Creed is a highly respected and world-renown fragrance designer. Personally, I like a lot of what they do and Millesime Imperial is one of my favorites for the summer months. However, I am not wild about all of this brand’s fragrances. For instance, while I think Original Santal is a pleasant fragrance, it’s quite bland and doesn’t really perform well. When I received a sample of Himalaya by Creed, I was excited to try it out and see where along the spectrum it would fall, from great to unpleasant. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this cologne and I will share my thoughts about it in this post.
Notes include: sandalwood, musk, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, pepper
Just to be upfront from the start, I don’t like this scent at all. Some guys might, however, I think it’s quite poor. The opening is a bitter citric accord (grapefruit, lemon, bergamot) mixed with sandalwood and ambergris. I had a hard time deciphering this scent until I read the ingredients and got a better sense of what I was smelling. There is this strange aroma of soft and bitter citrus with this almost metallic scent that hangs around.
While there are plenty of scents who’s opening I do not care that much for (see: Creed Aventus), these colognes tend to settle down into something more palatable or beautiful. Himalaya never does, in my opinion. It’s a clean fragrance with soapy qualities to it but it really isn’t pleasant to me nor is it interesting. The woodsy and musk notes do emerge more in the dry down, though, it never quite takes off into something special.
It’s sillage and longevity are both moderate to very good in my opinion. That is one bright spot, however, if you actually enjoy the scent itself, then I suppose that this would be a selling point for you.
Overall, I cannot recommend this scent. It’s not completely offensive to me like something such as Oud Noir or Issey Nuit but it just isn’t a great cologne. Especially, at the price point Himalaya is sold at, I expect something better and feel like I could be 3 bottles of cheaper colognes and make out much better in the deal.