i donīt like the sharp lemons of YSL pour Homme. In the other side, i do love the lemons in Live Jazz and i just wanted something in this way: fresh, pleasant, non body-odor like citrusy smell. Monsieur Balmain fits my description? Thank you!
Last edited by voidvader; 18th February 2013 at 04:14 PM.
I would say yes. You could also try Chanel Allure Edition Blanche for a lemon cream pie vibe.
Monsieur Balmain IMO has a wonderful lemon component.
Good reasons so far to try this scent and eventually purchase it, as far as I talked to other Basenotes members, this a is a quite recommendable scent.
I think you'll much prefer the Balmain over the YSL. Definitely smoother & fresher.
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Smoother and "brighter"....or shall we say, "zestier" (is that a word?) than YSL PH. (I am assuming we speak of the red-capped version here? The black cap is even more gritty!) The ONLY scent I know of that's fresher and MORE citrusy than Monsieur Balmain is (...and this is no joke) the Mickey Mouse scent from about 12 years ago. I got a bottle as a gift and "fresh and citrusy" is just the beginning. I loved that stuff in the summer. And I feel the same way about Monsieur Balmain.
As a fan of Balmain I have to admit that this is the one, (along with Gres Pour Homme) that I do not like.
For two reasons. Firstly, I find Monsieur Balmain to be a very monotone lemon fragrance ~ rather boring. Secondly, I find it very abrasive and sharp ~ almost crude. I have given it several tries.
So I have to differ with the other comments and would advise you to test a sample before buying !
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Zesty? Yes. Sharp? No. While I agree with the 'monotone' comment, Monsieur Balmain offers great value given the price.
You say you don't want sharp so you won't want MB imo - Edition Blanche will probably suit you better, at around the same price.
By zesty, we mean to say that the fragrance bears the "oomph" found in the outermost peel of a citrus fruit. In our case, the lemon. Think of it as being bolder in the flavor of the citrus, but it is not pungent or harsh. I guess that's why I chose to use the adjective "brighter", but seeing as "bright" is usually perceived visually, it's sometimes difficult to make the association in an olfactory sense.
Nothing acidic about Monsieur Balmain. It's very lemony, true; but it lacks the bold underpinnings of the YSL PH scents. On me, just my recollection, it stays mainly a lemon/citrus scent, and towards the end of about 5 hrs or so, the woody basenotes come about, and ultimately, my skin pH works through and makes the scent seem like a very light verbena/musk scent, but by this point, it's SO close to the skin. I can't speak for many here, but I have a feeling that the "sharp" they are referring to is in the sense of how much citrus is present. I will assure you I have not sensed anything putrid or nasty about Monsieur Balmain. That's not to say that the initial blast doesn't smell like a lemon, freshly sliced, placed up to one's face.
I feel that the use of the word "sharp" may refer to the boldness of the lemon.
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YSL PH is pungent and dirty in the first half hour, but then (on me) has a very good soapy vetiver drydown.
Monsieur Balmain is a soft, sweet lemon citrus scent that is much easier to wear, but has poor longevity and a light drydown. It is nowhere near as sharp as YSL PH.
For a fresh clean lemon scent I prefer Eau D'Hadrien edp. And for oranges, Concentre D'Orange Verte.
I would suggest trying the classic Lacoste for Men, (1984). A wonderful fresh soapy lemon fragrance ~ see reviews.
I do not like Monsieur Balmain, for the same reason you do not like YSL PH.
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Just to recap. I have looked on the basenotes directory and there are 2 different versions of this fragrance. The newer version is reformulated. Sir Slaty says in his review, (the original version) " Lemon with a touch of GRRRRR. Seems to have lost that part in the new formula."
I am definitely referring to the original version. I have never tried the new version, which is supposed to be softer.
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Re: Eau D'Hadrien
With the Annick Goutal fragrances the edt formulations that are sold in both the square bottle (for men) or the curved flacon (for women) are identical.
For example Eau D'Hadrien edt is sold in both bottles and they're identical. Some fragrances are only sold in the square bottle (e.g. Vetiver) or the curved flacon (e.g. Passion).
All spray edps are sold in the curved flacon only. So the edp formulation of Eau D'Hadrien in the curved flacon is the same unisex lemon fragrance as the one for men but the concentration is different. I have seen a splash edp of Eau D'Hadrien in a cylindrical bottle as well.
Clear as mud?
And david is correct concerning Monsieur Balmain - it has been reformulated. I've got the reformulated version, and it is very soft and light.
Good luck in your quest.