Ho Hang Club 1987 Eau de Toilette

Ho Hang Club (Eau de Toilette) by Balenciaga
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Ho Hang Club (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Balenciaga for men and was released in 1987. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Main accords

Spicy
Woody
Floral
Earthy
Resinous

Fragrance Notes

Orris rootOrris root MuskMusk PatchouliPatchouli LemonLemon

Perfumer

Ratings
Scent
8.526 Ratings
Longevity
8.117 Ratings
Sillage
6.617 Ratings
Bottle
6.831 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 18.01.2020.
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5
Bottle
5
Sillage
7.5
Longevity
7
Scent
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The Old School Club...
Ho Hang Club goes on with an earthy patchouli, floral carnation and orange clay-like coriander spice starring trio, as green oakmoss rising from the base lends early support. As the composition reaches its early heart the oakmoss turns slightly more assertive, mixing with additional leathery styrax and dull rose, also joining the earlier carnation and coriander co-stars. During the late dry-down the composition turns quite woody, as cedar melds with the floral remnants now coupling with relatively dry, quite potent amber from the base through the finish. Projection is above average and longevity very good to excellent at 10-12 hours on skin.

Ho Hang Club is a tough composition to completely pin down. The floral-laced patchouli open is quite 80s powerhouse-like in its implementation and quite aggressive. Shortly after though, things go a different direction than one might expect as the coriander spice adds a clay-like undertone to the composition, and when the dull rose shows up, it gives off a very good impression of rosewood. Rosewood is not my favorite smelling wood by far and it can come off smelling a bit dated and mundane at times; but in Ho Hang Club the patchouli hanging around past the open livens up the rosewood a bit with its slightly sharp earthy nature, giving it some sparkle. The cedar-driven woody amber dry-down is probably the least interesting part of the composition, but the way it sneaks up on you as the coriander recedes enough to let it shine through is quite the surprise and keeps things interesting through the end. The bottom line is the discontinued but still relatively inexpensive Ho Hang Club at under $0.50 per ml is a fine but less than perfect outing for Balenciaga, earning a "very good" 3.5 star out of 5 rating and a solid recommendation to old school composition lovers (like me).
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