Chanel Pour Monsieur by Chanel, 1955
Hmm interesting. The urban myth is a popular beast. I first had a bottle of this stuff in 1982 - it was a present for my 21st birthday. I loved it, however it being what it is and me being 21 at the dawn of the eighties meant that as it couldn't be smelled from the other side of the room it was never going to thrive. I didn't appreciate the subtleties at that time. Senses take you back to times and places, and there is no fooling memories. You smell something, it reminds you of a time and a place month, years or decades ago. I bought a bottle of this (aftershave) last week. The minute I opened it and splashed a bit on two things hit me. First was how great it smelled. Second was that it was EXACTLY THE SAME SMELL as the one I got in '82. Sorry chaps - this hasn't changed. Ignore the urban myth, and believe Chanel. A timeless fragrance that as a fifty year old I can appreciate and will wear, regularly. N.B - not saying its an old mans scent - more that it's not something that behaves the way some young lads might want - which I smile at when my 15 year old does 6 squirts of Million when hes off out :)
An absolute classic even in it's current formulation. Just about as balanced and well blended as Monsieur De Givenchy vintage for me, I can't really pay it a higher compliment, but it has better sillage and staying power than MDG into the bargain.
Pour Monseiur is a classic fougere. Heavy on oakmoss and cardamon, it opens with a citric burst and slowly fades to a woody oakmoss base. Definetely a classic that worth at least a try. Sillage, lasting power and projection are average.
A great classic with over 50 years in the market, but it remains as current as then. Not is a simple citric, Pour Monsieur hides something else. Combining elegance and freshness. Great job of Chanel.
the concentree' is NOT the original fragrance, which you can still get everywhere in europe, the caribbean, and virtually all duty-free shops in the world. (The concentree is not concentrated, either, but a different, reformulated fragrance.) Why not just concentrate it, like Eau Sauvage Extreme, etc. -- we all agree we'd like it to last longer - and charge more money? The people at Chanel boutiques, etc., claim ignorance of the difference, but this is disingenuous if not dishonest.
My wife bought this for me at Caracas Airport, a strange place to find a classic French fragrance. It had long been on my wish list, and I was not disappointed when she brought it home. Such a superbly crafted, subtly blended fragrance. You know you're going to smell good whenever you put this on. And yet, after a year or so of fairly regular wear, I became too accustomed to it. Was it really that great, after all? Was it a little too artificially, dare I say it, sickly sweet? I persevered with it, but I had my doubts. And then, this Wednesday, I was jogging along by the old canal on my break at work, sweating and looking shabby in my Brighton & Hove Albion football shirt and tracksuit bottoms, getting more and more bedraggled in the warm, late-summer rain, when I saw a Chinese man on the towpath up ahead of me in the distance. As I got closer, I could see he was dressed smartly in a not-so-expensive suit, but he looked dapper enough. He was just standing there, holding an umbrella in the rain, staring at nothing in particular, contemplating the canal, as if he were waiting for the rain to stop. It was a curious sight to see, among the usual parade of joggers and cyclists and mothers with prams, and as I ran past him I caught his scent, and it was, undeniably, Chanel Pour Monsieur. It smelled divine, sublime, and whenever I might find myself doubting this scent again, I will remember this Chinese man, with his suit and his umbrella in the rain, and I will know I have made the right choice to wear it again.
*Note: This is a review of the current version of Chanel Pour Monsieur. Chanel Pour Monsieur goes on with a gorgeous blast of natural lemon and an herbal lime-like lemon verbena. The lemon-lime herbal citrus accord hangs around well into the heart notes, where the scent turns very powdery while also adding basil and ginger root. Also present is some of the oakmoss from the base peeping through into the heart. During the dry-down the powder dissipates and a nice rooty vetiver takes over, joining a still ever-present oakmoss. Projection and longevity are both well-below average. As soon as I sprayed on Pour Monsieur, I was captivated by the herbal lemon-lime accord that immediately makes itself known. Unfortunately, the powdery heart is a bit more powdery than I like to see, and certainly I wish it could have been toned down. That said, it still smells pleasant throughout, and when the vetiver and oakmoss from the base notes appear, the scent gets better still. I kind of liken the overall smell as a cross between vintage Monsieur de Givenchy's subtle controlled and pleasant nature and the powdery aspects of New York by Parfums de Nicolai. While I like and own all three of these great scents, I prefer vintage Monsieur de Givenchy's non-powdery nature instead focusing more on the citrus and oakmoss, and New York's greater projection and longevity. Still, Chanel Pour Monsieur was released first, and the two other greats just mentioned owe a lot to the groundwork laid down by Henri Robert and Chanel in 1955. This must have been quite the landmark release back then and Pour Monsieur is certainly worthy of its classic chypre status. While I may prefer a handful of other chypres over it, I still give Chanel Pour Monsieur a very strong 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5. Maybe the vintage version of this would have been even better before the relatively recent oakmoss restrictions?
Approaching Pour Monsieur is like stepping back in time. I well remember standing at the perfume counter in Simpson's (long gone now), trying the Diors, Givenchys, Chanels and YSLs. Even then I disliked certain elements of perfume, and they still trouble me so many years later: powdery drydowns being the main offender. I used to consider Pour Monsieur one of those wonderful men's fragrances that just came up short because of the powderiness, but lo and behold, either my sensibilities have changed or the perfume is different. I recently sniffed and even bought a 50ml., and was pleasantly surprised to find Pour Monsieur to be a citrus chypre without a hint of powder! I wear it regularly now and am well on the way to a second bottle. So, better late than never, I guess.
Fresh, clean, and sophisticated. Unfortunately Chanel Pour Monsieur is also quite unexciting, and is just a little bit too conservative for me to feel passionate about.
Thsi is a classic scent that should be in every collection. It is clean fresh and completely non offensive. When you wear this you simply smell good. My only real criticism is that is wears close to the skin, but sometimes that is a good thing. Great for a warm summer day.
Chanel Pour Monsieur by Chanel, 1955
|Top Notes||Neroli, Lemon, Petitgrain.|
|Base Notes||Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Vetiver.|
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