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Montecristo (2013)
by Masque

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Montecristo information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 56 votes)

People and companies

HouseMasque
PerfumerDelphine Thierry

About Montecristo

Montecristo is a shared / unisex perfume by Masque. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Delphine Thierry

Montecristo fragrance notes

Reviews of Montecristo

Pissy leather. Lots going on with this one. The animalics are in the front on full display, emphasized with a biting patchouli. The labdanum rounds off the seat. Quite and interesting fragrance. There is something of an earthy smolder in the heart. It becomes more palletable to the masses here, as a kind of dry smoky animalic amber. Better rounded and blended than I expected. Good quality.
This is my first Masque, it has peaked my interest in the brand further. The cost at $125 for 35 ml seems like a decent value for what you receive. If you can get it at discount, all the better.
01st January, 2020
Montecristo is the second release in the story of Masque Milano: Act I, Perfume II (stylized as I:II on the bottle and cap). The inspiration behind Montecristo is the interior of a villa wherein the different elements fairly seamlessly blend together. It’s not a loud announcement of any of the pleasures (tobacco, rum, benzoin) or environmental features (patchouli, guaiac, cedar, cistus, etc.) but rather a balanced rendition that doesn’t lean too heavily on any one note in particular.

It has the booze and woods of many fragrances, and these notes are featured first for me, with the earthy basement feeling following and proportionally being a bit bigger of a part of the experience in the dry down. The earthiness reminds me a bit of Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu—dense, green, mossy, dank, and quite interesting. It’s usually not my cup of tea, genre-wise, but in harmony with the tobacco and rum, it’s a very interesting.

I frankly get more whiffs of the patchouli and tobacco on and off during the dry down, alternating which aspect of the fragrance seems more dominant. The bite of the rum subsides after a few hours, in my estimation. Overall, I dig it. Usually, the earthiness might be objectionable but it’s done so well in Montecristo that I want to keep smelling, like a curiosity, a kaleidoscope where I get different colors with each sniff.

Very well done, and on the cheaper side of the line, at $125 for 35ml. As with Terralba, the performance isn’t extraordinary on my skin but its nuances and complexity make it a fun wear, and frankly, more versatile since it’s not loud. It’s one that I’m going to try further but will likely be a full bottle pick up. Like Terralba, I had an instant connection when smelling Montecristo for the first time, my other favorite being the resinous Tango of Act III.

8 out of 10
24th July, 2019
Stardate 20171109:

Dirty Cuminy leather balanced very well with amber.
It is animalic (not the ass kind, more of the BO kind).
I prefer the ass and so probably can't pull this off. But this is a good composition.
People who like vintage Eau d'Hermes should try this one.

09th November, 2017
Dirty old leather paired with zingy aromatic herbals, Montecristo is a butch little number that is firmly in the territory of some of the more square-jawed mainstream ‘masculines’ but with the more extreme elements cranked up a little to establish niche credentials. The backing is firmly trad for this kind of perfume – a woody, ambery, spicy richness familiar to the more hirsute Orientals. The throw is much fresher, quite green and herbal – which is only part of what the wearer themselves will perceive. A fine, well-balanced example of its kind, but I’m not terribly interested in what it has to say.
10th April, 2017
Now we're talking! Right up top, a leather that's both smooth and rough at the same time -- how is that possible? Smokey and mossy... is there such a thing as burning moss? Booze, tobacco, and a bit of the delicious scent of very old paper -- vanillic lignin? About an hour in, the leather morphs into mostly smoke. And then, right where you want it, a blanket of spice and cedar that feels like I'm lying on a pile of wood chips underneath a deliciously sweaty man. (Like teardrop, I too detect cumin here even though it's not listed as an ingredient; possibly a combined effect from ambrette seed and the fossilized rodent poop.) Deadidol's review gives a very thorough dissection of all the elements and effects at work here.

May all the gods rain blessings on the lovely DuNezDeBuzier for introducing me to this delight.

Sillage: Moderate but definitely noticeable
Longevity: 10-12 hours

Note: Several blogs and BN reviews mention that, although not listed in the pyramid here, Montecristo contains hyraceum. This is, as far as I know, my first experience of that material. For any other newcomers to it, here's the rundown:
Hyraceum is the petrified and rock-like excrement composed of both urine and feces excreted by the Cape Hyrax/Rock Hyrax, (Procavia capensis), commonly referred to as the Dassie. After aging and petrifying over hundreds if not thousands of years, it is a sought-after material that has been used in both traditional South African medicine and perfumery....(also referred to as "Africa Stone") that contains compounds giving it an animal, deeply complex fermented scent that combines the elements of musk, castoreum, civet, tobacco and agarwood. The material is harvested without disturbing the animals by digging strata of the brittle, resinous, irregular, blackish-brown stone; because animals are not harmed in its harvesting, it is often an ethical substitute for deer musk and civet, which require killing or inflicting pain on the animal. [Wikipedia]
04th November, 2016
I have tried various 'animalic' fragrances, and found this to be the best. Peau de Bete is a bit 'plastic' like and synthetic, and Salome appears too powdery for me. Montecristo though has none of these annoying other notes that may draw the attention away from the core, an animalic scent presented in a sophisticated manner.

It has spicy notes and musky notes that feel real and not like white clean musk. On my skin the fragrance is not too challenging, but just right. The projection is quite good and so is its longetivity.
10th September, 2016 (last edited: 11th September, 2016)

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