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Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
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Chanel Pour Monsieur information

Year of Launch1955
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 775 votes)

People and companies

HouseChanel
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

It's alright. It's basically all oakmoss to my nose with little else. Reminds me a lot of the drydowns of Dior's Eau Sauvage and also Capucci pour Homme. But I like them more due to their citrus openings.

3.5/5
09th May, 2018
Chanel had been at the perfume game since 1921's Chanel No. 5, but had never really entertained the notion of making a masculine fragrance for quite a few years before this came around. Men's scents had generally been the province of barbershops, apothecaries, or dedicated perfumers but with fashion designers starting to put out signature masculines alongside their fleet of feminine or unisex perfumes, the time had come by mid-century for Chanel to join in. Henri Robert was commissioned to make Chanel's debut, more than likely for his involvement in crafting D'Orsay's Le Dandy (1925), a boozy and fruity masculine parfum which was so universal in appeal that women used it too. Mr. Robert didn't fail to deliver, choosing to work within the context of the emerging aromatic citrus chypre that had been slowly rising to challenge the fougère for male supremacy since Guerlain adapted it's own Jicky (1889) into a male counterpart called Mouchoir de Monsieur (1902). Ultimately fougères seemed to win back their crown within another decade's passing, but it did little to diminish the impact of Chanel Pour Monsieur. This fragrance took a different route than previous creations of it's ilk, in that the bright citrus and hoary animalic notes that ran wild in older varieties of this category were more balanced with softer facets to create something that was still every bit as masculine but much less forthright, and easier to approach.

Pour Monsieur, in it's original Eau de Toilette version, opens with the lovely soft zest of lemon, petitgrain, and neroli, which makes for a vivid and green accord that's instantly recognizable but doesn't last long unless this is sprayed on shirt as well as skin. From that unmistakable launch comes cardamom and touches of that manly skank note brought about by civet (although synthetic civetone in newer formulas) before drying to a warm woodsy base of cedar, oakmoss, and slightly smoky vetiver. It quite literally has every note a successful and sophisticated man of the 1950's could appreciate: citrus freshness, a masculine virile undercurrent, a touch of soft floral welcoming, and a robust finish of dry woods. The petitgrain in this is the one top note that keeps coming back for more exposure time and time again, and can also be found in other versions of this too, including the extinct 1989 concentrée and 2014 Parfum (which is really just the concentrée with less moss to be honest). Nothing else in the line is more complex nor unfolds as beautifully as this original EdT, and this is the legend that inspired the direction not only of fellow French designers like Givenchy, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, but also big US cosmetic corporations as everyone across the pond from Avon to Arden tried to make their own classy gentleman's chypre on varying budgets (with varying results). It's such a refined, classy, and balanced masculine, that it's pretty close to an all-season and really only feels out of place in extreme hot weather.

This was so good that Chanel didn't see the need to succeed it with another male-marketed fragrance until Antaeus in 1981, sitting out the 1960's and 1970's but keeping this alive under various names like A "Gentelman's Cologne" or "For Men" in different markets until it was retracted from all but the French one and replaced with the concentrée in 1989. This was of course until enough folks complained and Chanel made this version available online for the world proper (without imports from re-sellers), but under the French name "Pour Monsieur" across the board. Time has been kinder to this than pretty much all it's peers of that decade, and it's easy to see why: it has a timeless quality of green freshness, soft warmth, and flirtatious charm that guys of all ages and generations discover it's versatility and make it their signature. Everyone from the guy in the cubicle to the high-level executive above him loves this stuff all over the globe, and it's still a top seller in Europe. Fragrance hobbyists go particularly nuts singing it's praises, but I have to agree with them and go the extra mile by saying if you were only going to own one example of the aromatic citrus chypre, it really would be a coin toss between this and Dior's Eau Sauvage (1966), which was to me the pinnacle of achievement in this category, if a bit more fleeting than this in longevity. There really isn't much more to be said than that. This is quite literally a waltz for the nose, worn by the leading man, of course.
24th January, 2018 (last edited: 25th January, 2018)
This opens with a lovely lemon citrus/neroli and soon transitions to soft spices. It's very classy and discreet. The projection is below average but it does hang around for most of the day though the first couple of hours is where it is strongest.

A very beautiful understated scent and the perfect scent for a gentlemen!
21st January, 2018
I've been catching-up on some of the classics (now that i have begun educating myself!) and i bought a bottle of this on the ferry over to Brittany (France) from Devon (England) and i got to spend a short week in France getting to know it which is obviously the perfect place to do so! Maybe Paris would have been even more fitting but still...

I completely loved it from first sniff, i'm definitely a lover of classic perfumery and this very clearly is a classic. Despite having read all about it before buying it, i was expecting it to be in the Eau Sauvage domain so was pleasantly surprised when the initial citruses revealed a gorgeous, warm, spicy backdrop that almost has a Christmassy suggestion to it!

I'm still learning the correct words to describe perfume but i don't feel i need to add any more that what much more experienced noses on here have already described so well. It's simply a gorgeous, classic, timeless and extremely tasteful scent that begins like a fresh "good morning!" cologne but has the added benefit of warmth to carry you through to lunch... well almost!! And here comes my only criticism:

It's clearly a classic perfume of its time and it was never intended to be loud to long-lasting but i'm sure that anyone who loves PM will agree; you'd just wish it would last that bit longer than it does! It's like meeting a gorgeous lover on an exotic holiday who sweeps you off your feet for a few short days and then is gone forever only leaving you with the sweet memory! Except PM only lasts for about an hour at best before it leaves you. Okay there might be a slight lingering whiff left on your arm but only a faint trace.

So now i must sample Pour Monsieur EDP and see if they have solved the problem without messing about too much with what makes this such a unique and lovable "cologne".
14th November, 2017
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.

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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)..it 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)

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