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Balle de Match Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for men

Balle de Match Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for men
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Balle de Match is a refreshing scent of citrus, intense and extraordinary. It contains notes of grapefruit, lime, pepper, incense, musk and woody notes.

Balle de Match was launched in 2002. The nose behind this fragrance is Patricia de Nicolai.

Perfume rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 40 votes.

Fragrance Notes

Incense Grapefruit Lime Pepper Woodsy Notes Musk Pink Nerium Oleander

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Starts out sparkling and juicy grapefruit with a hint of pepper and settles into a woody, green (from the lime) scent more masculine to me than feminine. However, a woman who appreciates citrus/woody scents would probably like this. This brings to mind a confident, fun-loving, casual but well dressed guy, definitely over twenty-five. This is a happy scent, smiles and sunshine.

For Lana148, I'm not an expert but some grapefruit scents I really enjoy are:
Guerlain, Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune (big juicy grapefruit with a little rind),
Jo Malone, Grapefruit (Grapefruit and minty grass),
Annick Goutal, Eau d'Hadrien (Grapefruit and cypress),
Fresh, Hesperides Grapefruit (grapefruit with peach and musk),
Hermes, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose (my favorite, grapefruit and rose)
As you can tell, I love my grapefruit scents!


Oh, I just love this grapefruit scent! I wish there would be some very similar version of this for the ladies. Although, this fragrance has unisex vibe, it still on a masculine side for me. Too bad. If anyone knows great women's grapefruit scents, please let me know. Thanks a lot!


Me likey! I realize this is meant for men but this is totally unisex in my opinion. I happen to be a fan of grapefruit and was very disappointed in the MIA grapefruit in the bottle of L'Eau Mixte I just received. But the sample of Balle de Match is a pleasant surprise and bursting with grapefruit.

It smells like the lovechild of Lime, Basil and Mandarin and Grapefruit by Jo Malone. Seriously, if you layer them, you get this almost precisely.

As far as the notes, I am getting mainly grapefruit, then pepper, lime and woody. The musk and incense is completely missing my nose but it is probably what is softening this up just a tad and keeping it from being harsh. Maybe it will come out more clearly later.

Not sure yet about staying power as I have only had this on for maybe 20 minutes. But as far as the scent goes, I find this to be by far my favorite out the others I just sampled over the last 2 days (Fig Tea, L'eau Mixte and Eau d'Ete). Of course that would happen since I got FB's of the others and only a sample of this one.

This is a surprising like for me after 3 disappointments from Nicolai in a row. If this lasts at least a couple of hours, it would be FB worthy for me. Well, 30 ml full bottle worthy that is.


A truly exceptional woody citrus, a lot like GFT but with grapefruit instead of lemon; this to me is the benchmark for all grapefruit scents. It's slightly cedary in the top, with neither any unnecessary sweetness, nor any harsh bitterness, nor too much of any aggressive herbs. Sorry, Mr. Cilantro, but we've had quite enough of your attitude elsewhere! It's not as soapy as Horizon, which keeps it from falling into heavy soap or shampoo territory, but there's just enough citrus blossom in there to keep it unambiguously clean; this reminds me a bit of the sneaky florals in Acqua di Gio, which I think are a nice touch. It's got just a little teaser of the super-cold astringent green ivy of Sisley Eau de Campagne, but not enough to burn out your sinuses. As time goes by, the cedar becomes more noticeable without being that awful sour, raspy cedar that some scents can have. It's still a bit weak overall like most of her other "summer" men's scents, but not as much as the others, and it retains its citrus component longer. I could absolutely douse myself in this, from a refrigerated bottle, on a hot summer day and be in utter heaven. Those little 1.0 oz bottles are starting to look like a great buy!


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