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 (50 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (41 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (42 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (55 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 28.03.2019
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Leimbacher

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Leimbacher
Leimbacher
Very helpful Review    7
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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Brightstar

18 Reviews
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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

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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 15 months ago
This fragrance is a very underrated fragrance. Worthy to own this fragrance. Classy & Elegant.
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