M7 by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent embodies male sensuality. It is the seventh men’s perfume by YSL and the second one created by Ford (who worked as the creative director for YSL at the time). The perfumers behind the fragrance are Jacques Cavallier and Alberto Morillas.
M7 was accompanied by a very provocative advertising campaign with a nude man (pictured). The M7 man is elegant, sensual, masculine and desirable. The face in the commercials is Samuel De Cuber.
M7 is a heavy, rich, intensive and masculine fragrance, dominated by dark, warm and dry precious woody notes and a heavy, natural, earth-like note originating from vetiver.
The content of this perfume encompasses assorted trees and raw, odorous plants. The composition begins with elegant citrus notes of Italian bergamot, Sicilian mandarin and rosemary. The warm heart contains an excellent replica of one of the most expensive components: Agarwood, followed by vetiver. The perfume closes with a soft ambergris trail and musky notes.
The bottle colored in warm nuances was designed by Tom Ford and Doug Lloyd. The perfume was created in 2002.Description courtesy of Fragrantica. https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Yves-Saint-Laurent/M7-1031.html
M7 was the 7th fragrance of YSL and was selected by Tom Ford. It is most famous for being the first oud based fragrance created for and marketed to the west. However, it does not have the distinction of being the first western fragrance to contain natural oud oil because it had none at all—it was entirely synthetic. But what a masterful Agarwood recreation it is. The fragrance was discontinued and then returned in reformulation for a short time, but is now discontinued once again.
The formula I present here is my own recreation of the original based upon GCMS data, insider information from the brand, and many hours spent poring over the vintage bottles I have collected. Unlike the original, I have added genuine oud oil. Because the cost of doing so may be prohibitive for many, I make some recommendations on synthetic oud oils you may like to use in place of the genuine.
However, if you can afford to spring for some raw genuine Oud Assafi by Firmenich (coming in at around $80,000 US per kilo), this already-stunning fragrance is elevated to the sublime. The fecal stink of genuine oud is perfectly balanced so that it merely whispers from within the top notes, drawing you to the sweet woody base that emerges as the scent warms on your skin.
This is a fragrance that must not be let to fade into oblivion. It is a fragrance for the most discerning wearer. This is M7.
Just magnificent! A decadently rich composition with a beautiful note of what I smell as cherry flavored pipe tobacco. I always loved it when someone nearby was smoking cherry tobacco, a lovely smell that I associate with childhood. It angers me no end that someone decided to end both M7 and M7 fresh– two scents that every frag lover should own or at least try.—kevinm
The real star seems to be a mix of sandalwood sawdust and an especially nice oak note, with a hint of green (herbs on top, vetiver later), a careful creamy milky vanilla that gives everything a wonderful richness without crossing over into candy, and immortelle that gives a boozy medicinal quality to the top and eventually melts into the vanilla and woods to give a really great impression of maple wood.—rogalal
M7 is a monumental creation in designer fragrances. Rich, mediciney, exotic. I can’t add much more except to say that this is the most original and possibly best designer fragrance in 20 years and easily could pass for niche.—weylin