Baldessarini (2002)Eau de Cologne

Baldessarini (Eau de Cologne) by Baldessarini
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Baldessarini (Eau de Cologne) is a perfume by Baldessarini for men and was released in 2002. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Mäurer & Wirtz.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orange, Mandarin, Spearmint
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove, Cumin, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesBalsamic notes, Musk, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

6.9 (176 Ratings)

Longevity

6.2 (122 Ratings)

Sillage

5.5 (112 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (113 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 26.03.2020.

Interesting Facts

The face of the advertising campaign is German entrepreneur Charles Schumann.
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Leporello

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Very helpful Review    5  
Let's shed some light on the ivory tower...
If you have been dealing with perfumes for some time, taking a closer look, testing and sticking your nose into the fragrant mist, you have to be careful not to lose your grip. This is what happened to me and therefore also to be understood self-critically. The more you test, smell and get to know, the more you have certain ideas about a fragrance. You create, I believe, a kind of "perfect" fragrance in the back of your head and take it out for comparison. I have noticed that the more "luxury or niche fragrances" I have tested, the harsher my criticism of the "crowdpleasers" turns out to be. This is not necessarily good and you run the risk of doing wrong with some of the scents. A prime example of such an unjustly devalued fragrance is Baldessarini Eau de Cologne. Let's leave out the striking advertising with its slogan and go straight to the content. Baldessarini Eau de Cologne is a fragrance that can now be purchased online and offline for little money. The range is complemented by after shave, shower gel and deodorant stick, and has been for years.

After a long time I bought this scent again, because I liked it very much from the moment it was released and for me it is a kind of egg-laying wool-milk sow. Of course, the wheel is not reinvented here, but the combination of fresh, rather sweet-citric notes and spices with patchouli is very round and pleasant. So I can't really classify the fragrance into one category, because it is neither a classic spice fragrance nor a fresh springtime treat. The top note is not immediately fresh and spicy, but rather warm and sweetish, steamed and accompanied by light spicy notes. This opening reminds me a little bit of the way one would use a kitchen mortar to grind tangerine peel, spices and oil of citrus fruits into a paste. Fortunately without Christmas baking associations. However, this top note fades away very quickly and after about fifteen minutes makes room for a rather interesting mixture of patchouli (but not the musty cellar patchouli), balsamic notes (no idea what that is) and wood. My nose is not able to understand why mint is listed here. What is described here as a balsamic note and patchouli reminds me a little of the smell of slightly moist tobacco fine cut, as we used to buy them in the bag. Nevertheless, I find it difficult to claim here that it is a pure tobacco scent, rather a fruity and spicy spring scent with nuances of tobacco. Surprisingly, Carven's new fragrance Paris La Havane reminds me of the concept of Baldessarini's Eau de Cologne, a little as if Carven had created an "Intense version" of this fragrance. The shelf life of this Eau de Cologne is just under six hours with rather skin-tight Sillage, which can nevertheless be sufficient at times.

If I were to describe the fragrance of Baldessarini's Eau de Cologne in an association, it would be most likely with the image of a hilly Cuban landscape full of tobacco and fruit plantations surrounded by forest and morning damp. Everything blurs into a sweet-spicy and subdued fruity blend. But what we and I can learn from this fragrance is that it is worthwhile once again to flood the ivory tower with light and go to the lowlands of "mainstream fragrances" to discover little treasures there too
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MajorTom

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Still something for men
I remember when the scent was launched. Separates the man from the boys, was the slogan at the time. And to make the whole package credible, one of Munich's best-known bartenders, Charles Schumann, was hired as testimonial.

Baldessarini. The name alone already had a certain radiance, no question, and the advertising agency must still be respected for a great campaign. Werner Baldessarini, former chief designer at Hugo Boss, now had his own fragrance in addition to his own fashion line. Both Baldessarini and Schumann had their masculinity taken away. And indeed, I didn't smell this scent on 18-year-old disco boys, but on my boss at the time. Mission successfully completed, one could say, because also due to the price the fragrance was not for the average consumer 20 years ago.

Today, the fragrance unfortunately almost ekes out a shadowy existence, as evidenced by a measly four comments in the last five years alone. So time to get the scent out of his corner. And literally that's what I did when I converted my bathroom shelf from summer to winter a few weeks ago. And then in the corner at the back, a slightly dusty silver, heavy bottle was standing, that was the luxury version with the screw cap at the bottom for the refill bottle. So dust off, polish to a shine and position appropriately.

The weight of this metal case inevitably gives the feeling of holding not only a special bottle but also a special content in your hand. After spraying on I hear a mixture of fruits and spices, refined with something minty. I like that very much, I also like the fact that at least on my skin there are no big changes, why should there be, even if the start is right. This means that the development from the top to the base note, which can be heard in other fragrances, is not to be found here. The fragrance is dominated by spicy notes, if the pyramid is to be believed, it is carnation and cumin. Let's just leave it at that. It's a pity that the Sillage will bend after 1-3 hours. In my opinion, the scent deserves much more. It looks better with the durability, even after 6 hours Baldessarini stays with me and continues to create a good (wearing) feeling.

So what remains of a name that was placed on the market 18 years ago at enormous expense? First of all, a lot of flankers (around 25!!!), so they really tried to squeeze the brand name and monetize it wherever possible. Such an approach is not fundamentally reprehensible per se, but it does carry the danger of diluting the original, and that is exactly what I think happened here. From a noble brand, formerly standing alone and exposed next to all the Boss waters on the shelf, degenerated to a mass product, with all the flankers left and right, slipped off the shelf. It's a pity, a great pity, but a risk taken when you have to exploit a brand to such an extent.

Nevertheless Baldessarini EdC (and the concentree in equal measure) is and remains for me the one and true Baldessarini. A pleasant representative of his kind, with whom you can start every day, no matter what is on the schedule. None from the manslaughter section, yet present but never intrusive.

For me a valid and meaningful variant, if I do not know where to reach for. And insofar a test recommendation for every man who may not yet know Baldessarini.
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Guapo

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Forgotten masterpiece... an very pleasant scent.
Unfortunately, an underrated fragrance, badly treated, poorly valued by the opinion.

It is indeed a great unique perfume. I just hope that the brand does not remember to discontinue this Exquisite scent.

Nowadays, it’s produced by MÄURER & WIRTZ GmbH & Co. KG, with own brand Baldessarini Fragrances (not Hugo Boss).

It is also available in EdC Concentree version.
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WildGardener

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Gem of a cologne
The core of this really good sweet orange cologne is built on mandarin, fruity rose and balsamic notes, and around this a class of molecules related to rose oxide sets up a metallic ringing note that vibrates like a tuning fork way above hearing level. These are glowing, red and orange jewel-like damascones.

Baldessarini's hi tech glass and steel character is oddly out of sync with its traditional citrus, wood and spice structure. In this case, where damascones take the place of spice the effect feels both sci fi and passé, like a magical ruby shining in a bracelet of wood.

Baldessarini lies on a line that connects damascone-heavy Paris with the 1988 phenomenon Cool Water, in which (according to Bois de Jasmin) the derivative Dynascone was used.
Arriving on the cusp of the nineties, this Hugo Boss flagship masculine can be seen as fitting into the existing trend away from sillage monsters and towards a quieter decade.

But experience shows us the door to Perfumery's new world order was not unlocked by damascones and their derivatives, the key was found in the other side of Cool Water's gateway structure; it was the watery and not metallic notes that best represented the movement towards a new purity.

Baldessarini saw the game was on but they backed the wrong team.
This extraordinary fantasy cologne is from a bygone age, but it is still beautiful none the less.
This review is about the original Hugo Boss version made by Prestige Beauté.
30-07-16

Postscript

Time has finally been kind to Baldessarini. Its metallic orange head is now in fashion, feeling as it does like a template for the penetrating top notes of the mean-eyed, Sauvage style masculines.

The hard incisive top of Baldessarini has been brought back, but this time its with a difference. The expensive and fragile damascones which gave it that internal glow have been replaced by a grapefruit derived industrial molecule; what used to be the sheen of rose crystal has now become the sting of raw chilli.
08-09-16

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