Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur 
Pierre Cardin (1972)

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There are 65 reviews of Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur by Pierre Cardin.

Must Love Vanilla

With a base consisting mostly of vanilla, amber, benzoin, and tonka, PCpM smells like mossy, caramelized sugar. This was probably created just moments before the sweaty, animalic macho bombs came to take over the disco era and boy's club business end of the 80's. It doesn't smell dirty - just a tad burnt. If you dropped your orange creamsicle onto a green, smoldering shag carpet it would smell something like this. That being said, I quite like it, though it can become wearisome (especially if over-applied), as the aforementioned base is relentless.

My bottle is quite old, late 80's or early 90's as best I can tell. I can not recall what I felt when I sampled the current formula, as it was close to a decade ago at a mall Perfumania.

For historical purposes this is certainly a must-try, as it was an obvious and traceable influence on things to come (Looking at You, S.T. Dupont Signature).
Dec 19, 2020

I cannot help but smile whenever my husband wears this. I love it so much, sometimes, I even wear it myself. One of my favorite male scents, I can't get enough of it's deliciousness - it's fabulous!
Oct 30, 2018

Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1972) is an utter classic of the "burly" era of 1970's masculines, following fougère construction lines but going in a decidedly "oriental" direction like a lot of feminine fragrances did in the early 20th century. It would be a crime to say this smells anything like a Tabu (1941) or a Shalimar (1925) as those are basically following a vanillic construction despite their woody heaviness, but a common link is there; nothing this thick and spicy would have been accepted as a man's scent before the wild and virile 1970's made it fashionable, with the keystone to male acceptance being patchouli. Pierre Cardin as a designer was already quite "avant-garde" with his geometric designs that eschewed gender despite what sex they were made for, and extended this penchant for bold lines and simple shapes to everything from ballpoint pens to car interiors (there was a line of AMC vehicles that included Pierre Cardin trim). The brash, bold, asexual intonation of his designs transferred over to his debut masculine, which combined the headiness of feminine perfume from decades past and the composition style of the traditional male fougère, adding tons of aromatics like the aforementioned patchouli, leather, and styrax. Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur was a monster in sillage and projection too, funking up many a disco dance floor throughout the decade and fighting for space with other heavyweights of the time. The scent became such a cornerstone for the style it introduced that many similarly rich or spicy masculines made in it's wake were unfairly called clones (like 1976's Jovan Sex Appeal). Most importantly, the groundwork for other even more patchouli-forward scents like Givenchy Gentleman (1974) and Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men (1984) was laid by Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur, while a whole new style of rich gentleman's semi-oriental fougères also emerged from this, leading to latter greats like Patou Pour Homme (1980), Versace L'Homme (1984), Creed Bois du Portugal (1987), Chanel Pour Monsieur Eau de Toilette Concentrée (1989), Tiffany for Men (1989), New York by Parfums de Nicolai (1989) Guerlain Heritage (1992) Avon Mesmerize for Men (1992), Lalique Pour Homme (1997) and others.

Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur is either poured or sprayed from it's trademark bottle, a slender glass tube crowned by a spherical cap that resembles a glass microphone (early ones had a red "PC" logo on them). It was one of the earliest of it's kind to come in a non-aerosol spray, when everything else masculine was either a pressurized sprayer or a pour flask, which is probably part of why it was stereo-typically over-applied by guys back in the day since nobody was savvy on how much stronger vaporizer fragrance can be versus splash application. The power of Cardin opens up with the usual lemon oil, bergamot, lavender, and herbs, giving Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur a heavy-handed barbershop feeling until that patchouli took hold, but an injection of sweet mandarin also takes this down a richer road than the usual barbershop really fast, faster than any similar lemon-powered male fragrance of the day. From there, it descends further into leather, sandalwood, and that patchouli, tied to geranium and carnation to keep a link to the barbershop opening, but just with this huge swill of density that suggests spices despite not really having any. My nose detects a ghost cinnamon note, but like a lot of fragrances that imply a smell from combinations of other notes, it actually contains none. The base is fairly standard fougère with tonka, oakmoss, and musk, but in large quantities alongside the styrax/benzoin accord and amber to give this bass lines equivalent to a Parliament-Funkadelic song, and this will date the fragrance most. It's all one absent civet note shy of being truly skanky like Jicky by Guerlain (1889), but Givenchy Gentleman would pair patchouli with civet in the following years to take that next step. The scent carries excellently in cold air, but is downright stifling in the heat, being an archaic precursor to something like the spicy 2000's gourmands in the way it smothers, just without any of the food-derived notes, so wear indoors carefully. This stuff was once club-friendly, but now I doubt it has any appropriate context so just wear it because you want to, and not because it fits in with a particular occasion.

Pierre Cardin has sadly experienced some mass-market/down market malaise in recent years, originally being imported into the US in it's first form by Jacqueline Cochrane, then moved to Aladdin Fragrances after the mid-80's, but has since been sold to Five Star Fragrances in the 2000's, keepers of the Royal Copenhagen (1970) crown. The company seems to keep the integrity of the latter intact, outside some synthetic cheapening for price point, but with Pierre Cardin, they've made a mess of concentrations alongside cheapening the stuff and pulling out some of the heavier elements, bumping everything down to an Eau de cologne with little of the same growl, which really washes the fragrance out badly. It still smells relatively the same, but you'll want to buy the huge 8oz sprayer and just drown yourself in it every few hours to keep the scent alive, which means that 8oz bottle is about as effective (or less) than a 1.7oz of the old stuff. Luckily, Pierre Cardin seems to hold the rights to this stuff in Europe, and although has reduced oakmoss to meet IFRA, hasn't touched the styrax note as much (aka not adjusted for taste), so if you import a bottle of that, you'll get the vintage strength you're looking for with the vintage growl, just less moss to deepen the bottom end. The difference between the two is easy to spot: the US weak-sauce has "Pierre Cardin Cologne" alone on the box with a red vertical stripe, while the French retains the full title of "Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur" and has a picture of the bottle on the box (plus won't come any larger than a 2.5oz size). This stuff is the daddy of all modern mainstream semi-oriental masculines, so it's worth a little effort to get the genuine article. Pierre Cardin is best kept as a winter scent, especially for time spent out in the cold, and serves better as something to wax your personality than to impress anyone in the 21st century, unless your romantic interest really loves this period of fragrance history. Thumbs up.
Dec 24, 2017

Other reviewers have put this in the same category as Chanel PM. Blasphemy.

There is a public restroom where I work that the homeless frequent. PCPM reminds me of it.
Oct 28, 2017

I just picked up a new authentic wrapped box from a reputable source. I can't imagine it's a fake.

I find this scent to be an appealing masculine heavily blended warm spice/amber/leather led affair. However, I can't believe how weak it is. I applied normally and a minute later reapplied 1 & 1/2 times again. I'm not nose blind to anything else, so far. Wow, what happened here? Its inexpensive with a rich amber color and lasts acceptably well; but, I can't support any claimed to be an EDC mixed this weakly. Bring back some potency and I'd go a big thumbs up for sure. I would truly relish it then.
Mar 19, 2017

The scent of Pour Monsieur by Pierre Cardin is one I enjoy a lot. The only challenge I think this fragrance has is if the spicy amber and patchouli combo wins one's attention or not. This cheap cologne will always be nicer than Givenchy Gentleman in my eyes.

This starts out lemony and giving clarity of the leather. A very sweet and spicy body of amber touched with cinnamon and aged patchouli. Thick part is very sensual,thick, and you can catch the leather in the leather too. A very light amount of geranium, not enough to color this fragrance as floral. A little bit of barbershop talc powder finishes off the warm and ambery side.

I don't think this was reformulated. I think it's the differential between how detectable the richness was in splash application of older bottles form versus a sprayer in current bottles. This has been an Eau De Cologne since the early 1990's so it's always been a low projection scent.

Jan 15, 2017

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