Individuel scores big points with me because it has excellent projection and longevity, and is fairly priced at around $35 a bottle. It's not easy to describe how this one smells, though if you've ever gotten your nose on Original Santal or Joop! you'll at least be in the same ballpark. There's a ton of notes listed in the pyramid and none of them particularly stand out, except for maybe some cinnamon and lavender. I guess there's a sweetness to it that could be linked to the dark chocolate note as well, but it doesn't smell exactly like chocolate. Either way, it's really good stuff. Individuel has a very clean feeling to it despite the fact that there are no soapy, citrusy, or green notes involved. Although it's kind of a sweet, oriental fragrance, it's also bright, and unless you over apply it, it's not heavy or thick. So it wears well and works great for daily wear, especially in the cooler months when you're looking for a casual, daytime fragrance for work, but are tired of the stuff you wore all summer. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
I never smelled Creed's "Original Santal" but this gets the job done. Very classy scent and I haven't ran across another Mont Blanc fragrance that smells better. I purchased this from Ross for about $20 and ladies love it. It can be casual or formal and very nice projection in colder climates. This can be an everyday scent and should be in every beginning men's fragrance lovers wardrobe.
Man, I really like this one. I think MB Legend is good also, but Individuel is much better IMO. Among one of my fav's!
This IMHO is the best Mont Blanc has to offer. This is so close to original santal its scary. Though it would seem creed ripped off mont blanc as this was released a year before santal. As far as the comparison to Joop! ? Well yes and no. To get joop to smell anything like this you need to spray it and give it 5 or 6 hours (yes hours) to let some of the offensive burn your nose out accords to die off. Joop to me is a disaster when first sprayed and then gets magical after 8 hours. Good luck getting to that point. This and santal is for those wanting the drydown of joop but dont want to wait. And while it again resembles the dry down of joop it is much more pleasant and infinitely more deep and natural. Now would I buy this over original santal? Yes. Hands down. This stuff is just amazing stuff. Santal is good but I honestly like individuel better. And normally I would pick creed any day over anything. I love aventus, git and original vetiver. But Individual wins in this fight. If anyone says joop is a good alternative to either I would recommend anti psychotic meds and less paint sniffing. You really have to be a huffer to enjoy Joop.
Scent grade: A
It does indeed share similarities to both Joop Homme & Creed's Original Santal. A very nice scent at a good price :)