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    Default Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Hey guys:

    Anytime somebody posts a thread about lemon frags, you get your posts for Monsieur Balmain. So, I finally got a mini and tried it out. It's certainly a pleasant scent and everything, but I wonder if it really is different enough from the crowd to warrent a purchase. I've tried L'Eau par Kenzo, Eau de Rochas, Good Life, and Pierre Cardin
    Pour Monsieur. I think it would be fine for someone starting out looking for a good lemon frag. However, if you've tried most of the rest, I don't know if this one really changes the equation enough to warrant a purchase, or even a mini/sample. Anyone else?

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    I was very underwhelmed when I tried it recently. I think maybe it's a bit too close to the smell of a lemon for me - I prefer Eau Sauvage, which I think is a more complex creation.

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    I love lemons. But while this seems like an excellent lemons fragrance, it doesn't manage to make the lemons last long enough, nor does it add something that harmoniously adds complexity to lemons, so I'll pass on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    Hey guys:

    Anytime somebody posts a thread about lemon frags, you get your posts for Monsieur Balmain. So, I finally got a mini and tried it out. It's certainly a pleasant scent and everything, but I wonder if it really is different enough from the crowd to warrent a purchase. I've tried L'Eau par Kenzo, Eau de Rochas, Good Life, and Pierre Cardin
    Pour Monsieur. I think it would be fine for someone starting out looking for a good lemon frag. However, if you've tried most of the rest, I don't know if this one really changes the equation enough to warrant a purchase, or even a mini/sample. Anyone else?
    Every lemon scent has to push it hard to come over the lemon scented household products - nowadays this is mostly heavy duty stuff like urinal cakes etc. Regarding that the Monsieur Balmain does a good job. It is complex enough to differentiate against the ubiqitious lemony. The drydown of course can't be lemon/lime. It is a bit soft woody that resembles the "feel" of the kernels of the fruit - maybe. The overall composition stands out in that it is old fashioned in a good way, by which I mean the softness without screechy woody amber all over fresh and the like. Etro Lemon Sorbet is a quite similar scent in my book, a twist more modern.

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    MB is straightforward in the approach of its top notes, for sure. However, I find that it has development and structure beyond other "simple" lemon-y scents. There's a beautiful warm vetiver and woods drydown at the end of the story - you do have to apply enough so that it registers on your nose at the end of the day, though. In my experience, MB is one of the citrus scents that I reach for in winter weather as well as warm, because it has enough presence to not wimp out when there's a cold wind blowing.

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    This is the best lemon scent I have ever smelled.

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    I find it to be simplicity in a bottle. I went through a bottle one summer, but I never felt compelled to replace it.

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    there's not only the smell of lemon..but also of verbena . It's a very quiet perfume

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    I blind bought the newer bottle:



    due to numerous raving reviews here on BN, and was let down by the lack of quality of both the Lemon note, and the dusty base. Longevity is good but what good is longevity when the scent has no appeal to me. I sold it within a few weeks of buying it blind. Allure Blanche is far better for a Lemon-to-dusty drydown type scent. Or better Yet GFT or Bois De Cedrat.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    If I were to buy a FB of a lemon scent based on my samples/minis so far, I'm thinking that Kenzo L'eau Par Kenzo is my top pick.
    I'm wondering how many lovers of MB have sampled the Kenzo?

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    I don't know if I'd call it a work of genius but it's one of my preferred citrus scents.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    I was pushed into trying this after some raving reviews but I was grossly underwhelmed with it.
    I found it extremely synthetic smelling & that really put me off.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    To me, it's in the same vein as YSL Pour Monsieur. Bright citrus top with a faintly dirty drydown. They both smell somewhat old-school which is neither a plus nor a minus in my book. In all seriousness, I think if you're looking for a simple, lemony scent Jean Nate is the way to go because when you try to get all niche-y with something like citrus you're just bound for failure. OK- now go ahead and let me have it...

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    YSL Pour Homme is lovely, so is Creed Bois De Cedrat. YSL lasts a very long time for a lemony fragrance. It isn't a bright lemon.

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    I do want to test it. Right now my fave lemony scents are:
    AoS Lemon
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    Colonia Intensa

    I also like Homme des Gres but it's a bit dry for regular wearing.
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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Comparing a cheapie like Monsieur Balmain to Bois de Cedrat is akin to comparing a Toyota with a Lamborghini. I mean, c'mon! Even Allure Edition Blanche is in a different price bracket altogether. When sampling something like Monsieur Balmain I think we need to consider the quality-for-money factor. If you just want a great smelling lemon/citrus, I'm sure there are quite a number that can beat MB but at the same price range? Very very few.

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    The fact that it's a cheap scent doesn't mean I would take points off of it, in fact it adds to the equation since they've made a good lemon-ashtray scent with nice notes that's both for elegant and everyday settings...that there are some lemon frags better than this? yes there are, but MB is a must-have.
    BTW formulation for the vintage and the new one are very different, the older one having more of a fresher lemon-lime scent and the new one a more "fake lemon" feel to it. Think lemon drops without the sugar.

    cheers

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Comparing a cheapie like Monsieur Balmain to Bois de Cedrat is akin to comparing a Toyota with a Lamborghini. I mean, c'mon! Even Allure Edition Blanche is in a different price bracket altogether. When sampling something like Monsieur Balmain I think we need to consider the quality-for-money factor. If you just want a great smelling lemon/citrus, I'm sure there are quite a number that can beat MB but at the same price range? Very very few.
    Huh? Should read: "Comparing crap like Bois de Cedrat to Monsieur Balmain is akin to comparing a log-boat with a bicycle." The fan boys should bear it, there are several well regarded people considering Creed a wannabe service. The only exclusive is the ludricrous price tag, even bought as a personal "bargain" online, so my personal experience.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    ^^^Ummmm....I'm pretty sure he was bestowing quite the compliment on MB.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    I wanted Monsieur Balmain to work for me, but in the end I just found it to be nothing special. Which is unfortunate. I agree with Gupts and Dullah's thoughts on this scent.
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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivory88 View Post
    ^^^Ummmm....I'm pretty sure he was bestowing quite the compliment on MB.
    Sorry for the bold statement. My emotions took me away

    I didn't want to offend someone. honest.

    In my book it is hilarious to relate any fragrance to it's price, and more if the name of Creed is in play.

    On Topic, neither is the MB a genius (by modern criteria, if such available) nor is it pledge. One has to consider the time of its composition and which chemicals were available back then. Reiterated, the ETRO Lemon Sorbet comes close with a more modern vibe in any "note". The Chanel Allure couldn't do anything for me, what is a matter of taste in the end, not genius.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Hey that's alright really, no offense taken. But what's the story behind all that underlying 'animosity' towards Creed?
    While there are of course merits in comparing scents on the basis of quality alone (and I have been one of the proponents, if you had done a search of the forums), as a consumer I can't deny that price does come into the picture whether we like it or not. But I agree with you that personal preferences have a big if not final say. The point I was trying to make is that we don't normally compare a roadside diner steak to one served at a 2-3 Michelin star restaurant.

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    Starts off fierce. Drys down quiet. My six year old said he preferred the 'green one', meaning guerlain Vetiver!

    I love it, jus got it today and it's good. But I have to say I've been wearing Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa all day and it doesn't compare In terms of complexity. It's a simple very fresh scent.

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    I absolutely love this fragrance. The semi tropical environment in which I reside just fits it to a "t". My best friend loves Bleu by Chanel and I think MB is just as lemony good!

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    Default Re: Monsieur Balmain by Pierre Balmain: Work of genius or another Eau de Pledge?

    Quote Originally Posted by fraddicted View Post
    I absolutely love this fragrance. The semi tropical environment in which I reside just fits it to a "t". My best friend loves Bleu by Chanel and I think MB is just as lemony good!
    For me Bleu de Chanel was all Angostura bitters!!! Love it too.

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    Update... It definatly has an Encre Noir thing going in the base..... Which iluuuurrrrve there has to be vetiver in that drydown somewhere.....

    Scrumdelish

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    I like it. It's one of those where the time has to be right. Very good in the heat too.

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