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

8.2 / 10 670 Ratings
A popular perfume by Chanel for men, released in 1955. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.
Pronunciation

Main accords

Citrus
Fresh
Spicy
Chypre
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
LemonLemon NeroliNeroli VervainVervain OrangeOrange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
BasilBasil CardamomCardamom GingerGinger CorianderCoriander
Base Notes Base Notes
OakmossOakmoss VetiverVetiver CedarwoodCedarwood

Perfumer

Ratings
Scent
8.2670 Ratings
Longevity
6.5499 Ratings
Sillage
5.9492 Ratings
Bottle
7.5484 Ratings
Value for money
7.1150 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 14.05.2024.

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Dave76

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Top Review 22  
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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Farneon

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Top Review 14  
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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mattitjahu

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Top Review 13  
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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Acidflexst

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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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ActaNonVerba

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Minimalist opulence
This fragrance has been haunting the world since 1955. A long time. A dinosaur compared to many other waters.

A pretty rectangular bottle with a plastic lid. The labeling is matter-of-fact. Without frills. The sprayer is more than in order. The contents shine in green. Monolithic and pretty appearance.

After spraying it on, the first thing you get is a citrus club. Green and herbaceous notes join in. As the fragrance progresses, the citrus diminishes further. It becomes mossy. Slightly sweet, soapy and somewhat floral. Just like a chypre.
As the DD progresses, it stays that way and not much else happens. But the pause button is pressed exactly where it is at its most beautiful. It stays as beautiful as it is. Simply wonderful.

The durability is completely ok. I perceive it for about seven hours. However, the radiance is already relatively close to the skin at the beginning of the DD and also slowly decreases.

An almost intimate fragrance. You have to get close to the wearer to perceive it. This is probably intentional and typical for a men's fragrance of this era.

I am completely thrilled. The minimalist opulence. It has a lot to offer. Always remains quiet. Then every now and then you get a wiff of the lemon cream.

This chypre is for the warmer half of the year.

I am absolutely thrilled with this fragrance.

Thanks for reading.
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NGL7NGL7 5 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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HugoMontezHugoMontez 5 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
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MatuxMatux 3 years ago
Gentlemanly, ageless, unfortunately it lost the patch - sandalwood - oakmoss drydown. Not bad, but get the vintage for the real deal.
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ChicoRoch1ChicoRoch1 3 years ago
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A harmonious masculine chypre that speaks to you
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 3 years 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.
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