Himalaya by Creed is an Amber Woody fragrance for men. Himalaya was launched in 2002 as an Eau de Parfum. Himalaya was created by Olivier Creed and Erwin Creed.
Ever since its release, Himalaya has been a very popular fragrance.
The keynotes of this Amber Woody fragrance are grapefruit, bergamot, lemon, musk and ambergris.
A note from the brand:
Fresh, woody and adventurous, Himalaya Eau de Parfum is an uplifting fougère, inspired by the rugged landscapes of the Himalayan Mountains. Citrus top notes of bergamot, lemon and mandarin, are complemented by warm notes of sandalwood, nutmeg and cedarwood. Nestled into the heart of this masculine fragrance are unique notes of gunpowder, blended with juniper berries and pepper, giving Himalaya its innovative edge. The pure seductive dry down of tonka bean and cedarwood makes this an irresistible signature scent.
|Concentration||Eau de Parfum|
|Scent Family||Amber Woody|
I recently bought a decant of Himalaya from my local stockists. These are my thoughts on wearing this scent from Creed for a few weeks.
What does Himalaya by Creed smell like?
Himalaya smells like a burst of crisp citrus, musk, and ambergris. It smells mature, adventurous and well-put together.
Something in it reminds me of Versace Pour Homme, but that’s slightly “darker” without the citrus. This fragrance makes me think of a man that’s mature and confident. A guy that’s calm but always in control. It’s not a showy scent or meant for guys that are really flashy.
|Top Notes||Calabrian bergamot, Grapefruit and Sicilian Lemon|
|Base Notes||Musk, Ambergris and Cedar|
The opening of Himalaya is a trio of citrus notes consisting of grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon. These bitter citrus notes really hit your nose with a crisp freshness that’s almost too much. Fortunately, it’s not a synthetic smell at all, and the notes are very natural smelling. The quality of the ingredients in Creed fragrances is always top-notch.
These notes are supported by a fuzzy, textured musk and ambergris. I can also start detecting a lot of the sandalwood note. It feels a little bit earthy without being too rough. I can also detect a hint of pepper with the sandalwood, which I find quite interesting.
In the dry down, more of the musk notes, as well as the woodsy notes, start emerging. The fragrance is still really nice in the dry down, but I think the middle of the wear is my favorite part. Overall, this fragrance is blended so well that it results in something that feels very natural, pure, and clean.
Sillage & Projection
The sillage of Himalaya isn’t super strong, although, in the first 2-2.5 hours, it’s a lot more prominent. Thereafter it becomes a bit more of a skin scent on me. Projection is also strongest for the first 2 hours.
Longevity & Versatility
I’d rate the sillage of this scent as really good. I get around 8 and sometimes even 9 hours of wear on my skin.
When it comes to versatility, this fragrance is best for the spring and summer months. It could also work for the fall, but I think it’s better for the warmer months. You could wear this scent also in the winter, but I think you need something a bit heavier for the colder months in my opinion.
This is a fragrance that you can wear on any occasion, whether it’s to work or more formal events. It definitely has the potential to become someone’s signature scent.
Although I like this scent, I’m not convinced. It’s quite unique, and it does perform better on my skin than many of the other fragrances of Creed, but I think there are better fragrances on the market that cost a lot less. However, if the price isn’t a factor, then Himalaya could be a great candidate to be someone’s signature scent.
As always, my advice is to try before you buy when it comes to fragrances. Even more so when it comes with such a hefty price tag. If you are looking for a very sexy scent to wear out clubbing, for example, then this isn’t for you. It’s more for those people looking for something a bit more mature.