It’s interesting to note that Montecristo was released in 2013 - the same year as Tendre est la Nuit for Majda Bekkali, also by Delphine Thierry. Both perfumes explore a dark and dirty theme though the former pushes the idea to the limits of wearability.
Montecristo is built around a linear, tenebrous, animalic chord that shows phenolic/smoky facets due in part to the presence of guaiac as well warm and frankly fecal ones that speak to hyraceum and labdanum. Unlike, say, Muscs Koublaï Khän (C.Sheldrake,1998), which recalls the intimacy of post-coital, pre-shower bodies, Montecristo wants for any human connection – a feeling underscored by a pronounced, synthy woodiness that runs through the composition.
Like most novelty scents, Montecristo has a self-limiting quality and once the novelty wanes, so does one’s interest.
Nose: Delphine Thierry
House: Masque Milano
Release date: 2013
Notes (per Fragrantica): ambrette, rum, cabreuva, tobacco, celery seed, labdanum, benzoin, styrax, hyrax, guaiac, cedar, patchouli.