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A very clean and pleasent Creed, with a heavily obvious ambergris dry down..to me it's a lot like green Irish tweed for its fresh approach, citrusy instead of grassy with a similar ambergris rich structure, Himalaya has a luxury ivory hand soap feel tho in the dry down. I suppose I could connect the smell with all things pure and tranquil that is associated with the Himalaya mountains, except there is no harsh weather or fellow mountaineer's falling to their deaths, it's a sunny day and the climb ahead is full of optimism. I get around 6/7 hours performance with an hour's projection..makes for an excellent staple in the spring and summer.

Affable, likeable and very approachable. I will actively seek out another sample of this as it simply didn't stand up and grab me on the first couple of wears, but there is something intriguing there.

Silver Mountain Water's sample was enough to let me know a bottle wouldn't work for me, but with Himalaya I'm just not quite sure yet.

I'm also wondering if batch variation has influenced my sampling - citrus, cedar, sandalwood and ambergris presents as my ideal fragrance based on my tastes.

I definitely like it, just not sure if I like it enough to own it.

As with some of my favorite Creeds this took me awhile to appreciate just how good it is. At first i really disliked this (blind buy). However now i am almost out of my 75ml bottle and will definitely be getting a 120ml this time.

This has actually garnered me quite a few compliments and a few people have even asked how i smell so fresh and clean. This in my opinion is the yellow version of GIT and i find i enjoy it more in the cool months.

Will definitely remain a staple in my collection and can't wait to get a big boy bottle.

That feeling when you get out of the shower on a cool morning and that fresh citrus blast peppers you is magic!

However i do wish it performed better!

I just received my 2nd bottle of this (100ml 2016 batch) when I opened the parcel I found the bottle had leaked about 10ml, clearly the ring beneath and atomizer was loose. Anyway i got a small refund to compensate for this as, I decided to keep the bottle because this thing had BEAST performance on me..I'm talking projection and longivity that just goes and goes!

The bottle I had prior to this lasted about half as long.

I can't wait for the cooler months because this will be my go to cold morning scent!


Creed Himalaya (2002) was purportedly created to commemorate Olivier Creed's Tibetan expedition, because normal perfumers go on crazy expeditions across the globe right? Right. Anyway, avoiding complaints about delusions of grandeur concerning the Creed family and their house, I will say that Himalaya conjures nothing of the sort when smelled or worn, but that doesn't mean it's not good. The notes breakdown of Himalaya seems to describe this mystical fragrance which is one part of juicy citrus, one part dry aromatic sandalwood, and one part illustrious Creed ambergris base all rolled up into a delightfully-fresh semi-oriental smell in a gleaming silver bottle meant to take you virtual mountain climbing with your deer friend Olivier Creed, but that really isn't the case here either. What I (and most people) actually get here is a fresh fougère competing with the likes of Calvin Klein Eternity for Men (1989) or Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme (1993) but given a new lease on life with fruity top notes and some Creed quality to make the base last far longer than either of the other two. I imagine Himalaya was meant to be the Green Irish Tweed (1985) for a new generation of upper-management career professionals, but with Millésime Impérial (1995) still doing very strongly, and Silver Mountain Water (1995) being something of an underdog champion amongst younger, more aggressive guys able to afford Creed, Himalaya probably felt too staid, even though it was intended for that market while the other two were technically unisex fragrances. Himalaya therefore goes somewhat unloved and unnoticed in the more-modern canon of Creed, until some of it's ideas were repackaged again with less freshness, no fruity charm, and more traditional barbershop notes in Viking (2018), which is a solid, if underwhelming fougère that is ironically even closer to the 90's stuff than Himalaya.

The opening of Himalaya is rather vibrant, offering a three-way waltz with dry bergamot, juicy lemon, and sweet grapefruit, the latter of which was just starting to come into vogue in the early 2000's. Creed always had been mindful to offer an "elevated" version of what's popular with designers in the 90's, at least until they went "full niche" then later shattered the mold with Aventus (2010), setting a trend for the first time since Green Irish Tweed instead of just making luxury versions of "everyone else's cologne" like they're essentially doing here. The really natural-smelling citrus, along with a trademark authentic ambergris base, is the hallmark of most Creed fragrances, and even if you hate the rest of it, you can count on those being there to give a beautiful house note. Same holds true for Himalaya, as after the fruity-sweet citrus settles down, we get an almost metallic middle of geranium, hedione, and sandalwood, which is a big link to Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993) as well, but is all the commonality it has despite what naysayers might tell you. White musk, the aforementioned ambergris, cedar, oakmoss, and Iso E Super finish this up, but that natural ambergris is really what sets Himalaya apart from any other designer fresh fougère from any decade. Typical long life of about 10+ hours and potentially dangerous sillage abound with Himalaya, so be careful how much you apply, and this is another unusually casual scent for Creed, just like Silver Mountain Water, so it might make a good daily driver for office use or day errands on weekends when the weather is fair. Nobody will suspect you're wearing "one percenter's fragrance" due to the affable nature of Himalaya, and nobody will likely even turn their head to figure out where your smell is coming from, but anyone within touching distance will notice you're not smelling of the usual mall fragrance, and will ask what that gorgeous scent is called.

I think this casual friendliness, it's clean, fruity, solidly aromatic lines, and the total lack of pomp or drama is what makes Himalaya so underappreciated among Creed fans. One sort of expects a Creed to have a distinguishing accord which attracts attention or envy like Aventus or Green Irish Tweed, some kind of expensive-smelling facet to create intimidation like Bois du Portugal (1987) or Royal Mayfair (2015), and when it doesn't feel special in those ways, the psycho-emotional disconnect of not feeling elite is a let-down for some Creed-o-philes. However, with Himalaya, there is still an underlying uniqueness and distinction which sets Himalaya off from other things you could be wearing, and that's the overall optimism of the fragrance combined with its quality. Most fresh fougères are just that: fresher versions of the standard green, clean, and groomed accord men have been relying on since the late 19th century. Yeah, there's the rich vanillic stuff from the mid 20th century, the heavy aromatic stuff from the 70's, and the extremely mossy stuff from the 80's, but with few exceptions, fougères are fit for work, and rarely play. What Creed does with Himalaya is make a playful, lightly sweet, and "young" fougère that avoids the radioactive pitfalls of the ozonics of the day going for youthful countenance, but also avoids the "dad's aftershave" reputation that even lighter 90's fougères eventually picked up by the turn of the millennium. No other house at any price point was really trying to keep the fougère relevant anymore, but here was Creed quietly injecting a bit of anti-age serum into the formula, and making a sleeper of a generalist in the process, albeit an extremely pricey one. Something like Himalaya feels more niche a decade plus removed from its release date, and that's its charm, but it shouldn't be anyone's first Creed, unless price is a factor as it gets discounted more often than some others. Thumbs up!

A half-hearted thumbs up. Not because Creed's Himalaya smells bad to me, but because it's too understated and simple for my tastes.

Take perhaps four parts Escentric Molecules 01 and six parts Escentric Molecules 02, mix together, and...
Voila, it's Creed Himalaya! I do detect a few other notes in there, but for the most part, these seem to dominate: Iso E Super and Ambroxan.

Opening spray is a light citrus peel sensation that immediately goes into skin-scent mode. Ironically, after about 15 minutes this initial sheen dissipates, and the iso e emerges quite clearly, along with the unmistakable musky Creed ambergris accord (partly reflected in Ambroxan, one element in ambergris).

Now the question is: Do you like loud, straightforward and assertive colognes? Then Creed Himalaya may not be for you. This scent is airy, aromatic, woody, slightly citrus and musky with moderate sillage. It seems meant for the enjoyment of the wearer than those walking by or around the wearer, unless he (she?) had decided to layer Himalaya on himself three times or so.

Sandalwood's musky-creamy presence works well to add a bit more complexity to the cedar in the base; else, if it was strictly iso e super, this would be a more sterile scent from Creed. Overall, there is an atmospheric, natural vibe that Himalaya communicates, and those who like subtle, whispering soft fragrances, this may be the scent for you.

Great casual outing fragrance, also suitable for daily informal wear and for the office. Creed's Himalaya is a safe, pleasant, clean and basic scent that shouldn't offend any but the most sensitive smeller.

I agree with the person who summed this up by saying Himalaya smells like a soapy version of SMW (I'd also say a woodier version too). I couldn't agree more. I love SMW but this one is more wearable for all occasions. Call it the generic freshie of the Creed line, and this is why I love it. Looking for a daily scent that's work friendly but smells of high quality? Never cloying but never under the radar either? Paranoid about being the "cologne guy"? Look no further.

I'd say it opens up with beautiful citrus (which surprisingly stays into the mid-drydown) and then transitions to a gorgeous sandlewood/cedar/soap/musk for the duration. Sometimes when I don't think about the fragrance, I'll get wafts of tea (this is the SMW comparison) which I truly adore.

Longevity and Sillage is average, lasts through a work day but pretty weak nearing the 6 hour mark.

Since owning this, I question why I own Prada L'homme and other designer "fresh out of the shower" fragrances. This one is so much more natural smelling and easier to wear.

As far a seasons go, I enjoy this one the most in the winter. The woody musk really breaks through the cold and creates a safe and friendly masculine aura. I find the citrus's really come out when worn in warmer weather but the musk can be too strong.

I'll always have a bottle of this in my collection. One of the most under-rated Creeds in my opinion. Sample if you haven't already but I'd also be as bold to say that this is one of the safest blind buy Creeds if you're into blind buying. Just don't expect to be blown away as there is nothing ground breaking or jaw dropping. It's just a naturally smelling, woody/musky fresh out of the shower scent.

Tied for my second favorite Creed after Aventus with Green Irish Tweed.

I love it.

Crisp, almost metallic freshness.

Great performance.


Smells fresh, cold, clean, and modern.
Not overpowering nor cloying.
Go for Aventus or GIT for special occasions, as Himalaya is not groundbreakingly unique, but definitely a safe scent for daily wear.

Great stuff. It reminds me of a slightly subdued and soapy version of Silver Mountain Water (which I love).

White wax lemon snow
Scattered round an old wood shrine
By sharp icy winds.

Impressive smell, bright, fresh, zesty, pure...

I am impressed by the smell of this one. I've now tried a few Creed fragrances and think that Himalaya can compete with the famous ones. I get an opening of juniper berry and bergamot (with citrus: presumably grapefruit and lemon). The sandalwood, ambergris and cedar wood make a great base. It seems simple, yet it delivers a really good punch and is interesting. I don't have a point of reference to compare it to designer fragrances, but I will say that I am yet to be disappointed by a Creed fragrance. I also get the inspiration for this fragrance as the mountains of the Himalayas. This smells like how you would imagine iron rich mineral water from a mountain stream to smell like. Ultimately, I do think it's a good fragrance, and again, as with all Creed fragrances, it's up to you to decide whether to invest and purchase or not.

Almost love it, but seems to veer close to GIT, which I do love, so no need to invest in both. Try each before buying, as you may decide the mountains are better than the tweed. Himalaya is truly a wonderful scent, though. I simply prefer Green Irish Tweed.

Holiday scents #1 - Creed Himalaya

Goes on very faint at first, with little to report in the way of any notes at all. (To be fair, I have noticed something similar in scents of a comparable character and note profile in the hot conditions under which I am testing this "holiday" series.) However, after a short time, the scent reappears and its true characteristics emerge.

Himalaya is of a Terre d'Hermes type for the first several hours, all citrus and musk with a slightly sour edge. This, though, has more of an aquatic feel about it, and the best appreciation I can express is that it is an "aquatic musk" type, with some added citrus, possibly verbena and a touch of vetiver. Later on, well into the drydown, the whole ensemble becomes smoother and more civilised, with everything approaching a rough edge wearing off.

Given the non-existent opening, I applied the entirety of a 1ml sample at a single go, and this seemed not to be over the top. Himalaya simply doesn't seem to be something you can over-apply too easily.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to like this given my scepticism towards the Creed range, but this is really rather pleasant, and given the universal acclaim from the Funwithfrags family, this has thereby earned a thumbs up. Really, it's not that different in an olfactory sense from a hundred things at all points of the market, but the quality is evident and given the chance, comes to the fore. I'm not sure I will ever be flush enough to work down a wish-list to the point where I will buy this, but a good effort nonetheless.

I tried Himalaya for the first time today. It was a different experience that I expected. The opening was not as enjoyable as I was anticipating. It seemed more sweet, where I was expecting a citrus/grapefuit opening. There was almost an Amouage vibe to it, and I'm not very fond of the Amouage line so far. But...then...things got better. Himalaya becomes a wonderful fragrance in the dry down. Such a pleasant experience that it completely turned things around for me. I will wear it several more times before I commit to buying a bottle, but it's certainly caught my attention.

Lot number A3913X01 is a pretty solid batch. The citrus top notes blend well with the bergamot. You can barely tell it's bergamot, but its faint and ties everything in well. If a fragrance has Sandalwood, it's in my wardrobe. If a fragrance has sandalwood and cedar, it will be on my skin a LOT. I love how these two notes work together.

Side note - I sprayed this not too long ago, and my cat is hanging out in the area I sprayed it with his nose in the air smelling it. He loves it, so I love it

This is a great night scent. I will be mixing this with Bois Du Portugal often. The bergamot really ties everything together very well

Amazing. Really takes you to a heavily-forested, ice-capped mountain. I vastly prefer it to the (in my opinion) over-hyped Aventus. Very possibly my favorite Creed scent.

Himalaya is a excellent fragrance that I find difficult to review. IMO, it falls too closely between Silver Mountain Water and Green Irish Tweed, but being closer to SMW. Himalaya is distinctive and more bracing than SMW, but I already own SMW, and don't feel the need to have both in my collection. It carries the Creed trademark quality and dry down, and it's very pleasant and easy to wear. I'd have to wear both SMW and Himalaya side by side to distinguish them, then they would both likely remind me slightly of GIT. All great fragrances so I'd easily give it a Thumbs Up.

I tried Himalaya today again after couple of weeks...as today was some function at home for which I had to wear GIT...and in the night I wanted to test out Himalaya again so out came the decant and the first thing I noticed was how similar its to GIT...the basic DNA...of citrus / green / smoke / is the same...GIT being little more on the sharp side of green than Himalaya so the moot point is that it's the same common thread ...having said that I still enjoy it and as some reviewers have mentioned its a safe office work wear...not as stand-out Fragrance as aventus or GIT but still oozing of class and sofistication ...the only down side is that you can own GIT or any of the other millesimes like MI or SMW ...then u don't really need this as that same DNA is present in all and if you have already ticked a $250+ in that category do u really need another one of the same type in that...? That's the basic Q one needs to ask oneself and then decide accordingly....but I will not mark it down for it ...just that in that cateogry I need to own just one...so that the funds can be used for other worthy fragrances out there...
I will recommend it however as its one of the many creed classics which one can enjoy thoroughly !
I don't need to describe the notes as many reviewers have done that already and better than me to boot ! What I can share is my view point on the fragrance which might be of some help in any potential buyers evaluation of the various options from the house of creed !

If you like to be different CREED fragrances are for you.HIMALAYA?a modern classic that is seemly for any season and any occasion.It is both youthful and mature simultaneously. bright,fresh,woody,intelligent,elegant, clean,charming and masculine.

HIMALAYA is a fresh woods cologne with a masculine dry down.at first glance the citrus burst is strong like often fresh scents but when the top notes go away you are surrounded by a wonderful smell and it makes a statement saying I am a reflection of one lifestyle and attitude.

Definitely one of those masculine colognes that most men would fall in love with it.lovely for ladies too.It reminds me of a garden after the rain. a beautiful present.anyway I think you can not go wrong with CREED fragrances.

Flying relatively under the radar in the house of Creed, Himalaya retains the line's ambiguous "fresh" DNA with having more depth. Like Aventus, Himalaya walks the line between citrus and wood, and in that respect is both fresh and grounded in something earthy/spicy at the same time, and is versatile. The comparisons to Aventus should probably end here, though, as Aventus is far fresher / more centered around pineapple, and Himalaya is more a balance of several citruses and woods (cedar, sandal).

It opens mainly with these citruses (grapefruit, bergamot, lemon) and devolves into its woodier notes within an hour and holds these notes more at the forefront for its lifespan, still retaining the citrus as part of the mix.

I think the name is mistakenly cold weather-centric, as I find Himalaya to have all-season and day/night wearability. Projection and longevity are very good, but not great, and as such are consistent with Creed's other offerings, like Aventus.

8 out of 10

I'm not sure why, this gets such bad reviews ? I could where this all the time . It is not a fascinating fragrance, but the ambergris is what always stands out to me, and makes this smell really nice . Spray some on your clothes, and the longevity, will be great . It lasts all day on me . One of the only two that I like, from Creed .

I don't know if something can "smell" cold, but Himalaya really does live up to it's namesake.

When I tried it my immediate reaction was "this smells cold" which I found was a really odd thought to have, but it does.

Think of how it must smell when you are standing the the summit of everest and you will be close.

Extremely fresh and bracing, and, actually, very nice...

An enigmatic wonder of scented bliss. Yes, this begins with something odd, but very spring-ish! I feel clean wearing this fragrance. Then the drydown comes into play and I have an occasional blast of woods out of nowhere, yet not a dirty forest, but a Coors Beer commercial vibe! Mountains, and clean water cascading over mineraly rocks. This is an excellent blend. My spring scents are this, GIT, Tere D'Hermes, and Black Touch for spring evenings.

Cold, yet warm; sour, yet sweet. Himalaya is a conundrum and it's not surprising that it divides so many people.

The opening is a cold, citrus blast of alcohol. Unlike some, this doesn't grab me. It actually reminds me of that chemical odour of women's hairspray.

For me, though, Himalaya is all about the dry down. It stays somewhat austere on me for a good few hours as a cold, metallic note persists but then it develops into a lovely, warm sandalwood base, touched by a most agreeable incense note.

I don't understand why so many reviewers have called Himalaya generic. I would agree that it doesn't belong to the familiar Creed family of fragrances, but I regard it as anything but generic. I also get the impression that this is a fragrance that projects more favourably than the wearer may realise. I know that sounds odd but those notes that rise from close quarters through the wearer's nasal passages, particularly for the first two or three hours, are definitely less revealing and balanced than they are for a receiving nose a couple of feet away.

I've had my bottle for about a year now and I wore Himalaya on a cold day recently after a fairly long break and I have to say it was a joy - more so than past outings. It has grown on me with time and I swear it has improved with age, like my bottle of Aventus. Or that could just be me, warming to it.

I also have a different experience with longevity to many reviewers. On that day, it was an absolute beast. I applied three sprays to the neck in the morning and my wife and I could still smell it after 13 hours, although it was naturally wearing closer to the skin by then. I did apply some unscented moisturiser to my neck first, so that may well have assisted.

If you want a fragrance that is inoffensive and versatile but still shouts quality, then you could do a lot worse. Not up there with my favourites by any means but I do find myself enjoying wearing Himalaya very much. Overall, a worthy addition to a collection.

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