I was expecting something more modern since this was made in 2010. Reminds me of two cheapies that I own, Mr. Blass and Carven Homme, but is darker and richer than both.
As DNDB has already stated, a spicy version of the original Bel Ami. Whoever blended this fragrance (not sure Roja Dove was 'hands -on') has done a terrific job -- just so smooth.
I paid full retail also and consider it money well spent.
Fragrances as good as this come along very rarely and should be treated with relish.
An oriental spin upon one of the very best spicy leathery chypres classics I've ever smelled... Bel Ami.
Did this cheap bastard pay full retail? Why yes, yes he did!
When one reads "The one that renders all others obsolete" or other such nonsense, one is inclined to roll one's eyes. I've read as much about M, not once but a few times, and my orbs stayed put. M smiles at perfection and perfection smiles right back.
What a wonderfully balanced, warm, cinnamon spiced and glowing leather fragrance. So many leather fragrances have hard dark places with boldness of patchouli hardened animalic notes, but not this one. This may be a strength and weakness here. The opening is a radiating rose/jasmine note strongly sluiced with cinnamon for a kind of spiced rose. Rose is such a great elevating scent for leather and although it is an expensive ingredient in its pure form it is hard to beat to bring a sense of hope for the betterment of a person than a good dose of rose oil. This layered onto a fine slightly vanilla coated fine leather aroma and you've got one of the most civilized leather scents around. Don't need to use much of M - one spray works for me. I'd give it 4 of 5 stars, downgrading only for its lack of grit or darkness. Where are the darker character bits that add interest to the idealism of the rose, vanilla, jasmine, cinnamon leather? Leather always benefits from some animalics. But, even without this is a world class fragrance.
Just perfect balance. My top favorite leather scent. Full-body, refined, not shy at all, not to loud. Longevity is endless. Creamy bittersweet leather, delicate spiciness with just right amount of bergamot. Completely without cheap tones. Price is so damn high, but it is 25% perfume extract at least.Suitable for real personality.