Unfortunately I doubt it's been reissued. The 80's and early 90's marked the twilight of the powerhouse fragrance, and I doubt the style will ever come back into vogue. Balenciaga Pour Homme was perhaps the best of the lot, and was one of the most powerful. I think the political correctness of the late 80's/early 90's had a lot to do with the decline in popularity of strong, brash fragrances, and the advent of wimps like L'Eau d'Issey and Kenzo Pour Homme. Granted, the trend in men's perfumes has slowly been moving away from the aquatic style, but I can't imagine an old school monster like Balenciaga gracing department store shelves any time in the future. Today's average consumer simply can't handle macho frags. On the other hand, if you love your fragrances aggressive and loud, like I do, then you need to seek out a bottle of this ballbusting powerscent.
Like its soul brother Lapidus Pour Homme, Balenciaga Pour Homme is on the Kouros axis of powerhouse fragrances. Like Kouros, it's a heavy, toxic brew, blending heady floral notes with strong animalic overtones, and everything rounded off with honey. Balenciaga, however, is even stronger and spicier than Kouros, though it's a little less brutal than Lapidus. With Balenciaga, the volume knob on the patchouli is cranked all the way up to 11, and combined with a deadly dose of artemisia in opening, it creates sledgehammer-like power.
After the top notes fade, you're left with this potent brew of powdery green patchouli, incense and honey. Together they smell strangely animalic, like a mix of every nasty, disgusting bodily secretion imaginable. A word of caution: this fragrance is going to offend some people. You could lose your job over this scent.
I wore Balenciaga Pour Homme a lot back in the early 90's, right when I was first getting interested in fragrances. This was before I knew anything about "power" scents, and I had a small collection. Back then the only strong fragrances I remember liking were this, Kouros, Givenchy Gentleman and Aramis. Balenciaga Pour Homme was released in 1990, and I doubt it was ever a big seller for this company, because I remember buying my first bottle back in 1993 in
I was lucky to be able to score a big bottle of Balenciaga Pour Homme about a year ago for a good price, and I treasure it. Right at the moment, the one-ounce bottle is selling for about $35
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Balenciaga