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M7 (2002)
by Yves Saint Laurent


M7 information

Year of Launch2002
Average Rating
(based on 1370 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
PackagingTom Ford
PackagingDoug Lloyd
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchPinault-Printemps-Redoute > Gucci Group > YSL Beaute

About M7

The first male scent from YSL since Tom Ford took the helm, is packaged in a deep brown bottle with a silver band at the top. The fragrance contains notes of Agarwood and is a fresh and woody sensual scent. Created by Alberto Morillas (Tommy, cK One, Angel...) and Jacques Cavalier (Issey, Ultraviolet..). The fragrance is so called as it is the seventh mens YSL brand.

M7 fragrance notes

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Reviews of M7

M7 is sweet, sticky, heavy and masculine. Not for summer or casual wear. Very unique, mature and has the cola vibe. Very similar to the newer, Oud Absolu version, so give that a try if original M7 is hard to come by or too expensive.

It's a very interesting experience because you can smell the woods and incense but that's really not what comes to mind when smelling. It is strong and sweet enough to get a compliment but just not in that same vein as those other more popular scents. You'll wear this for yourself, not others.

Excellent performance, projects nicely and lasts all day.
07th February, 2018
Dark, resinous, and powerful, in terms of intensity, YSL M7 lives up to the hype that it's built as a bygone fragrance from the Tom Ford era of YSL. Seemingly a mix of oud, incense, and resin, but nothing too well-defined, lending credence to its superb blending. I do like how it sweetens and the sharpeness gives way to sweetness in the dry down. It's sophisticated, masculine, and strong, while not being overpowering or cloying.

This original is definitely superior to the reformulated version, M7 Oud Absolu, that is part of a line, "La Collection," of a handful of reformulations of vaulted classics, like Jazz.

Certainly for an EDT, it's superlative in terms of power, along the likes of the 1980s powerhouses, or even some of the Mugler A*Men line.

I'm not blown away but I'd still say it leans more toward a "love" than a "like" so I'd be happy to have more than my decant but am also content to test my decant out while I test the market, though the market surely seems high for it.

8 out of 10
04th May, 2017
I won't knock M7 outright. It's a daring, bold scent that is an acquire taste, both for wearer and those who smell it.

M7 grabs you from the very start and demands your (and others) attention with the tangy opening notes coupled with the agarwood. That's where one would determine, IMO, whether or not it's the fragrance for him.

In my case, I found it too strong and unrelenting. Woody oriental scents are a favorite of mine; I like what M7 is trying to achieve, but I think there are other fragrances that do it in tamer, more accessible ways.

Nevertheless...if you're looking for a pungent, powdery fragrance that won't pull any punches, M7 is for you. Quite hard to find nowadays for a decent price, alas.

15th January, 2017
Stardate 20161228:

A nice fragrance. I find no oud in it though.
It is sweety, ambery and has that medicinal vibe.
I would recommend it but for the price. I would get Kalemat instead. Kalemat is an EDP to M7 EDT.

28th December, 2016
a syrupy medicinal powdery ambery oudy fragrance.

vintage version (amber glass on 4 sides): This is a great fragrance from YSL. opens up with a quiet sharp and sweet medicinal smell that is pleasant. as time progresses it gets less medicinal and more powdery and ambery. the fragrance is also quiet sweet. i always cant stop sniffing the atomizer. smells really good. the performance is good. (12 hour longevity). most suitable in cooler weather. highly recommended.

10th November, 2016
To those who looked down on M7:
Perhaps your expectations were way too high, you didn't sample it long enough, or the note associations from your experiences colored your opinion.

M7 was a major milestone in perfumery. Alberto and Jacques had experienced Arabian attars blended with oudh and wanted to find a way to introduce this kind of composition to the West. And they did just that.

M7 has an unmistakable oud note, mixed with amber, vetiver, and musk, plus some other notes. It produces a somewhat cherry wood accord. Some equate it to cherry cough syrup, but that's more of a visceral knee-jerk reaction. Intro the drydown the "cherry" subsides a bit.

This is a wonderful fragrance. It was reformulated a few years after its release (the notable visual change was the bottle, where the brown glass what changed to clear and a brown translucent sticker applied to the front side). The start is different, not quite as rich, but into the drydown it is hard to tell the two apart.

Unfortunately, YSL discontinued M7... then once interest rebounded, they released M7 Oud Absolu. That's a nice fragrance in of itself, but for me it's not a replacement for M7. If you enjoy oudh and are curious about M7, get some while you can. Prices just keep going up, making acquisition more painful to the wallet.
19th November, 2015

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