Balenciaga pour Homme 1990Eau de Toilette

Balenciaga pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Balenciaga
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Balenciaga pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Balenciaga for men and was released in 1990. The scent is spicy-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Perfumer

Gérard Anthony

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Coriander, Lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoney, Jasmine, Caramel, Lily of the valley
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

8.4 | 51 Ratings

Longevity

8.5 | 35 Ratings

Sillage

8.0 | 33 Ratings

Bottle

6.2 | 45 Ratings
Submitted by Taurus1967, last update on 06.04.2021.
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Sentenza

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Very helpful Review    8  
A Blast from the Past
Balenciaga Pour Homme. Regarding myself as a guy who's enthusiastic about old-school perfumes would be an understatement. From the Le Male's to the One Millions. From the M7's to the Amouage's. From the Creeds to the Xerjoff's. I've pretty much had or tested all of the famous ( and infamous ) scents that brought a lot of hype with them.

Needless to say, I went a long way in searching for all the very first batches in almost all bottles I've owned. But the bottle that took me the most time to find was undoubtedly this one. I was lucky enough to receive it from a good friend of mine after a swap. Because of it's animalic-fougere like style according to other reviews, I was a bit sceptical regarding the quality and depth of the scent. In a time where Kouros and Furyo obviously sparked the lot, I couldn't imagine that a scent from a lesser-known house back then would actually compete with those two big boys.

Boy was I wrong. BPH didn't only start a serious competition with them. It actually surpassed them as a scent who not only possessed the quality, depth and style of the former, but it made almost all other powerhouses of that age feel one-dimensional. That is what this scent did.

Far from considering myself as a note breakdown specialist, I can for a fact confirm that this is one of the most unique and deep scents I've ever had.
Reminding me of M7 in a way mixed with Furyo and a (tiny) bit of Kouros, this scent has been surprisingly qualitative and very, very powerful.

The opening, obviously, starts very powerful with all the notes coming at you like an army.
A bit deeper behind that brutal opening, you get the honey-musk-oakmoss mix and a very machismo freshness to it which keeps lingering on until the very end. I would regard Balenciaga Pour Homme as (one of) the most macho-scent ever made. The airiness and the dusty type which all musks and animalic fragrances had that time were common. What Balenciaga did here is put an extra exoticism into the honey and musk, which brought a Spanish-like type of scent admired all over Spain at that time. It also has that rum-vibe to it.
The drydown is simply magical to say the least with a thick cloud of honey, oakmoss and vanille, with the bergamot(?) and woodsy notes( nowhere listed on the breakdown but I could swear they're there) taking care to keep the scent fresh, contrary to other powerhouses.
The scent keeps going and going without having to sniff my wrist or my clothes between 12 and 24 hours.

Often dubbed as the lost son of the Jacques Bogart house, I now understand why. This scent is brutal, yet stylish, overwhelming, yet qualitative. I am by no means a 'only-old-school -perfume' lover. But I do need to ask these so-called contemporary niche houses ( of which I must admit I find myself owning many bottles of them ): What or how much do we have to pay you guys in order to replicate this fragrance, in this century?

I guess the answer would be something like "that perfume had its time, it's in the past."

Indeed, Balenciaga is a Blast from the Past. And then some.

A solid, solid, 10/10.
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Helpful Review    5  
An Ode To The Great Powerhouse 80s From A Release Out Of The 90s...
Balenciaga pour Homme opens with an aromatic lavender, carnation and rose floral accord with supporting green oakmoss rising all the way from the base. As the composition enters its early heart the floral trio and oakmoss remain, now joined by a very strong patchouli, cinnamon and leathery styrax starring trio with the composition turning slightly sweet, primarily derived from supporting honey and tonka bean. During the late dry-down the floral aspects and patchouli gradually dissipate as creamy, slightly sweet sandalwood joins supporting slightly powdery mild vanilla from the base, with traces of the earlier cinnamon remaining in additional support through the finish. Projection is outstanding and longevity average at 7-8 hours on skin.

Balenciaga pour Homme is a powerhouse lover's dream come true. It has all the hallmarks of the great 80s compositions (though it was actually released in 1990). Powerful projection, check, strong patchouli and spice-laden floral heart, check, plenty of oakmoss, check... The list goes on and on. I absolutely adore the stuff, finding it one of the best compositions I have sniffed from the 90s. Despite its genuine powerhouse credentials, somehow the late dry-down pulls in the reigns as the composition becomes much more controlled and tame. That said, even the more subdued late sandalwood and spiced vanilla driven dry-down, while probably my least favorite aspect of the composition is amazing in its own right. The bottom line is the sadly discontinued but still available on the aftermarket for about $1 per ml Balenciaga pour Homme is a masterpiece caliber composition by the great Gerard Anthony that demands any powerhouse lover's attention, earning a 4.5 star out of 5 rating and an extremely strong recommendation.
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The greatest fougere of all time? You bet. Musk, honey and oakmoss mixed with hints of woodsy notes create this absolute masterpiece.

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