What to say about this understated masterpiece? A true, grown-up gentleman's fragrance! I suppose there is not much more to add than what has already been said, but put simply, EVERY man should smell like this!
Chanel pour Monsieur was made at a time when men were expected to be self-assured, professional, kind, caring individuals who treat women with respect, seldom raised their voice, always held doors open for people, offered a woman an umbrella in the pouring rain, who remembered to stand up when she entered the room. They were not meant to be ultra-macho or overly assert themselves in the face of others, because a real gentleman was secure in himself and did what he did because he believed in being a good human being.
Created in 1955 by the great Henri Robert (the man behind the famous Chanel no. 19), he was master of the understatement, and understood the value of having simple, high quality ingredients that came together to form a whole picture, making the wearer feel self-assured and good about themselves.
Rather than only having a single, overpowering note, the fragrance itself is extremely well balanced, so it's hard to pick out any individual notes, however the opening is one of a citrus/oakmoss wave that is both invigorating and at the same time extremely calming.
What follows is (in typical Chanel fashion), a slightly bittersweet, almost (to my nose) singiature aldehyde-like hint, to which ginger, cardamom and fresh herbs come through. All before drying down to an amazing vetiver and cedarwood finish, which settles on your skin for the rest of the journey, as well as maintaining the oakmoss vibe throughout.
There is nothing about this fragrance which is loud or in your face. This is in no way a powerhouse, it's very subtle and understated, but always lets you know that it is there (without overpowering those around you). It would be perfect on any formal occasion, along with a crisp shirt, suit, tie, and well-made shoes.
There is also no reason to suggest that the adult men of this day and age should not wear this fragrance either. Because the values that were expected of men in 1955 are still relevant today! I believe that any man wearing this fragrance would also display a high level of maturity and exude self confidence, because he wouldn't need assert himself upon those around him, instead he could simply relax, be at ease with himself, and do what he has to do in life without over-proving himself to anyone and everyone.
In a word, a TRUE gentleman's fragrance! Perfect for all clean, relaxed, confident men out there!
That glitter of lemon and petitgrain, more pointedly sustained than in most chypres, initially suggests an eau de cologne, but once the hesperides burn off, the composition is the height of subdued elegance, even if, like a bespoke Savile-Row suit, it's the product of meticulous, neurotic, and laborious refinement. And like the finest menswear, all its complexity is trained to such subtlety, a balancing act of extreme difficulty, that it verges on bland: the aldehydes lend the citrus notes loft but don't dominate as they do in Chanel's feminines, the dry, herbaceous spice of cardamom (which picks up where lemon left off) and coriander is countered by a fresh, dewy carnation (which continues the powdery theme of the aldehydes), and the oakmoss, tempered by the resinous sweetness of amber and labdanum, lacks the animalic languor of Coty's Chypre, in spite of the comparisons. To noses trained on ultraviolence—or feminines—Pour Monsieur may come across as positively soulless. On a woman's skin, in fact, it is more likely incite boredom than dissonance; as if, after so many trials of patience and mortification, the conservative Austenian heroine of YSL Y has finally found her perfect and eligible match in Pour Monsieur. There's nothing assertive, as might be expected from such an arch-masculine, about the composition; even the opening, for all its brilliance, is assiduously traditional. It is this very absence of histrionics, however, that makes Pour Monsieur a classic among masculines, the paramount example of negative space in perfumery. Let us face it, when a man walks out in a ridiculous, flashy get-up, whether it's a canary-yellow zootsuit from 1939 or jeans six-sizes too large pulled low over boxers from 1996, we laugh at him for his immature bid for attention—it seems desperate, somehow. Whereas, provided he has the charisma for it, a sober, perfectly cut suit, thoughtlessly rumpled by the end of the day, is madly sexy.
It would be so easy to pass Pour Monsieur by, as it might seem like just another traditional mens cologne. However, on closer examination it reveals itself as one of the most beautiful classic fragrances on the market. It's a very understated chypre, with a bitter-sweet base of oakmoss and woods contrasted with the citrus top. While that might not seem particularly exciting, the quality of materials is exquisite, and gives this elegant fragrance an air of quiet luxury. It is masculine but, like a softly spoken gentleman in a perfectly tailored suit, it doesn't need to scream to be noticed. This review is for the EdT and not the Concentree, which is not the same fragrance.
This is such an amazing scent. I read about it in Perfumes: The Guide and since I find most fragrances marketed toward women to be too fruity/flowery, I thought I'd try this classic out. At first I thought it was too strong, too "man," but the drydown is amazing and warm and delicious.
Unfortunately, I came home wearing it on both wrists and my mom starting pitching a fit about the STRONG SMELL I was wearing and how it was making her asphyxiate, etc. So this is reserved for when I am not at home or for a guy in my life.
This is a very classic scent that I love to wear. It's has a nice citrus scent to it that is understated, and turns into a nice subtle musky/spicy scent once settled into skin. There is a citrus freshness in the top notes, with aromatic and citrusy touch of verbena: lemon, verbena, neroli and orange. The spicy heart presents fresh and sharp, but, thin mix of cardamom, coriander, basil and ginger. The oak moss and cedar create a sharp ending.
Quite possibly one of the sexiest and understated men's cologne's I have ever smelled. It is warm and refreshing and a littly bit smoldering and spicy all at once. It dries down to a soft smoky, almost vanilla musk and pepper scent. It smells like a high quality colgne and is not over powering- I HATE when colognes and perfumes do that. As a girl I think it smells so good I may get it for myself. By the way, I just read that Clive Owen wears this. The man has taste and looks.
I like this cologne.. it's green in color, and smells of lime to me. It's classy, classic, and well-done. I don't think anyone would DISlike this scent.
This is a fantastically delicious scent for a guy! I was sniffing my hubby for hours after he tested this! :) I'm planning to buy him a bottle soon...
sure you get the original Pour Monsieur and not the nastier
Concentree version. Pour Monsieur is an amazing blend of classic
citrus notes and hot, sweet spices with a base made up of vetiver,
light moss and warm cedarwood. It is a perfect coupling of classic
notes and modern maturity. It has a spicy warmth that complements
the citrus notes perfectly. There are so many notes in Pour Monsieur
that just sing -- the spicy floral accord that is carnation, the
edible, sweet spiciness of cardamom -- it is just so perfectly
blended. But the unsung hero of Pour Monsieur is the bittersweet
floral/wood/leather quality of strong, pure petitgrain oil. This is
the best us of petitgrain in any fragrance I've found. It is so pure
and luxe, giving it a musky, leathery quality with a very animalistic
feel. Pour Monsieur is rich, sexy, luxurious and perfect for an
evening out. It's a little mature, but I'm 26 and I love to wear it
on any formal or semi-formal occasion. It lasts great too.
notes: lemon, petitgrain, neroli
notes: cardamom, carnation
notes: cedarwood, oakmoss, vetiver