Pour MonsieurA Gentleman's Cologne / For Men 1955 Eau de Toilette

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8.3 / 10525 Ratings
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Chanel for men and was released in 1955. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation

Perfumer

Henri Robert

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLemonLemon
VervainVervain
NeroliNeroli
OrangeOrange
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamomCardamom
CorianderCoriander
BasilBasil
GingerGinger
Base Notes Base NotesOakmossOakmoss
VetiverVetiver
CedarwoodCedarwood

Ratings

Scent

8.3525 Ratings

Longevity

6.5374 Ratings

Sillage

5.9367 Ratings

Bottle

7.6369 Ratings

Value for money

7.538 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 12.09.2021.
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Kurai

97 Reviews
Kurai
Kurai
Very helpful Review    6  
Marvelous
Nowadays his good taste is often called old-fashioned and his good manners are mistaken for poor performance. People rave about the top notes and them being gone too soon. For me, that is where it all starts to come together: The yellow lemon, the cool aromatic-spices and that vanillic note that seems slightly out of place at first. A quick but fascinating transition takes places and leads the whole into a steady state of both warm and fresh elements: A comfortable woody-moss base spiced up with basil and ginger. Intelligent, well-groomed and equally well-mannered, a true gentleman.
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Dave76
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Dave76
Top Review    9  
Pour Monsieur - a masterpiece of men's wardrobe
I have here the "Pour Monsieur" by Chanel as an eau de toilette. It is the only men's fragrance that Coco Chanel herself launched and it is rumored that she had been inspired here and there by certain gentlemen.

"Pour Monsieur" - for the gentleman - establishes its intended use in its very name. It is a Cypriot fragrance, a bit of wood and oak moss is also there. The bottle is simple, monolithic without useless flourishes, the perfume itself spills cheerfully green-yellow under the technically impeccable atomizer.

"Pour Monsieur", well let's see. Pfft - immediately comes the genie in the form of a citrusy hammer cloud to the appearance and calls the images of hectically 4711-Tuchlein dabbing bestager ladies in the head. So please, dear Coco, what were you thinking?
After a few moments, the Kölsch bomb wears off and gives way to a fresh summery scent. Yes, it gets much better. Much better. Much much better! A bit of peony, a bit of ginger and then I also notice the slightly tart cedar wood note and the oak moss. The scent gets its egg... pardon, masculinity and is now unmistakably made for Mr. Monsieur. He smells wonderfully organic and should there be synthetic ingredients, they are very well concealed.

"Pour Monsieur" doesn't roar around ten blocks, it's not fairy dust for babos, and it's certainly not a badass lork for professional killers, but exactly the serene, buoyant perfume that Pan Tau wears under his jacket. Or Bang Peter Johannsen, maybe even Egon Olsen himself, yes yes it would fit him well.

"Pour Monsieur" is a child of the fifties and you can tell. Rather plain, but very high quality workmanship. The good French put on Sundays, when you go freshly shaved and at least in the combination suit, better with three-piece and hat from the house. A cheerful, serious signature for gentlemen outside of any youth mania, who have at least exceeded the forties, rather the fifties.
The Chanel undoubtedly has its target audience. It got me gna-den-less, I love this wonderful composition, this never again achieved mid-century elegance. Yes, I wear trench coats and suits.

Dear women who want to promptly run out and buy this piece for their better half: please don't. "Pour Monsieur" is not a gift that may lie camouflaged in glittery paper among comic socks and business ties under the year-end spruce. The risk of it eventually being re-gifted for the tenth time is far too great.
No, such a thing man always buys for himself - or else you are woman enough to wear this beautiful Chypre itself. It could work!

The durability on the skin I would like to rate as average. Already after 3-4 hours it remains very close to the body. Still 1-2 hours later, the Monsieur has resorted to his hat, but not without winking once again briefly appear, if you are physically up to it.

Please still note: "Pour Monsieur" Eau de Toilette and "Pour Monsieur" Eau de Parfum are two very different fragrances despite the same name. The EdP is much more vanilla and stronger. So when re-testing pay attention to it.
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mattitjahu
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mattitjahu
Very helpful Review    7  
EU 1955 - today
Some time ago, I read a review here on Parfumo that rated an oriental fragrance. The author had his difficulties to make friends with the fragrance, because he was of the opinion that the DNA of oriental fragrances does not fit the culture of the western hemisphere. The poor guy had to take quite a bit of criticism for that statement.

Despite my great passion for oriental (especially OUD) fragrances, I see it similarly and there are a variety of oriental creations that, for me personally, just don't fit in regions with deciduous and coniferous forests and temperatures, seasonally, below freezing. That I also with this statement with die-hard Orientduft-Liebhaben no applause reap, I am aware.

Often I am then always looked at with bad face and asked:

"Which fragrances and ingredients are then please beautiful in olfactory harmony with, for example, European culture????"

Field widow's-flowers? Wild garlic? Bee ragwort? Wood anemone or corn poppy?

No, of course not!

However, wonderful neroli is extracted from Spanish orange blossoms. Verbena is found in temperate climates and juicy tangy lemons have been grown in Europe since the 13th century. This can then also realize this wonderful EU top note.

Cardamom originally comes from southern India and falls outside the EU grid. Coriander, on the other hand, is found in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia. Basil and ginger have their origin, unfortunately, also not on my East Westphalian doorstep and yet impresses this green-spicy 25% EU heart note.

European oakmoss and cedar dominate in the EU base and then it no longer matters that vetiver has its origins in Asia.

Thus, I suspect that in 1955 it was the goal of Henri Robert, who incidentally came into the world in Grasse, to create a Chypre that fits in temperate climates and can thus be worn in warm and cold temperatures, without losing charisma and performance and then as well as now belongs to the "must have" fragrances of a man.

The answer to the question should be clarified with it to some extent.

Chanel - Pour Monsieur!
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MickeyRourke
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MickeyRourke
Helpful Review    6  
Vintage, nostalgia and fresh masculinity
Chanel pour Monsieur EdT is indeed a primeval. When I smelled the fragrance for the first time, so many associations went through my head at once, it was pure nostalgia. This included, for example, the memory of an old barber shop and the scents that men wore in times long past. I remembered my father, even though I'm sure he never wore Chanel, coming out of the bathroom freshly showered and shaved on Saturday night just before all the family, uncles, aunts, etc. arrived at our house and then applying his standard after shave. So about and like all the other men in the seventies, so Chanel Pour Monsieur still smells in my memory.

It starts with a decent freshness kick, especially lemon and verbena. While neroli and orange capture the freshness makes itself at the same time already the spice of coriander and basil noticeable. In the transition follows the slightly woody sweetness of cardamom until the green, woody and woody notes of oakmoss, vetiver and cedar come through. The ginger keeps the slightly tart freshness out back. Durability and sillage play rather in the midfield.

Pour Monsieur is for me the epitome of masculine freshness from times long past. Is he therefore stale? This assumption is indeed close, but the very fact that he has survived the time and is still bought is contrary to this. If you can identify with my description or impressions, you might like CPM. That said, the fragrance is likely to be better received by and better suited to men of a more upscale age. My father would like it. I mean jeztzt not negative, I myself am no longer the youngest.

I had similar associations with Cartier Declaration at first. But Declaration meets my "taste" of timeless, masculine freshness simply better. Therefore, this is probably nothing with me and the Monsieur.
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Tradescantia
Very helpful Review    5  
Unisex potential and brittle elegance
I have tested this fragrance only a few times on the skin.

In the end, it was too masculine for me. For this reason, I gave him to a man who he is excellent to face. Many think that perfume is not an imaginative gift idea. On the one hand, that is correct. On the other hand, choosing a fragrance can go a long way and express a lot of appreciation.

Now to the point: citrusy eccentricity that quickly diminishes in intensity, but seems elegant in a brittle way. Neroli makes the lemon scent a little smoother. I can't smell out the individual spices, but oakmoss and vetiver. Pour Monsieur certainly suits many types, but should also be tried by the ladies. The freshness in the top note and the herbaceous-woody base is possibly a pleasant twist or a nice change for women. It is like a prêt-à-porter collection. Uncomplicated, but with a statement. At first it's a bit of a door-opener, but then it's gentle. It goes well with a dark green cashmere turtleneck sweater and a grey jacket; it doesn't necessarily have to be a suit with a shirt and tie. Somewhere between casual and timelessly classic. Behind this fragrance is a minimalist concept that works well. For me, that's also in the name "Pour Monsieur". It's for Mr. X, but no indirect statement is made about the type of man. That's probably intentional so that many can identify with it. There is room for interpretation. A neat eau de toilette.

The durability is average. It could like to last a little longer. The projection is very pleasant. The environment he should not bother and with a little luck even please. Somehow he is best suited to work.

Have fun discovering or enjoying.
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Acidflexst
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Acidflexst
Helpful Review    9  
Mr.Barbershop
I'm sure you know it. You go to your hairdresser (ideally to a pure men's salon), get your hair cut, get your beard in shape and then spoil yourself with dozens of creams and sprays. Afterwards you will have a special scent.

This is exactly the scent you get at Pour Monsieur. A citrus powder blend with a light aftershave touch. I don't associate this with grandpa scent or anything that I think of as older man scent. It seems to many people that this is because in the past you probably met more gentleman who regularly went to the barber for care. Or even to drink a whiskey and talk to other men while being raced with a sharp blade.

If all this doesn't mean anything to you, or you don't want it to, this fragrance will not be for you. Whoever followed me, however, will know what I mean just by reading it. I love this fragrance and I simply combine it with fresh and cultivated without getting too feminine/floral/soapy around the corner. Big disadvantage, durability and silage are not very good for a Chanel EDT.
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Farneon
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Farneon
Top Review    13  
The more oller, the more doller
This pure and fine lemon fragrance is here primarily assigned to the "older gentlemen", presumably because it (in whatever formulation) was already created in 1955. Back then there wasn't even James Bond, the 2nd World War was just over, there you injected yourself with biting stuff into your face after manually scraping off the stubble!

That's why "Chanel pour Monsieur" should actually be a pure "grandpa fragrance" that smells of fresh shaving, classic soap and a little flower bouquet. But he doesn't! Of course we are not dealing with a representative of the current mainstream here, but if a fragrance is timeless for me, it is this one. Citrus fruits, basil, a little earthiness and a little spice: the ultimate freshness kick is ready! And then so intense and linear that you could bathe in it!

I have already tested many old classics and found hardly any access to them. Here it is (finally) different: no penetrating floral note and just the right nuance of soap. The rest is freshness, which may not be suitable for modern flirting, but in any case contributes to personal well-being beyond Kölnisch Wasser and Co. A little bit resinous or smoky and we would meet an absolutely modern fragrance.

Therefore I am quite enthusiastic and would also describe the Sillage for a citrus fragrance as exorbitant!
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Prosperonlin

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Prosperonlin
Prosperonlin
Very helpful Review    7  
Extremely suave and exquisite masculine
I've got the new Chanel pour Monsieur EDP 75ml. And it's not easy to convey how it smells in words.
It sits right between the EDT and the Concentrée version, I mean, less citrusy and less sweety/vanilla like. But it does remind me the original, or the most recent version as I bought my EDT last June. However, Pour Monsieur EDP is very smooth and so discrete that it's hard to find someone young wearing it. Although it still doesn't smell dated, and quite modern for a chipre, Pour Monsieur EDP is running out of the present times fashion and trends. The notes are very well blended making it impossible for me to pick any one of them individually. CpM edp doesn't scream, doesn't offend, doesn't invade. It sits very close to the skin, very soft, almost powdery, but lasts for a long time. This wonderful smell follows you thoughout the day as an invisible cloud of goodness, of manhood. Too austere for work place, I've tried, unless you work in a very upper class office of any business but a serious one. I expect many could complain about silage and projection, but with Chanel pour Monsieur EDP, or the EDT for that matter, that's a good thing. Very good, indeed.

Impossible not to think about other scents like Mitsouko and Profumo, Boucheron pour Homme and even A Scent by Issey Miyake, Eau Sauvage and Miss Dior, and the green scents from Chanel itself like No 19 series and Cristalle. Those who love them will find a new friend in pour Monsieur EDP.
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MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
Very helpful Review    8  
A Man for All Seasons...
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 to 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!
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Fanny

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Fanny
Fanny
Helpful Review    3  
Pour Monsieur
This cool yet cozy scent must be a great pleasure to many of us, men and women.
If understated class and perfect taste could be materialized in a perfume - and done so with admirable confidence - Chanel PM has made a close call...
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MatuxMatux 27 days ago
Gentlemanly, ageless, unfortunately it lost the patch - sandalwood - oakmoss drydown. Not bad, but get the vintage for the real deal.
BertolucciKBertolucciK 3 months ago
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Citrusy, fresh, aromatic, green, manly, classy, woody chypre. Beautiful lemony opening. Cardamom, ginger with the green oakmoss in the base.
CaspikaarCaspikaar 4 months ago
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Smells like a cocktail of Azzaro pour homme mixed with Dior eau sauvage edt. Fresh citrus tomed down by some ginger and spice.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
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A lemony classic for office/day use. I great oldie from Chanel that still endures the passing of time although with a lot of similar scents.
HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
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One of the most classy scents out there. I feel like a true gentleman when I wear this one. Moderate longevity and great projection. Classic
NGL7NGL7 3 years ago
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as The Killers said: "I got gas in the tank
I got money in the bank
I got news for you baby, you're looking at the man"

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