Sunday, June 18, 2006

Chanel Pour Monsieur

Chanel for Men--Ah, yes, this is the very best. A man who aspires to be a civilized man is a friend of mine.

From Chanel's site:
The understated fragrance for today's civilized man. A fresh, spirited green-citrusy blend in a woody oriental base, with notes of Vanilla and Musk.

Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
Fragrance Family: Fresh green-citrusy blend with a woody oriental base.

A fresh burst of citrus (Bergamot, Lemon from Sicily and Neroli from Grasse) yields to a hint of spicy Cardamom. Tones of Cyprus, with Cedar and Bourbon Vetiver, for a refined, discreet aftermath.

OK, but the version I really love is the 1989 Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée which is different:

Basenotes says:
A longer lasting interpretation of the original Chanel Pour Monsieur. It has fresher notes and deepened base note.

Top Notes
Mandarine, Lavender, Petitgrain

Middle Notes
Cardamom, Nutmeg.

Base Notes
Oakmoss, Vetiver, Opoponax, Vanilla

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it has Chypre elements. That would explain why many people have said it smells like Coty Chypre. I hope I'll have a chance to smell that one day to compare with and know for sure.

(Image: from Image de Parfums)