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Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
by Chanel


Chanel Pour Monsieur information

Year of Launch1955
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 759 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerHenri Robert
Parent CompanyWertheimer

About Chanel Pour Monsieur

According to Chanel this was created by Henri Robert in 1955 and was launched as 'A Gentleman's Cologne' in the UK, 'Chanel for Men' in the USA and 'Chanel Pour Monsieur' in France. In 1989 it was relaunched with the name 'Chanel Pour Monsieur' worldwide. Chanel insist that the formula remains unchanged since its launch in 1955 -- though US beauty industry news reports in 1988 claim the scent is new and was created by 258s. Hmmmm.. curiouser and curiouser...

Chanel Pour Monsieur fragrance notes

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Reviews of Chanel Pour Monsieur

There's a crisp precision to Pour Monsieur's opening that makes me wish it would stay frozen in time. If Henri Robert had served up just this one straight accord it could have been a work of genius, but as it stands the crisp mathematical algorithm of citrus and moss soon loses its éclat to a sweet and rather chewy chypre base.

The chypre is perfectly good; once it's developed there's nothing wrong with it but as the yellow and black butterfly mutates back into fat green caterpillar there are some difficult moments along the way.

What began with the potential to be a brilliant eau de cologne in the end turns out to be a compromised but still elegant aromatic chypre.

04th October, 2017 (last edited: 12th October, 2017)
After a long flight delay I got some time to try the chanel classics and this stood out for me.

...i couldn't believe it when I later learned this is over 60 years old (or maybe I should of After smelling dior eau sauvage which this resembles) just goes to show that old saying is true ..class is permanent etc ..anyway what you get is a scent on the same class train as adp original colonia.. dior eau sauvage and penhaligons Blenheim bouquet. It's that lemon fizzy musky slightly dated woody/spicey vibe that conjures images of Hollywood actors opening doors for classy ladys from a by gone era or royals going about their morning routines. The opening is extremely effervescent with a lemon/lime sherbet and then the beautiful dry down begins that just seems to get more and more refined until it sails off peacefully into the sunset. For me this is a truelly beautiful scent that is traditional but because it is so airy and light it fits into any moment in time. If they sold the shave foam, deodorant stick And shower gel I'd buy the lot and have one hell of a morning routine.
12th July, 2017 (last edited: 20th July, 2017)
Stardate 20161115:

This is a nice masculine fragrance and is recommended in all forms and vintages.
The common theme in all versions is citrus top and soft spices with Moss and little sweetness in drydown.
The newer vintages are less Mossy and more powdery - more like the discontinued Chanel PM Concentree.

I would recommend all the versions of this fragrances.
15th November, 2016
Chanel Pour Monsieur features one of the all-time great openings, a citric blast that feels powdery, playful and ticklish. After that life-affirming moment the scent turns into a perfectly calibrated soapy base which lasts longer than most people think. Indeed Chanel Pour Monsieur has a very strange habit of suddenly returning in strength after some hours of wear.

Classy and upbeat, you immediately notice it is made of the best materials. Very versatile and perfect for more discreet use (office). Probably best worn if you are 40+ or wear suits on a regular basis.

Chanel's masterpiece for men.
21st May, 2016
Start very citrusy and lemony, sharp and tangy. Drydown is soft and woody. Classy scent.
01st April, 2016
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United States
First, I am a huge fan of old school classic fragrances such as 4711, YSL Pour Homme, Moustache, Monsieur Musk, et cetera. I have none of the anti-age bias that some exhibit. Second, I enjoy the Chanel brand's cultural place and Antaeus and No. 5 are masterpieces in my book. All that said, I cannot wholeheartedly endorse Pour Monsieur due to the performance, as many others have noted. I don't care about sillage or compliments, frankly, but I do want to be able to detect a fragrance myself. CPM has an odd resume on my skin. It's grammar school years (the opening) are top notch, but the high school years (middle period) are invisible; he's cutting class, smoking in the boys' room or hiding in the lockers because he's absent on my skin. Later, though, as a middle-aged college student, he comes back with better grades and more participation in the class discussions. When I can smell it, it's a winner but for long stretches it's but a memory...
24th February, 2016

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