Balmain Homme by Balmain / Pierre Balmain
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Balmain Homme is a perfume by Balmain / Pierre Balmain for men and was released in 2015. The scent is sweet-spicy. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Nutmeg, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesLeather, Violet leaf
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwood, Tonka bean, Moss

Ratings

Scent

6.8 (54 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (45 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (46 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (58 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 13.06.2019
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Mantus

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Helpful Review    3
Smart and subliminally attractive
The first thing you can notice is a strong herbaceous, slightly citric note due to the bergamot.

At the same time, the bergamot is surrounded by a fine, aromatic, spicy nuance, which gives the top note a pleasant distinctive note and comes from nutmeg.

These two notes are accompanied by a slightly different spicy nuance, which brings with it a very subtle leathery hint and which, in my opinion, can be quite "smelly", since it moves very much in the background, but makes sure that the top note gets a nice tangibility and comes from the saffron.

A little later, the hint that was already visible in the top note unfolded into something very beautiful.

A deep sweetish floral note can now be perceived, which also carries a pleasant smart spicy twist and is due to the violet leaf.

The violet leaf is supported by a very fine, almost fragile soft and at the same time angular shade of black leather, which is responsible for giving the fragrance a certain subliminal attractive aura and really pleases me very much, because I don't really like leather in fragrances very much - but with Balmain Homme it's different! :-)

In the base one notices that the composition is extremely fluid and one has to pay a little attention to which part of the fragrance one is currently in, since the main component of the base, the tonka bean, is also easily perceptible in the heart note
A beautiful, slightly spicy almond cream, which has been covered with fine vanilla speckles, gives the fragrance a pleasant cuddly warmth, which is gently accompanied by cedar wood and gives a wonderful cuddly finish.

Unfortunately I couldn't see any moss, but I can imagine very well that this component was used for support.

In total, the fragrance lasts 7 hours on my skin.

The Sillage is conceived from the outset in such a way that one is perceived very well at a half arm length and this is also 3 hours so maintained, before it is reduced in quiet steps to the conclusion of the smell
I would like to express my sincere thanks to our perfume "Honk1510" for the bottling.
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Leimbacher

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The nose looks familiar to me...
"Balmain Homme" is Balmain's rather chummy attempt to land a mainstream hit ala "One Million" or "Sauvage". Who can blame them, money wants to make every company, almost every person. The fact that the old-established perfume house is mercilessly copper-plated is something I lack the understanding for. With "CH Men" you have caught a very good, sugary scent from the last few years and copied it in a slightly different way. The fact that very few people still know the Herrera (by hit standards) changes little about the fact and only briefly obscures what is going on here. The fragrance itself is very beautiful, arrives dazzling (with the girls) and is solidly made - but independent or "Balmain" is little to nothing here.

Enough excitement - copying and imitating is always the order of the day in the perfume industry anyway. In addition, my "CH Men" empties itself dangerously fast, so that I find quite use for the exchanged "Balmain Homme" and it will not get dusty. But if you have a full "CH Men" in your closet, you can pass by here arrogantly and rightly. "Balmain Homme" is sugar and shower, violet and bam!, tonka and bergamot, cool and young. The saffron is totally disappointing, can hardly be seen, and this cheated "insider tip" can certainly not be described as a leather scent. There was a lot more to it. Every corner, every end. Above all, a mainstream fragrance with saffron could have stood out. So this is a soft Sugarboy, who always goes, long can and almost everyone likes. Who unfortunately did not do the work himself....

Flacon: the stylish circus director - cool!
Sillage: makes itself felt without stepping on feet.
Shelf life: amazing and really good 8-10 hours.

Conclusion: solid, sweet sugar refresher, without being pushy or too generic. Even if he seems familiar to everyone somewhere. But for a hit of your own it takes more, Balmain, much more!
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Morpheus1

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Captain Blue Bear ... um .. Captain Balmain
First of all, I'd like to talk about the bottle this time, which I like very much. Elegant, male with badges like a uniform. It's good to hold. The blue of the packaging and the bottle is also good. Blue Cadet would have been a good name as well.

The fragrance is definitely a "blue fragrance", from the genus Dylan Blue and Sauvage. The first 10 seconds after spraying it is peppery-spicy-sweet. Nutmeg and saffron greet me. I like that. But it fades away faster, as Balmain might say. Then he quickly becomes flowery-sweet. Unfortunately I also smell a synthetic sweetness relatively fast. Somehow I associate sweetness with limes, but these are probably the flowers paired with the sweetness of the tonka bean. He doesn't seem particularly spicy to me. I'll file it as aromatic-floral-sweet. He's got a lot of Sauvage and Dylan Blue bonds, that's right. The Sillage is reserved.

In summary, it doesn't tear me from my stool, but it's not a bad smell either. I like sweet-spicy scents, that was the real blind buying reason. But he's not really, rather sweet-floral.
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Brightstar

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Underrated Classy & Elegant Fragrance (9.375/10)
Scent
The scent is musky and a bit of spice and sweet. The vibrant of the 'muskyness' is strong especially on top and middle notes.

Longevity
The longevity of the scent is very good.
For non 4-seasons countries, the scent is suitable for daily use, either on day and night. The longevity is good, which can last almost 7 hours. The scent is getting stronger for night use, which may long-last around 8-9 hours.
For the 4-seasons countries, the longevity is around 7-8 hours.

Performance
The performance is surprisingly superb. The musky top notes until the middle notes may project the scent strongly. The scent gradually become soft but still remain the musky scent.

Sillage
The sillage is very good. Many compliments from surrounding people.

Uniqueness
Balmain Homme uniqueness are on the scent, sillage, and the bottle itself. The classy musky scent which may create a very good sillage from the great military uniform alike bottle design.

Bottle Design
The bottle design is portray a leader's military uniform alike. Tough and solid. Nice bottle design of Balmain Homme.
ColinM

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ColinM
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Very helpful Review    3
Decent mainstream
The very first two thoughts I had when I tried this: it’s pretty much exactly how you can imagine it by reading the notes, and it definitely “smells Interparfums”. They must really use the same materials over and over, because I get here the exact same notes I get in many other scents made by this company – e.g. some St. Dupont’s, or Paul Smith’s. But well, it isn’t really an issue for me as long as they smell fine, and most of them did or do for me. There’s something “dusty”, smooth, smoky- powdery in most of their textures, which I quite like. Balmain Homme also strongly reminds me of a mainstream fragrance I can’t identify at the moment; I sprayed 1 Million on my other arm just to see if it may have been that since it has been named somewhere as a close comparison to Balmain Homme, but it’s not that – it does not really have much to do with Balmain’s in fact. Nearly nothing (phew!). I am quite sure it may be Versace Eros on the contrary, as I get here the same sort of “soapy spicy sweetness” due to tonka, cedar and musk. But that’s the only similarity, as Balmain Homme smells different for the rest. Another reference that I thought of is – fun enough – discontinued Balman by Balmain; it was sweeter, more “creatively” synthetic and less smoky, but I see a clear connection. Anyway as I said the notes are quite faithful: the opening is really nice, fresh and almost tea-like, I get mostly violet (synthetic sharp-soapy violet), tonka, cedar, musk, some other smooth spices (nutmeg for sure), something almost fruity, and just some really mannered, almost unperceivable and smooth polished leather as in most of recent “trendy leathers”.

A fresh-sweet-smoky Oriental fragrance for “urban” young fellas; it smells clean, quite synthetic (not an issue for me), decidedly mainstream, but undoubtedly decent and elegantly versatile. It’s actually quite nice to be honest, it has an enjoyable feel of bright spicy cleanliness which I quite like, blending quite nicely fresh notes and smokier ones; and if you make the effort of putting aside prejudices against “generic mainstreams”, you’ll also think of some niche scents if that’s a plus for you (a couple of Parfums de Marly came to my mind, and several “weightless” violet-leather scents). Nothing extremely sophisticated or particularly “masculine” in a more mature meaning, and surely nothing particularly interesting for perfume collectors and enthusiasts (unlike the other couple of Balmain fragrances for men), except if you’re looking for some “easy” alternatives in your more fulfilling connoisseur’s rotation; rather something generically “cool”, pleasant, safe, pedantically conforming to mainstream current trends, and really easy to wear. No contraindications, no unpleasant side-effects. Which is what designer fragrances are mostly designed for, so there’s little to blame here. It’s quite powerful too, the projection is remarkable and so is the persistence. So shortly nothing memorable but a decent, unpretentious, slightly overpriced candidate for a “signature scent” for 20-25 something guys (or handsome, Dorian Gray-esque young-looking 30-something’s as myself).

6,5-7/10

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Brightstar 20 months ago
This fragrance is a very underrated fragrance. Worthy to own this fragrance. Classy & Elegant.
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