Sunday, October 20, 2013
Mont Blanc Individuel
Geranium, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Violet.
Patchouli. Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Raspberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, Amber, Musk.
An impressive list of notes for this 2003 creation by Pierre Bourdon. Like numerous others, I picked this up discounted at the local TJ earlier this year.
The first few minutes are dedicated to numerous notes vying for attention. Don't think that it's a jumbled mess, because together they smell very nice. Hints of citrus, herbs, spices and woods launch out of the bottle, reigned in by an intelligent volume unlike some of the original designers it's been compared to. It's this tuning of presence that highlights Mont Blanc's Individuel. Volume and throw are contemporary and in spite of my being a vintage owner-wearer, I actually prefer some semblance of civility. The transitions, on me at least, lean more toward volume dissipation than accord movements.
Once again, I have to buck the trend and state that I truly don't get the exaggerated longevity or sillage others have boasted of. That aside, Sillage is actually perfect on my skin with longevity approximately 5 hours. Thumbs up from Aromi for Mont Blanc's Individuel. As always, a sample wear is highly recommended before purchase.