Scent Friday: Creed VS Amouage
Welcome to Fragrance Friday, where each week we’ll update you on the most iconic new releases from the dynamic world of men’s fragrances. Born out of a desire to showcase one of the most overlooked, yet versatile elements of any discerning man’s style, this weekly column will help you polish your own signature scent.
In all honesty, I’m no perfume expert. In fact, I still consider myself pretty new when it comes to this quintessential – but often overlooked – aspect of style. I am deeply fascinated by art and whenever I can devote time to it, I love discovering the many niche perfume houses, new and old. I would say that most people who occasionally read this weekly column are in the same boat – interested and eager to learn, but never really had enough time to go beyond that. You have to start somewhere, and a reasonable degree of curiosity is really all you need to immerse yourself in what is truly an interesting industry.
I first became interested in fragrances early last year when a colleague of mine wore what is now one of my favorite fragrances, Amouage Enclave, to the office. It has since become my point of reference for a luxury perfume, but I realize that it is quite superficial compared to the prolific production of the Omani house.
The first high-end perfume I bought myself was actually a Tom Ford (“Fucking Fabulous” and “Lost Cherry”), and I’ve since added some of my old pal’s best perfumes to my collection. But it wasn’t until I got my hands on more Amouage fragrances that I really developed something closer to an obsession with perfumery.
I know I’m showing Amouage a lot of love in this column, but I guess you never really forget your first love, do you? The Omani house was my gateway to the high end of the perfume industry, but another historic house I heard a lot about before I really got into perfumes was Parisian Maison Creed, a historic company and much-loved that grew out of a tailoring business dating back to 1870.
Creed and Amouage then became the two labels that represented the pinnacle for me, long before my interest shifted to equally fascinating perfume houses like Roja Parfums, Kilian Paris, Aqua di Parma, Penhaligon’s and Parfums de Marly.
Now, at BH, we have the chance to discover all the latest releases, some of which I will highlight in subsequent editions of Fragrance Friday. But the older expressions fascinate me just as much. If I want to know more about the world of perfumes, I also have to pay so much attention to the classics. Although so far Creed was kind of hinting at me and I would really only test new releases.
Amouage versus Creed
Not that I’m saying you should pick sides, both are equally valuable, but lately I’ve been interested in the difference between the signatures of these two houses. Both produce some of the most popular fragrances in the world, especially for men, but comparing them is day and night.
A typical Amouage scent and a typical Creed scent involve some important differences that you should consider if you’ve ever thought about exploring the two a little deeper. These aren’t exactly cheap perfumes we’re talking about.
Creed Aventus is arguably more well-known and popular than any Amouage perfume on the market, which interested me because, although I love the perfume now, back when I was a little less discerning, it always seemed a bit boring to me. After spending a little more time with it, as well as other Creed classics like Green Irish Tweed and Millesime Imperial, I think I finally got the hype.
Belief is more of a people pleaser and a safer option if we are talking about a dichotomy here. While Amouage fragrances are generally bolder, more concentrated, and certainly more unique, Creed really hits the mark when it comes to versatile freshness that won’t split on any special occasion.
I think Green Irish Tweed in particular should be a staple in any man’s fragrance collection, while I see Amouage being the go-to when you want to make more of a statement.
There is also a slight seasonal difference. Because Amouage fragrances seem to be heavier and sweeter with more diverse recipes, the label should gain prominence in your signature scent during those colder months. Winter really favors those strong, punchy scents like Interlude, Epic Man, and Lyric Man.
Creed, on the other hand, is all about the freshness of the day and they are generally summer scents through and through.
Of course, it also comes down to a difference in location. Amouage is a Middle Eastern perfume house, and these are the kind of Houses that really love these great, gregarious perfumes. After all, perfume is one of the only aspects of your style that you wear for someone else’s benefit. Middle Eastern culture is known for being particularly generous and warm, which is why Amouage grew up with the idea of making these fragrances bigger, bolder and more exciting.
Creed, on the other hand, is the epitome of sparkling Europe at its finest. Like Aqua di Parma, it directly targets this avant-garde image. I guess you could then say that Creed is more mainstream and appeals to a wider demographic, which is far from a bad thing, even if we’re talking niche perfumery.
In summary, Creed fragrances are more versatile and wearable, while Amouage fragrances are more diverse and made for experimenting. Just something to keep in mind if you’re caught between the two and want a top-notch point of distinction to help you decide.
You can buy Creed and Amouage fragrances in Australia. My favorites from both brands so far include
Love: Enclave, Interlude, Lyric Man, Crimson Rocks
Creed: Green Irish Tweed, Aventus, Viking Cologne, Millesime Imperial