This has nothing to do with the original M7, which I liked very much.
This begins with a burst of grapefruit. The citrus is soon subdued by a menthol note, which burns in the background, a combination of the oud, vetiver and ginger.
It's not a bad scent, but not a particularly interesting one either. The use of oud is restrained, so it is not as harsh as it could have been with a heavier hand.
Another example of a scent named as a flanker that has little if anything to do with the original. Odd habit these perfume houses have of trying to hoodwink susceptible buyers in believing they are getting a mere variation on a best selling scent.
If you love M7 but wouldn't wear it at work, in a daily basis, M7 fresh is the one for you. It's definitely more versatile, which means It's indeed fresher, weaker and less bold, although It preserves M7 oud's DNA in its base. Of course, It's not an usual fresh fragrance: It's a mix of citrusy, refreshing notes with oud. And Oud makes the difference. It certainly makes the fragrance classy.
M7 Fresh starts with a blast of orange and lemon (the pyramid lists as bergamot, whatever...) and after a few minutes, a chord of ginger+oud brings an icy and slightly medicinal smell to the composition. The orange note remains while lemon disappears completely. And that's it. Simple but more elegant than a common fresh/citrusy scent. Sillage and longevity seems moderate. A winner! If It wasn't discontinued I'd say It's the better way for someone to be introduced to oud. Nowadays, versace oud noir and its "aquatic note+oud" concept is a nice option.
A most unique smelling fragrance.
The sparkling grapefruit along with neroli up top is starkly contrasted with the agarwood which burns throughout. Extremely wearable, versatile and works well in spring summer and fall. I get average projection and longevity (around 6 hours) from this one. A wonderful take on another wonderful (M7) fragrance.
Too bad it is discontinued.
The orange-grapefruit citrus blast with a bergamot background is refreshing and very nice. In the drydown the original's character breaks through in a muted version, with attenuated oud and ginger notes. The base is a light musk that throughout the last hours takes on a soapy character. Adequate silage and projection. The base notes are so very gradually fading out on my skin that I have difficulties determining the exact longevity, but after a bit more than eight hours it's pretty much gone. A flanker for warmer spring days, but very versatile overall.
I have had my bottle for 2 weeks and have decided to sell it. Very basic/linear scent.. light citruses mixed with some veviter. very little oud. not worth the money. I am very dissatisfied with this..
Pros: Green Lovers