This is a cherry fragrance mixed with a touch of hay and something harsh. I acknowledge none of these notes are listed, but an early western interpretation of oud might have smelt like this.
This is highly unisex and does not have much development.
Not impressed at all after all the hype. 5/10 means it just passes as wearable. Say NO to vintage prices.
M7 is famous for its cough syrup opening, which is followed by a cherry pipe tobacco and a strong boozy note. Only then does the agar wood emerge and slowly take the lead and carry to through to the finish. It is also famous for being one of the first breakthrough oud scents and Tom Ford’s freshman effort at Yves Saint Laurent. M7 is famous, too—or perhaps infamous—for the highly charged eroticism of its advertising campaign. So what is it like? This is a medicinal, fruity, tobacco-rich, boozy and, finally, woody fragrance that is dense, sensual and reminds me in some ways of Zino. The agar wood underscores the fragrance with a slightly acrid, semi skanky note that adds to the sensuality of this scent. Masculine? Yes, very, but could work on a woman very well—a pipe-smoking woman with a cough, anyway….
M7 came to me three days ago, and I acknowledge that it is a very good-quality and unique fragrance, but it's not the kind of perfume I'd wear on a regular basis.
This juice has got a unisex vibe, which makes it suitable for women, as well; in my case, I find it a little feminine and odd for my taste (to each his own!). It's not the sweetest scent you can find, but it does give off sweetness and noticeability, and it can be a little too heavy if oversprayed. It's often been said that M7 is not for everybody, and I'm not one this fragrance is destined to be used by. Longevity is good (6-8 hours), and sillage is average. The raspberry-incense-oud cocktail can still be detected after 5 hours, and there's an animalic hint to it.
In summary, this eccentric piece of perfumery is quite distinct, bold, special, and difficult to overlook; even so, it's not a scent I'd buy a full bottle of (I like Fahrenheit absolute a lot more...actually, I love it!). Then again, as I once said, I might change my mind over time and grow to like it; some things take time to get used to and to be appreciated.
For fragrance aficionados only!
25th April, 2015 (last edited: 28th April, 2015)
This review is of the first version which had dark glass on all sides.
M7 by Yves Saint Laurent came out at a time when this house was churning out great fragrances, and this is one of them. It's hard to know to what extent Tom Ford pushed the creation of such daring releases, one can only speculate. The oud boom in western perfumery started perhaps sometime around 2007. M7 is arguably the first western fragrance to use oud, and in 2002, was way ahead of its time. Perfumers Jacques Cavallier and Alberto Morillas together are credited with creating this masterpiece.
M7 is a stunning woody oriental centred around agarwood, with notes of amber and vetiver surrounding it. There is some hint of citrus at the beginning. The fragrance has been said to have a sweet, syrupy, medicinal vibe, which is effectively the oud-amber combination. I am personally grateful that it doesn't have vanilla which often makes such compositions overtly sweet. M7 wears like a dream, projects well and stays on skin a long time. Like many other great fragrances, it has haunting evocative qualities. If I would had to pick only one oriental, this would be it.
I won't take the trouble of finding another vintage bottle once my existing one runs dry. The scent will fade; sentiments will not.
Stunning intense and unique fragrance. I have also heard it said that the vintage M7 was becoming too expensive for Ysl to keep producing so they reformulated it. Maybe it did contain pure agar wood oil. Does anyone know for sure.
28th February, 2015 (last edited: 18th April, 2015)