There are a few differences from Original Santel by Creed, the opening notes in Individuel are a little harsher not as crisp, and the packaging is not as pretty as OS but everything else is. I have tested and also have samples of OS and they are the same frag. I paid $18, $140 less than OS for the same scent minus a sharper opening and a better made box, you take your pick
I blind bought this based on good reviews on youtube.
I found it to be very similar to Joop Homme with the main difference the drydown MI is less sweet and has more woody notes. It is fruity, but not as intense sweet as Joop. It has a more brut and more elegance than Joop, makes it more suitable for office use.Although Joop is bolder and beats MI for longevity and sillage .
I would say if you own both, use MI for office and Joop for club/night.
Now, few weeks ago i tried Davidoff Zino which proved to be a good experience.
DZ is has similar character as MI but much more masculine and bold.Also has better longevity and silage, plus it's cheaper
Personally I like DZ much better, it is five star while i only give MI three.
The opening is horrible, it really stinks!
After it dries up, really after one hour the floral notes take over. Still very synthetic.
Thumbs up just for pure value. It is a really pleasant, inoffensive scent.
It is a fruity opening which I guess is raspberry note. This then settles down into a lovely skin scent, which is great for warm nights, spring days, casual occasions and the office.
I love this cologne! Every cologne has it's place. It just depends on my mood and body chemistry. The first YouTube review on Montblanc Individuel stated that it was a higher class version of Joop. I would have to agree with that statement. I will recommend Montblanc Individuel to my son and Monblanc Individuel Femme to my daughter in law.