In a crowded market, it takes a lot to stand out, let alone endure. Just like fashion trends, many fragrances will come and go, but a select few are made to stand the test of time.

Montblanc Explorer is one such fragrance.

The minute it launched in 2019, it was an instant hit. It manages that heady balance of being fresh yet warm – two seemingly opposing attributes, yet both essential for a successful scent.

The effect comes from top notes of bergamot and black pepper bringing the fruit and spice, before heartnotes of leather and vetiver draw in the warmth. It finishes with a comforting woody scent, courtesy of akigalawood.

The name Explorer isn’t just a marketing ploy, either. Montblanc has been a favourite among keen travellers for the past century, thanks to its trademark fountain pens whose ink never leaks.

Reliability might not sound like the sexiest of character traits, but when it comes to receiving scores of compliments, Montblanc Explorer will always deliver.

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum

Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum, 30ml, £35,; Montblanc Explorer Eau de Parfum, 100ml, £75,