M7
M7 Oud Absolu
2011

Version from 2011
M7 (2011) / M7 Oud Absolu by Yves Saint Laurent
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7.9 / 10 899 Ratings
M7 (2011) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for men and was released in 2011. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by L'Oréal. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Woody
Spicy
Oriental
Resinous
Sweet

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange Mineral notesMineral notes OrangeOrange BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes
OudOud PatchouliPatchouli RosemaryRosemary
Base Notes Base Notes
LabdanumLabdanum MyrrhMyrrh AmberAmber MuskMusk VetiverVetiver

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Scent
7.9899 Ratings
Longevity
7.7721 Ratings
Sillage
7.1729 Ratings
Bottle
7.6722 Ratings
Value for money
7.7198 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 27.02.2024.

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Salva

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Top Review 34  
I'm good with oud...
We all have certain preferences for certain notes, just as we naturally have a kind of aversion to other notes. Spontaneously, leather, aniseed and oud come to mind, with which I personally am not very good at, for example,

I would still call the first two my "bosses". Again and again and again I have tested scents that included these two, but I just (mostly) never could really get used to them, which hasn't changed until today.
But not so with Oud, for which I found one I like more than well with the M7 from YSL.
[...]

I discovered this scent about half a year ago in a perfumery and knew of its existence, but I had put off testing it for a long time, as I was still a beginner at that time (I would still call myself a beginner) and therefore preferred other scents.

But some time ago I sniffed at him for the first time and was very surprised, in a positive sense. So surprised that I said to myself: "Oh, it's beautiful. Not the way oud usually smells."
And when I bought a sample and used it every day, I quickly realized how much I liked the scent, so I quickly ordered a bottle.

Certainly there is no classic or real oud in this M7. Most people associate with this note things like cowsh!!!!, some medical chords or other foul smelling things (by the way, so do I myself).
But the M7 is a very pleasant and cosy fragrance, where I personally perceive the oud note only discreetly (if oud is included here at all).

In the beginning, it starts with a charming sweet and fruity tangerine, which is then pushed forward with other citrus notes in the background. Since patchouli is one of my favourite notes, the rest of the song is also very appealing to me. This gives the fragrance an earthy and tart woody character, and the tangerine gradually recedes.
In the base, I find it to be balsamic-sweet and spicy-warm, which should be due to the myrrh and amber. The freshness from the opening is retained throughout the fragrance, although not as strong as at the beginning
Especially in the current season the M7 is the best and most suitable for me. Because of the fruity-citric start and the oriental swing it brings with it afterwards, mMn can be classified as a great all-rounder, which you can wear very well on these autumn days. And also on cooler days in spring I can imagine him very well.

In terms of occasions, it is suitable for work (but if so, then only in a discreet dosage, as it has power), everyday life (preferably with a little more chic clothing), as well as the evening to go out.

I cannot complain about the durability, quite the contrary. I smell it on myself about 7-8h, which I find great. As I mentioned before, it has an enormous radiance at the beginning and you are very well noticed in the first 2-3h, which for me personally makes for a good Sillage
speaks.
Conclusion:
With the Santal Royal by Guerlain and Intense Oud by Gucci I owned two other oud-heavy treasures besides the M7 for a long time, but in the end I passed them on, because the Santal Royal was simply too leathery and the Intense Oud was too sour because of the saffron (I also wanted to reduce my collection, which fortunately went well for me recently).

But this M7 is still with me and will also have its place in my collection in the future. I would like to have at least one oud fragrance and this one is completely sufficient for me. Because from the first smell on it convinced me very much and therefore it has earned its place. The certain sensuality that it brings with it, I like it very much. In spite of his seductive character I find him at the same time reserved and polite in his whole appearance.

In my eyes it is an intense, very elegant and easy to wear, oriental-woody scent with a slightly sweet background, which I can recommend to anyone who is not used to oud.
[...]
Thank you for reading it!
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SchatzSucher

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I don't really like Oud...
Until a few years ago I didn't even know what this ominous oud was about.
All of a sudden it was on everyone's lips and noses.
Since reading is very helpful and promotes knowledge if you don't just read trashy novels, I was soon smarter.
And hesitantly I tested some fragrances, which have oud more or less as main theme.

Nah, I thought at first, this is supposed to be the fabric of the fabrics now, which is supposed to give modern fragrances a certain something, a woody note, even an animal touch? *sniff*
What a disappointment. I don't want to smell like this. There's something bitter about it, disinfectant, cow barn, herd of cattle and their legacies. It leads to embarrassing misunderstandings if you wear something like that in public M7 Oud Absolu also failed mercilessly at first. Topic done. Ew, I don't like it. Just like at home when mummy cooked something that didn't fit in with your life But when you give yourself a jolt and jump over your shadow, you realize that some things are not as bad as first thought
M7 Oud Absolu fell into my hands after another test and is now an integral part of my collection and I really appreciate this fragrance.
For in this fragrance, oud is not in the very first row, but is used as a more discreet companion. Furthermore, the fragrance is so pleasantly designed that it has proven to be a nice everyday scent for me.

Nevertheless, I find some special features on M7 that make it seem not too commonplace.
The opening is introduced by some citrus fruits, especially orange and mandarin for me. However, these fruits are not bright and sunny and cheerful as usual, but rather steamed and they are already a bit drier. This may be due to the mineral notes that are not specified in detail. Rosemary, which I can also smell, and patchouli further darken the citric influence. And a certain dryness I also feel Oud then becomes noticeable, but doesn't come too clearly to the fore and keeps the fragrance within the wearable range for me. This special, slightly tart and austere note is present but does not spoil the fragrance for me. It has a certain medically appearing character. But this is not a bitter medicine, but a tasty one.

Later on, a little vetiver, myrrh and labdanum round off the tart character. The citrus fruits, however, remain present the whole time and bring a certain sweetness with some amber, which does not let the austerity slide into the all too gloomy.
I can't deny it, there is a certain melancholy in M7 Oud Absolu. It is not a fragrance that is sad, oh no. But due to the interplay of dry citrus fruits with the serious resins and spices, the cheerfulness is a bit cloudy and cloudy.
And yet the fragrance radiates a beautiful warmth and conveys a sense of security.

M7 cuts a good figure in the office, as the scent is easy to notice, but does not spread immense scent clouds and is so pleasantly worked that colleagues do not feel bothered.
To beautiful evening occasions, I can also recommend the fragrance without further ado, because it comes along very elegantly and fits a good suit as well as jeans.
The shelf life is very good at about 8 hours, after about 2 hours the fragrance recedes, but remains present when approaching the wearer.
One accidental spray too many is no drama and will not be punished with wry looks.
For those of you who are more at war with Oud, I can recommend that you try a test here. Nothing is really disturbing here I see the fragrance preferentially in autumn and in not too cold winter. And you can't smell it on every street corner
Now it has turned out that in an extensive sample package I received from Terra, a still almost full sample of the original version of M7 came to my nose.
And since I had been curious about a comparison for quite some time, this was of course perfect.
There are some subtle differences, I was able to determine, though not serious ones.
The original M7 seems a little lighter, fresher and brighter to me. The citrus fruits seem a bit more sparkling and the scent is a bit less medicinal.
The current version appears fuller and a little richer in features. Towards the base, however, they are then very similar. For the rehearsal I would like to thank Terra!

If I had to choose now, I'd find it hard. Both versions are very good.
M7 has not been a great success. But some things just come at the wrong time and sometimes it just doesn't fit. So the current version seems to be disappearing from the market gradually. On the German YSL website it is also no longer listed.
But here and there you can still find him.

I, for one, am delighted that there are also oud scents that I like to wear and that do not put me off. But with other oudnotes I keep my distance.
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Coemgen

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Perfume art of the high school - a three-course menu as a fragrance
Imagine you go to a good restaurant.
3 courses are served.
Starter / main course / dessert
Classic, you'd think. Or not?
But today the chef is trying something new. He exchanges the starter and the dessert and remains behind a new experience.

The starter - Sweet, sweeter, top note M7

The first impression is brachial.
Bergamot, Mandarin, Orange.
These fruits determine the enormous sweet portion of the perfume. These remain present even beyond the top note and have a decisive influence on the course of the fragrance. I personally am a tangerine fan and this first impression was positive for me. It is rounded off with a good pinch of salt (I perceive it at least subtly).
But as if that wasn't enough for now, we are greeted by a fragrance from the kitchen that gives this perfume its name ...

Main course - eagle wood garnished with patchouli and some rosemary.

The salt is used as a transition, trying to unite the sweetness of the fruit and the oud. This idea is brilliant and one of the reasons why the top note mixes so much with the heart note and remains present for so long. I can imagine salt here as a natural flavour enhancer, just as it really is in the kitchen.
Now to the eponymous oud. It is and remains something very personal. Whether you like it or not is up to you. Due to the enormous fruits, the oud is well controlled, but nevertheless it is the determining part in this fragrance. For me personally two completely different impressions remained behind.
On the one hand the feeling as if the oud would bring a depth and maturity into the perfume which makes it a very noble perfume and on the other hand as if the whole menu would be served in a cowshed. Oud is something special. In this combination, with the fruits and the salt, it is converted to mass production.
Patchouli acts here as a link between top note and heart note. The earthy-woody one goes well with the oud and the sweetish one with the fruits. The rosemary underlines the whole thing slightly, but in my opinion it is barely perceptible. As if some rosemary scattered over the eagle wood would serve as garnish.

Dessert - the attempt to become mystical

Finally, Yves Saint Laurent serves us a mixture of grasses and smoke, and unfortunately tries to mystify some artificial M7. Basically one has to say that the base note does not have its own appearance. It only begins to show through after a few hours, but looks like it was not intended. The idea of using myrrh (one of my favourite fragrances), labdanum, vetiver and amber to play around and lengthen the woody-sweet note of the perfume is very intelligent, but it lacks all the power. The ingredients are chosen fantastically:
The mystical myrrh combines with the sweet grass vetiver and combines with the amber a woody-balsamic-sweet fragrance experience and is finally coated with the Labdanum as a smoking fireworks. Ingenious ... but too little, too late. One could have separated from the musk alone here already in the apron. I don't think he fits in here.
Perhaps one should have been more reserved with the fruits and more with the myrrh and the labdanum in the foreground, one could have mixed the heart and top note, but unfortunately the base note remains backward and behind its possibility. The dessert is already cold, although it should be warm.

Sillage

One notices the desire to tame the oud for the masses. The scent doesn't spread throughout the room, but sticks to you and only brings those people into the boat who are not too far away from you. That also fits to this fragrance, and even if the Sillage is not big with it, she still gets a good score from me.

Shelf life

As mentioned above, the head and heart notes merge very quickly, very strongly. The perfume's actual fragrance takes effect after just a few minutes and then lasts for a good 3-4 hours, while the base note is then added slightly. Overall, the fragrance is perceptible for a good half day. This is also an acceptable result for an eau de toilette.

Flacon

I have to say a big word of praise. The main components of the perfume are listed on the bottle. Here called chords:

ACCORDS

Mandarin
Bois de Oud
Patchouli
Ciste
Myrrh

2002

I guess Ciste means Labdanum. Creating such transparency here and explaining the perfume process to the buyer gives me great advantages. On the front is big:

M7

OUD ABSOLU

Yves Saint Laurent

The name of the brand is in the familiar font. The ACCORDS are placed on the right side of the second surface of the square bottle, seen from the front. The writing imprint is noticeable under the fingers, which I personally like very much, because it leaves behind a multidimensional feeling. At the bottom of the floor is a small round transparent sticker with some information. Made in France, 80ml etc. But most of it is hard to read, because the glass mirrors and it is very small and partly written round (typical for such stickers).
The bottle itself has a high-quality design and also looks good. The glass is rounded at the corners so that there is no risk of injury. Inside, the glass is poured into a mould that leads to the back of the glass, which makes the perfume stand out nicely with its colour. Because the cap sits on at an angle, you have to fumble a little to close the bottle (At least with me as a symmetry freak this seems to be the case. I just want to put it on symmetrically to the bottle. Round too round, square too square. If you had a higher intelligence quotient than me, I think you'd be better off with it.) The lid is black and reminds me a bit of the monolith of 2001 - Odyssey in Space. Which is a big compliment since that's my favorite movie. The spray head delivers strong, targeted shocks and is of the highest quality. Finally, the colour of the perfume. This one promises what's inside. The mandarin, the oud and the labdanum seem to combine and produce a yellowish-orange colour similar to a cognac or whisky. Very attractive and high quality.
The packaging is in the typical rectangular shape of black cardboard, printed with small squares. All the necessary information is on the back. On the front side it says like on the bottle:

M7

OUD ABSOLU

Yves Saint Laurent

On the left side, seen from the front, it says in several languages:

A sensual perfume on the base of a woody duvet chord

On the lid the Yves Saint Laurent symbol is noticeably printed in black.

Conclusion

The perfume is absolutely high-quality and intelligently implemented. I find the idea with the salt brilliant and the sweetness of the fruits harmonize great with the oud. Since I'm a big myrrh fan and I'm enthusiastic about the idea to include myrrh and Labdanum on the one hand, on the other hand I'm a little inhibited with the cheering, because you could have done it better. This might have raised this perfume to another level. In the end, it all depends on the oud. If he didn't like it, he probably wouldn't enjoy this perfume either.
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Killer shit
... has what it takes to become the new No. 1, the combination of Patchouli + Oud (eaglewood) is simply the hammer! Otherwise slightly sweet scent in the beginning. The fragrance immediately creates a pleasant relaxation, after a few minutes of "airing off" the effect is most intense on the skin - you notice how the "parasympathetic" is activated immediately. At least this is the case with me.

The scent is very long lasting and reminds me somehow of a "sauna scent"! I'm curious about the reactions of the female sex, suspect polarizing, divided reactions. But in principle no matter, if I could, I would want to seduce myself with the scent...
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Like the barber in Caracas.
When I entered a barber shop in Caracas in the mid-90s, I was immediately hit by a scent when I opened the door. A scent that made me think about whether I had possibly opened the wrong door, the door to another service perhaps.
Anyway, that's how I perceived it at the time, it smelled spicy, warm, oriental. At first the scent startled me, but even when it was my turn I perceived the scent as very pleasant and masculine. Every time the door opened and the hot, sultry air of the street blew in, the spicy oriental was again noticeable.
Well, when I got at the beginning of this year M7 in the fingers, a fragrance that should be different from my previous classic fragrances, I sprayed me expectantly a few times on my forearm, unsuspecting I tilted my head to the arm and already halfway I was suddenly back in Caracas, I sat again at the hairdresser and I smelled again this spicy this mysterious oriental. Now came still something tangerine in addition, and I could not get enough.
I think that it was then in the salon simply Oud which I perceived so oriental.
In the further course, the fragrance was smokier and the oriental alternated with the smoky.
I wear on the arm so a sail dew bracelet which I like to spray, here I take the scent good 4-5 hours again and again perceive.
The bracelet itself still smells the next day.
I persöhnlich am very satisfied with the fragrance, he stands out but something from the crowd without being extravagant.
Beautiful fragrance, simple bottle and a reasonable shelf life distinguish the M7.
Since my wife even after a few hours noticed that I smell like incense sticks I think the sillage is also reasonable
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ZufreeZufree 2 months ago
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I find it to be very similar to Guerlain L'homme Idéal with very subtle differences in the top notes, very tough to differentiate between them.
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ElysiumElysium 1 year ago
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A clash of Western and Eastern cultures. It deviates from the original M7. Citrus accord is tamed, smoky incense-like oud is clear. Divine!
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Topfpflanze3Topfpflanze3 2 years ago
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One of the best wearable ouds. Opens up fizzy citrusy, almost coke like and dries down into a pleasant woody oud.
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CumhranfearCumhranfear 4 years ago
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Pleasant, but not the legend it's made out to be. Woody rather than oudy. Fades to a skin scent in minutes.
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