Eau de Monsieur 
Annick Goutal (1980)

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Reviews of Eau de Monsieur by Annick Goutal

There are 16 reviews of Eau de Monsieur by Annick Goutal.

A decent citrus opening gives way to not much in particular. I don't experience this as overly sour or bitter, and it is certainly "natural" in some sense...I get oakmoss and musk in the same volume after many hours as at the beginning.

However, it's so low-powered that it reminds me of those Warner Bros cartoons where the protagonist's body turns to rubber, having encountered some mishap, and the bottom part struggles to catch up with the top. Here, it's as though the composition is struggling to communicate a coherent whole at any volume. For these reasons, and for reasons of unremarkable construction, I don't see this as superior to most Trumpers, at less than half the price.
Mar 17, 2021

The opening is a citrus affair; mainly a fresh lemon on me, bright and uplifting.

After about twenty minutes the drydown sets in, staring off with a few floral moments involving geranium mainly. Soon, a very soft but nonetheless spicy and musky immortelle can be traced, but the spice and the musk and very smooth and are neither strong nor harsh on me. A comparatively soft oakmoss rises gradually at that stage, an oakmoss that is neither harsh nor strong on me.

Interestingly, whilst the lemony too toes has disappeared a while ago, after a couple of hours I get citrus again in the background, but this time is it more a mandarin that is dimly glowing in the back and which, most unusual for such a type of note, last until nearly the end.

The base adds mainly a woodsy tone that has characteristics of sandalwood in it, but at times comes across as somewhat nonspecific. A soft amber is also resent, a very soft amber indeed, that blends in well with the glowing mandarin in the background.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin, with the second half being quite close to my skin.

A classic summery lemon-infused scent that displays several qualities that declare it as a combined citrus-chypre creation. The ingredients are mostly of a high quality, and whilst the second half falls off a bit as far and the intensity and the typicality of the notes is concerned, the the development is interesting enough to enthuse throughout. Overall 3.5/5.
Dec 5, 2019

A very elegant, lemony scent with some Sandalwood, Amber, and Oakmoss sitting in the background-an old school type pf fragrance, but not necessarily barbershop-ish. Eau de Monsieur has a sharp classic feel to it; this is a (manly) gentleman's scent...

...picture a distinguished gentlemen, walking under a street light wearing a trench coat, scarf, leather gloves a top hat heading into a city restaurant-giving him that sophisticated look and to finish it off he's wearing Annick Goutal's Eau de Monsieur!!

Longevity-6-7 hours

Overall, a nice linear fragrance.
Jan 3, 2017

At first sniff Eau de Monsieur could easily be taken as a traditional cologne. A clean, clear citrus combined with a slightly resinous green accord opens the fragrance. But quite quickly I pick up the oakmoss note and this removes the scent from the traditional cologne category. This fragrance shows its age: it is a traditional chypre and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Eau de Monsieur is done well enough that it holds its own among today's fragrances. Its clean, enjoyable opening its delicate and deft implementation of oakmoss in the heart accord; and its elegant drydown of sandalwood and amber all hold up well against today's other fragrance offerings. A thoroughly pleasant and well-made fragrance, especially for those not put off by its lack of synthetic ambiance and its use of oakmoss.
Dec 19, 2016

This was Goutal's first scent (1980), and as such, it stands as a blueprint for her classic Sables (1985). Here is the same blend of citrus, oak moss and immortelle, but the latter is toned down and more in balance with the citrus than in the latter Sables, where it takes center stage.

The effect is that of a slightly sweet, and at the same time slightly bitter, chypre. If one didn't know Sables, and in reviewing, one must give originality its due praise, this would be most impressive on its own. The use of immortelle, with its burnt sugar-curry-garam massala effect, makes Eau de Monsieur one of the very first gourmands, but its restraint keeps it from truly entering that over the top category.

Impressive for its dry sweetness and its utter originality.

First Edit: Equivalent to Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet.
Dec 22, 2015

Sour, creamy and herbal. A little bit like a jar of homemade lemon curd in the garden. Very pleasant fragrance, unfortunately it lasts only about 3 hours. A soft, mossy note is all that is left after that. Nice scent for a weekend afternoon. Not sure if bottleworthy though.
Jul 16, 2015

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