Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ho Hang by Balenciaga c1971

Ho Hang by Balenciaga:  launched in 1971,  a men's fragrance, created by Jacques Jantzen.



The name means "very fragrant" in the Cantonese dialect of China.

"Ho"=好 in Cantonese roughly translates as good, but in this context is an adverb that modifies "Hang", and would translate as "very".

"Hang"=香 in Cantonese translates to "fragrant" (as you said). But if you asked me, I'd spell it as "Heung", pronounced "Herng"


Fragrance Composition:



It is classified as an aromatic fougère. The fragrance only comes in an eau de toilette.
  • Top notes of bergamot, lemon, orange, basil, mint
  • Heart notes are rosewood, geranium, carnation, lavender, nutmeg, pimento
  • Base notes are patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, Tonka, labdanum, musk

Fate of the Fragrance:


I have read that there have been 3 formulations of Balenciaga's Ho Hang. A Basenotes reader mentioned this about Ho Hang:
" There are huge differences between the original vintage formulation and the two subsequent formulations. The two subsequent formulations differ among themselves only in terms of quality, the most recent and third formulation being a more attenuated, cheaper version of the second formulation. The second formulation is more of a woody oriental, with a subtle but rich and complex balsamic component, whereas the original strikes me as more of an aromatic fougère."

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