This has a bright, lemony top note, effervescent like sherbet, underlaid with green notes of galbanum & pine. After fifteen minutes, this settles into a green floral accord, mainly mimosa, with lightly powdery & leathery facets. There are no sharp edges or bitterness here, & although the projection is very low from this point, it's a pretty & rather agreeable spring floral. Nine hours in there's been no further progression, but it's still humming along softly.
I'm very familiar with the scent of hawthorn, or May blossom, as a lot of it grows in my neighbourhood & the places I grew up in. It's one of my favourite springtime smells, earthy & almost fecal in its animalic richness, & I doubt I'll ever find a perfume that reproduces it convincingly. There is a suggestion of it in the heart phase of Aubepine-Acacia, & it's pretty darn close, but it doesn't quite capture that scent for me. This is actually a relief though, both for my wallet & my sanity.
This is a great fragrance, easy to wear, an agreeable floral soapy smell, inoffensive. I think of fragrances such as Monsieur de Givenchy, Dior Eau Sauvage, and Chanel No. 19 while wearing this, a good fragrance for a nice weather day doing something outside.
Aubepine Acaica is a hidden gem from the yesteryear Creeds. I wasn't anticipating on falling in love with this one but somehow this one just clicked. I too avoided this one fearing it might be overwhelmingly feminine but clearly it wasn't. From application, I got a blast of bergamot and galbanum which gave a bright/fresh citrus-green opening. This opening lasted for a short period of time before moving into the heart. In the heart, I got a combination of Hawthorn and Mimosa. Both notes contributed to the scent making it become floral, green-herbal, and spicy. The drydown introduced a backbone of ambergris accompanied by a hint of amber which together joined the heart notes which are much more tamed at this point. AA would be classified as a green and floral scent and is best suited for the spring and summer months. This would be great for casual occasions in the daytime. Longevity and silage was relatively good with 6 hours of longevity and 3 hours of moderate silage before becoming a skin scent. Overall, AA gave off more of a greenish feel than floral which helped steer the composition of the scent from being too feminine. If you have an interest in classic Creed scents this is one worth trying out. Aubepine Acacia is absolutely amazing and one that I'll likely get more of. Well Done!
Pleasantly bitter green notes greet the nose as Aubépine-Acacia lights on the skin, and they're fresh enough that they actually smell "chilly." There are some very potent aldehydes in the blend, and I have to say that at the start they aren't all that well integrated. A few minutes down the line and the greens are joined by the oddly musty sweetness of hawthorn blossoms. The green notes and florals soon coalesce into a tightly woven accord that vaguely suggests dry hay.
By this time Aubépine-Acacia has become quite faint and reads mostly as a mild skin scent. That or I habituate to it very rapidly. Either way, the scent remains very cool, crisp, and dry, with the slightest bit of something camphoraceous buried deep beneath the surface. Like Creed's other crisp green floral, Chèrefeuille Original, Aubépine-Acacia reveals an anise or licorice note as it evolves, though in this case it emerges much later in the game. Otherwise, Aubépine-Acacia doesn't so much develop as just slowly fade away. It's understated and it's more or less linear, but I think it makes a good unisex warm weather fragrance.
Interesting, unique, juxtaposition of bitter-salty over sweet. This fragrance features hawthorne, and it is a beauty. Too bad I can't find it on the Creed website; it must be discontinued. Rich, deep, fascinating. Smells expensive and three-dimensional. Beautiful for men or women -- although I bet it was made for men exclusively back in 1968. So sad that it's not listed anymore.