Bon Monsieur 2020

Bon Monsieur by Rogue
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Bon Monsieur is a new perfume by Rogue for men and was released in 2020. The scent is fougère-fresh. It is still available to purchase.
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Manuel Cross (Brand Owner, Perfume maker)

Fragrance Notes

Lavender absoluteLavender absolute
Fir balsamFir balsam
BergamotBergamot
GeraniumGeranium
CarnationCarnation
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
OakmossOakmoss
PatchouliPatchouli
CedarCedar
SandalwoodSandalwood
MuskMusk

Ratings

Scent

8.226 Ratings

Longevity

8.021 Ratings

Sillage

7.421 Ratings

Bottle

7.423 Ratings
Submitted by Sniffer, last update on 17.10.2021.
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RisingChaos

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RisingChaos
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Clean and Green
The only experience with classic Fougere fragrances is stuff like Dior Eau Sauvage and Tom Ford Beau De Jour, and I don't like most of them. They come across acrid to my nose and, dare I say, *dated*. But this newbie still wanted a classic-style fougere in his small curated collection and heard good things about the non-IFRA-compliant Rogue Perfumery, hyped for their collection of vintage-inspired Fougere and Chypre fragrances. And so I took the plunge because the full sample pack is pretty reasonably-priced!

Opens with a sparkling fresh citrus, lavender, and fir accord best summed up as "clean and green." There's a hint of minty freshness in here too from the geranium. The citrus quickly transitions to a sharp yet muffled pine needle smell, gentle spicy florals, strong mossiness, and a foamy soap. TL;DR Mossy, piney shaving foam. Ah, is this a classic fougere style? Gotta say, I like it. *A lot.* And I could still smell it projecting ~3hr later despite the method of application -- my Rogue samples came in roller balls -- lasting up to about 8hr as a skin scent. Kinda gets a damp soil type smell in the deep drydown.
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Drseid

797 Reviews
Drseid
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Improving Tsar...
Bon Monsieur opens with a nose tingling combination of sharp bergamot citrus and aromatic lavender with green coniferous fir balsam in support before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart, the aromatic lavender remains in full force, eschewing its prior bergamot companion, with the coniferous green fir balsam growing in strength to become co-star, bolstered by significant tree moss from the base, and soft carnation and slightly minty geranium floral support. During the late dry-down the composition softens, as it becomes slightly less green with the fir balsam receding, unveiling soft, non-animalic musk, and a dry cedar and sandalwood tandem that joins with remnants of the moss in support through the finish. Projection is excellent to outstanding, and longevity excellent at well over 12 hours on skin.

I had high hopes for Bon Monsieur when it was announced. Rogue has produced so many winners that a "masculine" targeted perfume would likely be another, encouraging me to skip the sampling stage and move directly to buying a bottle blind. Now having received my bottle and wearing it multiple times I can definitely say Rogue has another stellar offering on its hands. Unfortunately, this one is an old school aromatic lavender and tree moss laden fougere that has more than a passing resemblance to the late 80s Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels that I already own, sans most of Tsar's sweetness and with greater performance. Tsar is no slouch, so comparisons (and dare I say improvements) over it are laudable, but Tsar, like most aromatic fougeres, always came close to winning me over but never *quite* got me to love, and Bon Monsieur similarly comes up just short. If one already owns vintage Tsar I personally don't think investing in Bon Monsieur needed, but if you love Tsar and don't own it, this one improves on the already successful classic aromatic fougere formula and should be a mandatory sample, if not a blind buy. The bottom line is the $156 per 75ml bottle Bon Monsieur may not have quite stolen *my* heart, but its quality is quite apparent and it may just steal yours, earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rating and a strong recommendation to lovers, but not owners of Tsar and similar aromatic lavender fougeres.

Statements

BoBoChampBoBoChamp 1 month ago
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Sillage
Initially soapy and citric spicy-green, a dry and clean, gently woody, spicy-floral Fougère, balanced by a smooth, musky earthy-woody base.

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