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(M)An access to chypre scents...
You know what that is? You have the feeling that a certain brand is missing in your collection, the collection feels somehow incomplete (without this brand) and therefore you have the urge to take a bottle from a certain house? That's what happened to me personally for a while with Chanel...
At the beginning of my time here the Bleu de Chanel EdP was in my collection for a long time, before I parted with it at some point due to its rather weak durability with a heavy heart. On the long search for a new Chanel fragrance I came across the Pour Monsieur EdP here.
The Pour Monsieur EdP is known as the Chypre fragrance. At first, I didn't know what "chypre" meant in terms of perfume at all. Although I was aware that the term is the French term for the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But I couldn't make any sense of scents. So my research didn't take long...
The origin of the term goes back to the perfumer François Coty and his creation 'Chypre' in 1917. Mr. Coty's fragrance at the time was probably mainly comprised notes found in countries around the Mediterranean. That's how he named his fragrance after the island of Cyprus (why exactly Cyprus, of all places, I haven't figured out; theoretically, it could have been any other Mediterranean country, but here goes).
Basically, chypre fragrances are categorised into fresh-citric top notes and woody-moossy base notes. This contrast usually characterizes fragrances that contain the word "chypre" [...]
When I ordered a bottling from this Pour Monsieur EdP here, I was naturally very excited, as I had no previous experience with chypre-like waters. I tested my sample right away and was quickly taken with the scent, so that I was able to fill a bottle quickly. Why? Because right from the start I found it very pleasant, smooth and pleasant to the touch.
The start of Pour Monsieur EdP consists precisely of this hesperidic chord mentioned earlier, and mainly of a soft fruity tangerine note. But at the same time I perceive lavender, which gives the beginning a woodsy-floral touch in addition to the citric-fruity freshness. Lavender is one of the notes that is especially used in chypre or so-called lavender. Fougère fragrances. So the fragrance begins for my nose very pleasantly fresh.
After a short while, the citrus fruitiness gradually recedes to make room for another herbaceous-spicy impact in the middle, which further emphasizes the lavender character, supported by nutmeg. The spiciness is also slightly enhanced by cardamom.
The typical mossiness in this fragrance is perceived in the base through the oak moss, which makes the fragrance earthy and mossy. Vetiver is also responsible for the strong, earthy nuance in the base, which makes the fragrance woody-balsamic. Personally, I like the added minimal sweetness of vanilla as well. I find the combination with the woody notes very successful.
Except in midsummer, when it would be too woody and a bit warm in the base, you can wear it in every season and on every occasion. In my experience it is also very well received by people in the area and is usually always positively received.
I am more than satisfied with the durability with about 6h on my skin. You don't need to worry about a giant sillage cloud (if you don't want one), because this Pour Monsieur EdP is more like one that stays in the background and keeps a low profile.
The Pour Monsieur EdP has a very dynamic scent that has given me access to chypre scents. Through him I have learned to appreciate and love scents of this category. In my eyes this Monsieur is a very easy to like chypre, which I can recommend to anyone who wants to approach this genre. Because of the mild vanilla in the base I can imagine that he could appeal to many people who are sceptical about mossy scents.
For my part, I am glad to have finally found a Chanel that I not only like very much, but also has a decent durability.
Because unfortunately some of the men's channels lack a little bit of stamina, and with their slightly higher prices you can expect a little bit more in this respect...
Many thanks for reading it!