Cristobal pour Homme (2000) Eau de Toilette

Cristobal pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Balenciaga
Bottle Design: Yves Fajnberg
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Cristobal pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Balenciaga for men and was released in 2000. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Gérard Anthony

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMugwort, Coffee, Tea, White pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Coriander, Nutmeg, Sandalwood
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Tobacco, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (44 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (26 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (25 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (33 Ratings)
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Balenciaga Does Synthetic...
Cristobal pour Homme goes on with an ambiguous fresh synthetic accord with a creamy faux sandalwood undertone. Moving to the early heart the slightly sweet, creamy faux sandalwood takes command of the development with hints of nutmeg spice and rose-like geranium. As the composition continues through the heart phase the faux sandalwood gradually gives way to a slowly growing vague synthetic blonde woody accord that takes over as star with the nutmeg spice and geranium remaining in support. During the late dry-down the composition turns decidedly more dry with the synthetic woods relegated to support as slightly powdery vanilla and relatively dry amber take control through the finish. Projection is above average and longevity is excellent at 12 hours on skin.

Ugh oh, Houston we have a problem... After being so impressed with many other offerings from Balenciaga it seemed like a relatively safe bet to blind buy a bottle of Cristobal pour Homme, emphasis on "seemed"... Unfortunately, this composition is nowhere near in the same league as the other Balenciaga offerings I have tried over the years. The primary culprit is the highly synthetic smelling nature of the composition (and in this case, I mean synthetic in a bad way). First off, is the faux creamy sandalwood (similar in smell to the stuff used in Floris Eau de Santal). This stuff may be fake, but when used properly it can smell quite good as it does in Eau de Santal. While it smells good elsewhere, in Cristobal pour Homme it definitely doesn't. Problematic faux sandalwood out of the way, we now come to the worst offender of all, the dreaded synthetic blonde woody accord (AKA Cashmeran). Cashmeran is a tough synthetic to control in compositions, and it is not skillfully implemented here, overpowering most of the other aspects of the composition until the late dry-down. Doubly problematic is when it is paired with the faux sandalwood it just emphasizes all its worst aspects. The only saving grace to this unfortunate concoction is the late dry-down as the vanilla and amber take over the focus, but it is just too little, too late, and indeed the Cashmeran remains in the background still to make sure you don't forget it. At the end of the day, one could do a lot worse than the minor mess that is Cristobal pour Homme, but one could also do a *heck* of a lot better. The bottom line is the approximately $125 per 100ml bottle on the aftermarket Cristobal pour Homme is a moderately disappointing concoction of synthetics that try way too hard and don't succeed, earning it a "below average" 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5 and a modest avoid recommendation. This one was a blind buy gone bad, I'm afraid.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    5
Perfection
The opening of Cristobal Homme is fantastic: that same, unmistakable anisic-fougère structure of Azzaro pour Homme “revisited” with a modern look. Sweet, fresh, cozy, velvety, terribly solid. If you know Azzaro pour Homme, Cristobal will give you a really pleasant feel of “déja-vu”: basically here you get that “old school vibe”, mostly from citrus-anise-lavender-woods, perfectly mixed with a totally compelling “late ‘90s style”: soft creamy woods, tobacco, an overall sweet powderiness. Gerard Anthony perfectly nails it again in creating something smelling irresistibly, desperately good – with again, as for Azzaro, a stunning level of depth and quality (back when budgets for fragrances were still high...). By “smelling good” I mean something which is at the same time easy to pull off, friendly, cozy, probably crowdpleasing, yet sophisticated, refined, and totally distinctive. This is what I personally value the most in perfumery; you need talent to make distinctive “artistic” perfumes, you need talent to make versatile crowdpleasers, you need to be a perfume-making superhero to make something comprising them all this well. So uplifting and enjoyable. The “modern aromatic fougère” par excellence, warm and sweet, perfectly “modern” yet perfectly timeless, which only a nose like Anthony could accomplish. Delightful, sophisticated, versatile. Grab any bottle you can find – go, now!

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Barolo

5 Reviews
Barolo
Barolo
This individual wants his piece of the pie
I just got this one in the mail, today...

All I keep thinking is...this is a lot like Givenchy Pi mixed with Mont Blanc Individuel. If you like both of those scents, you might find something extra magical about this one.

The initial blast lacks the synthetic cacophony of Pi, and the smell of vanilla is immediately prominent.

A few minutes later, an Individuel vibe crops up that is not quite as sweet as Individuel which is a very good thing.

Perhaps, I wrote my review in earnest because it's only been 10 minutes, but this one is rather pleasant. It's not quite as unwearable for me as Individuel but it tends to the unisexy side. Female fans of Pi are sure to love this one.

Overall, I wish it tended more toward Pi than Individuel but it's a nice step up from Individuel making it something I would actually consider wearing out my front door.

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