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Baldessarini (2002)
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Baldessarini information

Year of Launch2002
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 304 votes)

People and companies

HouseBaldessarini
PerfumerPierre Wargnye
PerfumerJean-Marc Chaillan
SupplierIFF
Parent CompanyMäurer & Wirtz
Parent Company at launchProcter & Gamble > P&G Prestige Beaute > Hugo Boss

About Baldessarini

Baldessarini is the top of the line Hugo Boss fashion range which was named after their former long-standing chairman, Werner Baldessarini.

This new fragrance is as high end as its clothing name-sake at nearly US$100 a bottle (which is an antique reproduction).
Available in the UK from Harrods in 1000 numbered bottles in August 2002, and following in the US in March 2003.

Baldessarini fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Baldessarini

What a great scent!
You'll get the bitter orange first along with cedar and tobacco. There is also fresh spiciness because of the mint.
In the dry down there is a strong cedarwood.

01st April, 2018
I get pencil shavings, a hint of dry tobacco and dried orange peel. Extremely well put together, smooth and understated. As Darvant says, the drydown is very enjoyable.
10th May, 2016
**For the Baldessarini made by Prestige Beauté. Not the current version.**

Underrated Gem. Perfect combination of citrus top and sweet amber.
Not cloying like some of the sweet tobacco (chergui).
At the price it sells it is a must in any collection.
Ignore the marketing - it is a unisex fragrance
25th February, 2016
An amazing scent with a blast of Orange and sweet Tobacco. Very refined and perfect for a formal event or romantic evening. I have had this in my collection since 2003 (on my 4th bootle) and its a top 10 in my collection for sure. For the price you will not be disappointed. Enjoy.
11th August, 2015
Gem of a cologne

The core of this really good sweet orange cologne is built on mandarin, fruity rose and balsamic notes, and around this a class of molecules related to rose oxide sets up a metallic ringing note that vibrates like a tuning fork way above hearing level.
These are glowing, red and orange jewel-like damascones.

Baldessarini's hi tech glass and steel character is oddly out of sync with its traditional citrus, wood and spice structure.
In this case, where damascones take the place of spice the effect feels both sci fi and passé, like a magical ruby shining in a bracelet of wood.

Baldessarini lies on a line that connects damascone-heavy Paris with the 1988 phenomenon Cool Water in which (according to Bois de Jasmin) the derivative Dynascone was used. Arriving on the cusp of the nineties, this Hugo Boss flagship masculine can be seen as fitting into the existing trend away from sillage monsters and towards a quieter decade.

But experience shows us the door to perfumery's new world order was not unlocked by damascones and their derivatives, the key was found in the other side of Cool Water's gateway structure; it was the watery and not metallic notes that best represented the movement towards a new purity.

Baldessarini saw the game was on but they backed the wrong team.
This extraordinary fantasy Cologne is from a bygone age but it is still beautiful none the less.

****

This review is about the original Hugo Boss version made by Prestige Beauté.
30-07-16

Postscript

Time has been finally been kind to Baldessarini. Its metallic orange head is now in fashion, feeling as it does like a template for the penetrating top notes of the mean-eyed, Sauvage style masculines.

The hard incisive top of Baldessarini has been brought back, but this time its with a difference. The expensive and fragile damascones which gave it that internal glow have been replaced by a grapefruit derived industrial molecule; what used to be the sheen of rose crystal has now become the sting of raw chilli.
08-09-16
12th July, 2015 (last edited: 08th September, 2016)
A Great underrated (or better somewhat ignored) piece of fragrance, yes formal/casual, urban and dynamic. A combination of dry fresh dusty cedarwood, ambergris, aromatic herbs, patchouli, fir resin and thirsty tobacco provides a final compact really cozy aura of virility over which "somber" fruity floral patterns complete their twist of modern articulation (it could be sharp geranium, red berries, orange for sure and green apple). The Baldessarini's opening is quite likeable under my nose, I detect fresh aromatic (somewhat mint/licorice-veined) fluidy hesperides with a heady orange presence well connected with herbs and dry-mild dark spices (I suppose pepper, cardamom, cinnamon). I love the dry fruity bitterness on my skin and the ambergris/patchouli/woods//tobacco-dominant chord is cozy and finally "warmly organic". The fragrance's modernity abides in my opinion in its capacity to show out each individual element of its short list of expressful/projectful notes. Cedarwood (as complemented by spiciness, ambergris and "anisic" orange) is the starring note in my opinion while tobacco provides a touch of final "seasoned" roundness somewhat juxtaposed to a main woody hesperidic connection. The final trail is excellent, spicy orangy, vaguely earthy-bitter, slightly resinous and finally smoother.
20th September, 2014 (last edited: 14th January, 2018)

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