Creature by John Pegg for Kerosene 2012

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Post by Poodle

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Hello APJ,

It’s hard to know just how some perfumes turn up on my radar. Sometimes a name catches my attention, sometimes a note. With Creature by Kerosene I found the name interesting and when I saw mint as a note I simply had to try it. I’d never really experienced mint in perfumes so I thought it would be a good scent to explore.

Creature by Kerosene 2012

Creature Kerosene FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Sweet birch, mint, lemon, jasmine, green tea, sage, violet leaves, cypress, cedar, patchouli, moss.

The best way I can describe this scent is try to imagine sitting out on the porch on a warm summer day. You’ve just cut the grass and now you’re relaxing with a glass of iced green tea with mint and the glass is rimmed with lemon and sugar. As you finish your drink a little sun shower passes through and dampens things just enough so that you smell a little of the dirt in the flowerbeds. It’s bright and green and just a little earthy.

Creature Kerosene Moss_Creature RefractedMomentsPhoto Stolen RefractedMoments

Creature opens with a blast of minty freshness. I remember reading somewhere that for the average perfume buyer it’s the top notes that sell the scent. If that’s the case, then Creature would be a challenge because the mint smacks you in the face and I’m sure the mouthwash factor might cause some people to give up quickly. Itʼs a sweet mint to me, not really herbal, if that makes sense. The lemon is there, but barely. After the initial blast Creature tames a bit and I find it worth the wait as the mint gives way to a touch of fresh sage and green tea. It’s green, grassy, and fresh. I can’t honestly smell the jasmine or patchouli. I can smell a touch of cedar. My guess is these notes give the fragrance a little bit of earthiness and keep the whole thing from smelling like mouthwash even though they aren’t that apparent to my nose. There is a good bit of time when it does smell like mint muddled with sugar. Or perhaps it’s a sweet mint gum. Oddly enough, I like it. It seems to go back and forth between sugared mint and fresh, clean green and gradually just fades away. I get a few hours out of it but I wouldn’t mind refreshing this one, like popping a fresh piece of gum in your mouth when the flavor is gone. For something with a name like Creature I find this to be surprisingly soft and wearable by either a man or a woman.

Creature Kerosene Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel  FlickrPhoto Stolen Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel Flickr

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Creature at first, didnʼt think I liked it, thought the mint was too much, but it stayed on my mind and I kept wanting to test it again. (I have to admit when I see mint in a perfume I always think its going to smell like I’ve pulled a muscle and used some pain relieving rub.) I find the minty burst in Creature to be fun in a weird way and once it subsides it actually becomes a rather lovely green perfume on me. There was no swampy odor, nothing slimy or moldy either. It does smell green, but any other mental associations I have with the word creature donʼt seem to fit.
As I was writing this, hubby asked what I was up to and I shoved my wrist under his nose. He took a good sniff of it and gave it a thumbs up. Despite all that I fear that poor Creature will be a scent you either love or hate based on how you feel about mint. Even though I’m known for making blind buys, I recommend sampling this one. I did find a few comments online that said it did smell swampy to some people. I detected nothing of the sort so oneʼs chemistry and nose may play a big part in whether this one works on you or not. Iʼm not even sure why I like it. It is an unusual perfume and probably not for everyone. That being said, I totally want a bottle of it.

Creature Kerosene Robbert van der Steeg FlickrPhoto Stolen Robbert van der Steeg Flickr

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and FromPyrgos
MinNewYork has $140/100ml and also you can buy samples
Surrender To Chance starts at $4/ml

So, are you a mint lover, or do you like it only in your toothpaste? Iʼm intrigued by the whole minty perfume thing. Are there any others I should try?

Thanks,
Poodle

31 thoughts on “Creature by John Pegg for Kerosene 2012

    • Well, there are worse things you could smell of than toothpaste. It’s really grown on me. It’s clean and refreshing. I’d send you some but I used my whole sample. Now I’m just left sniffing the vial. 😦

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  1. Lovely review Poodle! I didn’t know you had such nice perfume writing skills.
    I haven’t tried a single thing by Kerosene (not available in Poland and I don’t like buying samples)
    As for the mint, my craving for this note was satisfied enough with Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima.
    If I ever get the chance to try some Kerosene, I will remember to give Creature a try.

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  2. Great review, Poodle, and wonderful photos too! I like mint in perfume but not too much right up front. I have tried fragrances with mint that are fresh on the top but with no associations to gum, mouthwash or peppermint patties. I can’t think of what they were right now, though. Mint can be a wonderful addition to perfume if the perfumers knows what he/she is doing. Otherwise…
    Azar xx

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  3. The only mint in perfume I’ve tried thus far is Heeley’s Menthe Fraiche, which I’d heard great things about. But… yeah, even though I tried, it still just read as toothpaste for me. It’s like trying to *not* smell play-doh when you’re sampling heliotrope frags. Dang that power of suggestion!

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    • Haven’t tried the Heeley one. I really like the green tea and sage in this one too so maybe that’s why the mint doesn’t bother me. It’s a far cry from the usual incense perfumes that I tend to want. It’s tough to overcome those scent associations. I like play-doh too but I don’t want to smell like it.

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  4. You are so right in your opinion of Creature…. It is a difficult one but patience pays out in the end. I love the middle and base phase where an increddibly chic, green fragrance develops on my skin, very close to Silences, the 70’s Jacomo classic. IMHO it is the best from Kerosene but it doesn’t find much love, firstly because of the difficult opening, and secondly because “green” is not in vogue at the moment…

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    • It’s does take some patience but it’s so worth it. I wish green scents were more popular. I’m happy that I’m not the only one who likes this. It’s not a scent to judge on the first sniff and sadly most people do just that. Oh well, like Kermit the Frog said, it’s not easy being green.

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  5. Not a fan of mint unless I’m drinking it in the form of tea or putting it on my body in a lotion/cream of some sort. It does sound interesting, but I’m a little scared of what I may experience. LOL great review Poodle. I didn’t know you wrote for APJ.

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    • Hi Ferris! Do give it a try if you have a chance. I didn’t think I’d like it either. I know that you have definitely tried scents far scarier than this one. 😉
      And yes, the lovely Miss Portia and the gang let me come over here and hang out once in a while. Thanks!

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  6. Great review Poodle of a weird and interesting scent. I have not explored mint at all although in a shop there was a white bottle of one of the A*Mens from Mughler that opened with a whoosh of mint that did not talk toothpaste.

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    • I’m new to the mint thing too but I guess when it’s done right it really can work. Either that or my tastes are leaning to the very strange side of things. I haven’t tried the one in the white bottle but I did find a bottle of Ice Men which was some sort of flanker that I blind bought. I must revisit that. With a name like Ice Men it’s gotta have some mint I would think. Thanks for reminding me of it and thanks for reading. I’ll have to seek out the A*men in the white bottle now too.

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  7. I like the idea of mint in perfume, but have yet to find one I think is really good. I enjoyed reading this, though, and contrasting it with another review I read recently (I think on From Pyrgos).

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  8. I do not like the name of the brand. I do not like the name of the perfume. And I have all the mint I care for in perfumery from Nuit Étoilée already mentioned above. So for me, probably, your review is the closest I get to this perfume. Thank you 🙂

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