Sniff Test Fragrance Review: Creed Floralie
Floralie Eau de parfum, 75 ml
Creed’s Floralie is a grand floral fragrance for her that blends notes of tuberose, lilac, Bulgarian rose, cedar, lily-of-the-valley and amber.
The grandiosely named house of Creed is the outcrop of a London tailoring business established in the 18th century. The brand is rife with paradoxes—the pedestal bottles, for example, are debossed with a trio of ostrich feathers emblem on a coronet, presumably to invoke the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales and vaguely hint at a royal affiliation. They also whisper, without any historical documentation, of having crafted perfumes for American royalty (the Kennedys is implicit in the wink). Trying to imply discretion and good taste while also shamelessly name-dropping. Then comes Floralie’s particular bottle in its pimped-up mirror-finish livery, redolent of spicy flowers (I thought carnation, but it’s marigold) and lily of the valley. The best thing I can say is that it’s certainly a perfect spritz to wear when you binge The Great on Amazon Prime, the ribald romp about madcap intrigue at the Russian court of young Catherine the Great. As subtle as a footnote written in hot hearts cinnamon candies. 1.5 out of 4
Olivier Creed was described as “the world’s most elegant perfumer” by Britain’s Independent newspaper and for good reason. The sixth generation of Creed family members to lead the luxury fragrance company, he has a remarkably light hand when blending ingredients. It’s not surprising to learn he attended the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris as he approaches his fragrance compositions as an artist does a canvas. He instinctively knows what flowers and sparkling citrus ingredients together and have them work seamlessly. Some notes, such as jasmine, are notoriously moody and don’t play well with others. Olivier smooths over these challenges effortlessly and creates a cohesive blend. Floralie was originally created for Neiman Marcus but became so popular, the brand has expanded distribution to meet demand. It is a light, airy floral for her with notes of rose, tuberose, lilac, amber, lily-of-the-valley, cedar and musk. It smells expensive. 3.5 out of 4
LInda LJanuary 19, 2021 at 8:31 am
Why is it that I read Natalie’s review with a British accent?? Lol! I do want to try this scent! Love an airy floral! @linlett60
Heather SchellJanuary 18, 2021 at 3:42 pm
Ooohhhh you’re certainly on opposing pages for this one! I’m so intrigued! It sounds like something I’d like.
Jibralta MerrillJanuary 17, 2021 at 3:35 am
I ADORE the SNIFF reviews, especially because you two rarely agree! This review seems to be the one with the greatest difference of opinion. I LOVE real lilac. I’ve never worn a perfume with it. I burn lilac candles at home. Lilac is a strong scent, so is lily of the valley and cedar! OMG, either this heady floral is divine or it’s nauseatingly strong! LOL! I’d like to try a spritz, but due to the Covid pandemic, I’m not going anywhere near a department store! @PeconicLady
Rhonda LushingtonJanuary 16, 2021 at 7:26 pm
WOW such mixed reviews. Definitely want to smell this for myself.
Marla VeidJanuary 16, 2021 at 10:54 am
I look forward to the monthly Scentlodge news letter it is informative and fun. There are so many interesting articles. I have learned a lot and like to share the information.
GabrielleJanuary 16, 2021 at 1:21 am
Hmmm… usually you two are more in accord with your opinions. I really need to find a way to try this one myself.
Lady_ingenueJanuary 15, 2021 at 9:48 pm
I really liked this one. I was surprised 1.5/4 from Nathalie, but that’s fragrance for you…so personal. Certainly not a blind buy type of scent.
Michelle ConnJanuary 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm
I love the honesty with each of your views … thanks for that – it’s not always easy!
Somia CavalliJanuary 15, 2021 at 1:37 pm
I need to smell this now. It sounds very luxe and i like the mirror bottle- haven’t seen one like that. Oh wait the travel size Dior Poison Girl is mirrored
RobertaJanuary 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Love this column on fragrances. I miss being able to smell them myself due to COVID. One day…sigh! Thanks!
September DeeJanuary 15, 2021 at 10:05 am
Have given this one a go but I do love Acqua Fiorentina and Love in White. Very luxe!
Catherine YJanuary 15, 2021 at 8:03 am
Yikes!! That’s a real gulf between opinions. I would love to smell this to figure out what the real story is.
Margaret EJanuary 15, 2021 at 8:03 am
Two very different reviews. Now I’m curious.
Elizabeth VlugJanuary 15, 2021 at 7:35 am
Now I want to smell this one and see what team I’m on. Thanks for your thoughts.