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Positive Reviews of Balafre by Lancôme

Total Reviews: 6
Green barbershop fougere with geranium, pine, and green notes. It has a pleasant sharpness that sets it apart from other similar smelling fragrances.
16th July, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening is absolutely perfect, with green notes, bergamot, lavender, neroli and a hint of oregano forming a wonderful mix. Later wood notes, pine and cypress mainly on my skin, softened by flowery components - geranium and carnation - dominate the middle phase, all reminiscences of Southern French Mediterranean gardens in bloom. Delicious. Here is reminds me a bit of Grès' Monsieur, and also of the latter's Cabaret. In the base I mainly get a very soft amber, with gentle musk and mossy undertones. The development from one phase to the next is always interesting, and
the whole is an extremely well-blended scent that never looses structure. Excellent silage and projection with six hours of longevity on me. A supreme Loncôme classic for autumnal days.
24th April, 2014
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
Understated, formal, elegant and masculine. A bitter citric opening prefaces a dark green heart of pine and herbs and a mildly-musky, mossy leather base. The whole is so seamlessly integrated it is a challenge picking out individual notes; leather is perhaps first among equals, but fans of popular loud leather scents will be disappointed by Balafre's restrained voice. Despite its 1967 origin it doesn't seem dated but rather has a classic, timeless quality and conveys an aura of seriousness that marks it for men of substance rather than boys. Longevity and sillage are average. {review of reissue}
04th July, 2012
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drseid Show all reviews
United States

This is a review of the vintage version of Balafre...

Balafre opens with a very nice moss-like green cypress and oakmoss combo that sets the stage for the rest of the scents development. This mossy theme remains from start to finish. Also up top is a supporting note of bergamot, but it definitely hangs in the background, letting the mossy accord take center stage. The mossy accord remains into the scent's heart notes, now joined by supporting cedar notes and even a hint of carnation and coniferous pine. In the base notes the mossy accord recedes but the oakmoss remains, joined by a musky leather combo. Projection is average to slightly above average, and longevity is average.

I had heard enough good things about the elusive Balafre, so without sampling it first when a small bottle made its way to eBay overseas I pounced on it. Even at its relatively high price tag now having smelled it I am very glad I did. The scent somewhat reminds me of vintage Derby from Guerlain. Balafre has much more of a mossy vibe to it than Derby, but the oakmoss and leather base structure both share has a somewhat similar feel to my nose, at least. Balafre is definitely a scent from a different time, probably most reminding me of the 70s through the 80s. I love many scents worn during that time period, so it comes as no surprise I like Balafre quite a bit. Is it worth the many hundreds of dollars a full sized bottle now commands? In my opinion, no, but if a mini or two pops up for sane money on eBay or elsewhere I would definitely recommend snatching it up if you can afford it. 4 out of 5 stars.
19th May, 2012 (last edited: 08th June, 2012)
Sagamore...Balafre...two poetic, Gothic names from Lancome. And, in the case of Balafre, a poetic, Gothic scent. Here is the castle door, here are the long, winding corridors down which this deep, elusive fragrance leads us, breathing of lost time, whispering of forgotten loves, and murmuring of improbable destinations.
30th November, 2004
It is all the things people have said and fresh enough to be worn in spring and autumn - but not in high summer.
It is still available from Scentdirect and the Lancome Institute in Paris (althoughit does not feature as a current scent on the official site). Lancome Paris do offer a range of their heritage fragrances including Sagamore.
John King aka Trotsky
10th September, 2004