M7 2002Eau de Toilette

M7 (Eau de Toilette) by Yves Saint Laurent
Bottle Design Tom Ford, Doug Lloyd
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M7 (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for men and was released in 2002. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Mandarin orange, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesOud, Vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesMandragora, Amber, Musk

Ratings

Scent

8.3 (311 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (226 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (213 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (214 Ratings)
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Taylor

1 Review
Taylor
Taylor
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E p i c
To Ford era. As in Gucci PH case, this materpiece is ireplceable. The notes, combination, aura, everything is perfect in this fragrance. This is a road opener for all the mainstream oud fragrances, also form some niches. Still have some reserves, they are among the treasures in my collection. Absolutely stunning

Scent 9.5
Longevity 8.5
Sillage 8
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Vivicorsi
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Vivicorsi
Very helpful Review    8  
Masterpiece
Where do I start...At the sad end - the day when I realized that I probably bought my last bottle on ebay for the extortionate price of 300 Euro.

Let's rewind a few years. At that time still a student and in search of a new fragrance...
Every day that I could find the time I scurried into the perfumery shortly before closing time in Vienna, sprayed paper all over the place to get home with the loot and annoyed my Wg colleagues with scent samples. Almost a ritual, besides the cooking skills of my South Tyrolean flatmate and his search for the most reduced pasta recipe...
The olive oil came by post from the Vatican - the explanation such as why, why, I never quite understood - the tomatoes were intended for cocktails, at least in name. Finally, after hundreds of attempts - to Christine's and my delight - Ivo came up with the perfect, reduced recipe, which met with unanimous approval from everyone present: aldente De Cecco noodles in oversized shell form - for the perfect absorption of the Sugos garlic slightly sweaty - not too hot!- in the aforementioned papal olive oil, cocktail tomatoes lightly steamed, with fresh basil - from the windowsill into the shabby courtyard of a typical Viennese student dormitory - and of course freshly grated Paremsan. A feast! Br />
So I entered this olfactory Italian kitchen ambience of our mini kitchen very excited with the M7 fragrance sample...
Christine was the first to smell it. After the first bite was swallowed, and she took the opposite strip of paper in her hand, she said : unusual, hmm... but it suits you, it has something...
Ivo, on the other hand, was overwhelmed. Still too much mentally occupied with the realization of his noodle project, the otherwise so eloquent artist only briefly and briefly said " sell isch nix".
The advertising of M7, at that time still considered scandalous, was briefly discussed, but then quickly drowned in the haze of red wine...
Now well with fragrances I have relied more and more on the judgement of women. The scent was bought.

Years after that, my friends still ask me about that scent. "You had such a wonderful smell then..." Various fan forums speak volumes today..
At that time one of the first commercial oud fragrances. Unpopular, and an absolutely commercial "pipe burst". Wrongfully so! This fragrance was a milestone. Even if he didn't make it to commercial success himself, he probably kicked off the oud hype. At that time in the original still with real oud wood. I still attribute one or two "conquests" to the aphrodisiac effect of this wood, which were clearly above my level ;)

Back to the Wg.
2 months later -the cleaning plan meets me for the hated bathroom- I discover a bottle of M7 in Ivo's bathroom cabinet......the topic of conversation for today's "noodle convent" is secured...
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Strait
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A real Tom Ford
Already some years ago, when the hype around Tom Ford's Oud Wood started, I didn't have enough money to buy it myself, so I (quasi as a counterbalance to it) was very busy with the scent and read a lot online, tried to make somehow an affordable variant available to me.
Something I came across on a page that listed clothes, jewelry and perfume of rappers and "cheap" alternatives that should be very similar next to it.
On this day I heard about YSL M7 for the first time.
From that day on I wanted to try this fragrance, so as a beginner going to Douglas and other perfumeries I could find so no chance. Since I'm not a friend of blind buying, I kept trying. But not even in a YSL boutique in Prague 2 years ago they had this fragrance. I got a tip from the salesgirl in Paris. Last summer my girlfriend and I went to the city of love. We paid a visit to the Galeries Laffayette and finally - in the department of YSL there was M7 (but only the Oud Absolut) and I liked this scent right away. My girlfriend, who actually hates all oud scents, he could also convince, but unfortunately there was only the tester. We just don't seem to be supposed to find each other.

Then the turning point, a few months ago while browsing the internet I suddenly stumbled across this scent again and at an unbeatable price. So ordered directly!
Two days later he arrived at my place and see there, instead of the ordered M7OA I got the M7 from 2002. I had to test it immediately and WOW, it was still much better than the OA.

The fragrance is a true composition, everything fits together. It is spicy and woody as I love it, with a light sweetness that perfectly rounds off the fragrance. With many other sweet wood scents, I think everything goes under in the sweetness and destroys the scent.
But you can expect more from Tom Ford without being disappointed.
The combination of mandarin, oud and amber through which the fragrance works is extraordinary and for an edt S&H are extremely above average.
On the first day I used this fragrance I entered my office about 1.5 hours after applying it and 2 of the 3 staff on site immediately asked about the fragrance and were also positively impressed.

M7 is really cheap to have (in my case the 80ml for just 42€) but worth every cent twice.

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K1

121 Reviews
K1
K1
Very helpful Review    7  
A perfume that really shakes
A warm, resinous woodsy fragrance with gloomy sweetness presenting both golden ratio beauty and beasty masculine aggressiveness, as presented in ad picture with hairy naked guy. YSL has done a perfect plan to change the path of perfumery as Chanel had done with No5. Releasing the first oud-dominant fragrance from a designer brand - no matter how pioneer in fashion - was jaw-dropping. M7 is the world's first serious take on oud that opened the gates of heaven to westerns…
M7 is a solid linear fragrance that doesn't promises for anything. It's a long rocky moan of guitar in Guns n' Roses stage. An open-shirted modern virile masculinity that before this, used to be identified by hairy cocks of aromatic fougères that lack one thing M7 presents: oriental mystery. It maintains a close kinship with medicinal materials and cough syrup, which M7 has always been notorious for. Some people were afraid of this medicinal aspect of oud (I clearly remember the debated on the very page you're reading now), whom I'm afraid to be still on the same idea while there are oud oud oud everywhere!
So pity that badass Tom Ford has ceased the line and the house replaced it with new edition. M7 was and still is an unequivocal masterpiece.
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    6  
M7... the Myth, the Legend!
Tom Ford was known for a lot of things... he was the man who turned around the fortunes of Gucci from almost bankrupt to such a degree that they were able to buy YSL. He always took risks and they paid off, they were always daring and innovative. A master of design.

M7 was (and in some cases still is) a fragrance unlike any other. It was the first time the note of oud was introduced in mainstream perfumery. There was nothing like it at the time of release. Innovative and daring (just like the YSL of the past). This fragrance is strong yet soft, powerful yet quiet. Very masculine but with a hint of femininity. It's also very well made. Beautiful, elegant stuff.

M7 opens up with a slightly herbal and aromatic accord of rosemary with fresh bergamot & mandarin. What starts to come through very soon though... is the oud. Oud, or Agarwood, is the sap from an infected tropical tree. It can smell medicinal, it can smell sweet, animalic, and can often be cloying. Here that isn't the case. In M7 the oud is perfectly balanced with the other notes, the amber and the musk. There is also an earthy vetiver note which stops this from being overtly sweet, and the drydown is a smooth, powdery amber & musk combination. Extremely pleasing and nice.

My bottle is a reformulation from 2009, but not the "re-orchestrated" version released recently by Yves Saint-Laurent called M7 Oud Absolu. I haven't smelled that but I'm told it keeps some of the character of the original.

Personally, I think this is a wonderful gem of a fragrance, but I think that this has since been explored more by the countless oud variations that flooded the market in recent years. I have a hard time recommending this purely as an oud fragrance, and if you want oud, there are better examples out there. But for what it is, it's a masterpiece in my opinion. But for everyone else, feel free to check out the new version or any "stronger" oud blends out there... because I'm keeping this one for sure!
Vlad

1 Review
Vlad
Vlad
Very helpful Review    5  
Hello Fall!
This rare 2002 bird displays quite a strange cargo yet it defines color Sinopia, shade of red and brown. Named after the Turkish city it is a reddish-brown ochre-like earth color pigment, also used in traditional oil painting, in fresco or in secco. Sinopia was written in the 15th century in Florence, Italy and described as full of honeyed ambrosia yet lean and dry in character. It projects up well. For the more it is worked up, the finer it becomes. It is good for use in dry autumnal weather. Fresh even to start with, it quickly transforms to calm, serious and mature tune. Phenomenal use of medicinal agar as the side effect, with also prominent orange on top and myrrh and labdanum at its base. Intensely masculine, elegant and sensual. You will need to lit the fireplace, source hand rolled cigars Made in Cuba, and splash for a few bottles of an extra old cognac. Thanks to Morillas & Cavallier.
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Dolby

68 Reviews
Dolby
Dolby
Helpful Review    6  
Cuddle Magnet
The original formula is a beautifully intoxicating fragrance that spells Man with a capital M.

The opening is deceptively soft and gentle, giving off a slight vanillic vibe akin to the lovechild of Rochas Man and Encre Noire pour Homme, but don’t be fooled, because this only lasts a moment or two before sharply veering into the direction of a gorgeously smooth Aoudy Vetiver sandwiched between a layer of smoke and another of green freshness.

This is the Tall Dark and Handsome of the perfume world.

M7 manages to be linear in a multidimensional way.
An oxymoron I hear you say, but not so when you understand that the main body of the composition is a stable and solid olfactory experience throughout, while divulging various sensory wisps at regular intervals.

This is a perfume with depth that I would very happily lose myself into.
ArkangeL

57 Reviews
ArkangeL
ArkangeL
Very helpful Review    5  
The Nature of M7
This is a very active fragrance, as if to say the notes have ADHD... or simply get along very well. When they calm, there's a Black Orchid vibe. In the sense that the two come off warm, spicy, balmy and almost obnoxious. When I think of Black Orchid, a clean shave and a suit comes to mind. When I think of M7... stubble, a blazer and jeans immediately surfaces to mind. M7 is far more rugged with a masculine feel.

Smoked oud and vetiver, laced with dry spices and amber. Rough yet smooth, if that makes any sense at all. Discontinued? What the hell for? You ever wonder why the best ones get voted off? This industry is rigged like reality TV.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
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Sweet fruits and powdery woods
I'm curious about many discontinued fragrances, the reason being, I want to know why they were removed from the market. Seeing the amount of rave reviews M7 had been given, its discontinuation was quite unclear to me.

The moment I applied M7 to my skin, I was not repulsed, however I detected a straight-up cherry flavoured cough syrup note. I know this scent well, as a kid I suffered from bronchitis and quite often had to down this sickening liquid. From cough syrup it then began to smell slightly antiseptic, before settling into a soft, powdery spice scent.

The medicinal accord seems to be forever present, however a smokey and dry spiciness balances out the fragrance. It's a weird scent because it's somewhere between a spicy masculine and a sweet, powdery feminine. It's intriguing to say the least.

I'm a little confused as to the sillage, which I find rather weak after the cough syrup note dies down. My skin possibly eats up this fragrance, but even on paper, M7 struggles to project. Another confusion was its so-called sexiness, which I don't fathom. I find it more soothing than anything; a snuggling fragrance.

After wearing M7 for several hours, the lasting power is still going strong. I'm also on the verge on recommending this fragrance for both sexes as I have enjoyed wearing it, and have not once felt out-of-place. The odd powdery sweetness makes it perfectly wearable for women.

All in all I like it for its unique approach. I do believe it was discontinued because it was so vastly different from anything else that Yves Saint Laurent sold. To any ordinary nose, M7 just couldn't measure up to the acidic citrus colognes or aquatics that had begun to flood the male fragrance counters around the time M7 got the chop.

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HugoMontezHugoMontez 8 months ago
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One of the best Orientals ever. Doesn't have much Oud, though. Starts off with rosemary and mandarin and drydown to amber and Vetiver. Great
ElysiumElysium 5 years ago
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You either love YSL M7 or you hate it, there isn’t anything in between. Also it could mean you either love the oud or you hate it. I love it!
HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
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(First unreformulated version is) warm, decent spiced, slighly amber-scented. All in all, warm, round and cozy.

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