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Cristobal pour Homme Balenciaga for men

Cristobal pour Homme Balenciaga for men
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A spicy, warm and opulent bouquet for a temperamental man. This is a powerful, oriental fragrance, which is incredibly masculine. It is associated with Spain, Balenciaga’s homeland, and it brings us back to the classic masculine, powerful, intensive fragrances of this company.

The opening notes include coriander, white pepper, nutmeg and artemisia. The heart contains energetic coffee, tea, pelargonium and sandalwood. Benzoin resin, tobacco, amber and vanilla are in the trail.

The perfume was created by Gerard Anthony in 2000.

Perfume rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 152 votes.

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Artemisia White Pepper Coriander Lavender Bergamot

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Columbian Coffee Sandalwood Patchouli Tea Cedar Geranium

Base Notes
Amber Benzoin Vanilla Tobacco

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Cristobal pour Homme Fragrance Reviews

Santos89
Santos89

Balenciaga's Cristobal is a fragrance that used to be quite hyped a few years ago, but has now been quietly forgotten. This leaves only a core of fans left, and I'm glad to one of them.

Cristobal has luckily avoided the hype where it's seen as being the pinnacle of fragrance. Instead it's earned respect from those in the know.

The opening is a sort of "best of" of quite a few classic masculine fragrances. You have the classic bergamot-lavender accord that pays homage to Caron's Pour Un Homme and Azzaro Pour Homme. It's given a modern touch by being accompanied by hints of pepper.

The middle is a dense accord of a hint of dry cocoa, loads of rich sandalwood and a smidge of earthy patchouli.

The base is extremely dense. A potpourri of tobacco, amber, vanilla and benzoin.

It's a fantastic fragrance. The blend is impeccable, the ingredient quality is extremely high.

I've read that Gerard Anthony, the perfumer of Cristobal, is also one of the perfumers behind Azzaro Pour Homme, and that quality is evident here. They both share a distinctive timelessness, and a sense that they aren't made for the aristocracy. Instead both are fragrances made for the common man who wants to smell his absolutely best.

Really, I could rave on about Cristobal Pour Homme for days. However, it is perhaps a bit dull. Or rather, it's a fragrance where you need to appreciate the subtle greatness of the composotion, rather than look for an in your face vulgarity that so many other modern masculine fragrances offer. This effect can make it seem a bit dull, but once you get to know it, it really isn't dull at all.

In short, it's a totally worthwhile addition to any fragrance, and a sure stop for anyone who is looking for the best of what contemporary perfumery has to offer.

Longevity is very good - 7-8 hours.

Rating: 9.5/10

Feb
06
2016
velgasius
velgasius

Smells like the top notes of Fahrenheit, a mix of a hot & cold 'something'. Opening smells dry, I thought it smelt common and ignored it. After about 3 hours I kept smelling something wonderful as I walked in the sun and into a mall. It was creamy, vanillic and in my face, very loud. To my surprise it was this cologne, 1 spray that I had applied to the back of my right hand. Fast forward a couple of hours later and it turns into powdery vanilla. Went home, took a bath and it was still there afterwards.
Projection: 10/10
Longevity: 10/10, over 10 hours on skin easily
Sillage: immense trails, it lasts too.

Jan
12
2016
Jongarrett777
Jongarrett777

One of my all time favorites, someone said it was similar to Rochas Man, not even on the same planet. Much better than Rochas and I like it as well but nothing alike. I will always own it as long as the prices are reasonable, harder to find now. Paid $40 when I first started wearing last bottle was $80, won't pay more than that. But truly an outstanding fragrance.

Dec
20
2015
Guest_Colin Maillard
Guest_Colin Maillard

The opening of Cristobal Homme is fantastic: that same, unmistakable anisic-fougère structure of Azzaro pour Homme “revisited” with a modern look. Sweet, fresh, cozy, velvety, terribly solid. If you know Azzaro pour Homme, Cristobal will give you a really pleasant feel of “déja-vu”: basically here you get that “old school vibe”, mostly from citrus-anise-lavender-woods, perfectly mixed with a totally compelling “late ‘90s style”: soft creamy woods, tobacco, an overall sweet powderiness. Gerard Anthony perfectly nails it again in creating something smelling irresistibly, desperately good – with again, as for Azzaro, a stunning level of depth and quality (back when budgets for fragrances were still high...). By “smelling good” I mean something which is at the same time easy to pull off, friendly, cozy, probably crowdpleasing, yet sophisticated, refined, and totally distinctive. This is what I personally value the most in perfumery; you need talent to make distinctive “artistic” perfumes, you need talent to make versatile crowdpleasers, you need to be a perfume-making superhero to make something comprising them all this well. So uplifting and enjoyable. The “modern aromatic fougère” par excellence, warm and sweet, perfectly “modern” yet perfectly timeless, which only a nose like Anthony could accomplish. Delightful, sophisticated, versatile. Grab any bottle you can find – go, now!

9/10

Mar
16
2015
Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

This is an underrated and relatively unknown fougere, poised between Joop! Homme and Azaro Chrome. It is powdery, sweet and ever so slightly animalic. It opens green citrucy, turns powdery patchouli and then settles as a musky vanillic skin scent with a very tame amber nuance. This is not a statement maker. It smells innocent and inoffensive but definitely well made, ideal for a clean comfort scent that wears like second skin.

Jan
14
2015
akinooo
akinooo

A true masterpiece, little bit sweety and spicy but real masculin. Very long lasting and amazing aura.

Dec
10
2014
Housebliss
Housebliss

I love this. The only problem I have with it (and it's actually keeping me from wearing it) is that I find it very cloying. Almost every time I use it, I start to sneeze. I can use just one spray, and I feel like it's attacking my face.

However, it smells divine. A light powdery/citrus/sandalwood fragrance. It lasts forever on my skin, and sillage seems to be good.

Too bad I won't be wearing it much, but I'll sniff the cap from time to time.

*sigh*

Feb
07
2014
marioslg3
marioslg3

Sickly sweet and very long lasting....does not remind Pi or Rochas Man....yiah

Oct
11
2013
Brockington90
Brockington90

Amazing!!! Fresh,Clean,Spicy and dangerous all in one!!! I cant get enough of this classic scent!

Jun
21
2013
Guest_Andrapi
Guest_Andrapi

Probably one of the best perfumes of the XXI century. Extraordinary richness of different vibes, incredible amount of natural ingrdients, grab it if you can, this will be a Masterpiece soon.

Apr
09
2013
silentrich
silentrich

Benzoin ruins this for me. Same old combo with amber and lavender. Have smelled this in a ton of fragrances and what kills it for me is that the benzoin gives them a distinct and cloying sweetness that makes it a scrubber.

Mar
13
2013
Redpula
Redpula

Okay, this Cristobal is not unique, not the best and may not be on your top 10.
But there is something going on with this on my skin and nose that can make women say, damn you smell so good. Why? It is not too loud, not too quiet, just moderately projecting, linear, yes but it belongs to those few linear scent that is capable of huge compliments.
Do I smell great? Yes, no contest. Do I smell fresh and yummy? Oh yes, definitely. Do I smell coffee? No. Do I smell Rochas Man? Nope. So why is Cristobal such a warm and well-refined performer on my skin and those around me? It is all up to you to find out. But to me, it is good enough to be a blind buy worthy, that is if you are into oriental woody, slight gourmand and moderate tonka, light powdery & spicy feel.

Cristobal is not a sour smell on my skin. It is not cloying to the nose. It has a wonderful, complimented top, average heart & quietly wonderful base. I just had 4 sprayed at work before going home, to test drive this frag and mind you, my male co-worker, very picky on scent, reacted just after I sprayed:
That scent smells so good! What is that?

Cristobal is shall I say, a cuddle scent, the kind that women would love to smell on a man. An after shower feel but not too fresh, not too sweet but more woody, herbal and balmy. It is at opposite pole with Balenciaga pour Homme. They are both amazing but completely scent different.

Versace Dreamer is the amazing strong woody and spicy,

Joop Homme is the strong sexy powdery spice and

Cristobal is the humbled yet super satisfying woody gourmand that would quietly sneak in and enchant your senses and those around you. Nuff said!

Oct
15
2012
LANIER
LANIER

“If bullfighting is death in the afternoon….she is death in the evening.” So said a character in “Blood and Sand” of Rita Hayworth as he observed her as she sat in the arena of Madrid devouring Tyrone Power with a look.

So the same could be said too of Cristobal by Balenciaga. To me it speaks of Spain, of the dry heat of the Andalusia summer, of flamenco, and tapas. It whispers Hemmingway in my ear as Ava Gardner dances barefoot in a gypsy camp. It is as powerful as Goya’s Naked Maja and as beautiful as Penélope Cruz. It is the sensuous majesty of a matador filtered though the eye of a great design house. It is incredible and it is rare. And it is no coincidence that Cristobal speaks through the filter of a Spain seen in the movies. In the 50’s Balenciaga was the design choice of so many elegant stars of Hollywood. Cristobal is a cinematically grand and sweeping masterpiece that looks back to the glamour of the first meeting of Hollywood and post war Europe.

So many masculine perfumes open with sharp violent notes; you will not find that here. The brilliant artemisia carries the white pepper, coriander, lavender and bergamot as they float onto the skin like a fine silk scarf falling in slow motion. It spreads on the skin as easy as caviar on warm toast. It is an amazing opening. As the heart notes come up Orientals come into play with a rich creamy coffee and tea blend that carry in their notes the pure beauty of the romance of patchouli, and sandalwood with a dusting of earthy geranium. This goes on and on and in a very warm and masculine self assured charm as the tobacco and vanilla come into play. Now you are in deep within the true magic of this fragrance. Coffee and vanilla with tobacco and the warmth of the amber and smoky incense of benzoin, this dry down is masterful and majestic.

This fragrance is for grown men, not for party boys or fly by the seat of the pants on what is hot at the moment gents. You had better know what you are doing, where you are going and what you want when you put this on. People will take notice. It really projects well and lasts a good eight to ten hours on my skin. It is not a power bomb but rather a persuader, seductive, alluring and always mysterious. Brilliant designed bottle also is a plus. Cristobal by Balenciaga simply stole my heart from the moment it touched my skin.

TEN PLATINUM AND DIAMOND STARS **********

Jun
28
2012
ericrico
ericrico

Gerard Anthony and Balenciaga have put together, in my opinion, another absolutely incredible bottle of fragrance! In a word, exquisite. First off, I really like the flacon - sophisticated and classy, but modern. The juice itself, inside, is what its all about - this is very rich, but lifted and delightful.

This is a true Oriental Woody of terrific quality - I don't get any synthetic notes here, none at all. Balenciaga is top-notch house and there are no corners cut here. The quality of the ingredients is outstanding! I love the top notes of spice & herbs - artemisia, coriander, white pepper (clean, but a nice earthy kick) along with a dash of nutmeg that helps transition the top into the wonderful tea note here. I get a bit of herbal mint tea mixed with a light Earl Grey (which is black tea infused with bergamot). Very nice - but warming up the entire time with a nice light coffee bean note late in the heart (for transition) towards the amber, benzoin and vanilla in the base along with some very nice, soft & elegant sandalwood and fresh, golden tobacco leaves (lifted note here, nothing like a rolled cigar or heavy). The oriental flavors blend nicely with the wood but never get overly sweet or cloying at all. Harmony. Balance. Beauty. This is exquisite!

What I find here is absolute, pure refinement and a masculine fragrance of wonderful depth & beauty. The key elements that make Cristobal Pour Homme so excellent are the wonderful fresh and clean, lifted notes throughout the entire scent (all the way to the pinch of tobacco leaves in the drydown) that keeps this from being another overly-sweet, sugary, heavy and cloying vanilla scent. It is one of the most gorgeous and well-integrated Orientals that utilize vanilla as a balancing basenote - to me, it is vanilla-tinged and not vanilla-centric. Benzoin resin is actually the key base component with amber, so it breathes on your skin and is less heavy. I find a totally natural quality to the benzoin note in this - not synthetic at all...which some orientals can turn towards due to their lack of quality in ingredients. That is why I love it so much!

Excellent work by a true artist and master perfumier in Gerard Anthony. To achieve this fragrance took balance, great understanding of how to lift the olfactory senses from the top through the middle and base while allowing the vanilla and amber to add their true "flavor" and warmth - genius. Salud! Final score - 9.5/10. Captivating and revelatory. Near perfection!

Mar
17
2012
eMCizzle
eMCizzle

To me, this smells just like the unisex fragrance "Gaultier 2" by Jean Paul Gaultier. Agree?

Although I own both this and Gaultier 2, I would prefer to wear this rare hard-to-find (lately) fragrance over the common department store-carried Gaultier 2 any day.

This isn't my favorite type of fragrance, but it is perfect for the professional, sophisticated, classy, suit-and-tie, mature man. You only need to wear a little, otherwise, it might be too much.

Aug
09
2011
Sierota
Sierota

My favorite. Masculine yet smooth. Like sky76sky
has put it THIS IS PURE CLASS ;)

Apr
19
2011
masterbrush
masterbrush

I remember sampling this 10 years ago, I loved it but didn't buy it because it was too similar to Envy. Similar, not better. So what would have been the point?

Apr
09
2011
Endymion
Endymion

I managed to buy a bottle of Cristobal by Balenciaga. After reading the reviews I still don't find similarity with Rochas Man, sorry.
However it strongly reminds me of Joop! Homme. I don't know why since the don't share many notes but still, Cristobal is 80% Joop! Homme, only a bit muted and bit sweeter. It's the quiet introverted version of Joop!.
Anyway, more wearable than Joop! too, a safer choice. I like it!

Mar
29
2011
ReinaT
ReinaT

How I miss the original Balenciaga for men, the one in the white square bottle with the green malichite lid? Oh well! It was simply perrrrfect and I loved smelling it on my man, now I guess we have to be satisfied with this. I wish he would bring back the original!

Jan
29
2011
pipi1
pipi1

people can you tell me is this one similar to the female version(Cristobal for women)??/thanx

Jun
22
2010
BIG
BIG

It is indeed somewhat similar to Rochas Man, but i prefer this one, since the flower notes are muted and it smells beautiful.

Jun
07
2010
4xxx4
4xxx4

hm my opinion is, that this is a heartbreak scent, that knocks you down, when you use it in right moment...fantastic,,,not so good as joop homme, but almost so great

Jul
18
2009
sky76sky
sky76sky

Now this is pure class. Restrained, refined, strongly masculine yet sweetly smooth.

On a girl like me the vanilla-amber-cedar dry down is devine - clean, yet warm & soft. On men I have noted that their natural man-muskiness changes this into a more husky, lightly spicy tobacco affair, which is delightful. It's sweet, it's spicy, it's warm, it's woody but everything has been combined with skill & such a light touch that all the notes meld & merge harmoniously into one...which screams class.

This is ideal for the office (I agree with the previous reviews, apply sparingly). It is very self-assured. My friend describes it as his wedding-party scent as it has good breeding, intrigues friends & charms quality ladies. I think he expects a bit too much from his fragrance, but agree that it is a scent that needs a wearer that embodies such qualities.

May
13
2009
SomeoneElse
SomeoneElse

Excellent cologne. Suitable for cooler temperatures. I agree with the previous poster that Cristobal is powerful. One spray or two short spritz are enough. Vaguely similar to Rochas Man but classier in my opinion.

Mar
18
2009
acc
acc

Extremely masculine and powerful, more than 2 sprays is dangerous! Very classy and one of the longest lasting fragrances. A good choice for formal settings, a little too much for daily use. I'd recommend this for 30+ gentleman.

Nov
22
2008

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