M7 Vintage,Released in 2002, M7 is the seventh YSL male fragrance, by the time Tom Ford was responsible for the artistic direction of YSL.
Its exquisite, reddish, modern and retro looking bootle, was designed by Tom Ford in partnership with Doug Lloyd.
The parfumeurs behind M7 are Jacques Cavallier and Alberto Morillas.
Suffice to mention that M7 has started a tsunami of Oud based fragrances in the market and has created a new genre in perfumery: the “Oud” based fragrances.
But what is actually Oud?
Oud is the reaction of the agar wood tree to a fungal or bacterial attack.
Where does Oud come from?
In General Asia, the currently biggest world’s Oud producers are: Bangladesh, Indonesia and India.
Why is Oud so expensive?
Due to the low yield from plant material.
Rumor has it, that the highest-quality Oud, once upon a time, was extracted from trees that were older than one hundred years.
In today’s market, (allegedly) it takes approximately thirty years to produce Oud with the best quality.
However, synthesized versions of Oud are available.
Unfortunately, these suffer from a lack of depth and smokiness compared to the natural Oud.
This review corresponds to the two versions of M7: The vintage one (Released in 2002) and the latest reformulated version.
Please keep in mind, that this review does not apply to the M7 Oud Absolu (The black squared bottle with a twisted lid)M7 - Olfactory pyramidTop – Rosemary, mandarin, bergamot
Heart – Oud, vetiver
Base – Amber, muskM7 - Vintage
Top notes - Transparent, airy, daring
Middle notes - Multi dimensional with depth and magnitude
Base notes - Comforting, warm, smoky
Longevity - About 14 hours and skin scent after 10 hours
Projection - SolidM7 - Latest Reformulation
Top notes - Pronounced, candied, syrupy
Middle notes - Two dimensional, safeguarded, constant
Base notes - Balanced, warm, smoky
Longevity - About 10 hours and skin scent after 08 hours
Projection - Good, however it is tamed compared to the first formulationM7,The scent transports me right to a set of a “Film noir” movie.
Smoke and sensuality, dominates the air.
Two people start a dangerous game of seduction and among them the carnal contact is the ultimate reward.
The game ends with a tie result, mundane needs are satisfied.