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Explorer (2019)
by Montblanc

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Explorer information

Year of Launch2019
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 43 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

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
Smells like a popular niche fragrance. Opens with bergamoty lemony sweetness. Holds its sweetness quite a while into its dry down. Lasted quite a while. Nice fragrance. Very cool bottle. Thumbs up.

Fragrance wonks:
It is 75 percent Aventus, 25 percent Sauvage. It is a nice combo. A fresher sportier take on the Aventus DNA. Smells like it has the birch tar removed and replaced with akigalawood, for a similar effect. It is a less smoky feel. Less champagne, more sprite.
04th July, 2019 (last edited: 17th October, 2019)
Projects well for the first hour or so, then becomes an arm's length frag at best. Good scent. I can see the similarities to Aventus, but it's not all there. 60% Aventus, 30% Sauvage EDP, and the other 10% I can't quite put my finger on but is familiar to my nose, if I had to break it down. I like it, but for those who already own Sauvage EDP, this may be too similar and wouldn't make sense to buy. For non-Sauvage owners, or if you just have the EDT and/or still want something with Aventus DNA in your lineup, this might be a good acquisition. Solid scent overall. 7.5/10
31st May, 2019
A clear attempt to be similar to Aventus at a cheaper price. Not very good, projection and longevity were poor on me. When you have fragrances like Club de Nuit which perform better in every respect at a similar price it’s hard to see why you’d buy this.
You like what you like, and this isn’t for me
27th May, 2019
Tried it yesterday at a perfume shop. Did 3 sprays on the back of my hand. It opens like Aventus. After 2 hours you will be putting your nose to your skin and still hardly feel it. Very poor longevity and just average sillage.
20th May, 2019

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