Looking for a great cologne from Montblanc? Look no further…
“If writing is the visible expression of the soul, fragrance is the subliminal, unspoken language.” Those of you who know your geography (or your fountain pens) will be familiar with the name Montblanc, named after the highest snowcapped peak in the Alps.
The company launched their legendary “Meisterstück” pen back in 1924, and it soon became the ultimate symbol for timeless, classic pen design. Today, Montblanc makes watches, leather goods, stationery, and, of course, fragrances.
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The Top Montblanc Colognes
Here are the top Montblanc colognes in no particular order.
The company’s entry into the world of fine fragrance began in 2011 with Legend. It is a light, clean, fresh, though masculine fougère cologne.
A fougère fragrance means it is made with a blend that may include fern, oakmoss, coumarin, and other fernlike herbs and spices.
Fougère is one of the main families of fragrances, and it is actually the French word for “fern.”
With top notes comprising bergamot and lavender, Legend’s heart notes are oakmoss, coumarin, apple, and rose, with base notes of sandalwood and tonka.
Legend is an everyday mainstay fragrance, neither under nor over-powering. It has maintained top-seller status worldwide since its launch, and for that reason, it heads up our top 2023 best list.
Montblanc Legend Spirit
We still like the original version of Legend, though the subsequent launch of Legend Spirit gives you an even fresher, lighter, more aquatic texture.
Top notes are grapefruit, bergamot, and pink pepper; middle notes are aquatic, with the addition of lavender and cardamom. Base notes include musk, cashmere wood, and oakmoss.
Legend Spirit was introduced in 2016 with the slogan “Follow Your Spirit.” It is a timeless, cool scent. Imagine you are taking off down a black diamond run at the top of a Swiss ski resort, and you’ll have it in a nutshell.
You can decide for yourself if this Spirit moves you. We think it will.
Montblanc Legend Intense
Here is another iteration of Legend, this time in a more intense form. Legend Intense was launched in 2013, from the same nose as the original, the brilliant Oliver Pescheux.
It is meant to take the fragrance to the next level of intensity and offers a stronger and richer experience of the original Legend.
Pineapple and bergamot top notes give a masculine yet refreshingly balanced aroma; middle notes of red apple, cardamom, pepperwood, and jasmine add sweetness and fruitiness; base notes are tonka bean, amber, white cedar, and oakmoss.
All in all, although now discontinued, Legend Intense takes Legend to a new level.
But wait, Legend became even more intense. This time it is Legend Night.
Montblanc Legend Night
This is an even woodier, more aromatic, deeper fragrance than its three precursors. It was launched in 2017 and opens with a lively dose of clary sage, citrus freshness, and peppermint.
It settles down to rich, warm, thoroughly masculine notes redolent of cedar, lavender, violet, and fir resin.
Base notes of vetiver, black vanilla, patchouli, and musk round out this sensual, woody, confident fragrance.
This fragrance was launched in 2019, and to our mind, is one of Montblanc’s best. It was marketed to celebrate those intrepid explorers throughout the decades who have captured their adventures in writing (with a Montblanc pen, of course).
Montblanc Explorer is a woody, aromatic fragrance combining some of the most exclusive and exotic ingredients from around the world — bergamot from Italy, vetiver from Haiti, and patchouli from Indonesia.
This scent is fresh, yet spicy with a pleasing leathery, woody effect once it dries. The top notes are bergamot, pink pepper, and clary sage; heart notes are vetiver and leather; base notes ambroxan, patchouli, agikalawood, and cacao.
Although it is one of the lesser-known Montblanc fragrances, nevertheless Starwalker earns its place on our best list because we think it has under-the-radar appeal. It was named after one of Montblanc’s pens.
Starwalker is a citrusy, spicy, woodsy fragrance, though its citrus notes are not as overwhelming as they tend to be in other fragrance brands.
It includes top notes of bamboo, bergamot, and mandarin orange; middle notes are sandalwood, white musk, and cedar; base notes are ginger, fir resin, nutmeg, and amber.
As you can tell, Starwalker has more fruitiness than other Montblanc colognes, but again it is not overpowering. It dries down to a surprisingly smooth finish and is perfect for spring/summer daily wear. Try it. I bet you’ll like it.
Montblanc Legend Red
This fragrance is another spin-off from the Legend line. It is a sharper, more citrusy version this time, with notes reminiscent of chai tea in its opening spray.
Think blood orange, grapefruit, and cardamom and you’ll get its top notes.
When it dries down, though, you’ll get a moderately intense, manly, woody aroma combined with the appealing sweetness of patchouli, cedar, and tonka bean. Cedar and clary sage add a touch of cleanliness.
This is a likable fragrance you can wear every day, to the gym or to the office, without giving in-your-face offense to others around you.
Launched in 2014, Montblanc Emblem was developed by ‘nose’ Sonia Constant. It is warm, aromatic, and spicy yet balanced enough to wear any day of the year.
Emblem opens with a splash of clary sage mixed with cardamom and grapefruit, settling into an elegant balance of violet leaves and cinnamon. Base notes include woods and tonka bean.
Common Questions About Montblanc Fragrances
Here are what people are asking on the web:
Is Montblanc Explorer Similar To Creed Aventus?
While Montblanc Explorer is more woody while Aventus is more fruity, some say they are similar. To decide for yourself you’ll have to test both.
What Is the Montblanc Brand Famous For?
Although Montblanc is most well known for their luxury pens, they are also widely acclaimed for their watches and fragrances.
Where Is the Montblanc Brand From?
Montblanc’s headquarters is in Hamburg, Germany.
Which One Will You Choose?
Although not the first fragrance house you may think of when looking for a new cologne, Montblanc nevertheless deserves more than passing attention.
Their colognes are attractive, pleasing, and modestly priced, so you can experiment with more than one without breaking the bank. You may not necessarily be wowed by their uniqueness, but you will be happy with their wearability on a daily basis.
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