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Monsieur (2013)
by Huitième Art

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Monsieur information

Year of Launch2013
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 20 votes)

People and companies

HouseHuitième Art
PerfumerPierre Guillaume
Parent CompanyPierre Guillaume Diffusion

About Monsieur

Monsieur is a masculine fragrance by Huitième Art. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Guillaume

Reviews of Monsieur

Very bitter opening, then very smoky. Full incense nose that goes green towars vetiver. Beautiful for the incense amateurs.
26th February, 2018
Sleek and swift, this Monsieur has one simple goal it seems – to offer a polished sweet cedar scent for our times. Synthetic woody aromachemicals are of course a given in such a scenario, but this single-minded creation does deliver on a welcoming woody scent, all warm hairy chest and tender embrace, with a sympathetic supporting cast of smoke, resins, even oudy overtones playing with the essential friendly good nature of the cedar. Executed with finesse, it seems to adjust to the wearer’s skin, creating a tailored layer of honest woody goodness, which is fulfilling when one pays attention to it and unobtrusive when going about one’s business. ‘Let be’ and ‘be well’, it seems to say – important messages, especially for frantic urbanites. A light spiciness – hints of saffron and black pepper – emerges in the late stages.
The trail it leaves is annoyingly less accomplished – much more obviously synthetic than what the wearer experiences for themselves.
07th February, 2018
Very woody, and somewhat green. Reminds me taking a historical tour through a 1700's colonial house or building that has the original wood furniture still in the room. I also get hints of the smell at the opening of a cave, must be the oakmoss.

17th June, 2017
Monsieur is constructed with all manner of woody notes, along with, according to the marketing spiel, the freshness of water. It's obviously intended to invoke the great outdoors.

Put simply, for me the woodiness is too great and there is a lack of balance. After about six hours the spicyness of the patchouli and incense starts to come through, and at this stage Monsieur takes on a different character and improves no end. Sadly, it is at this same point that the scent starts to die away and so the better, later stages are far too fleeting in duration. Better results could have been achieved by earlier development and probably some accords to offset the many arboreal components.
16th June, 2017
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United Kingdom
Woof! Hello Nursey!

Ultra masculine -- think of a cranked up hybrid of Derby, Tuscany and vintage Givenchy and add some 'extreme' woods

Gorgeous
24th April, 2015
This line has been a consistent let-down for me, and Monsieur is no different. This scent is clearly seeking to modernize a dated aesthetic — that of an ‘80s masculine. To a degree, it’s successful, but the end result isn’t very cohesive.

There’s a lot going on here, but what’s most dominant is myrrh rendered slightly gourmand and caramelic. There’s a dirty patchouli in it, and there’s a fair amount of saffron-esque spice to produce a warming effect. Aside from that, it’s resins and unspecified synth woods — specifically cedar, and even more specifically, a ghastly amount of Iso E.

There’s nothing truly hideous about it, but it doesn’t really do anything to elevate itself beyond other warm, semi-sweet synthetic wood scents. In fact, I get a negative space-effect from it in that I could imagine it with a great rum note, or even a good, tarry smoke component, but what that signals for me is that this scent is lacking any real flare of its own. I’m underwhelmed by Monsieur, but at least it’s consistent as I find the whole collection to be underwhelming. If you’re looking to see what Guillaume can do, skip Huitieme Art and Phaedon, and just stick with Parfumerie Generale instead as that’s where all his solid ideas seem to end up.
04th March, 2015

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