Earlier today I was reading an article called “Ten reasons why family businesses fail“, and before I got distracted watching a video about deep-fried Oreos I found out all the reasons why a 254 year old family-owned business couldn’t exist.

     And yet, here Creed is!

     Allegedly founded in 1760, Creed is known as one of the world’s most expensive, luxurious, and elusive niche perfume houses, with just three stores around the world.

     The noses behind today’s Creed are Olivier Creed and his son Erwin Creed. Imperial Millesime, the sample we’ll be examining today, was done by the former, and I’m excited to bring my thoughts on it to you.

     And so, this is my review for Imperial Millesime by Creed.

Creed Millesime Imperial sample

Creed Millesime Imperial sample

     The card that the sample comes in is huge, nearly the size of my hand, with silver lettering that put up a lot of hooplah over Creed’s various accomplishments. The vial is 2.5 mL, and if you do the math, that’s worth between $3.55-14.58, depending on the size of the bottle you compare it to. The fluid within is clear. Only thing I wish was that it was a sprayer instead of a dab-on type.

     Released in 1995, Imperial Millesime was the one that caught my attention at the counter in Holt Renfrew. It opens with a sort of warm fruit/vegetable smoothie of pasty cucumber and melon. There’s a little bit of sour lemon squeezed into the juice, but what really sets it apart is its water note. The official note is salt water; it’s supposed to embody the ocean. To me this is much more of a fresh water note, like cold water from a bottle, or the splash around you as you cannonball into a lake in early spring. It’s a slap of freshness to the senses, unusual as a masculine or feminine fragrance. It is a little bit clean, slightly evocative of a detergent, or maybe chlorine, but subtly so. In the dry down Imperial Millesime is a saltwater being, but still with the freshness. The closest thing I could compare it to is a freshwater shower to rinse of the salt after taking a dip in the ocean – sounds good? The effect is a clean, fresh cologne type of juice that would work well on a businessman in summer.

     Performance wise, I almost wanted to double check the facts; was this really an EDP? It didn’t perform like one. It stayed close to the skin (AKA, poor projection) and faded rather quickly. This makes me question the ginormous price tag.

     Verdict: I’m hesitant to say I love this, but I do enjoy it. I think I’m going to save it for summer use, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing a full-size any time soon.

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