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If you are a fragrance lover, there is no way you haven’t come across one of the many discussions about this momentous but also criticized scent by Montblanc Explorer, EDP.

Is it unique and groundbreaking like some people say, or is it just a very good copy of Creed Aventus DNA? One of the reasons why Montblanc Explorer gained so much popularity right after it was released in 2019, is the fact that some consumers find it offensively similar to Aventus, and even though Aventus is a famous victim of many clones, this case really took the wild turn and separated people in two, opposite groups.

It’s impossible to stay restrained in cases like these, and if you are like me, and after all the different comments that you read, you still have no idea if Montblanc Explorer is a fragrance worth trying, then you landed in the right spot. I have tested it multiple times or on multiple occasions and spent an entire bottle so, in this post, we will be discussing all the facts why Explorer by Montblanc is worth one’s time.

Also worth mentioning that Montblanc Explorer made its way on our best spring fragrances for men in 2022 but also on the list of best summer fragrances for men in 2022, and it’s proudly holding its spot! How things are going right now in the fragrance industry, I’m sure that will also make it on the 2022 summer and spring list.

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What Does Montblanc Explorer Smell Like?

Montblanc Explorer smells like a fresh, spicy, and warm welcoming scent, that gains a noticeable leathery and woody effect once it dries down. Very pleasant and accessible fragrance, with synthetic backbone.

Top notes (1):

  • Bergamot
  • Pink Pepper
  • Clary Sage

Heart notes:

  • Haitian Vetiver
  • Leather

Base notes:

  • Ambroxan
  • Akigalawood
  • Indonesian Patchouli Leaf
  • Cacao Pod

The opening of Montblanc Explorer is very fruity-based, with a recognizable note of bergamot that immediately strikes you with the first spray. Besides bergamot, the spiciness and warmness that comes from pink pepper and clary sage can also be validated, but it’s not a very strong and easily noticeable smell, though it gives that quirky and funny note to the whole composition of fruity opening.

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After approximately 10 to 15 minutes, this fragrance slowly dries down, and that is when the transformation is evolving. The fruity bergamot that left its traces in the bare opening is fading away, and the heart of the fragrance is taking the wheel and driving us to the complete, different sphere of Explorer.

The dry down of this fragrance has a leathery, woody, ambery effect – yes, lots of ambroxan and wood notes, mostly Akigalawood but Vetiver as well. They described it as an aromatic-woody fragrance, and that’s mostly what you get, even though I would say it smells more like a woody-synthetic scent, and I mean it in a positive way.

I know that many people hear “synthetic” as “lousy”, but it’s really not the case.

What I find strange and also the main reason why people tend to compare Explorer to Aventus, is because you can feel a soft touch of pineapple that is the victorious note of Aventus, but you cannot find it Explorer’s note breakdown. Do I feel the massive pineapple in Montblanc Explorer? No. But do I get that light but familiar pineapple touch? Yes.

I am not saying that Montblanc Explorer is similar to Aventus, but in the first 30 to 45 minutes after applying it, I do sense a familiar note, but it still has a unique touch of woody and earthy notes that completely separates this Mont Blanc scent from Creed’s golden winner.

Montblanc Explorer c is a very pleasant fragrance, very likable, and can also be a great complement factor, and what is really worth the respect, is that this fragrance does not smell like a typical designer fragrance, at all. It has a secret aura around itself and it’s not pretending to be something that it’s not – it’s just a great, sweet, spicy, and woody perfume for men. Not groundbreaking, but definitely magic on its own. 

How Long Does Montblanc Explorer Last?

Montblanc Explorer has moderate longevity and it will last for approximately 5 to 6 hours, meanwhile, it will project great in the first hour or two.

The longevity and projection can be a reason why some people will say “no” to Explorer, but we need to be aware that this is not the niche, luxurious type of fragrance, and if we look at it that way, then the longevity can pretty much be justified.

Once I applied it, it projected very well in the first hour, maybe a little bit longer, and in that period I got many compliments, mostly from women. You were probably wondering if Explorer is a compliment seeker, and to answer your question – Montblanc Explorer is one of the most complimented designer fragrances right now.

After two hours maximum, this fragrance sits very close to the skin and becomes a highly intimate fragrance, so people will have a very hard time smelling it. Is this a bad thing? It all depends on what you want from your fragrance. Personally, I like my fragrance to project longer and to be noticeable after at least a few hours, but if you are in love with more personal fragrances, you will have no issues with this one as well.

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When to Wear Montblanc Explorer?

Montblanc Explorer is a distinctly universal fragrance, which means you can pull it off in any season you want, and for any environment or any occasion as well. Day or night? It doesn’t matter. With Explorer, you just cannot go wrong.

Mont Blanc crafters succeeded in making a fragrance with such a universal appeal, something that many houses aimed to achieve, but never did.

Have you ever wished to have a perfume that you will be able to wear whenever your heart desires? I have to. With Explorer, you don’t have to think about if your fragrance is suitable for a certain occasion or not, or if weather is too hot, or too cold, or even if you are too young or too mature for it – this pleasant and sweet-spicy fragrance will always do the job.

You can wear it in the office, for a casual coffee break, or even for date night dinner with your partner.

When it comes to day or night, as I said, both will do just great, but if I really had to choose, I would say day. Since Montblanc Explorer is missing that dustiness and darkness you expect in night fragrances, then it would work slightly better for day occasions (even though, that didn’t stop me from wearing it during nighttime as well).

This composition is universal in every way since it’s not too fruity and spicy, but it’s also not too earthy or herbal, that’s why it is suitable for all generations.

How Many Sprays of Montblanc Explorer is Enough?

4 to 7 sprays of Montblanc Explorer are enough for this fragrance to reach out to its full potential and to project as great as possible. This fragrance is pretty linear so even if you apply more than 7 sprays, you will not gain longevity or projection.

Montblanc Explorer is a distinctly non-offensive scent and it’s almost impossible to over-apply it and achieve a negative outcome. But, there is no need to waste a good fragrance since this perfume will retain its typical longevity and projection.

I find 4 to 7 sprays more than enough for taking the best from Montblanc Explorer and using the full potential of this complimentary composition.

The proper way to apply any fragrance is to focus on your pulse points, which means: 2 under your ears, 1 behind your head, and 2 in the dip of your collarbone. For more striking performance, you can apply 2 sprays to your wrists.

It’s always best to experiment a little bit on your skin and see what works best for you, maybe 4 sprays will work great for you, and maybe you will need more than 7 sprays to achieve optimal projection.

However, make sure not to apply multiple sprays on the same spot since it will take more time for the fragrance to open.

If you are interested in how to properly apply fragrance for the best performance and longevity, you should definitely check this post out!

Where To Buy Montblanc Explorer?

Montblanc Explorer can be found in many local perfumeries, but when it comes to online shops, you can find it on FragranceNet and quite a few other reliable sources.

Explorer is a pretty accessible fragrance when it comes to local perfumeries and I am sure you will have no problem finding it somewhere nearby. If you get some free time, I would suggest you run out for a short time and find Montblanc Explorer on shelves in some local perfumery. You will be able to test it on your skin and make sure you are really in love with this woody scent before actually purchasing it.

If you’re shopping online, then I would suggest that you get it from FragranceNet as they are one of the most trustworthy fragrance discounters in the world — I personally get all my fragrances from them and I never had a single problem.

Montblanc Explorer used to sell on Amazon as well, but as of this update (May 2022), I can’t find it anymore on Amazon. If you prefer to keep all your purchases on Amazon, then I suggest waiting a bit to see will it pop up again. As soon as I notice it on Amazon, I’ll update the post with the link.

Besides FragranceNet and Amazon, you can also get the original bottle of Explorer on Montblanc’s official website, Sephora, FragranceX, and Notino.

I always advise getting it from FragranceNet because I personally have experience with them, but other sources provided above will keep you safe from scams and fake perfumes.

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Montblanc Explorer vs Armaf Club De Nuit Intense

This is the question I’ve been asked many times and when it comes to alternatives to Creed Aventus, these two fragrances have been running a dangerous battle, and once again, people are divided.

The Club De Nuit Intense comes with a very rough, bright, citrusy, and fruity opening that many people found too aggressive for their taste, but after approximately half an hour, it dries down to a more pleasant, slightly smoky, and even sexy type of scent, and yes, it really reminds of Aventus.

I like to say that Armaf magicians really aimed to make a clone of Aventus, something that will have a similar DNA and serve as a cheaper replacement for Aventus.

Montblanc Explorer, on the other hand, has a slight touch of similarities with Aventus, but it is definitely more unique and different from other designer’s fragrances, which makes many people fall in love with it.

The main difference between Montblanc Explorer and Club De Nuit Intense is their longevity and projection.

Club De Nuit Intense has a much better projection and will serve you much longer than Montblanc Explorer.

Club De Nuit Intense is an amazing attention seeker, excellent complement factor, and striking liquid that will speak before you. It has Aventus DNA, but of course, it smells more synthetically.


The Montblanc Explorer comes in a black/grey box, with a leathery label that contains the name and type of the fragrance and the name of the brand as well. It is simple and straightforward but also classy and elegant at the same time.

At the bottom of the box, you can find all the integrands and the batch code as well.

The liquid comes in a dark, transparent bottle that also has a leathery label wrapped around it with a Montblanc logo that looks like a little button – pretty interesting if you ask me.

The Montblanc logo can also be found on the cap of the fragrance, on the bottom, and on the atomizer as well. They really didn’t economize.

All in all, the presentation looks clean and elegant, dark and masculine, and if anything, it will look very cool and mysterious while decorating your room.  

Summary — Is Montblanc Explorer Worth It?

Does Montblanc Explorer justify the title of being the “King of the designer’s fragrances”? I would say – partly.

I do find Explorer as a great fragrance, with a fresh and spicy opening and woody aromas that come out right from the heart of the fragrance and add the missing puzzle to this unique mystery.

It has that sweet, warm, woody, and aromatic aura that simply cannot go unnoticeable by both men and women. Is it a great compliment factor? Yes, it is, but it’s not the best and it definitely loses against Club De Nuit Intense in that battle.

What I like the most is the fact that this fragrance is so universal, so well-rounded and so masculine, I can easily apply it whenever I feel like it without worrying if I misjudged the occasion.

The projection and longevity is something that can definitely be improved, but they did a great job with versatility and crafting these remarkable notes into one distinctive “poison”.

Explorer is a delightful scent that can leave you breathless and give you the confidence you may be missing, it’s a perfect mix of spiciness, woodiness, and warmness, combined in an aromatic bomb that is just crafted to be adored.