As I imagine him, the Géranium Pour Monsieur man is “casual” but always well groomed. He enjoys nature — sunshine, the sounds of birds, crickets and cicadas. The Géranium Pour Monsieur man can’t walk past a blossom without sniffing it. He rubs leaves between his palms and scratches bark with his fingernails to savor their aromas. The Géranium Pour Monsieur man, his dog at his side, would happily spend a quiet afternoon following a butterfly through country fields — a sprig of fresh, sweet grass between his lips, a wildflower tucked in his jacket buttonhole.
Frederic Malle Editions de Parfums Géranium Pour Monsieur is a charming and unpretentious fragrance (outdoorsy, but not “sporty”) created by perfumer Dominique Ropion; its notes include geranium, mint, rhodinol, aniseed, clove, cinnamon, sandalwood, incense resinoid, styrax benzoin, and white musk. When I first read Géranium Pour Monsieur’s ingredients list, I was worried the spices and musk would end up masking the mint and geranium, but spice and musk are used judiciously and don’t distort the slightly floral, herbal “greens” and dry woods in the fragrance.
Géranium Pour Monsieur starts off smelling like “mint flowers” mixed with a dry-resinous accord (part clear, non-smoky incense and part “geranium wood”); the effect is bright and warm, happy and relaxed. As the fragrance dries down, I smell spices, clove especially, but the spices are sheer and don’t take the perfume into gourmand territory. Géranium Pour Monsieur smells very natural (almost Aveda-like in character). Near the end of its development, the fragrance is tinged with soft, silken benzoin. If you don’t like mint notes in perfume, you will have a problem with Géranium Pour Monsieur — it’s mint-y from start to finish.
Géranium Pour Monsieur can be worn year-round but it has a late-summer/early-autumn vibe; its lasting power is good and its sillage “polite.” Géranium Pour Monsieur reminds me of another favorite perfume, L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha, but with added spearmint. Having been inspired by this fragrance to 'create' a Géranium Pour Monsieur man, you can guess I’m a fan — all I need now is a dog and my own bottle of Géranium Pour Monsieur.
Frederic Malle Géranium Pour Monsieur Eau de Toilette is available in 50 and 100 ml sizes and in a set of three 10 ml travel spray refills. For buying information, see the listing for Frederic Malle under Perfume Houses.