Established in Barcelona by Mercedes Basi during the 1940’s, Armand Basi is a Spanish fashion house that began its operation with only one store. Famous for its knitted garments produced from the top quality Scottish yarn, the company started to develop slowly and by 1958 the operations were took over by Mercedes sons Armand and Josep. The first collection for women was introduced in 1986 and from that moment on fragrances were only a step away, a debut that took place in 1999 with Basi Homme.
Armand Basi Homme was presented in 2000, as an aromatic fougere fragrance developed by perfumer Jean-Pierre Bethouart. Given that this company has a quite limited distribution, I was only able to sample some of its scents in 2008, the time when I discovered Armand Basi Homme, which made me an excellent impression.
This fragrance represents the notion of understated masculine elegance, being the ideal selection for a man characterized by a classic style. The construction of Armand Basi Homme begins on a blend of spices and a relaxing aroma: cardamom, cinnamon and lavender. The top notes last for about 20 minutes after which the replacement comes in the combination of Lily-of-the-Valley, lilac, Tonka bean and nutmeg, all swathed in a mysterious aroma of incense. The dry down represents the phase in which the scents unveils its woody facet, in a mix of sandalwood, cedar guaiac wood, vanilla and musk.
The packaging box and the bottle that holds Armand Basi Homme represent an elegant combination of black and white, a color scheme that adds style to the fragrance image.
Armand Basi Homme Perfume Details
- Armand Basi Homme is available in 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 125 ml After-Shave Lotion; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Aromatic Fougere
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2000
- Perfumer: Jean-Pierre Bethouart
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual