The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Puredistance M

Puredistance M2I’m the first to admit that I am a sucker for luxury; be it high count egyptian cotton sheets and sumptuous towels to high-end luxury vehicles.  It’s amazing how elegant and finely tailored products can make you to purr like a kitten when you’re wrapped in their comfort.  Puredistance M to me is one of those products.

WHAT I SMELL:  M opens with a citrus blast that lasts for mere minutes.  It’s a bit of a strange opening like that of a lemon sour cocktail.   After a few more minutes you start to detect the cinnamon note.  If I didn’t know it was cinnamon, I would say that it’s almost like cumin.  This is when it really becomes interesting as M starts to turn up the spice.  It’s exotic and mysterious and I keep expecting that at some point I’m going to be hit with a blast of something unknown.  But M stays subdued and smooth as silk.  True to its luxuriousness, it knows it’s an Aston Martin and not a Chevrolet. I love how M slowly builds.  It’s in no hurry to develop and it takes a bit of time but eventually the leather comes forward in a smoky aura.  As you know I’m not a big fan of leathers, but M’s leather is so ethereal.  It’s like a thin layer at the bottom of the spice.  Added to the layers of leather and spice is a slightly sweet patchouli with just a bit of oakmoss to give a dry powdery edge.  M is not big on sillage, but hugs close to the skin.  But I don’t care, it’s for me, not for anyone else.

From the Puredistance website:

Created in London by Roja Dove, M is a leather chypre of classic proportions… with an unexpected oriental twist. Sumptuous and complex, noble and sophisticated.

M Notes:  Bergamot, Lemon, Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Mosses, Cistus, Vetiver, Patchouli, Vanilla, Leather, Musk

self assuredWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Self-assurance.  M is a fragrance for the man who doesn’t need to shout to the world that he has arrived.  He never arrived.  He was always there.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE  M:  sophisticated, confident, elegantly-understated

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE M: Kafkaesque, From Top to Bottom – Perfume Patter, Perfume-Smellin’ Things

BOTTOM LINE:  M is a quiet treasure.  Puredistance has created a fragrance that is elegantly understated for the man who likes the finer things in life.  In addition to the beautiful scent, the packaging is exceptional as the 17.5ml cylinder comes in a silk lined box.  How much more luxurious can you get than that?

Note to my readers, the wonderful Kafkaesque has teamed with Puredistance to offer samples of M and Opardu to 10 lucky readers of her blog.  The draw ends on May 13th, so be sure to give her a visit.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Leather Chypre
  • Nose:  Roja Dove
  • Classification: Unisex – but leans masculine
  • Expense: $198 for 17.5ml or $330 for 60ml Perfume Extrait

Disclosure:  Product for review provided courtesy of Puredistance.