With top notes including grapefruit, cardamom and sage, a heart of violet leaves and nutmeg and a base of tonka beans, this fragrance brings you on a scent-ual journey! The initial zingy earthiness quickly fades to leave you with the musky, sexy intense woodiness that makes it a quintessential masculine scent. And as for the bottle? It's a bitch to photograph without getting yourself in the picture, but apart from that, it's beautiful and wouldn't go amiss amongst my perfume collection in terms of the wow factor. But enough of me waffling, it's time for Stephen to take over! Lovely Manly Dangly Bits, you're up!
There must be an unwritten rule for men that even if you think your aftershave smells top notch, if your better half thinks otherwise, you best believe this aftershave is never going to see the light of day again. I noticed this when I was a kid, when, before my dad would head off to work, he'd lash on Eternity by Calvin Klein (I think it was a Christmas present) and off he'd go. My mam would come downstairs, choke on the fumes left in the kitchen and maybe (definitely) throw some expletives at Mr Klein's funk. That particular bottle of aftershave didn't last very long.
The reason I say this, is that I've found the same kind of thing happening with me and my better half. When a new bottle of aftershave makes it's way over to me from Girlie Towers, I have to give it the Week's Test ™. If the boss, not Mr Springfield, but my girlfriend Claire) still thinks it's nice after a week, then we have a winner. It's in the Hall of Fame. Tom Ford is currently in there with a Gucci aftershave. Not many have made it.
Smelling from the bottle will usually incur a "Oh that's nice.... It's very fresh isn't it?" remark. This is good. It's not Sex Panther-esque and now I'm free to spray it on myself and go out in public. It will usually be around Day 3 or 4 where I'll get a "Oh is that aftershave X... It's very strong isn't it?" if it's not going well. I can guarantee that the aftershave will be in the stockpile soon enough after that.
Enter Montblanc Emblem Intense. It's currently sitting proud in the Hall of Fame with Tom and Gucci after successfully passing the Week's Test™. It's still getting "Oh that's lovely, I like that" from herself after a month of wear.
I don't know how to describe an aftershave in terms of spiciness, woodiness, earthiness etc. I go by the night time/daytime rule of thumb. Daytime is usually grand to wear to work and night time is fine to wear out to a lunch or dinner. Emblem Intense is filed smack bang in night time.
Montblanc Emblem Intense is available in department stores nationwide or on Debenhams.ie for €57/60mls. A possible Father's Day present lads?