Montblanc (2003)

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There are 89 reviews of Individuel by Montblanc.

Imagine to sit next to a window, covered by a blanket doused with this fragrance, drinking some spicy hot chocolate.this is the scent of optimistic and successful of the most potent of all the Mont Blanc I've tried.the dominant cinnamon note is not as dry and natural as it is in Clive Christian's X for a whole,it is in the same vein as Spicebomb.

Synthetic, metallic,clean yet warm and a bit fruity and a bit spicy interpretation of yummy sandalwood with an astonishing touch of warm cinnamon and lavender and with a wisper of amber,vanilla and patchouli.the spicy oriental fruitiness sits so well in the cold weather.just a couple of sprays will definitely work even in a tropical country at night.Individuel smells awesome for it's price.performance is well above average with good projection.
Nov 15, 2021

To understand Mont Blanc Individuel think of Joop! Homme as a playful, brash adolescent. Then a few years later that playful adolescent has grown up and matured a bit, now what you have is Mont Blanc Individuel. A less bold, more mature version of Joop! Homme with the sweetness turned down a few notches. I'm not a big fan of the opening of Mont Blanc Individuel as it is very synthetic to my nose, synthetic in a very plasticky kind of way. But in the opening I do get a hint of the chocolate and as the scent dries down it starts to improve a lot. To me it is warm, slightly spicy at the beginning of the dry down, with chocolate, cinnamon and raspberry. As it settles more the scent becomes a powdery vanilla and raspberry. The dry down of this fragrance is where it's at, it seems to lose a lot of the synthetic plasticky vibe and become more settled, sweet and powdery. It doesn't seem too sweet (like Joop! or 1 Million) but I imagine that if you over sprayed it, especially on warm day it may become cloying. This is a fragrance for a guy in his 20s to early 30s, not to say an older man can't wear it but it does seem more suited to younger men. The performance is very good I get at least 6 hours of wear with arm length projection. Overall Mont Blanc Individuel is an alright fragrance with good performance but not an amazing scent. I'd give it 3/5, if the opening were better I'd probably give it a 4.
Oct 27, 2021

This smells really good…it reminds me of Bulgari Soir, but more fruity and dense. It’s linear but not boring. Thumbs up.
Oct 16, 2021

Good god this is horrible. Blind-bought based on lots of positive reviews but, to my nose, soft clean floral raspberries it definitely isn't. It's Joop! mixed with cheap spicy high-school cologne (like a bad knock-off CD Opium) and the combination is just plain nasty. Straight in the bin I'm afraid.
Sep 24, 2021

Montblanc Individuel Review:

Individuel opens up with a spicy cinnamon note, with just a hint of lavender and fruit behind it. The fragrance then dives head first into a creamy raspberry smell for the remainder of the fragrance. It's a fairly linear smell to my nose. It's very clean, fruity, and inoffensive.

I like this one, but I don't love it. Aside from work, I can't find all that many occasions in which I reach for this one. I think this has a wide appeal and can work for any age. I'd recommend checking it out if you're looking for a fresh and clean scent to add to your arsenal.

Original Santal by Creed gets compared quite a bit to this fragrance. Unfortunately, I have yet to try that one. Individuel usually runs about $20 and that seems like the perfect price for this smell. I personally wouldn't want to shell out the cash for a Creed that smells similar.

Best Age Group- Any age
Best Season- Spring
Occasions- Work, Casual
Projection/Sillage- Moderate
Longevity- 10 Hours
Smell- 7/10
Overall- 7/10

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Jul 25, 2021

Montblanc Individuel (2003) is a love or hate kind of fragrance with a tumultuous history full of controversy, conspiracy theories, and hype from influencers that literally brought it back from the dead once after it had been discontinued, only to slowly see it fade from memory again until threats of discontinuation made it relevant once more. For these reasons and more, this scent gets a lot of talk, and I can imagine will only get more talk if and when it does dry up again in the market as it has done several times, especially since one of those times will likely be its last. The big deal about this stuff, and the main reason anyone still talks about it so many years after it's initial release on the market (in which it tanked), is that Montblanc Individuel was notoriously copied almost note-for-note by Creed with the release of Creed original Santal (2005), a scent I personally loathe not only for this reason, but for literally being a sandalwood fragrance with no discernible sandalwood. More like scandalwood, am I right guys? Anyway, the Creed was richer, sweeter, and a tad more natural-smelling, mixing in some elements from Joop! Homme by Parfums Joop! (1989), to which this is often compared as well. It's true, you have to be okay with the general theme of the classic monster that is Joop! Homme to really appreciate Individuel, but I believe this scent is continued development of the ideas in Joop! Homme, plus a whole bunch of other kitchen sink stuff that most mainstream guys in the early 2000's just weren't into anymore. Either way, you've smelled this before and know right away if you like it or not, so there's no gray areas or learning to like the stuff in time like with some other things. Montblanc also wouldn't have a fragrance of theirs receive any talk after this until Montblanc Legend (2011) came along almost a decade later.

Montblanc Individuel was bashed together by master perfumer Pierre Bourdon, the legendary nose behind some of the biggest hitters in the male fragrance market, including several early Creed scents he co-penned along with his friend and fellow Roure Bertrand Dupont graduate Olivier Creed when the latter asked for help in modernizing the house which had up until then only peddled mostly classic French perfumery. Individuel opens up with a fairly strong cinnamon, sweetened with pineapple, various citruses, and made masculine with lavender, mint, and juniper. Some liken this opening to the smell of Red Hots candy, but honestly that is more the trick Original Santal tries to pull since it strives to be more "extra" in every way. Avon Frikton for Men (2000) is a better example of the kind of cinnamon found in Individuel, and it's nice. The heart is rather floral and some would say feminine by conventional standards, with orange blossom, jasmine, and rosy geranium, plus a few gourmand twists of cocoa, raspberry, and vanilla. Only some violet leaf dries things up enough to move Individuel away from this perceived femininity, and a host of spices like coriander, cardamom, and nutmeg join the mostly-oriental base of amber, patchouli, oakmoss, musk, and javanol pulling duty as sandalwood. The ultimate effect here is like a drier, more complex, and refined take on Joop! Homme, dialing back the gauche and adding some artistry. Wear time is really good at 10+ hours and performance is more than enough for cold days. Best use for me with Individuel is clubbing or romantic evenings if under-sprayed, or really just any time you want to cut the air. Montblanc Individuel is nothing if not a statement fragrance, but because of its complexity and blending, can be different things to different people depending on what stage of the dry down you encounter it on a person, which is something the upscale Creed take on this can't claim with its paired-down design.

Montblanc were struggling to make a name for themselves in perfume at the time Individuel dropped onto shelves, with the mild-smelling debut Montblanc Présence (2001) having gone over like a lead balloon. Individuel swung the pendulum to the opposite end, as Bourdon basically took the DNA of the bombastic genderbending powerhouse Joop! Homme and infused it with both gourmand, oriental, and barbershop tones to make something with slightly more maturity, more gravitas, but with all the bizarre gender-fluidity intact. Considering the "metrosexual" fashion movement was just starting to ramp up, one might figure this a hit, but it wasn't so. Some say Bourdon's ties to Olivier Creed and the fact he took much of the aromachemical wizardry he wrought in Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985) over to Davidoff Cool Water (1988) meant he owned him one, since he unknowingly invented the aquatic genre and caused a huge paradigm shift in masculine perfumery in the process, thus forking over his recipe to Creed for modification into Original Santal. This of course had the effect of screwing over Montblanc, as Creed was slowly climbing the hype hill in the men's fragrance world even before Creed Aventus (2010) came along to blow the doors open, which is where tales of Montblanc getting revenge against Creed by making Montblanc Explorer (2019) originate. The truth is that comparisons to the later Original Santal are actually what saved Individuel from obscurity, causing Montblanc to re-issue the fragrance after YouTube reviewers brought light to the stuff. I like Individuel but it isn't an every day wear, which may be why 75ml bottles are the largest size, and when it's gone from the world once again, I can learn to live without it. I won't say scramble to get some before it's too late, but you do need to sample Individuel if you haven't smelled it, because it's quite memorable. Just please, don't pay Creed prices for it. Thumbs up.
Feb 22, 2021

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