The Name’s M, Puredistance M – Puredistance M Perfume Review


“Puredistance M is a masculine that straddles the gender line”

After trying and loving the ethereal Puredistance I and the warm-bosomed Antonia, I thought that the dreaded rule of three’s (as in that a collection of three perfume’s cannot contain three good fragrances) would kick in and I would end up hating Puredistance M, but as usual when it comes to drawing quick conclusions, I was wrong.

I was wrong because Puredistance M is a pretty damn good fragrance and whilst it may not be in the style of perfumes that I would wear, I cannot deny that it is impeccably well made and puts the majority of masculine fragrances on the market to shame. In terms of quality, artistry and just how damn good it smells, Puredistance M is in a class of its own. Oh, and it’s an Extrait too, with a rather decent 25% concentration, which is somewhat of a rarity within the masculine genre.

Puredistance M is currently the only masculine in the line and it takes its inspiration from the classiest and most debonaire of motor vehicles – the Aston Martin, namely the Aston Martin that belongs to a certain James Bond. M was created by Professor of Perfume Roja Dove and is described as “a leather chypre of classic proportions…with an unexpected oriental twist. Sumptuous and complex, noble and sophisticated” [1] Puredistance M is a fragrance that is neither shaken, nor stirred, and just like 007 it is as smooth as can be.

Puredistance M

The Notes

Bergamot, Lemon, Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Mosses, Cistus, Vetiver, Patchouli, Vanilla, Leather and Musk [2]

How Does it Smell?

Puredistance M’s opening is all chypre, with wonderfully sour citrus contrasted with rich, oriental spices. One spice that I find quite prominent during the opening is cinnamon, a note which I am having a slight love affair with of late, and it works perfectly with the acerb nature of the bergamot and lemon.

In keeping with the Aston Martin theme there is a good deal of leather in Puredistance M, and rather than opting for sweet leather, Dove has gone for a rather dry and almost harsh leather note. Think of the dry leather in Chanel’s N°19 and you’re on the right track, although Puredistance is not green in the slightest, if it were a colour it would be ‘Chestnut Tan’*.

Rose and jasmine appear in the notes, but their appearance within Puredistance M is actually quite subdued. The mosses and patchouli seem to outweigh the florals slightly, and whilst there is a definite jasmine hue amongst the leather early on, as time goes on it becomes harder and harder to pick out the flowers.

After the oriental heart, Puredistance M comes full circle back into chypre territory with a base of patchouli, mosses, labdanum and vanilla. The base is truly wonderful, and whenever I smell a good chypre base I can’t help but think “they don’t make ’em like this anymore”, and thankfully Puredistance does.

As much as I enjoy Puredistance M, I can’t help but feel that it is perhaps a bit too debonair for me and I’m not sure that I am man enough to pull it off. When I wear it I picture a man much older than myself, but still in his prime, as if a certain degree of life-experience is required to ‘rock it’ effectively. Maybe it’s a fragrance that I’ll grow into one day, I do still have a lot of living to do after all.

Puredistance M is a masculine that straddles the gender line, it works as an effortlessly cool and glamorous masculine just as well as it does as a kick ass feminine that is reminiscent of the chypres of the good old days. To me it feels like the finely tailored duck feather coat by Alexander McQueen depicted in the first image in this post – a contrast of old school femininity and classic masculine tailoring.

There really is something for everyone in the Puredistance line. I have found my love in Puredistance I, I really think Antonia is something my mother would love and Puredistance M is perfect for my father. It’s a family affair!

The BottlePuredistance M Flacon

All Puredistance perfumes are available in 17.5ml and 100ml flacons. The 17.5ml flacon resembles (a rather posh) test tube.

I find it incredibly handy that each of these Parfum Extraits are presented in a spray bottle, I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of dabbing and I wish more brands would follow suit.

A series of accessories are available, including leather cases, a stand and a Swarovski crystal column (pictured and available in clear & silver, clear & gold and black & silver). The packaging is ultra-luxe but it feels, clean simple and pure.


Puredistance M is available in 17.5ml and 100ml Extrait de Parfum. Prices range €165-€490.


This review is based on a sample of Puredistance M sourced myself.

[1] & [2]
* Chestnut Tan is a shade of Aston Martin leather. 

Image 1 (Gold duck feather coat by Alexander McQueen from the book Savage Beauty).
Image 2 & 3


19 thoughts on “The Name’s M, Puredistance M – Puredistance M Perfume Review

  1. Hmmm, this sounds in theory like the perfect fragrance for the bf, he does have the same initials as James Bond, he loves all the films and has watched them several times over, in fact in a previous life he is convinced that he was the real James Bond.
    The only downside I can see, he does not normally go for something with strong leather notes, he prefers a tobacco note more than anything, plus he sprays his fragrance all over himself, at least 10 sprays, nothing on this gods earth could convince him to go easy with a 17ml bottle.

  2. I agree with you on the entire Puredistance line – not one that isn’t a testament to unrelenting quality, not one that isn’t heart-stoppingly beautiful and yet, they are all very different! M is, as you say, a so-called “masculine”, but any diehard leather fangal of a certain attitude can pull it off without question – including this one! I say this as someone who is developing a fatal taste for Knize Ten…but M is mellower and rounder.

    Loved this review! 😀 Love Puredistance! And James Bond and Aston Martins, too!

  3. As much as I truly enjoy all the “Puredistances”, I must admit “M” was an immediate luv-affair on first sniff. It absolutely floored me with it’s utter perfection. Dove is indeed a master. (& especially of gorgeous “chypres”.) …
    If you luv it, but somehow feel that it is not quite there for you, might I suggest you try Dove’s other masterpiece i.e. “Diaghilev”, which I adore just as much as “M”. It has the same majestic chypre slightly orientalised with a touch of vanilla type structure. But not quite as “masculine” and minus the leather. So I think you might find you prefer it. Or rather, find it easier to wear now, minus all the waiting to grow into it. 😉
    Diaghilev is one hard fragrance not to luv – It is my perfect chypre. (And probably my favourite Roja Dove fragrance overall.)

  4. Mr O popped into my mind too when I was picturing the older man of your imaginings. Though Mr O is the right side of 40, which feels quite young to me! Debonair he most certainly is in the sense of suave and urbane and worldy wise.

    I find the leather note quite prominent and rather too harsh in the initial stages, but the drydown is softer and more the level of leather I like. Overall this still falls squarely in the masculine camp for me, and its colour (in my mind’s eye) is grey – like the box, maybe? : – )

    I am happy you share my favourite of PD1, and I was a late developer where Antonia was concerned, but “got it” in the end!.

  5. I’m wearing Puredistance 1 today so it was fun to read about M. I only tried it briefly on card and like you I decided it wasn’t for me but of course, the quality can’t be faulted. Nice to know it’s Mr O’s signature scent.

    Isn’t it great that the flacons are ultra luxe without being gaudy for once? I love that you can spray the parfum too.

  6. “As much as I enjoy Puredistance M, I can’t help but feel that it is perhaps a bit too debonair for me and I’m not sure that I am man enough to pull it off.” LIES! If I’m man enough to pull it off, then you are too ❤

    Puredistance M might be one of my top five favorite masculines. I was sent a sample by a fellow fragonerd about a month ago, and I've fallen deeply in love. It's so sexy and so virile! I need to try it on my boyfriend to see how it smells, but I can't get him to wear anything else besides Amouage Honour Man =(

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