag.

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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 2 months ago
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
A slightly spicy/green, yet fresh and clean dry-woody Spring fragrance, balanced by a juicy fruity/citric opening. Very classy!

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