Monday, December 17, 2012

Homme Exceptionnel

Like Jaguar, Mont Blanc has a reputation for putting out uninspired, dull fragrances that smell like knockoffs of whatever's popular at the time.  Homme Exceptionnel, however, is... an exception.  This is really good.

Fans of gourmand perfumes and fans of woody evergreen scents are rarely the same people, because the two genres are so different - heavy and sweet vs. green, sharp and resinous.  Finding a fragrance that will satisfy both kinds of fans is rare, but Mont Blanc created one right here with Homme Exceptionnel.

Imagine if you mixed Rochas Homme with Fou d'Absinthe, and you'll have an idea of what this is like.  Sound stupid?  It's not, and it works.  You get this warm, semi-sweet coffee note, similar to what you smell in a lot of today's gourmand fragrances, on top of what smells like resinous, bristling evergreen notes.  There are no evergreen notes listed for this scent, but I'd swear there were fir needles or cypress mixed in here.  This combination of warm, sweet, bitter and woody is awesome, and the fragrance never gets heavy, overly sweet or piercing.  In fact, the scent becomes less sweet over time, and the pine-like woody notes get stronger, which is rare for any scent of this type.

Along with John Varvatos Artisan and Swiss Army Altitude, Mont Blanc's Homme Exceptionnel is another great modern fragrance that proves that you should never dismiss a current day scent without trying it first.

MY RATING:  8.5/10

Fragrance House:  Mont Blanc


  1. This brand's fragrance division seems to be on the cusp of some sort of unheralded greatness. They've been preoccupied with creating mostly generic stuff, but I get the feeling they're going to release something amazing in the next few years. It's obvious there's talent, and ambition, but so far very little in the way of actual realization of a dream. Thanks for reviewing this fragrance, it's another one to add to my go-to list.

  2. While I don't find it quite as close to the gourmand camp, I definitely get the woody cypress or fir note. This seems to exist at the intersection of Zino, Rochas Lui and Hypnose Homme. It is a very nice addition to the modern storefront.

    1. The pyramid doesn't list any evergreen notes at all, not even cedar, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who smells the cypress or fir. I'm not crazy, then.

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