Monsieur Balmain 1990

Version from 1990
Monsieur Balmain (1990) by Balmain
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Monsieur Balmain (1990) is a popular perfume by Balmain for men and was released in 1990. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.
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Perfumer

Calice Becker

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Mint, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesGinger, Caraway, Pepper, Rosemary
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Clary sage, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.8 (164 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (116 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (104 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (113 Ratings)
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10
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
Monsignore
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Monsignore
Monsignore
Helpful Review    8  
The lemon fragrance par excellence.
I have known Monsieur Balmain for many years. At that time it was still available in a slim yellow bottle with a lemon yellow cap. I smelled the scent on someone else and asked what kind of scent it was.

Monsieur Balmain was not so easy to buy in every perfumery. That was something special. And this lemon scent is uniquely fresh and yellow, and not just flown away. Lemon and lemon again. My favorite fragrance.

This fragrance is something for men with pure soul who like light and sun. It stands for cleanliness and freshness. An excellent fragrance, which unfortunately is no longer produced
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WildGardener

120 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
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Monsieur Boring
The version in the yellow cylinder is a lemongrass ginger and pepper accord which vanishes in an hour or so to leave a faint amber and musk drydown.

Germaine Cellier was notoriously outspoken and I'm sure her response to this travesty of her work would be more entertaining than wearing it.
9
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5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Gold

470 Reviews
Gold
Gold
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Monsieur B.'s drastic face-lift
The current version of Balmain's classic "Monsier Balmain" (my bottle is from 2013) is very elegantly presented, but it is no longer the exhilarating, full-bodied lemon-scent it used to be. In the beginning, "Monsieur Balmain" is a sparkling mix of bergamot and lemon oils, but when the initial citrus-notes fade away, you are left with a boring base of artificial woody notes and vetiver and this result is not very inspiring. Right now, thinking of the old version from 1964, those bitter-resinious base notes evoke an enormous sense of nostalgia..."those were the days" (sigh).

The new "Monsieur Balmain" has no power to make a point about its wearer, when the top-notes have faded away, the scent becomes nonedescript. Corrective surgery ruined the face of this handsome Monsieur. Nevertheless, if you love strong lemon and bergamot, the first minutes of "Monsieur Balmain" are full of vivacity. But bear in mind that face-lifts can be drastic.
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

745 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Very helpful Review    4  
Lemon Pledge Anyone?...
Monsieur Balmain opens with a sharp blast of semi-sour lemon that is quite like the real juice. The fragrance soon combines the lemon with a sandalwood undertone that grows as the lemon slightly recedes over time. Very modest hints of amber and bergamot are the only other detectable notes of recognition to my nose. Projection is minimal and longevity is above average.

Monsieur Balmain is a very simplistic scent to my nose, at least. While the official list of notes is quite long, it really is all about a natural lemon on a semi-synthetic smelling sandalwood base; nothing more, nothing less. I have heard the scent described by some as "Lemon Pledge," and I confess I too have that same association too. I very much think of a fine lemon wood furniture polish when I smell this one. Lemon Pledge association and formula simplicity aside, the recent formulation of Monsieur Balmain does smell good, and is a superb value at its current street price of around $30 for a 100 ml bottle. I give Monsieur Balmain a "good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 rating.
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HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
A pleasant lemony-fresh scent with grass notes. The scent reminds somewhat of ginger beer. Subtle and timeless.

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