Pour Monsieur / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men

Eau de Toilette (1955)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men by Chanel
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men (Chanel)
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Pour Monsieur (Eau de Toilette) / A Gentleman's Cologne / For Men is a popular perfume by Chanel for men and was released in 1955. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Henri Robert

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLemon, Verbena, Neroli, Orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamom, Coriander, Basil, Ginger
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Vetiver, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

8.3 (381 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (230 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (222 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (233 Ratings)
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Bottle 10.0/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 10.0/10
Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    5 Awards
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.
Bottle 10.0/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    5 Awards
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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Bottle 10.0/10
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    3 Awards
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...
Helpful Review    3 Awards
Pour Monsieur ~ Chanel's Gentleman
Absolutely stunning Chanel! I thought I would never find a true classic my nose would be drawn to without labeling respectfully "old man vibe" but Pour Monsieur has done it. I do believe this will compete with my first love Platinum Egoiste as my "Upper Class" formal scent? The lemon balanced with the oakmoss makes this a real charmer that just oozes with Gentlemanly style in any decade or era.
Over All ~ 9/10 on first wearing! Maybe higher on the second?
Bottle 5.0/10
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 5.0/10
Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    3 Awards
Classic!
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.

Updated January 2014
Scent 7.0/10
4 Awards
A Shadow Of Its Former Self But Still Relevant...
*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.
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Helpful Review    4 Awards
Eroded
Expectation is so often the issue in not liking a perfume. We have an idea in mind and foster a notion of what a perfume will be. We might have read a list of notes or a review. Really we just shoot ourselves in the foot.

But in Pour Monsieur the expectation is Chanel's fault. The top notes of PM are so singingly beautiful, so inspiring. I want to be The Man Who Wears This Fragrance. 20 minutes later if you're close enough to me to notice, I'm The Guy Who Might Have Put On Cologne This Morning.

The disappointment: it simply doesn't last. The shame: it becomes surprisingly indistinct before it fades away to nothing.
Sillage 5.0/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    4 Awards
Classic blend of citrus and herbs
Well, I wouldn't call this fragrance 'antique', 'old-fashioned' or 'mature'. Pour Monsieur is a classic which has been around for decades, however it makes such a smooth transition into every decade, paticularly this one.

Pour Monsieur is nothing utterly breath-taking. It won't be encouraging me to jump any man wearing it, however with that being said, it is sexy in a grown-up, clean fashion.

I find this fragrance to be a particularly beautiful blend of citrus and herbs, with both accords creating a harmonious and friendly experience.

Pour Monsieur strikes me as being the scent of a business-man. He's focused, confident, intelligent and smartly dressed. In some ways, Pour Monsieur is the male equivalent to Chanel No.19, just perhaps not as green and leathery.

Apparently Pour Monsieur is a chypre, well I don't know too much about that particular fragrance genre, but I guess that oakmoss in the base places it into that category. I find the cedar and amber to be much more prominent.

This fragrance is one of those refreshingly green scents with a touch of spiciness, which provides an interesting warmth. The sillage is so-so, however this fragrance does last extremely well. Not the best Chanel fragrance for men, but certainly impressive.

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