Pour Homme by Louis Monnet for Van Clef & Arpels 1978


Post by Portia


Hello Fragrance Fans,

Now don’t be put off by the Pour Homme because this is a very sexy unisex only seems masculine on the men. It’s bracing herbal opening hides a chypre base with oriental overlay. Don’t believe me, come for a sniff.

Pour Homme by Van Clef & Arpels 1978

Pour Homme by Louis Monnet

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Basil, bergamot, green notes, juniper berries, marjoram, thyme, lavender, sage, caraway, citrus notes
Heart: Guaiac, patchouli, vetiver, jasmine, orris, rose, carnation, spices, artemisia, cloves
Base: Amber, castoreum, incense, leather, oak moss, musk, labdanum, coconut

One of my first ever fragrant memories is of my Mum giving me a 5ml mini of Pour Homme by Van Clef & Arpels for my birthday. That 5ml lasted me till Christmas of that year when I was given my first ever full bottle, also from Mum, of Aramis. I have a pretty modern bottle and though it’s not exactly the same as my memory the basic scent structure is still there. I can remember the thrill of this completely adult concept, men’s scent. My Dad always smelled good because he wore Tabac Original by Maurer & Wirst so being a fragrant man was not an alien idea.

So how does Pour Homme by Van Clef & Arpels smell to me in 2016? Firstly I get a wonderful herbal opening that sparkles enough to give me a little aldehydes question. It’s rich, green, herbal and bracing but soft (in a touch rather than size sense) and smooth enough that anyone who loves a good green will really enjoy it. This is something that I could easily imagine a Katharine Hepburn or Julia Roberts sporting, a casual, dignified, elegant fragrance that speaks of country estates and effortless grace. A fragrance of time gone by.

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The heart is a woodsy and rich adventure with still plenty of green and a quiet floral bouquet shimmering above. A dry tea rose and the snap and crackle of carnation, both perfectly surrounded with spices and herbs. The base with its warmth of amber cut through by the smoke and leather, my recollection is that the base was much furrier and more animalic originally but the current creamy amber woods is very nice too. Lasting power is excellent and Pour Homme by Van Clef & Arpels has a wonderful sillage, not overwhelming but noticeable. The perfect scent for a workplace that wants their staff to smell nice without punching people in the nose or making huge grand statements. Towards dry down I get a lovely clean mens soapy feel that lasts until next day. Excellent value and I think you could buy it as a gift for a non-perfumista guy and be guaranteed that he will rock it.

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Do you have any infallible mens scent alternatives that you like to wear or smell on the guys around you?
Portia xx


9 thoughts on “Pour Homme by Louis Monnet for Van Clef & Arpels 1978

  1. Great review, Portia! Really Nice you are writing about it. My father has been wearing Van Cleef & Arpels pour homme since the seventies so I would not wear this myself but I love it and it brings back good memories. He used to buy a bottle at the Airport.


    • Hey esperanza,
      Great to see you. I LOVE that this is your Dad’s signature. Bet he smells killer every day. I’m currently in a cloud of it myself. These typing hands are wafting it gently around me.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia,
    I have several favorites in this category. A couple that stand out are vintage Devin by Aramis (B’s fav) and Amouge Interlude Man. Also, there is a mystery scent. I remember one day while shopping at the discounted and overstocked foods store (my bargain bin shopping is not limited to perfumes) I couldn’t help but notice a tall, handsome, well dressed man, the type seldom seen in my cut price haunts. This guy was wearing an incredible fragrance, and NO it wasn’t Aventus! It reminded me of something I liked by Biehl Parfumkunstwerke – but maybe not. I didn’t have the presence of mind to inquire and, in an instant, the man and the scent were gone and I was standing bemused in the canned foods aisle, besotted with the memory of a fragrance that, to this day, remains a mystery 🙂
    Azar xx


    • Hey Azar,
      I love Interlude Man, that is one helluva fragrance. Can’t wear it when II need to be fully present because it takes me daydreaming.
      The guy in the shop. LOVE this story. Can’t believe you didn’t ask.
      Portia xx


  3. Lots! As a lover of green chypres, leather and aromatic fragrances, I find much to love on the men’s side of the counter. The aforementioned Aramis and Devin along with YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme, Jacques Bogart Furyo, Hermes Equipage, Puig Quorum, Balenciaga Pour Homme and Ho Hang Club are a few I wear often. My husband doesn’t wear these ones but has certainly moved a few of my others over to his side of the cupboard (eg Fahrenheit, Antaeus) and I find it hard to wear these myself now that I associate them with the ten-spritz cloud of my partner.


    • Hey Clare,
      I am madly in love with any man who can pull off a ten spritz scent cloud.
      Please bring him to the next event.
      You would love Pour Homme by Van Clef & Arpels.
      We really need to get you guys over to sniff.
      Portia xx


  4. My mom wore Eau Sauvage Extreme and Valentino Vendetta Uomo in 90s 🙂 I have valentino vendetta uomo in her memory but I truly love Eau Sauvage Extreme which inspired me to try Eau Sauvage after coming to the U.S. and Eau Sauvage just blew me away. To be sure, I only mean vintage eau sauvage and eau sauvage extreme when I talk about my love, the current are nothing like the original. i was so disappointed with current eau sauvage I have not even dared to try current eau sauvage extreme (now called intense) which some say is like guerlain homme intense


    • Hey Fazal,
      Sadly life is change. It’s so annoying when they destroy a memory. Good news is though that it’s one less thing you need in your collection.
      Portia xxx


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