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Montecristo Masque for women and men

Montecristo Masque for women and men
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animalic

"Every single element of the interior contributes to the warmth and reassuring comfort. The floor of old robust wood planks, aged and worn with the use. In the massive fireplace, coals are still burning. The comfortable couch is made of the best leather, once stout and rigid, and spotlessly tanned, is now soft and worn, and the colour is fading away. A deck of used playing cards abandoned on the coffee table. The tobacco leaves of the hand rolled cigar. A glass of rum." Montecristo was launched in 2013. The nose behind this fragrance is Delphine Thierry.

Perfume rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 110 votes.

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Ambrette (Musk Mallow) Rum Cabreuva

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Tobacco Celery Seeds Labdanum Benzoin

Base Notes
Styrax Hyrax Guaiac Wood Cedar Patchouli

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Montecristo Fragrance Reviews

casanova1974
casanova1974

Fantastic fragrance. The opening is a little challenging, but after 10 minutes it morphs into something beautiful. Very original.

Sep
26
2016
farang
farang

I have tried various 'animalistic' fragrances, and found this to be the best. Peau de Bete is a bit 'plastic' like and synthetic, and Salome appears too powdery for me. Montecristo though has none of these annoying other notes that may draw the attention away from the core, an animalistic scent presented in a sophisticated manner.

It has spicy notes and musky notes that feel real and not like white clean musk. On my skin the fragrance is not too 'challenging' but just right. The projection is quite good and so is its longetivity.

Sep
10
2016
potateo
potateo

Wow. That's all. It goes right to memories the warmth and expressiveness of this essence. It starts with musk waking your nose up and then a mix of animal, nature and stone. It really taste like gentleman should, gentleman who travelled the world, opening doors to charming ladies thanking with a “darling” at the end. It reminds me of dark and intense nights, waling on the seaside. I cannot express the fragrances, because this perfume always takes me somewhere.

Jul
11
2016
micavana
micavana

I recently bought a sample of this one to try. It is a very interesting scent. I don't know how to describe it other that very raw, animalistic and furry.

This one is not for the faint of heart. If you like clean / fresh scents this one is not for you.

Overall it is not a bad scent, but I had a headache all day after putting this one on me. So I will have to try this one again.

Jun
07
2016
Esseintes
Esseintes

The opening is a real nose-wrinkler (in the best possible way): a funky, sour anatomical blast lifted on a highly aromatic herbal note. I'm getting mint and clary sage, and there's a lime effect as well, which reminds me of Czech & Speake's Cuba (which is far less subtle). The Cuba stench dissipates (too early for me) into something a lot like MKK for a while. I don't find MKK particularly challenging - I find it - and L'Air de Rien - comforting, and I suppose I'm a bit disappointed that on me, this one isn't the gross animalic freak-out I'd been promised.

Instead it's something much more compelling. The musks melt into some lovely gummy resins and unsmoked tobacco leaf, but there's always a herbal, slightly sugary undercurrent which baffled me until I realised what it reminded me of: some sort of complicated Italian amaro liqueur, something dark, dense and filled with rare mountain herbs, which in turn reminds me of Memoir Man. Every so often the musks surface and threaten to turn the whole thing into a 70s aftershave cliché, but that never quite happens and this push and pull makes this scent more interesting.

Multi-layered, complex and quirky. I like it a lot.

Feb
01
2016
ramin1215
ramin1215

Jean Valjean

Jan
10
2016
Alex1984
Alex1984

Montecristo is a fragrance that needs to mature in the bottle before showing its true colors.
When I first tried it after buying my bottle, it felt somewhat flat, with less sillage and longevity than the tester bottle. So I quickly set it aside, hidden in my wardrobe.

Fast forward to this autumn. I began using my Musc Tonkin again and noticed that the scent was much deeper with an even more pronounced animalic vibe. I also started using Salome more often and it also felt more rich than when I got my bottle this last summer.
So I added 1+1 and the common note in all three? Hyrax!

After some Google and blog search, it turns out that Hyrax needs some time to mature when bottled. As the aging process begins, the note comes alive and starts infusing its animalic qualities, warming the fragrance and making the complementary facets surface. So I dug my bottle of Montecristo and sprayed a couple of times on my chest and neck.

Wow! The opening bang was more or less like the first encounter. A sudden rush of alcohol, animal notes, wood and leather fighting for dominance.
Notes aren't different, but instead of muted they appear in technicolor. The rum is boozy and the ambrette shows that warm skin sensation of a lover licking its loved ones nape. I don't detect cumin, but I do detect the facets of civet and castoreum that Hyrax has in its DNA. The woods are dry, but the patchouli lends an earthiness that makes the whole image seem less arid and much more lived in.
As a whole, the fragrance is animalic, boozy, sweet and woody.
It gives me the same feeling of dusty rooms that L'air de Rien does. Only difference is that L'air de Rien takes place among the dusty shelves of the library, while Montecristo happens in the living room; half lit candles, a bottle of rum, worn leather sofa, a wooden floor full of memories and the warmth given of by the people in the room.

No idea what they're doing. But when the animalics start to rise and growl, up until the very last minute, it's pretty obvious that the aforementioned sofa is gonna get a lot more torn!

Excellent longevity with above average sillage.

Dec
28
2015
mikenac
mikenac

The opening is a bit frightening, but things get better after a few minutes. Powerful, animals, woody, smokey. I could not figure out what this smelled like, and then it hit me.

It smells like railroad tracks. It reminds me of walking down the railroad tracks: creosote, wood, a bit of rot, dusty coal, sweat, and old cigar, some dog poo :)

This is challenging but very warm and wearable. This is unlike Musc Tonkin, which makes me dry heave a little bit.

Dec
14
2015
Jrmcquill
Jrmcquill

This is a challenging fragrance for me to wear. On paper, it’s pyramid looks to be a home run for me, but on my skin. it is overshadowed by a B.O. stink. I like a fragrance that dares to be dirty, but this is a persistent note that to me that is hard to overlook, which isn’t cool because I can tell there’s wonderful work underneath.

Nov
27
2015
atlaseetschristmas
atlaseetschristmas

Good lord... that opening. Imagine the sweatiest, pissiest, furriest animal in existence, shooting some sort of skank-juice out of a gland and straight into your nasal cavity. Almost everyone I've showed this to has been utterly repulsed by the opening. A friend said it smelled like his cat's litterbox.

All is forgiven when Montecristo dries down however, as it becomes fantastically rich and complex. It's decidedly animalic from the top to the bottom, but theres an implied sweetness with the booze and tobacco that shows up after about 5 minutes that takes the edge off of things. As it progresses the animalia of the opening begins to ease up and give the fragrance a sort of musty, old, antiqued vibe, like a closet full of vintage leather jackets, bathed in the cigarette smoke and sweat of past nights-out. The far drydown goes into a smooth, lightly-sweetened woodsy/incensey/balsamic blend that retains just enough of the skank to smell assertive and unique, completely eschewing generic oriental territory.

Very nice well made stuff. Undeniably challenging and difficult to wear but rewarding. 7/10

Oct
25
2015
MccainIV
MccainIV

Boring and expensive. Yatagan is better.

Apr
15
2015
kanashimiblue
kanashimiblue

The opening is woody, amber, rum and smoke, the logfire kind of smoke. Very robust. Then about half an hour later, the hyrax hits you. Holy molly is that strong! Everything then settles, calms down a bit. Montecristo reminds me of Arquiste architects club but with a whole lot more unwashed bodies skank (a la MKK). Do not wear to the gym. A man or woman who wears Montecristo definitely wants to be noticed, but not necessarily in a likeable way.

Mar
06
2015
Caramelle
Caramelle

The opening is sweet and very leathery. Even though it has the strong leather note it reminds me very much of Mazzolari Lei but less gourmand and cozy and more masculine in feel.

An hour into the wearing it gets weaker and the leather note is no longer detectable. A unwashed hair note creeps in. I cannot say I am fond of that. Altogether a very interesting scent to try but not something I want to wear myself.

Jan
17
2015
fuggerone
fuggerone

this have to be worn while listening to Pink Floyd's Animals... this is pure 100 % animalic.. takes no prisoners Mazzolari Lui meets YSL Kouros
tobacco animalic blast in the opening and then animalic leather drydown...

Oct
04
2014
ranchorita
ranchorita

In pixel form, the notes of this fragrance sounded irresistible to me. The oud is its usual beasting self, but the slight outpacing by the animalic accords in this fragrance make the oud smell less burning-plastic than they usually do to my nose, and this is therefore more pleasant than most oud fragrances. There is an overriding smokiness to this that never goes away, and makes this feel far more masculine in polarity. I'll keep my decant for further exploration, but this is not really in my wheelhouse. I'd prefer smelling this on a male friend than a female, but your mileage may vary. For something with a high degree of skank/pong, this is a handsome formulation.

Sep
17
2014
michael.j
michael.j

Patchouli and intergluteal animality. Smells like dirty sexual abandon. Brilliant.

Aug
08
2014
Houdini4
Houdini4

So Montecristo is as funky as James Brown or Bootsy Collins... but not in a good way. Don't be fooled by how small and cute that Hyrax thing looks the musk from it is potent!
The opening of Montecristo is especially potent with animal vibes which turn me (and my stomach) off straight away.
Well, after some research I have discovered that Hyrax is not only cute but is a sustainable source of fragrance ingredient. The reason being, the note is derived from it's fecal matter...that's right... shit!
It's not surprising either as this perfume has a really off fecal note combined with musk mallow another of my least favourite notes and you have a recipe for diaster.
The saving grace of this fragrance is that as it dries down the animal qualities become a little bit warmer, cuddlier and more mild. This is the opposite of my experience of civet/castoreaum etc... which normally develop more and more after the top/heart notes have long faded away.
That doesn't however make up for the intrusive harsh opening.
It's complex I'll give it that and definitely has interesting depth underneath the unpleasantness which keeps it interesting, and personally kept me sniffing. Tobacco is there that kind of fecal cuban cigar note, a bit of sharpness from resin, warmth and deep woody notes.
Not my thing at all but worth checking out if you enjoy animalic scents.

Jul
09
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

The opening is powerful and totally unique: strong, dry, realistic tobacco notes on tanning leathers buried in a dusty woody closet, a stale smell of forgotten leather bags, with a slight gourmand/boozy aftertaste. The heart is like drowning your nose in those old dusty bags, feeling all the stale indolic smell of leather, and a number of echoes and nuances of the times they've lived. A hint of salt and a balsamic breeze. It has some clear and recognisable '70s feel, I instantly thought of my grandparent's house on the Sardinian seaside, which was stuffed with things, garments and accessories belonging to my father and his brothers, most of which dated back to those years. A drier, more linear and darker blend of Yatagan and Balenciaga's Portos, exhuding "dryness" and "leathers". Super dark, but not "black": more ebony, or dark brown. Dusty, stale, even a bit fecal at some points, but somehow cozy and reassuring too: grandpa's closet, again. Nostalgic and evocative, powerful and quite sophisticated (not for everybody, though). Still, to be honest, although it has an undoubtedly unique and sparkling personality, I don't find it particularly well made. Some notes smell a bit cheap to me (the leathers, especially on the drydown) and overall, I find this a bit too much linear and monotonous. I get it's a style choice, and I like the concept, but it sounds a bit rushed and almost "incomplete" to me. However the persistence is great and overall it's an elegant and distinctive scent. Promising!

7-7,5/10

Jun
13
2014
Q80
Q80

Well... the top note is a major drawback as it is like the smell of a thick fur of a rat that has been rolling through sands and been through dusty weather, and it died 3 days ago!!!
honestly i was about to threw up sniffing the top note.

This lasts between 15 to 20 minutes, then it develops to a fair strong masculine essence of tobacco, some spicy seeds, I guess ill go for Hyrax & Musk Mallow. not interesting!!!
No sweetish note at all in this one if you are seeking some, actually i even smell incense in it, an Arabic incense, but that on a later stage (middle or base note).

It is too overpriced, and honestly now after re-sampling it again, if it were for free i wouldn't wear it :)

Furthermore, i disagree with some reviewers who says that only regular people wouldn't find this suitable, or who says step out of your comfort zone and try this! im not bringing it down but let me put it straight, this perfume is quite different, it's not a human skunk, it's not a drunk homeless, nope... this perfume is like a 2+ days dead animal, a sniff of a fur rat that runs over pillars in sewers, or to be specific, it's the breath of the undead creature that Bette Midler revives in Hocus Pocus movie. so if people would wear something like this then truly they are different... but i wonder in which way! :)
Oh and to be more clear, this is not a smell of sex which some people find intriguing, it is a smell of something dead.

Edit (6th April 2016) after talking with Alessandro in Esxence 2016 and his description to this fragrance! Man i can't tolerate with it as it is over animalic or deathly animalic. I'm sorry but i almost vomited sniffing it again in his booth :p

Apr
25
2014
jhitt793
jhitt793

It is very hard for me to say anything positive about this fragrance, other than it is definitely original. Some adjectives which come to mind when smelling this fragrance: bitter, pungent, smokey, animalic, fetid, feculent .... A total disappointment after smelling the lovely "Terralba". (123)

Mar
10
2014
reveillee
reveillee

A little rough and challenging for the first 30 minutes or so but mellows out and becomes a great scent. A must try. I truly believe it becomes a SOMEWHAT easy wear after it settles down. Glad there continues to be some brands willing to take risks. While not for everyone, it's hard not to at least appreciate the juice.
Wore this the 1st time to a rock concert and it fit perfectly!
9/10 with great longevity and projection

Feb
23
2014
Roge'
Roge'

OK Gypsy Parfumista, I read your review and I have indeed took the Pepsi challenge and copped a sample of the much talked about fragrance of Montecristo. The partnership of hyrax and rum is a weird one. Some may refer to this Montecristo creature as repulsive. Most "regular" people will not be on board with this particular concoction as it interferes with your olfactory's normalcy. No doubt, this is Niche to the 9th power. After applying i can definitely empathize with the earned emotion from my fellow reviewers. Im just afraid that someone will blurt out, "Hey, get your skanky ass away from me!" As im sniffing my arm, Dev#2 by Olympic Orchids Artisan comes to mind. It's not a projection bomb, so therefore the only person you will offend is yourself(that's only if you consider this offensive). The perfume doesn't go through metamorphosis until late in the 4th quarter. Does it smell great? I'm not sure. It's interesting. If anything, kudos for going left.

Feb
01
2014
Amv10
Amv10

I am very glad to see that somebody gets back in making serious solidly constructed fragrances and are generous on the notes. Wood, smoke, incense, in large quantities. It is like entering an orthodox church that was hit by a fire some time ago and was not fully repainted. Makes me be curious about the rest of the house fragrances.

Jan
19
2014
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

If Tom of Finland and Yatagan were a gay couple, THIS scent would be the troubled young boy they adopted and helped to raise to adulthood. It has the leathery woody strength of ToF, but is much quieter and introverted than Tom. He has also picked up some of the wildly feral yet rugged woodsy beauty of Yatagan without seeming as "old school".

Where the older scents are more "butch" and unabashedly masculine, Montecristo maintains that same vibe, but has more continental elegance throughout even its most intense spicy and musky outbursts.

This is superb!! One friend said, upon testing this, that Montecristo was "a stinking dirty drunken yak who rolled in an ashtray". Needless to say, after a description like THAT, I was on the phone to LuckyScent minutes later getting multiple samples of all three!

The trio (Montecristo, Terralba & Luci ed Ombre) was released last year *2013* and, to my great shock, no one has been raving about these scents or this house.

Step out of your comfort zone, and get a little wild this year-give Montecristo a try. Great projection and superb longevity. Boozy, earthy, woody, resinous, sexy sweaty musky...I ask you, what's not to love?!!

Jan
15
2014
dorothea333
dorothea333

I get the spice, wood, rum and pipe tobacco and a dark sweetness behind it all. But to me there is also a tar-like note like that of tared rope.
When I was a child, my parents had a shop with supplies for sailors, also tared rope/string. I loved that smell, and I often went and sniffed it, when I was in the shop.

All toghether I get a vibe that takes me way back to a cosy inn at a harbour in a small village in the 19th century. Dark wooden furniture, kerosene lamps, sailors drinking rum smoking pipe tobacco with a prune-like sweetness to it and then the tared rope of course, wooden ships, a rather strong wind bringing wiffs of wild herbs from the hills nearby...
I seldom get that amount of pictures, but this one just got to me :-)


I just read the sales describtion now. Seems that they have awakened just the feeling in me, that they were going for except for the harbour :-)

It seems to last forever, It is at least 6 hours since I it put it on, and it is there :-) I really like it

Jan
13
2014
Karenin
Karenin

Being a newbie to the world of niche perfumery, I´m still fascinated by background stories and inspirations that lead to the creation of niche scents. This is the reason Masque Fragranze initially caught my eye. More specifically, it was their claim that the inspiration behind their fragrances is opera. As I happen to be an opera fan, too, I felt thrilled at the prospect of experiencing the fusion of the worlds of perfume and opera. I began my exploration of their line with Delphine Thierry´s “Montecristo”.

I first tested “Montecristo” on a blotter. The moment I smelled it, I reflexively wrinkled my nose. ´This is way too much´, I thought to myself as the scent unveiled its incredibly strong and animalic character. However, rather than being deterred, it was this quality that fuelled my further interest in “Montecristo”. A few days later I dared to apply it on my wrist. The intense animalic opening was still present, but this time, perhaps thanks to its combination with my skin chemistry, it was more subdued and bearable. No more nose wrinkling! “Montecristo” finally managed to reveal its true nature. It´s a (super)dry scent, starting off with what I believe must be ambrette and a couple of drops of alcohol (supposedly rum). Also, its animalic note, which is alleged to be hyrax, dominates the head and never entirely disappears from the fragrance. Later on, it blends with a tobacco note as well as with styrax, cedar and patchouli in the base.

The more I test “Montecristo”, the more I adore it. It´s a superb example of a true niche perfume, capable of satisfying the tastes of even more demanding perfume connoisseurs. I find “Montecristo” intriguing and, owing to its operatic roots, complex and dramatic. Masque Fragranze is certainly a brand worth watching out for in the future. Bravissimo, Delphine Thierry!

Jan
01
2014
meama
meama

232) Encore une bonne surprise, boisé sec,musque,liqueur et épices. Je le trouve très semblable à Voice Of Reason de Lush fortement adouci par les muscs et mélangé aux bois cuirés de Bois d'Ombrie.
Je garde une forte préférence pour Voice Of Reason (et en plus c'est beaucoup moins cher).

Another good surprise. Dry woody, musky, spices and liquor. I find it very similar to Voice Of Reason by Lush strongly softened by musk and mixed with leathery woods exactly like Bois d'Ombrie.
I keep a strong preference for Voice Of Reason (plus it's much cheaper) .

Dec
09
2013
deadidol
deadidol

This has a super dirty opening of hyraceum and ambrette seed that could give MKK a run for its money. But whereas MKK is very civet-based, this leans more toward the sweatier side of things and will certainly challenge those who don’t fair well with hard-core musks. However, within ten minutes, it takes a massive detour into an unconventionality that's wildly evocative and decidedly convincing in the associations it brings up.

There’s a booze note (rum), but it’s more like the smell of booze that's oozing from the pores of someone who downed the bottled a few hours ago—it’s got an unnerving filtered feeling to it. From what I can assess, this effect is structured upon the extension of hyraceum note from the opening, but it’s also merged with tobacco and what appears to be a touch of leather to pull it all together. There are some relatively undefined wood notes, but combined they smell more like old bookshelves and furniture; and there’s something here that gives the impression of an extinguished fire as well. Imagine a poorly ventilated space that's been coated with a layer of sticky, smoky, charcoal-type residue—a slightly sweet ashy scent, but mixed with dust that’s sat for days to produce a not unpleasant staleness that’s completely comforting. Frankly, it’s quite hard to perform a technical dissection of Montecristo as it's evoking space more than individual notes, and it’s doing so phenomenally well.

So, this is a dusty, rustic, vaguely reminiscent scent that feels as though you’re looking into its world through an opaque piece of glass. Everything in it seems peculiarly distanced, yet it all comes together in a sublime way. I don’t know how wearable this would be for most people as it almost smells stagnant, but it’s hugely compelling and surprisingly cozy. If you’ve ever been drawn to parchment type scents (or perhaps the smell of old bookstores), or you like the challenge of a good ambrette seed musk, this is absolutely sui generis, and for me, it's the best scent of 2013 hands-down.

Nov
08
2013
willsvet
willsvet

Very animalic, extra dry. Real - Living on the edge! The Yatagan's brother.
My second skin.

Nov
02
2013
alfarom
alfarom

Composed by Delphine Thierry (who also worked on Galaad and Akkad by Lubin and a couple of the Cloon Keen Atelier stuff), Montecristo is definitely a wower for anyone who like skanky /musky / spicy / woody things.

The opening is literally arresting. A skank overload provided by a thick amount of hirax and other animalic musks. It immediately brings to mind of the fecal opening of MKK but whereas the Lutens morphes into a floral rosey thing, Montecristo gets all dark and moody with tobacco, resins and some of the darkest patchouli ever. Boozy / balmy notes lurk in the back providing some smoothness to an otherwise extremely challenging fragrance. The result is fascinating to say the least. The fragrance is pervaded by a warm animalic vibe throughout. Sort of a mash up between Lubin's most oriental offerings and heavy animalic musks fragrances a-la Musk Tonkin and MKK.

MANDATORY! Seriously.

Rating: 8/10

Oct
01
2013

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