About Pour Monsieur

Welcome to Pour Monsieur, my blog dedicated to the world of men's fragrances.  If you've visited basenotes.net or the blog Il Mondo di Odore, you probably already know me, shamu1, as I've written a lot of fragrance reviews on those two sites. I've also written reviews on fragrantica.com as shamus1.

For the purposes of this blog, my use of the phrase "the world of men's fragrances" is pretty broad.  Obviously, first and foremost, this site will be about scents that are marketed to men, hence my naming the site "Pour Monsieur".  Therefore, fragrances like Drakkar Noir, Dior Homme, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Brut, etc., are all fair game around here.  However, I won't be limiting the blog only to perfumes that the industry markets to men - there are many fragrances on the market that have no gender designation, and even some that are marketed to women, that are perfectly suitable for men to wear.  I'll be talking about those too.  Aftershaves, shaving creams and soaps, and other men's grooming accessories that are related to men's fragrances will also be discussed here.  Every once in a while I may even post about women's perfumes that I or other guys like to smell on women - essentially a man's perspective on perfumes worn by women.  And speaking of perspective, I'd love it if women would join in and post comments here about men's fragrances.

My tastes in fragrances is broad, and I'm going to try to cover as many different types of men's perfumes as I can here.  However, I have to confess that my two favorite types of colognes are old-school classic scents and strong powerhouse fragrances from the 1970s and 80s, so chances are that a large portion of this blog will be dedicated to those styles.  Sorry, I can't help it.  The perfumes I know best are the ones I like and wear the most. 

Although I certainly hope that perfume enthusiasts will find my blog entertaining, I especially hope that people who are new to the world of men's fragrance will visit the blog, post comments, and be able to cultivate a real interest in this.  I understand that some of the terminology I'll be using may be alien to newcomers, so I'll try to clarify and provide definitions of some of these terms along the way.  Trust me, I don't claim to be an expert in this area - like everyone else, I was a newcomer too at one time, and the knowledge I have now is from years of simply wearing and sampling many different fragrances and reading a lot about the subject.  I welcome all of you to add your comments about my posts, so that we can share our interest in this art, and maybe even learn a thing or two as well.