Explorer 
Montblanc (2019)

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Explorer by Montblanc

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Explorer is a men's fragrance launched in 2019 by Montblanc

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Reviews of Explorer by Montblanc

There are 27 reviews of Explorer by Montblanc.


A designer version that instantly reminded me of Aventus. MontBlanc isn't even trying to hide it. There are hundreds of reviews on Fragrantica that explains the smell so I won't really get into it. However, I do want to point out the double standard when a reputable designer house releases a scent that smells similar to an expensive fragrance. Maybe it's a bit different now that this scent has been out for a while, but when it first came out, not many people were calling it a "clone". Other words such as "alternative", "substitute", and "cheaper option" were being used more frequently.

I just find it funny how a designer brand is blatantly knocking off Aventus. I suppose it's not the first time since Atelier Cologne did it with Musc Imperial.


Montblanc Explorer does indeed tread a well beaten path originally cleared by Creed's Aventus. So the exploration is of areas just off the existing trail, so to speak.

Explorer starts with a tell-tale familiar pineapple-y top note, which strikes me as a good blend of sage and bergamot. It is not as bright nor smoky as Aventus and is slightly powdery and sweetened in comparison. Still it is a very pleasant beginning that I enjoy. From there it seems to just fade into an ambroxan base. Longevity is more like half of a workday and sillage is moderate at best as this does seem to cling closer to skin. I sprayed heavy to finish up a sample and it still didn't seem too overpowering. That does make Explorer a very safe choice for a young person's office fragrance. It does not matter whether you are wearing this to explore Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter it can be an all-season go-to. Especially in a climate controlled area. As part of a collection it would be more of a warm weather reach given other options and to be blunt Armaf's Club de Nuit Intense Man would be a better option for your collection if you were wanting the best exploration of the concept that isn't actual Aventus.

Because I genuinely feel that Explorer is a substantial notch below Aventus and CDNIM I am Neutral. I will mention that this is a Thumbs Up as a gift for a young person needing an upgrade or jumpstart in to the idea of personal fragrance as part of grooming and success.


If you like the pineapple note go for it: sweet, balsamic, powdery but lacks depth and complexity but it smells very good and sexy, I like it, is well crafted, nevertheless why Montblanc has to copy Creed's Adventus success by making a pineapple scent? The difference is abysmal: Adventus is more complex blending salty notes with musk and ambergris to the tropical caramelized pineapple, in Montblanc's Explorer the quality and complexity are not there, is just a blend of aroma chemicals . I get tired after a while, the pineapple goes on and on and on eternally. Monster projection and ideal for a hot summer day on the beach or a social event like a wedding. Unisex.


An enjoyable scent to wear, however it doesn't last long. About 3 hours after the dry down it becomes a very intimate scent. Montblanc Explorer opens with a nice fruity, sweet bergamot note and then settles to what I perceive as a masculine vanilla note. It projects reasonably well for the first couple of hours and longevity is moderate. This is a good signature fragrance and suits most casual occasions, such as going out to dinner, having drinks, or at work. I have received a few compliments and some positive attention while wearing 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.


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 sweetness. In 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.


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.

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