Here is another review from my latest batch of fragrance samples, that I received recently. Today’s cologne is Individuel by Mont Blanc. As always, I want to take a closer look and see what makes up this fragrance, how it smells, how it performs, and whether or not it is worth a purchase. Please continue below for my full take on Individuel for men.
Notes include: Cinnamon, oakmoss, vanilla, mint, bergamot, lavender, sandalwood, violet, and more
Click here to try: MONTBLANC Individuel Eau de Toilette, 2.5 fl. oz.
The first thing that I am immediately struck by with Individuel is it similarity to a couple other fragrances. It is quite close to Original Santal by Creed and shares a common foundation with Joop! Of course when you take a look at the composition of each scent, it becomes clear what they share in common. Namely, cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood. Each of these fragrances are along the same spectrum and Individuel is much closer to Santal than it is Joop!, which is much bolder and spicier.
The main difference with Individuel versus the Creed fragrance is the citrus notes which are prevalent in the Mont Blanc cologne. The bergamot, raspberry, and juniper notes in Individuel give it a slightly fruity aroma which distinguishes it, in my opinion. Original Santal has really grown on me and while I still think it’s better than this one, Individuel, is close enough and it’s cheap enough to get a nod.
The projection is pretty good on this. It’s not overwhelming but not weak either. I also get moderate longevity of about 6-8 hours, depending on the day. Individuel is a solid performer.
Overall, I like this cologne. It’s warm, sweet, and has a bit of a candy-ish scent to it. Also, it’s a decent replacement for Santal and a good choice for those who feel that Joop! is too harsh of a fragrance. Is it my favorite Mont Blanc cologne? Probably not. However, for the price, I think it’d be a nice pickup for the late winter or early spring months.