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    Marais's avatar

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    Balafre by Lancôme

    "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}

    04 July, 2012