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Explorer (2019)
by Montblanc


Explorer information

Year of Launch2019
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 98 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJordi Fernandez
PerfumerAntoine Maisondieu
PerfumerOlivier Pescheux
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 clean pleasant, if not somewhat generic, fragrance. It opens with a nice bergamot note and then settles to what I perceive as a vanilla note. It projects reasonably well and longevity is moderate. I enjoy wearing this as a casual fragrance, going out to dinner, having drinks, or occasionally at work. It is easy to wear and seems suitable to most situations. I have received a few compliments while wearing it, my girlfriend seems to like it. It's obviously not a ground breaking fragrance but I'm happy with it and think for the price it is good value and worth having in my collection.
06th May, 2021 (last edited: 18th May, 2021)
One of those generic&popular fagrances that makes a lot of complements from ladies like "Oh,you smell so good".it's similar to aventus.the scent makes you want to eat yourself and hug yourself.It opens with a burst of sharp,fresh,bright and citrusy note.the spicy notes described in the opening,feel like a mix of pepper and other soft spices.than as it lingers on the skin,luminous citrus slowly give way to a woody,elegant, ambery and musky blend with a wisper of gentle flowers.finally, the cacao pod and patchouli joins the blend adding a touch of fact the opening is a little bit juvenile and it's quickly transformed into a mature woody scent.this would be suitable for business or smart casual attire.Sillage and longevity are average.
27th December, 2020
I came into this testing with very low expectations. And although they were kind of met, with Explorer very much betraying the designed-by-accountants kind of vibe I thought would be there, there are some positives, if that's not stating things too strongly.

Although there is a strong ambroxan presence, it's not overpowering. There is a decent savoury-herbal opening. And although many of most alluring designated notes are laughably absent, the drydown is fairly coherent, making for a dark, taut masculine that's at least wearable.

Worse than Aventus, better than Sauvage, identical to a whole series of other designer scents tenuously connected to the outdoors - all check.
12th October, 2020
I can't tell if this is an Aventus clone as I've never smelled Aventus, but what I can tell is that Explorer is close to if not 100% Davidoff Champion. Not a bad scent, but far from original and impressive. If this really is what that overpriced Aventus smells like than just go with the cheapest of the three, Davidoff Champion.
19th June, 2020
This must be the best fragrance that Montblanc has released to date. Similar to Aventus, but not a clone -
for starters, there's no fruity pineapple in the opening. But the fragrance accords are otherwise very similar, albeit more slightly different, more synthetic, and not at the same level of performance as Aventus.

Nonetheless, a really great fragrance, I find very delightful and immensely enjoyable every time I go back to it wearing it. I enjoy smelling it on myself again and again, throughout it's duration, as I do with other top fragrances, but the biggest difference is this is at a much more affordable price! What's not to like? Thumbs way up for me.
09th May, 2020 (last edited: 13th May, 2020)
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

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