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Monsieur Balmain (original) (1964)
by Pierre Balmain


Monsieur Balmain (original) information

Year of Launch1964
Average Rating
(based on 29 votes)

People and companies

HousePierre Balmain
PerfumerGermaine Cellier
Parent CompanySelective Beauty
Parent Company at launchRevlon Inc

About Monsieur Balmain (original)

Monsieur Balmain (original) is a masculine fragrance by Pierre Balmain. The scent was launched in 1964 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Germaine Cellier

Monsieur Balmain (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Monsieur Balmain (original)

I think this is one of the best fresh citrus frags I've tried. On the very first smell, I did get a hint of lemon pledge, but after that I truly loved it. I get a very nice ginger note along with lemon zest. I haven't tried the new formula, but I can't imagine it being better. This is a must have for citrus fans.
01st April, 2019
Germain Cellier's Monsieur Balmain is a classical multifaceted creation that starts with a dry woody citrus - ginger, that leads into a refined aromatic heart, which is layered on a woody leather chypre. It's pretty much Edmond Roudnitska's rather dour Moustache for Rochas cooked sunny side up, but this is much better because you effectively get three themes in one profile. Now pretty dated, the rationale for reformulating it is clear. Still, good work from one of the all time greats.

07th May, 2018
Swanky Show all reviews
United States
The impressive thing about the vintage bottle is that it's a clear forerunner of the 90s-00s fresh aquatic genre. A throughline from Balmain to Armani Pour Homme to Eau d'Issey is evident. That said, I'm not particularly a fan of this subset, so I'm not as hooked on this as I'd like to be. I have many vintage fragrances in my collection, but alas Monsieur Balmain won't be in the lineup. But for those who like citrus with a twist, it's well worth seeking.
24th January, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
An opening of bright, clear and crisp lemon with bergamot and jasmin - absolutely gorgeous! In the drydown ginger, carnation and cyclamen make is a bit more substantial a scent. Later a beautiful cedarwood takes cente stage, developing a delicious pencil shave character. Towards the latter stages, lemon and lemongrass let the freshness of the citrus re-emerge delightfully. God silage and projection and very good longevity: six hours. One of the best lemon fragrances.
13th November, 2013
Well If i would have to review this fragrance in just two words.........

it would be


The Lemons seem to last on and on forever acompanied by a touch of spice somwhere in the background.

Could even be classified as a lemony gourmand as it smells like something edible too. But yes If you love citrusy scents and often complain about the lemony top notes dissapearing way to quickly then this is definately the one for you. The Lemon notes last forever.....
Great for waking up someone on a hot summer morning.
Kudos to Mr. Balmain (or should i say Monsieur balmain)
11th February, 2010
A very elegant citrus, focused on lemon and aromatic notes. It reminds me of Eau Sauvage which I believe emerged in same time frame.
02nd July, 2009

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