Monday, December 19, 2016

Balafre by Lancome c1967

Balafre by Lancôme: launched in 1967. Created by Gerard Goupy.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aromatic, dry woody fougere fragrance for men. The fragrance opens with a fresh, herbaceous and spicy top of lavender and cypress, followed by a resinous, woody, spicy heart of geranium and cedar, resting on a mossy, powdery base of vetiver and oakmoss.
  • Top notes: cypress, lime, artemisia, mandarin, chamomile, lavender, lemon, bergamot, green notes and neroli
  • Middle notes: oregano, armoise, fern, basil, thyme, carnation, clary sage, cedar, pine needles and geranium
  • Base notes: patchouli, leather, amber, oakmoss, sandalwood, tobacco, vetiver and musk

Penthouse 1968:
"FOR MEN ONLY News of an eau de toilette for men that will be difficult to keep from the women: Balafre by Lancome. This house is already famous for perfumes like Magie, Tresor, and Climat. Now it has launched a small but exclusive line for the discriminating male. Balafre has a subtle but pleasing perfume, principally of cypress and lemon, but also a careful blend of such herbs as basil, thyme, armoise, woods like patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood, such fruits as lime and mandarin in addition to lemon. "

The success of Balafre spawned two flanker scents in 1974, Balafre Brun and Balafre Vert.

Balafre Brun, a woody chypre fragrance for men.
  • Top notes: lavender, chamomile, bergamot, lemon
  • Middle notes: clove, neroli, leather, pine needles, tobacco
  • Base notes: vetiver, oakmoss, amber, white cedar, sandalwood

Balafre Vert, a green woody chypre fragrance for men.
  • Top notes: bergamot, green notes, cypress, lavender, neroli
  • Middle notes: clover, geranium, white cedar, fern, pine and sage
  • Base notes: amber, vetiver, oakmoss, leather and musk

Later, in 1977, a third flanker scent was added to the Lancome lineup, Balafre Internationale. 

Fate of the Fragrance:

All of the Balafre fragrances have been discontinued for years.

The original Balafre has been reformulated and relaunched by Lancome in more recent years.
  • Top notes: cypress, chamomile, lavender, green notes, neroli, bergamot
  • Middle notes: carnation, clary sage, cedar, pine tree needles, geranium
  • Base notes: leather, amber, musk, oakmoss, vetiver

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