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Montblanc Explorer & Legend Review

Montblanc Explorer & Legend Review

Vorig jaar ging ik op zoek naar een nieuwe geur. Mijn oude eau de cologne was geweldig, maar die had ik al sinds de middelbare school.

Het volstaat te zeggen dat ik al een tijdje niet meer op de middelbare school heb gezeten.

Ik wilde dus iets dat meer geschikt was voor een volwassen man dan voor een tiener.

Toen stuitte ik op de Montblanc colognes. Zoals je zult zien in mijn Montblanc Legend review en Montblanc Explorer review, had ik een moeilijke keuze want ze ruiken allebei fantastisch. 

Dus, gezien mijn problemen, heb ik een Montblanc eau de cologne review geschreven over beide om het kiezen wat makkelijker voor je te maken.

Dingen die je in overweging moet nemen voordat je een mannencollectie koopt 

De belangrijkste reden waarom een man een eau de cologne draagt, is om lekker te ruiken. Met de juiste eau de cologne bereik je dat terwijl je ook een geur creëert die specifiek "jou" is. Dus als je op zoek bent naar een nieuwe eau de cologne, moet je er een vinden die bij je natuurlijke geur past.

Montblanc Explorer en Montblanc Legend passen allebei bij een man in de bloei van zijn leven. Als je op zoek bent naar fris, schoon en houtachtig, met een volwassen mannenflair, dan zijn deze voor jou. Aan de andere kant, als je een geur wilt die meer op parfum lijkt, kun je misschien beter ergens anders kijken. 

Voordat ik inga op mijn Montblanc eau de cologne reviews, wil ik eerst een paar dingen bespreken waar je aan moet denken voordat je je favoriete geur koopt.

  1. Voordat ik inga op mijn Montblanc eau de cologne reviews, wil ik eerst een paar dingen bespreken waar je aan moet denken voordat je je favoriete geur koopt.

  2. Als je twijfelt, kies dan voor designergeuren in plaats van nichegeuren. Nichegeuren zijn zeer gespecialiseerd, terwijl designergeuren meer universeel aantrekkelijk zijn.

  3. Test geuren minstens 24 uur voordat je ze koopt. Ga dus naar het warenhuis en spuit een beetje eau de cologne op beide armen. Laat ze vervolgens een dag zitten en kijk welke je het meest aanspreekt. 

  4. Baseer je beslissing niet op hoe de eau de cologne op papier ruikt. Je pH-waarde verandert hoe de eau de cologne ruikt, dus op je huid aanbrengen is de enige manier om te weten wat voor effect het heeft op je favoriete geur. 

  5. Ga niet voor groot als het niet nodig is. Als je niet vaak eau de cologne draagt of als je maar een paar scharren gebruikt, ga dan voor het kleinere flesje. Zelfs de beste eau de cologne verliest na verloop van tijd zijn kracht en je wilt niet het risico lopen dat jou dat overkomt.

Nu we de basis hebben behandeld, lees verder voor mijn Montblanc Explorer review en Montblanc Legend review.

montblanc explorer review

Montblanc Explorer Review 

Jórdi Fernandez, Antoine Maisondieu, and Olivier Pescheux created Explorer in 2019. This woodsy fragrance offers notes of bergamot, sage, patchouli, and cacao. Read through this Montblanc cologne review to learn more about this woodsy fragrance.

The Notes

A single spray of this cologne gives you scents reminiscent of exotic locales. The fruity, floral, and earthy aromas form a complete picture of worldly travels. From India to Haiti, you'll get notes from all over. 

Explorer's scent starts with bergamot, clary sage, and pink pepper notes. These sweeter scents give way to the earthy aromas of Haitian vetiver and leather as you go through your day. Then, as your day comes to a close, you'll get the final notes of ambroxan, akigalawood, patchouli, and cacao. 

Who's it For?

Montblanc Explorer is for a man who enjoys doing just that–exploring. Traveling the world gives you insight into new and exciting smells that you might not get at home. 

The varied notes in Explorer provide a scent as unique as it is comforting. If your classic cologne is more fruity or floral, this cologne will take your scent to a different level.

My Two Cents

I wanted to include my own two cents in this Montblanc Explorer review. When I first took a whiff of this one, I was surprised at how appealing it was. 

I'm generally not a fan of patchouli, but it rounded out the aromas surprisingly well. Combining that with the citrus and floral top notes makes this cologne genuinely intriguing. 


Any good Montblanc cologne review wouldn't be complete without a description of its packaging. Explorer's packaging is as robust as its aroma. 

A leather-wrapped glass bottle topped with a metal lid makes a striking addition to your personal care products. You'll also find Montblanc's star emblem emblazoned on the front. 

Explorer is only available as an Eau de Parfum. You can choose from either a 2 or 3.3 oz spray option. However, it has a companion scent, Explorer Ultra Blue, that you can check out if you're not sure whether the classic version is right for you.


Another thing I wanted to cover in my Montblanc Explorer review was how it holds up to the top-selling colognes. With its wood, sage, and bergamot notes, it's a solid competitor for Y by Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel's Platinum.

Of the top-selling colognes, I think Explorer stands best against Prada's Luna Rossa Ocean. The hints of vetiver, bergamot, and wood make them very similar. However, Explorer stands out with its warm touches of patchouli and cacao.

Scent Breakdown

As with any cologne, you'll find several notes that combine in Explorer to give you the warm, earthy atoms you'll spritz on. But, first, take a look at a breakdown of the top, middle, and base notes.

Montblanc Explorer Review Scents

Top Notes

Middle Notes

Base Notes


Haitian Vetiver


Pink Pepper



Clary Sage

Indonesian Patchouli Leaf

Cacao Pod

Pros and Cons

Although this Montblanc Explorer review probably tells you this is one of my favorite scents, it might not be for everyone. Here are a few pros and cons of this cologne to consider. 


  • Crisp natural scent
  • Combines many of the most popular notes
  • Lasts all-day
  • A great alternative to Chanel's Platinum
  • Competitively priced


  • Scents of patchouli and lavender can be off-putting for some
  • Unique notes, but still a bit "tried and true" 
  • Has a sea of worthy competitors

Social Proof

If you're still not sure how you feel after reading my Montblanc Explorer review, that's understandable. Choosing a new cologne can be a challenging task. Here are a few happy customers who can give a little more insight into this cologne.

Nasnousa's Montblanc Explorer review claims it's the sexiest cologne in the universe. She also considers it a must-buy.

Paul James claims he gets compliments left and right whenever he wears it. He tends to go heavy when he wears cologne, and he said it's never become overwhelming. 

Kurz considers Explorer a cologne with modern masculinity and a dash of sweetness. As a frequent allergy-sufferer, he claims Explorer doesn't aggravate his sinuses at all.

montblanc legend review

Montblanc Legend Review 

Olivier Pescheux crafted Legend for Montblanc in 2011, so this one has been around for a while. It's an aromatic fragrance that includes notes of lavender, Italian bergamot, pineapple, and tonka beans. 

This Montblanc cologne review gives more information on how these notes work together to create a unique scent.

The Notes

Once you spritz a bit of this cologne onto your skin, you'll smell the different notes unfold. The varying scents contradict and complement each other as they develop throughout the day.

First, you'll smell the floral and fruity notes, including lavender, pineapple, and lemon verbena. 

Then, the sweeter scents will subside as the day wears on, taken over by oakmoss, rose, and apple. Finally, when your evening winds down, you'll get the final notes of sandalwood and tonka bean. 

Who's it For?

The bright, lively scents are perfect for the guy who wants to show off his seductive and charismatic side. Its sexy yet masculine notes hint at both youth and maturity, making this a good choice for a man coasting through the best years of his life. 

My Two Cents

A good Montblanc Legend review wouldn't be complete without my own experience when I first smelled it. 

When I touched this one to my nose, I sensed a timeless mystery that was enough to have me taking a second sniff. It's masculine with just the right amount of softness that'll make you seem approachable and open.


Legend's Eau de Parfum packaging is as striking as its scent. The black glass and metal container is more reminiscent of a high-end flask than a cologne bottle, making it look great sitting on your shelf. It evokes luxury and sophistication. 

The gold accenting on the emblem highlights the Montblanc name and perfectly suits the powerful scent inside.

For this Montblanc Legend review, I focused on the eau de parfum. You'll get an equally impressive package if you opt for the less-concentrated eau de toilette. 

The sleek black glass bottle is topped off with silver, giving it a bit of a black-tie look. It doesn't quite hold the same air of mystery as the perfume bottle, but it looks just as great.

Legend comes in an eau de parfum and eau de toilette. The perfume is available in 1.7 and 3.3-ounce sprays. The eau de toilette has a bit more variety. You can purchase it in the following sizes:

  • .5 ounce travel spray
  • 1.7 ounce
  • 3.3 ounce
  • 6.7 ounce 


Legend holds similar woodsy and clean aromas as many market leaders, including Bleu by Chanel and Dior's Sauvage. It mixes some of the best notes of both, such as sandalwood, tonka bean, and bergamot, to give you a great-smelling cologne that's the best of the best.

Personally, I think Legend gives one of my old standbys, Acqua di Giò, a run for its money. The Armani classic has been a top seller for decades, but Legend's notes of lavender and crisp overall scent make it a true competitor. 

If you're interested in other versions of Montblanc's Legend, you can check out the companion scents, Legend Spirit and Legend Night.  

Scent Breakdown

Colognes have a lot of scents that combine to give you a great, earthy aroma. Here's a breakdown of what to expect with Montblanc Legend.

Montblanc Legend Review Scents

Top Notes

Middle Notes

Base Notes


Red Apple

Tonka Bean


Dried Fruits



Oak Moss

Lemon Verbena




Pros and Cons

Although Legend is a pretty well-rounded cologne choice, it might not be for everyone. If you still need more to consider after reading through my Montblanc Legend review, here are some pros and cons that break down the good and the bad of this scent.


  • Perfect blend of woodsy notes
  • Bottle looks great on your shelf or counter
  • Subtle, bold scent


  • Scent might be a bit light for some guys
  • A little strong on first application
  • A bit more floral than other colognes 

Social proof

To round out this Montblanc Legend review, I want to touch on some real-world proof from other Legend wearers. 

Many women love the way this one smells on their boyfriends and claim it lasts all day. They call Legend's scent "mature" but not overpowering. They say it's a great choice for someone who doesn't want their cologne to overpower them.

Another female opinion, which might be the number one reason making us buy something, the Montblanc cologne review claims she loves that this scent is manly but not overpowering. Instead, she praises its clean scent, letting her boyfriend smell both masculine and fresh. 

Montblanc Cologne Review

So, to recap both of my Montblanc cologne reviews, you've got two woodsy, aromatic fragrances that offer a mature scent that's warm but not overpowering. 

Based on both my Montblanc Legend review and Montblanc Explorer review, I'd say my favorite option is Legend. It has a freshness that complements the woodsy notes well. I recommend giving it a sniff. 

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Awesome article. Finally one that truly gives the insights and just a bit of opinion. Personally I love the Montblanc Explorer. After reading many reviews I wanted to buy both and try for myself. The Explorer is the legend to me. 😀


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