I wore Chanel's Pour Monsieur today, a classic fragrance first released in the 1950s. The perfume is essentially a citrus top with a classic oakmoss and vetiver dry down. It smells good, but I'd hazard a guess that many of today's mainstream target market would find it a bit old fashioned and dated.
There are people who swear that Pour Monsieur has not changed over the years, but I find that incredibly hard to believe considering it is now in its 7th decade of production, and the restrictions on oakmoss.
I have to admit that to my nose it smells as if Pour Monsieur has changed in the five years since I first tried it. It smells sweeter than it used to. It always had a slight powdery facet to it, but used to smell dryer, I think. Who knows for sure.
To add a twist to today's proceedings, I layered Pour Monsieur with Diptyque's Tam Dao, which is a fairly austere sandalwood fragrance, almost incense-like. I'm not totally sure if this combination worked, but Tam Dao did temper Pour Monsieur's green sweetness, which I enjoyed.
I could be writing total tripe here, but my recent sniffs of Chanel No 19 also seem to reveal that it too smells sweeter than it used to a few years ago. Am I just imagining things? I'd be interested to find out.