This stuff is extraordinary!! It doesn't say in the pyramid above anything about honey, however it shares a glorious Balenciaga honeyed piss note attractive. This is certainly not as well blended as it's younger brother Pour Homme, however it maintains an 80's over the top perfumey, out of control masculine wildness reminiscent of the time. Personally,because of this, I think this edges out the younger,more refined bro.
Under-rated in my opinion.
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).
WOW! A gorgeous deep honeyed floral chypre - reminds me of others of this type that I love (Shocking, Ecusson, Replique, Crepe de Chine, Insolent).
It is an assured sensual masculine scent for the older gentleman, and I do emphasize those two words - over 40 and an experienced gentleman. Women love this scent as they encounter it so rarely in men.
If you are a fan of old fashioned, warm, deep chypres, give this a try. Although discontinued, there are scads of inexpensive bottles of this on Ebay.
It starts out with citrus, bergamot, basil and thyme, followed by rose - traditional bit very well made. A slightly boozy notes leads to a floral phase, in which carnation, geranium and orris are blended with masterful depth and intensity, but without much noticable sweetness. Here at the latest the rich, intense glowing depth of all the aromas is amazing, and one recalls Pour Homme of the same house, especially when the base notes arrive, mainly combining cypress wood with styrax, a soft leather and patchouli. A subtle oak moss note is added towards the end. This is a top first class scent, beautifully balanced and blended masterfully of prime quality ingredients. Whilst it's silage and projection are nothing to write home about, the longevity is very good at nearly six hours. So it is not such a long-distance runner and less complex than Pour Homme, yet this is one of Balenciaga's best and of superb quality and sophistication. For when I want to spoil myself in spring.
I bought this blind off the recommendations here, something I tend to do with a little too much frequency lately but typically with good results!
First impressions of Ho Hang Club were a HUGE let down. Ericrico provides an excellent description (as usual, good sir!) and I suspect my initial negative reaction was to the sharp carnation, and sweet, honey-like florals emanating from the top...but as with much in life the details are in the timing, and within 20-30 minutes it tones down, and how!
HHC melds into an accord that to my senses evokes serious "landed-gentry, old money" vibes, particularly the jasmine and light rose notes. There's an alternating radiance of perfected florals with a touch of leather and talc, an air of ''old school' sophistication about it. In this way it reminds me of Dunhill Men ('34 ed.) and Guerlain's Heritage. This stuff wears you and to pull it off with aplomb takes a certain gravitas: Think Jeremy Irons as the CEO in 'Margin Call,' not so much commanding the boardroom as attending gala evening events.
I've really come to love HHC and wish only that I could get my hands on the original Ho Hang for comparison. Great stuff and highly recommend, but with a caveat - I'd try before I buy. This one in particular seems geared to those over 40.
25th October, 2012 (last edited: 26th October, 2012)