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    Can those of you who are lucky enough to have smelled this let alone own a bottle please share some info on Balafre?

    It's one of those mysteries that I have only heard of in hushed voiced in dark corners of the collognisseur society, never able to catch a glimpse of it.


    A bottle has appeared on the bay and 3 days left already reached more than 300 .



    What IS this?
    Smellin good

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    I have a large bottle of this in my collection and its one of my all time favorites. I used this as my wedding scent a long time ago. Many years after it disappeared, I was able to purchase a limited re-edition from the L'institut Lancome in Paris. I'm not very good on explaining nuances of scents. If you are in the dark about it, it is: " An aromatic masculine edt (85%) with notes of lemon, bergamot, cedar, oak moss, sandalwood, tobacco, vetiver and musk."

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    I have just purchased a small bottle of this famed scent. I'm looking forward to receiving it and will post to you all when I've had a chance to wear it. I've had Sagamore now for a week and it's a great fragrance. For those of you who posted that it's similar to or a cross between Tiffany for Men and Pour Monsieur by Chanel I agree. This is a smooth and a true scent for a gentlemen. Wonderful- I'm waiting as patiently as I can for Balafre!
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    Congratulations on your purchase!

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    Wasn't there talk of a Balafre reissue forthcoming? Any news on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Wasn't there talk of a Balafre reissue forthcoming? Any news on that?
    Ditto......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Wasn't there talk of a Balafre reissue forthcoming? Any news on that?
    it may have already happened . . . . their Paris location has been retailing an 'updated' version for about 6 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoGent View Post
    it may have already happened . . . . their Paris location has been retailing an 'updated' version for about 6 months
    Any reviews yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Wasn't there talk of a Balafre reissue forthcoming? Any news on that?
    Theres a photo of the re-issue flacon/packaging, (together with a review) on the german perfume website parfumo.de.
    The review is written in german.
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    I purchased a bottle that came from Lancome Paris about 3 months ago. I like Balafre, but like newer issue Guerlain Derby, it just seems underpowered and hence a disappointment for me from that standpoint.

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    From the article it says "Balafre makes a comeback from the tumultous end of the 1960s with a geranium and galbanum accord." Was this accord there before or is this part of a reformulation?

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    The original had "green note" and "geranium" in the top and heart accords. It was a chypre that was woody with spice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    Theres a photo of the re-issue flacon/packaging, (together with a review) on the german perfume website parfumo.de.
    The review is written in german.
    If this is the page you are talking about:
    http://www.parfumo.de/Parfums/Lancom...BenutzerBilder

    then the review is actually for the vintage stuff, even though the picture is for the newer (apparently reformulated) scent.

    The reviewer gives a very good review, saying it is complex (he understands it as a chypre but it clearly doesn't fit in one fragrance category), and at one of the stages it reminds him of the cedar note of Terre d'Hermes (but more complex of course, and with leather, for example).

    But alas, he doesn't tell us about the new version!

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    I don't have this any more so I'm going on memory here.. I would classify this as a smooth elegant fougere rather than chypre. If you like soft and subtle green frags I would def. recommend Balafre reissue. If you're looking for a longevity/sillage powerhouse you might be disappointed though. It projects a restrained elegance which is why I like it. I have never smelled the original Balafre.

    http://whatmenshouldsmelllike.com/20...ncome-balafre/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Congratulations on your purchase!
    Thanks Hednic,

    I never would have know of this fragrance if not for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Any reviews yet?
    I'll take a shot at it, with the understanding that I've never smelt the original formula so it can't be considered a comparison of the benchmark (had an offer in on a vintage bottle located in europe but never received answers to some questions I posed so I backed off) + the fact that I've sorta been on the fence about it. This version was purchased + 6 months ago from the Paris boutique and is absolutely their updated formula.

    For me, the immediate top notes are definitely a light cypress / heavier cedar mix, neroli & lavender with some sort of 'green' thrown in for good measure I suppose & a little more cedar. The only problem for me is - what green notes ? They're there but I for one can't seem to break them out. Knowing what they are isn't a big deal because they're fairly decent and 'spreadout' or breakdown the cedar a bit and work well for my assumption since cedar alone can take over and dominate some. On my skin, think picking up a broken cedar branch still wet with sap instead of an older tree which has dried out some.

    The midddles transition into carnation with geranium mixing in there (heavier carnation)& what seems to be yet more cedar which is a little drier this time. Some pine begins to show up & it gets pretty dry at that point and actually stays fairly linear from there on eventhough oakmoss peeks around the corner from down low.

    I've seen note lists indicating the base contains leather, amber & vetyver but IF they are hanging around at that time, they're sub roles. That isn't a bad thing, just don't expect to be wowed by any of the three - they bring it subtly.

    For me, this one says white shirt & wool sport jacket for some reason OR fully suited & tied up. Don't count full on formal out either, because you can take it there easily. It's just the frags 'dryness' speaks wool to me. White shirt kinda mandatory.

    It surely DOESN'T jive with the lighter, sweeter, fruity juice a good number of the 'new' stuff presents. You'll likely be the ONLY one in the place wearing it (regardless of where that place is) and obviously one who's gonna step away from the pack to watch the lemmings run. It doesn't necessarily mean you've abandoned the mass groove, you've just decided that you'll walk down a slightly different road today just to see what's there and it works.
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    Nice review SoGent. Thank you.

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    The vetiver in Balafre is of the soapy variety, the kind you'll find in Corinto's Vetiver, for example. Only treemoss is listed among ingredients, no oakmoss if I remember correctly.

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    I bought a re-edition bottle in 2009; as you can see, mine is 100ml.

    http://www.basenotes.net/vbimages/attach/jpg.gif

    http://www.basenotes.net/vbimages/attach/jpg.gif

    The two bottles I saw on ebay this year were both 75ml and different bottles/boxes. Unfortunately I didn't save any picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outerlands View Post
    I bought a re-edition bottle in 2009; as you can see, mine is 100ml.
    Did you get yours at the L'Institut Lancome in Paris at 29, RUE DU FAUBOURG SAINT-HONOR? This looks very similar to the one I
    bought in 2004 when it was first re-released with Sagamore for a limited time.

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    No, Hednic, mine came from German Ebay; and I didn't know Sagamore had been re-released too at the same time.
    Two weeks ago I saw, again on German Ebay, a lady selling one bottle of the Sagamore twin of my Balafre. I got crazy, lol, but unfortunately she didn't want to send to my country.

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    Just making it clear, I don't know the year of my Balafre; I just bought it in 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    Theres a photo of the re-issue flacon/packaging, (together with a review) on the german perfume website parfumo.de.
    The review is written in german.
    If anyone is interested, here is the English version of the parfumo page: http://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Lancome/Balafre

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    If anyone is interested, here is the English version of the parfumo page: http://www.parfumo.net/Perfumes/Lancome/Balafre
    This is the same bottle (100ml) of which I picked up two in Paris in the mid 90s at the L'Institut Lancome in Paris when it was re-released for a 6-month limited availability.

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    I remember this one well from 80's, i had it, and it was one of my few favourites back then. It's a great, great fragrance, a bit soapy, clean, woody, lemony (not too much). I can't afford (and would not even if i could) the insane prices that are asked for this discontinued fragrance. But i say again: it's just great!
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    Default Re: Balafre

    This is now available from Selfridges.com at 115 for 75ml.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    This is now available from Selfridges.com at 115 for 75ml.
    Does some kind, generous soul in the UK want to buy some of these to ship to the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    Does some kind, generous soul in the UK want to buy some of these to ship to the US?
    Harrods are stocking it too (including online), they do international deliveries if you can't find it locally.

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    i've heard that new edition of Balafre available in UAE, Dubai for ~ $150

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