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Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport (2002)
by Nicolaï


Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport information

Year of Launch2002
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 68 votes)

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PerfumerPatricia de Nicolaï

About Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport

Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport is a masculine fragrance by Nicolaï. The scent was launched in 2002 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï

Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport fragrance notes

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Reviews of Balle de Match / L'Eau de Sport

I wanted to like this. It seems well made. For some reason the grapefruit has a dirty tinge that smells like body odor on my skin. Yuk. Oh well.
16th March, 2019
First impression sniffed close up was diethyl ether for some strange reason - maybe traces of extraction solvent, took me back to med school days. But after that it developed to a nice grapefruit.
30th July, 2018
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United States
Balle de Match, I must say, was ordered as a sample based on name alone. Balle de Match, ball of the match, match point. As a tennis nut, I had to sniff this one.

And I am very glad I did. I'm not a fan of grapefruit notes, as they often come across as synthetic feeling and too acidic. Not this one. This is the truest grapefruit smell I have ever encountered in a fragrance. It is sharp, tart, juicy and very true to the citrus it emulates. Perfect. For any grapefruit lover, this is a must try. For those of us who hold the note in less esteem, do try this. This one may change your mind.

But of course, there is more. A hint of incense, a soft cedar note, even a hint of pine. But make not doubt, the grapefruit is the star of this excellent match. It lasts far into the drydown, even if fading slightly.

Lovely, easy, sporty but yet maintaining a sense of class. Reminds me of the history of tennis, and of how I would like to smell after each match and a good shower. Goodness, this is good. Game, set, match. A winner here.
20th September, 2011
This is indeed a true sports scent. I'm thinking parkland cricket or lawn tennis club when I smell Balle de Match. Now I own and enjoy several mainstream 'sport' scents but few bring to my mind sunshine, closely cut grass and athletic pursuits quite like this. Given a fresh scent with a touch of leather and I might think sports-car, a touch of civet and perhaps I might get 'athletic support', but this PdN makes me want to get my tennis balls out and have a hit. Sadly some ‘sport’ scents have all the appeal of diluted water, more apt descriptors might be ‘diet light’, or ‘casual stroll’. Nothing I've smelt so far says Sport quite like Balle de Match.
01st August, 2011
While I do appreciate the use of grapefruit, I didn't get any of the zesty tang commonly associated with the citrus. Instead, what stood out rather irksomely for me in the modest sillage was a melony sweet, fruity vibe that I really don't care for. It's not a bad scent, but as personal preferences go, this gets a 'Neutral' from me.
09th February, 2011
A truly exceptional woody citrus, a lot like GFT but with grapefruit instead of lemon; this to me is the benchmark for all grapefruit scents. It's slightly cedary in the top, with neither any unnecessary sweetness, nor any harsh bitterness, nor too much of any aggressive herbs. Sorry, Mr. Cilantro, but we've had quite enough of your attitude elsewhere! It's not as soapy as Horizon, which keeps it from falling into heavy soap or shampoo territory, but there's just enough citrus blossom in there to keep it unambiguously clean; this reminds me a bit of the sneaky florals in Acqua di Gio, which I think are a nice touch. It's got just a little teaser of the super-cold astringent green ivy of Sisley Eau de Campagne, but not enough to burn out your sinuses. As time goes by, the cedar becomes more noticeable without being that awful sour, raspy cedar that some scents can have. It's still a bit weak overall like most of her other "summer" men's scents, but not as much as the others, and it retains its citrus component longer. I could absolutely douse myself in this, from a refrigerated bottle, on a hot summer day and be in utter heaven. Those little 1.0 oz bottles are starting to look like a great buy!
16th January, 2011

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