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Explorer (2019)
by Montblanc

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Explorer information

Year of Launch2019
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 61 votes)

People and companies

HouseMontblanc
PerfumerJordi Fernandez
PerfumerAntoine Maisondieu
PerfumerOlivier Pescheux
SupplierGivaudan
Parent CompanyInter Parfums

About Explorer

Explorer is a masculine fragrance by Montblanc. The scent was launched in 2019 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Olivier Pescheux, Antoine Maisondieu and Jordi Fernandez

Explorer fragrance notes

Reviews of Explorer

A very pleasant blast of fresh clary sage and semi sweet sharp citrus on first spray and nicely done too. The ambrox is clearly there but doesn’t shriek the way it does in Sauvage and the other ambrox-heavy ilk. It just plays its part like a steady bass part keeping everything tidy. There are vetiver and leather listed as notes but they don’t stand out individually - more like well blended facets of the aura but if any one note does stand out it’s the clary sage for me and it adds some real interest because its so unusual in this style of scent. In fact the clary sage does get more leathery as the fragrance dries down but always keeps the freshness too.

The question everyone keeps asking - does it smell like Aventus? Mmm-kinda-ish, if you tilt your head to one side and squint. As someone that has worn Aventus for some years I’ll say its quite different and it doesn’t smell like a clone although you can tell what the folks at Mont Blanc were aiming for. The basic structure of citrusy top notes and clean woody musks throughout will seem somewhat familiar but it has its own character.

Mont Blanc have managed to pull off a competent designer scent in Explorer in a style littered with nice tries and missed marks.

There’s enough space in my wardrobe for this too.

Thumbs up.
01st April, 2020
Bavard Show all reviews
United States
This is a faithful Aventus clone, to my nose.
15th February, 2020
This is my first review for any on here so forgive me I mess up on terms and such. Still a newbie to the fragrance world.

I decided to wear this yesterday as I stayed indoors to try this fragrance out from the decant I got. Initially it smells good, I am actually proud of myself smelling the top notes and said “is that bergamot?” It was looking at the note break down, so yay me. Lol!

I was enjoying it, it had nice projection and smelled kind of flowery but not in a feminine way at all. It smelled nice. That is until it dried down to a skin scent.

The Ambroxan note on this turned me away big time. I don’t know what it was, but it smelled like I was smelling a medicine cabinet. I honestly tried to not think negatively about it but the more I smelled it the more I disliked it. Just smelled super synthetic and just bad to my nose.

I’ll give this another go once the weather warms up to see maybe that it’ just the weather that’s effecting it. I’m now hesitant to try both Aventus and Savage as I hear this smells like a mixture of both.
19th January, 2020
Herbal and spicy opening that develops into a sharp green note. Over time the woods develop (and no wonder with all that Ambrofix!). The appeal is that Explorer develops into a fine fragrance but not until 2+ hours later, it's too astringent and herbal in the beginning but matures into a well done perfume. I can understand why people call this the department store Aventus, but it's a close but no cigar. More like a good mix of Aventus and Eau Sauvage.
01st January, 2020
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whilst the opening blast reminds me of other top notes in Legend Spirit of the same house, their is a herbal sage impression added in, and Explorer lacks the aquatic whiffs I am getting in LS.

The drydown adds a sweeter note, a mix of a hot milk-chocolate aroma with an undertone of tonka thrown in. There are hints of a soft vetiver present, a vetiver that is very lightly applied and lacking any darker of earthy side.

The base is characterised by the additional influx of together with a nonspecific woodsiness.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

This scent is good for wear on warmer autumn days, and is not bad overall. Unfortunately its components are too generic in their aromachemical nature to entice beyond and certain level of mundanity and predictability. However much their fountain pens are admirable in quality, the same cannot always be said about their olfactory creations. 2.75/5.
29th September, 2019
Explorer's a nice fragrance and so far, since I've been wearing it, it's been received well, with several enthusiastic compliments. I'm not going to go too much into its similarity to Aventus, for the simple fact that there may be quite a few people out there unfamiliar with the Creed that inspired this fragrance. After all, the average shopper looking for a fragrance tends to stick to department stores and shops in the mall, many of which don't carry expensive niche fragrances.

Anyway, Explorer is a fresh, clean masculine fougere which blends fruity top notes with darker woods and sweet, velvety ambroxan. It begins with a bright accord built around bergamot, which immediately gives it a fresh, punchy opening. It doesn't smell like any one fruit in particular, though it bares some citrusy qualities albeit nothing sharp or sour. It's sort of a fresh, sweet bergamot and it's good start to things. Shortly after that the more masculine elements emerge, as an aromatic woods accord mixes with bergamot, bringing out notes of pine, and a grayer, almost-smoky birch. The woods are very clean and brisk, and they do a nice job of giving Explorer a decidedly masculine edge without sacrificing any of the clean, uplifting qualities that it's also established. Moving along, about an hour or so into its development, Explorer takes on the sweet, velvety characteristics of ambroxan, as it's no doubt used heavily here, though skillfully as well, as it never feels harsh or scratchy. In fact it's a very nice use of ambroxan, a nice presentation of the aroma chemical which gives the woods some sweetness, along with a plush, cushy sheen that wears in a smooth, soft, comfortable manner. Finally, it sweetens up even more as vanilla appears in the base. It's a reserved vanilla, never overtaking the fragrance itself but instead blending with the woods and ambroxan in the heart.

Projection is good for the first 4 or 5 hours, and then it gets close to the skin but still leaves a decent trail in the air. Overall longevity is about 8 to 10 hours. Explorer can be worn casually or formally, as it's comfortable but also clean and to a degree, crisp. It's easy to reach for and versatile as far as situations go, so in that sense it could be one that's good to own, as you can get plenty of use out of it. Though I've smelled a few scents that remind me of Explorer before, I can't help but like it in the end. Worth sampling, and I can see it becoming a popular designer fragrance that gets a lot of sales at the local mall. Final rating, 8.5/10.
12th August, 2019

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