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Monsieur Balmain (new) (1990)
by Pierre Balmain

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Monsieur Balmain (new) information

Year of Launch1990
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 167 votes)

People and companies

HousePierre Balmain
PerfumerCalice Asancheyev-Becker
Parent CompanySelective Beauty
Parent Company at launchZanimob

About Monsieur Balmain (new)

Monsieur Balmain (new) is a masculine fragrance by Pierre Balmain. The scent was launched in 1990 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Calice Asancheyev-Becker

Monsieur Balmain (new) fragrance notes

Reviews of Monsieur Balmain (new)

I had a cylindrical bottle that I was only too glad to part with. Extremely harsh and abrasive lemon opening, followed by a dominant lemon accord that's not far removed from lemon pledge. Very synthetic, and also quite cheap-smelling. Just when I was wondering if my bottle had gone off, the lemony onslaught subsided around the two hour mark to reveal a restrained mossy character. I take this as an indication that the bottle was fine, the composition - questionable. Anyone looking for a lemon fragrance would be strongly advised to look elsewhere.

1.5/5
25th February, 2017
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I have a cylindrical bottle of this scent. On first application it reminds me of R. White's lemonade. Zesty and sharp and very lemony, with a modicum of sweetness. As it dries down it becomes drier, dusty and woody. Nose tingle is heightened by pepper. A sandalwood impression is there, but it isn't very strong.

Projection and persistence are both low. It is more or less a skin scent after an hour or so.

I group this with other lemon/woodys like Blenheim Bouquet, Wellington Cologne and Agua de Colonia Concentrada by Alvarez Gomez (this latter being the best value for money, but sweeter than M. Balmain).

Overall, quite nice but nothing to write a paean of praise about.
12th August, 2015
I tried the new version in the square bottle. It has none of the complexity (the old version had little complexity, but the new version has even less) and charm of the older version. It doesn't have that oakmoss counterpoint in it. It is a very faint lemon, very linear, and has almost zero projection and sillage.
31st July, 2015
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.

**
05th July, 2015
This could have been a great lemon scent. The main reason I will not buy this is the protracted cheap sandalwood note that resembles BO.

The interesting thing is that after that cheap BOness goes away, the lemon returns in a nice way - close to the skin but still wafting every few minutes and making itself noticeable. This is unusual for a citrus accord.

If MB did not have the sandalwood note and just settled for the lemons, it would have been my quintessential lemon scent for such a great price.
16th May, 2015
Very much like L'Occitane Verveine in the beginning, after 10 min or so the lemon grass smell turns slowly to an even more adstringent lemony smell, tending to something like cypress mixed with lemon bark, sort of herbal accord that remindded of Les nuits d'Hadrien's top notes.
A refreshing fragrance with an awesome beginning and regular drydown.
19th December, 2014

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