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In the company of fragrance connoisseurs, one only needs to evoke Balafre to understand the depth of this fragrance’s impact in the 70s and 80s. Launched in 1968, in the midst of protests that revolutionised social manners in France and beyond, the fragrance has not aged a day. Striking in its modernity, the composition opens with a cascade of Mediterranean zesty fruits: bergamot, lemon, sweet lime and mandarin. An array of sun-drenched, citrus facets that instantly seize your attention. Lavender’s inclusion allows women to make this fragrance – designed for men – their own. Women adore its melody of masculine codes, with middle notes of rosy geranium and the innocent sweetness of orange blossom. Crisp green notes of galbanum form the backbone of Balafre, taking us through to the base notes of richly wooded patchouli and sandalwood. A best-seller in its day, this men's fragrance will be revisited several times in years to come. A resoundingly cult fragrance.
- Provence Lavender
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- Silver Fir
The bottle is a pared-down, contemporary reinterpretation of the early 1960s glass bottle designed by artist Georges Delhomme, a key figure in the creation of Lancôme’s first fragrances. Transparent and refined, it allows the preciously coloured elixirs encapsulated within to be exalted by light. A most precious case dressed in fine golden lines, an object of luxury and signature French refinement.