Explorer 2019

Explorer by Montblanc
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Explorer is a new perfume by Montblanc for men and was released in 2019. The scent is fresh-fruity. It is being marketed by Inter Parfums.
Scent goes well with Sauvage (Eau de Parfum)
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesItalian bergamot, Sage, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesLeather, Haitian vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesIndonesian patchouli, Cocoa, Ambroxan, Akigalawood®

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (480 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (437 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (443 Ratings)

Bottle

8.0 (480 Ratings)
Submitted by Franfan20, last update on 01.12.2020.
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Qlimax
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Explore the Ambroxan
The Montblanc Explorer starts fresh after being sprayed on and then develops quite quickly into a woody ambroxan bomb. And bomb is really the keyword here, because the silage is brutal. I was asked 4 hours (!) after application (two splashes on the neck, one behind each ear, and one in the crook of my arm) outside from a good 1 metre distance what that fragrant scent was and whether I had showered in it. Two weeks later in a similar situation (4 splashes, 30 minutes after application) I was told that a "perfume cloud" was coming from my direction. So if this is not a strong silage, what is it ? I had a shelf life of 6 - 7 hours, so it was solid. All in all recommendable (especially for the price), if you do not mind that the perfume is pure synthetic. In principle you can wear it all year round, but I prefer to wear it in spring and summer.
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8.5
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Michaelmssnr
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90 % Aventus
First of all, the fragrance is a clear Aventus clone, but I find it a bit harsher and woodier. Aventus on the other hand is clearly creamier and fruitier, which does not mean that I find Aventus much better. I like both fragrances very much, but as Explorer is much cheaper I would always prefer this one, but Aventus has lasted a little longer. H + S are solid in any case and are absolutely sufficient for a day in the office, for which I use it most of the time. You can't do anything wrong with the fragrance, regardless of the season and situation.

Absolute recommendation!
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Basti87
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Pleasant fresh chemotherapy in Aventus style
Something new from me. Like most fragrances with similarities to Aventus, fragrances quickly come to the fore. This one, too. I tested it a few months ago, now there is a small bottle of 30ml in my collection. This small flacon is very cheap to get on the internet and even the bigger flacons don't cost the earth. Anyway, Montblanc is a nice brand for me with a great assortment. If you are looking for cheap good scents you should have a look at this brand. Besides an Aventus and Fierce twin, they also have good independent fragrances, which are available at low prices I'm really not an Aventus fan. Never have been and never will be. But Aventus has a reason for my existence. Apparently he has something the masses like. He already has character, but that DNA doesn't knock me off my feet. For me, a calm scent, distinctive and masculine. The big success is probably due to the social media and is simply a status symbol of luxury and prestige. And of course the alleged irresistibility towards ladies. For me one of the most overrated fragrances when it comes to value for money. Otherwise for me a decent pleasing fragrance without big highlights for me.

Now to the Explorer: I have already tested several scents that are supposed to be clones of Aventus. This one can definitely be counted as a twin. But if you are looking for the best replica, I think you will find it at the Armaf. Also the Al Haramain is probably even closer. In my opinion this Explorer is more in the casual direction. The first hour with the top note is still a lot of Aventus style, but it drifts off and has a lot of independence. A high dose of Ambroxan is also active here. A lighter scent that can be worn as a casual scent without any problems and it also comes into its own when doing sports.
For laymen, however, the difference is difficult to smell, especially the top note. If you are keen on the compliments of Aventus, you will get them with this one from the fragrance laymen. As an expert one must of course say: Aventus looks a little more high-class and is also better suited for more noble outfits. But those who want to hang out or smell good for the studio will also be happy with this one. Does this difference in quality now justify the almost tenfold? There's probably a lot of placebo in it, too.
Performance is also very decent. Projection is very good in the beginning, before it fades away very close and softly woody. Durability is about 8 hours for me
Here Montblanc has created a really good scent for people who don't want to pay around 300 euros. For me it's a great scent for leisure and sports activities
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Alex54
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Top Review    8  
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
Liberté:
The freedom to develop a fragrance that smells the way marketing wants it to smell. Whether it should be a 1:1 copy of the original or a fragrance "inspired" by it. As far as I know, everything is allowed as far as the pure scent is concerned. But now let's get to THIS scent.
Explorer starts with a juicy bergamot, pepper and a small amount of sage (at least for my nose). I would describe the top note as fruity - fresh and for untrained noses in the local perfumery, this is certainly a convincing argument. The heart note in the form of leather and vetiver quickly emerges, and the eau de parfum immediately looks a bit more masculine. In the base note, ambroxan and akigalawood join in. From this point on, it should smell like the one it is "inspired" by. In the end, it only appears dry and woody. The durability on my skin is about 5.5 hours and the sillage 1.5 hours. For an eau de parfum, I find the shelf life somewhat disappointing.

Égalité:
I wouldn't say Explorer is a clone, as it doesn't have many scents like the prominent pineapple, apple and currant. The birch that gives Aventus its slightly smoky note is also not included. Nevertheless, one has to admit that for untrained noses the drydown reminds surprisingly of Aventus.

Fraternity:
Solidarity in the sense that more and more people want an Aventus for the smaller purse. If you like this kind of scent DNA, you can get it at Explorer, because it is suitable for the masses, unobtrusive and cheap. It brings compliments and is a good all-rounder.
In conclusion, it cannot compete with Aventus. BUT he does not have to as a cheap alternative
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ScentGrail

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ScentGrail
ScentGrail
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Montblanc Explorer: Hail to the King
It is official. After nine years, we finally have a designer fragrance based on the most popular fragrance(s) in the world. This Montblanc Explorer review is my fragrant journey during the last five months.

Here are my 5 quick takes:

- An all-year-around fragrance
- Fruity Aromatic composition
- The natural interpretation of the most popular niche fragrance
- Versatile fragrance suitable for anyone
- High-Quality presentation

I found it quite pleasing and was my most used fragrance during the summer.

The oblivious influence is straight-up visible, but it differs enough with its natural smelling notes.

If you are interested in my perfume work, you can find me on the web and social media's under the Scent Grail name. Cheers.
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JayKalinka3
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JayKalinka3
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Businessman instead of Explorer
I noticed the scent in public. The young gentleman kindly wrote down the name and the recommendation for me. A really good scent which enchants from the beginning. The bergamot at the beginning gave me a WoW effect, which I miss in many perfumes.

Fruity is rather the appearance which the nose embraces with the first sniff. The real star here steps onto the stage in the heart note. Haitian vetiver which is rounded off by the leathery scent and the transition to the base note with patchouli and cocoa makes the performance an unforgettable experience.

An explorer who collects the ingredients during his continuous journey and offers it to the businessman at the busy harbour with a beaming victory smile. The businessman carries the scent and the heritage further.

A successful perfume for the self-confident and confident man. Montblanc, welcome back!
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61K
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No scent to write fairy tales about...
but a rock-solid everyday scent that floats fully with the current of time.
Actually, I am someone who likes to write stories about fragrances and let them take you on a journey, but this one just doesn't work. The scent is about as straight as a broomstick and when reading the scents you feel as if you have just taken half a box of Hoggar™ Night.

Many are now shouting "Boring!", and they are right, because they are perfume lovers with a "exquisite SCREENMACK", who probably get drunk with Andy Tauer every day. They say he's copied "How can you find something like that? Ew! Yuck! No way! 1 star!"

In reality, however, things look different. Most people don't care about the rarity or the uniqueness of a fragrance, but just want to smell good for half a day and Explorer is perfect for that.

Fruity-fresh with some smoke and vetiver for the character, super shelf life and Sillage.
Your friends like it
Your parents like it
Your dog likes him
and Chantal from the secretariat likes him ;)
only you don't like it because your ego won't let you

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Sockosophie
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Helpful Review    13  
Le roi est mort, vive le roi
If a perfume had something like "God King" status within the community, it would probably be Aventus.
You can find it however you like, as is well known, the spirits are divided. But each one of us can then still summon up the residual reality of acknowledging the titanic status of this quite fickle beauty.

But if a perfume is so good that the myth calls for an armada of plagiarism, that's even more worrying. Aventus remains the most copied fragrance in the world and the original is increasingly falling into disrepute.

Malicious tongues would claim that Creed in her hubris would cause the fall of her house and they probably wouldn't be completely wrong about that either.

This is a new departure for Explorer, because there has never been a designer clone of Aventus before and it marks a milestone in the history of men's fragrances.
About the fragrance itself:

Explorer starts with a combination of bergamot, ambroxan and akigalawood and if you look at these and other notes you don't necessarily come to the conclusion what is actually tried here.

No pineapple, no apple, no currant and no birch tar, and yet: after the first smell I could have told immediately what this is supposed to be.

Explorer is more synthetic than Aventus, less qualitative, but no less pleasing. The head is indisputably pleasant for untrained noses and a stroke of genius if you consider that "normal" customers do not wait for heart and base, if a fragrance is nonlinear at all.

When it dries a little, the bergamot fades into the background and out comes a typical synthetic men's wood scent, as you can find it in every drugstore. Here everything is missing that makes other clones special
The shelf life is okay 6-7 hours. After one to one and a half hours of mediocre radiance, it goes over to a level close to the skin. For a fresh fragrance at a price quite decent.

In any case, it is immediately appealing, especially in the first hour, but the longer you wear it the more banal it becomes. I actually have enough "crowdpleaser" scents than this one really needed.

Explorer marks a turnaround for me: Aventus is no longer a niche fragrance.
Even if the copy is poor, it is still a copy and shows how much the end of the flagpole has been reached here.

Aventus had a good decade, but perhaps we can now give him a well-deserved rest, let him go down in the annals and wait for the next holy "Grail smell".

The king is dead, long live the king!
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Swagger91
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The Aventus twin that is not worth mentioning
Mountblanc Explorer:

The new Mountblanc Explorer. When it came out I thought only NAJA! Once again Mountblanc has copied a fragrance and interpreted it itself. A comparison with Aventus is not worthy, as this scent is quite synthetic. You wouldn't compare Mike Tyson with Manny either? Different weight class therefore also different rules. But now we come to the scent and packing.

The packaging is nothing great now, but one has the impression that the bottle is of high quality. A metal cap with a leather stripe around the flacon makes a good impression! If you remove the cap, the vaporizer is pretty good, too, I've seen worse. Unfortunately, the opening is very close to Aventus, and would even go so far that perfume lenders wouldn't be able to tell the difference in the opening.

The fragrance starts with a sweet ambroxanopening and after a good 1-2 hours develops more in the minimal leathery woodsy direction. A little later one can also detect the cocoa note but the ambroxan is omnipresent. Durability and sillage I would appreciate for a designer in the good range. The scent is still perceptible after 6 hours before it becomes more body like after spraying for 3 hours. I can't perceive a big development in the drydown, rather a linear scent that is meant for the masses. After 3-4 hours only a sour synthetic scent remains, which may remind me of green apples but is more leathery and woody. This becomes so extreme that I get a headache from the scent in summer. Durability is the standard 6-8 hours for me, and Sillage is pretty good for a designer in the first 1-2 hours! Season rather spring and autumn, because it is too fresh for the winter and simply too synthetic for the summer. Due to the fruity Aventus-likeopening it is a signature centre that could be worn at any occasion. Especially suitable for work, because you don't want to have crass non-scented scents at work.

I would recommend the fragrance to someone who is looking for a cheap aventus alternative, because as an independent fragrance I classify it with too little character. There are better scents in the price range that show more edges. For me, however, he has become by his too strong synthetics a clear passport.
Bremus
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Not an Aventus twin!!
Today Montblanc "Explorer" has become my property and of course I immediately compared the fragrance with Aventus. But I can't agree at all with the many voices explaining that Explorer is a nearly 100% Aventus fragrance twin. Aventus is much more citrusy than Explorer and smells more natural! The shelf life did not stand up to any comparison with Aventus. Explorer is now not a bad scent, but I wouldn't equate it with Aventus. If I had to choose, my choice would clearly be Aventus (yes, despite the high price).
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CarterHammCarterHamm 25 days ago
8.5
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8
Longevity
8
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9
Bottle
Similar to Aventus in the opening and mid. Dry down takes a turn toward the leather and leaves out the smoke. I enjoy it. Very versatile.
TorkeTorke 3 months ago
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Jack of all trades of fragrances. The epitome of a dumb reach.
Bergamot and Ambroxan heavy,
Decent smell, maybe a little too body spray.
Nik604Nik604 4 months ago
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I understand those who hates this juice ...of course , if you spend 300 euro for a bottle of fragrance , you will be proud - and then Explo
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Arman038Arman038 9 months ago
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Decent fragrance for warmer days in the office
KimJongKimJong 10 months ago
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Not as classy as Aventus, but much better than CDNIM. Instead of smokiness, it goes to the direction of refreshingness and spruceness.
AithanAithan 1 year ago
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Did blind test with my colleagues. Some of them describe the scent as a cheap powdery perfume/deodorant.
JoaoMartinsJoaoMartins 1 year ago
5
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Another clone.
AJGAJG 2 years ago
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Smells like Speed Stick deodorant.
College sports locker rooms everywhere are going to reek of this stuff.
AmberScentAmberScent 2 years ago
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This is the ennesima offer of a versatile & freshy Aventus type man cologne. However it has an acceptable scent that will attract attention.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
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Recently I bought an Aventus top clone while looking for a freshie: Shawq by Swiss Arabian.
I am not repeating the mistake with Explorer.

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