Mont Blanc does perfumes and colognes? Apparently, yes they do. And do it quite well I might add. I had no idea. I know of their pens since I am really into fountain pens but I had no idea about their fragrances….or watches, jewelry, eyewear or leather. I need to come out from under my rock more often I guess.
I am wearing this fragrance today for the first time, Mont Blanc Legend. My beautiful bride bought me a gift set last October and held on to it until Valentine’s Day this year and presented it to me as a gift. I have not heard of this cologne until she gave it to me but in doing some research, it looks like it is more popular up north than in the south or west. It was introduced in 2011 so it’s fairly new on the scene. Retail for a 3.4 oz. bottle is $72 but you can find it in the mid $50s if you look for it. I normally don’t wear such expensive cologne (Edt) for the office (click here for my thoughts on this) but I wanted to wear this to get a handle on how it was perceived by others
The gift set she gave me contains the shower gel, aftershave balm and the eau de toilette. It is packaged in a large classy black box as you can see. It measures slightly smaller than a square foot and is about four inches in depth. Pretty impressive really. The shower gel lathered up really well and had a smooth texture/feel to it. Rinses well too. The scent was of course, the same as the Edtbut very light. It would be something to use by itself for a casual night in with your lady. The aftershave balm has little to no alcohol in it at all, at least that I could tell. It did not burn/sting in the least when I applied it this morning. It went on smooth and did not feel greasy as a lot of balms do. Six hours later and my face does not feel oily at all which usually happens when I use balms or gels. It, of course, has the same scent as the shower gel and Edt and falls in between the two as far as strength goes. So using the shower gel and the aftershave together works well and should be enough if you are around people who are sensitive to aromas. The Edt is much stronger but not overpowering as one would guess with all the nice masculine packaging it comes in. One packaging item to note is the weight of the cap. It is quite heavy for a cap and just adds to the effect of being more masculine than most other colognes. I sprayed a little here and there in my normal places trying to be careful not to over do it. I hate it when men (women) wear too much cologne. Makes you look like you’re trying too hard and besides, no one likes being around that person. It just stinks.
In describing the notes, I would say the top notes are fresh and bright with a hint of apple and cedar, maybe? A clean scent really but not soapy in the slightest. As the heart notes emerge, they become more flowery on me but quickly turned woodsy and much more masculine. Which makes sense considering this cologne is classified as predominantly fougère or ‘fern-like’. It has a basic accord (works well with) lavender (which is probably what I interpreted as ‘flowery’) in the top note and oakmoss and coumarin in the base notes and has a small hint of spice as well. The base notes are dry and “leathery” as one person in my office put it, or “smells like a man” as another said. It is definitely a very masculine scent. Some have compared it to Abercrombie & Fitch’s Fierce but calling it more ‘mature’. Although it is recommended for casual wear, I think (opinion alert) that it is a little too ‘sexy’ for the office or classroom. My opinion of course as I am a happily married man and I don’t wear cologne to attract anyone, just smell good. But so far the response have been positive. Although, the responses have not let me know if I put on too much, just enough or too little as the results to that question are split equally. Something I am sure to work out over the next few times I wear it (with my wife). But I think I like it, like it a lot. Yea, this one I believe will become a staple in my rotation.