Balenciaga • Balenciaga Paris • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||63%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Reminds me of a lighter, fresher Tom Ford Violet Blonde and Guerlain Insolence EDP. I think anyone who likes these two will like Balenciaga Paris. I own & enjoy all three.
For comparison, here are their notes from parfumo.net:
Balenciaga Paris (2010):
Bergamot, Oakmoss, Carnation, Spices, Labdanum, Patchouli, Pepper, Violet, Vetiver, Cedarwood
Tom Ford Violet Blonde EDP (2011):
Top Notes - Mandarin, Pink pepper, Violet leaf
Heart Notes - Iris, Iris butter, Jasmine, Jasmine sambac
Base Notes - Benzoin, Musk, Vetiver, Suede, Cedar
Guerlain Insolence EDP (2008):
Top Notes - Red berries
Heart Notes - Iris, Orange blossom, Violet
Base Notes - Woods, Sandalwood, Tonka bean
"Violet chypre" is how Balenciaga Paris has been described. Contains Violet, Iris, Oakmoss (making it chypre) and woody notes Vetiver and Cedar. Leans toward cool, masculine, and sophisticated -- yet outdoorsy -- to me. It has a British, regal, sophisticated, masterpiece-theater quality to me.
Again, like other violet scents, Balenciaga brings Jane Eyre to my mind -- a vintage feel yet wild & outdoorsy at the same time. Works well in cool weather. Coincidentally, British actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, the face of Balenciaga Paris, once played Jane Eyre in one of its many movie versions (opposite William Hurt).
I appreciate that the pretty clear bottle came in a dark drawstring cover (to protect scent from light damage) -- what a classy touch from Balenciaga!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I first became acquainted with Balenciaga Paris about 3 years ago. I liked it very much at the time, but never got around to purchasing any. Recently I've gotten several sample vials. I was surprised to find that I like it more now than I did a few years ago. I'm not good at describing the various notes in perfumes, but I can say it is floral without being flowery, unique without being weird, and sophisticated without being dated. Wearing it makes me feel like I'm wearing something very chic and right for any occasion. I've actually gone through 3 of Nordstrom's sample vials, so now I will be getting a full bottle - something I rarely ever do!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I love this! It's sophisticated and sexy and my husband actually asked what I was wearing! This is a guy who doesn't think it's necessary to own more than one fragrance! His usual comments when I ask what he thinks of a fragrance are "Smells like perfume to me" or "Smells like soap". A perfume lover he is not. But I had a sample of this from my SL at Nordstrom's who just wanted me to give it a test run. Reading about it didn't really interest me a whole lot, but a free sample-who can resist? I was really surprised! It suits me and I find myself reaching for it several times a week! Of course I had to purchase a bottle after hubby complimented me wearing it! A lovely fragrance. I won't go into the notes, etc. as you can go to Fragrantica for that. My reviews usually consist of my general impressions of a fragrance and with Balenciaga Paris they are most positive. I love wearing it. Longevity is my only complaint. I have to re-spray after about 3-4 hrs. but after the great buy on E-Bay I made for a slightly used bottle, I don't mind! I highly recommend at least sampling this beauty! For grown- ups only!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This has become by far my new favourite, and I usually don't play favourites with fragrance. I even bought the shower gel and body lotion. As everyone else has noted, predominant violet and a touch of sweetness, held in check by a dusting of pepper and dry woods. It doesn't list strawberry as a note, but this is what I think of when I smell the sweetness and I see it as a nod to Le Dix, which also had a strawberry note with violet. I miss Le Dix but I have to admit this is a lot more modern and wearable today, in an everyday context. It doesn't have a strong presence but it is sort of quietly glamourous. Something about it reminds of Mona di Orio's Carnation, which is another fragrance I miss. It has that old-fashioned face powder vibe. Despite the violet it smells ballet-pink to me. Love the bottle too.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
I received a small sample of this perfume & I like this scent a lot, I normally like sweet smells but this is more mature & I like to wear it for work. However the lasting power is just not there... I find it's faded after only 3-4 hours. Based on that I don't think I would purchase the full-sized bottle.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
After years of searching I finally found a fragrance that both fulfills the mature and sophisticated yet being feminine and light at the same time. Its sultry and sexy upon first application and fades into something light and sporty almost. On my skin it smells strongly of violet and pepper, with a woodsy undertone.
I went into the Bay and asked for as many perfume samples as i could get my hands on, alternating between six different fragrances such as Chanel Eau premier, Love chloe, Donna karan Woman, Lancome tresor, and estee lauder pleasures. A tough line up to compete but I eventually fell in love with balenciaga paris and made it my scent, I got the gift pack at a premium price ( unfortunately) but do not regret my purchase in the least, I love the look of the bottle and the body lotion is quite lovely as well, however it is heavier on the violet scent then the actual fragrance and is slightly sweeter.
On a different note, I am an occasional smoker.. if you smoke, this fragrance blends well with the smell of cigarrette smoke, which is hard to find in a fragrance.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a pleasant perfume that I would definitely wear for work. Mature, sophisticated and elegant, it is a pleasant and good quality perfume that goes down well with most people.
While I like this perfume (and the bottle even more so), it just is not for me. I bought it for the summer, as I didn't want to wear Shalimar, and it lasted me until the end of autumn. It didn't linger for too long on me, and I found the scent to be too light. This is nonetheless a nice perfume, just not one for me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
ok, ok, breathe....breeeathe damn it....:))
just came back to my working place carrying a 75 ml. bottle of Balenciaga Paris, and the price- 12 $....12 freakin bucks!
girl got the gift package, it was to much for her so she sold it practicaly for didly...
ok, I read all the reviews and yup, ''violet chypre'' - suits this one like a charm...
Chanel 5- no waay, this is something Armani's Cuir Amethyst never succeeded to be, or even Bottega Veneta...
yes it is very simillar to Bottega Venetta's cold/warm fleshy, violety, hardcore vintage,old world type of wooden chypre......extremely dry and sweetish, but not overly so....
lush,sexy,potent, unique creation that really lives up to its price...
omg, it gets better and better as the time passes, brings out a fruity presence of some sort...
Dsquared,Chanel 5,have nothing to do with this one, sorry.....closest to the character is Daim Blond, Bottega Venetta and Cuir Amethyste...
sooo excited where 's gonna be heading next, evaporating on my skin:)))))))))))
EDIT: only 1 day after my exhilllirating review I concluded this gem isn't for me after all...:(((unfortunately after a fantastic green/violet/woody opening this goes very sweet on me and it turns to a sad bubble gum....sweet and fruity....and not as I expected to develop...
ah, well, it will make someone else happier:)))
1 lippy down...
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This gets HG status for me. I think people that prefer stronger, more dramatic and layered fragrances might not go for this. However, I'm in the category of people who almost without fail gets a headache from whatever new perfume I try. I have actually never (I think, before this, though I'm worried I'll jinx it) found a scent I like enough to use an entire bottle of.
Balenciaga Paris is smooth and warm. It's sweet in a really sexy, sophisticated way that is not at all cloying. Maybe it just works with my chemistry, but after sitting on my skin, it just turns into pure, creamy violet, almost with a vanilla-like quality, with a tiny bit of a woodsy backdrop. I think the fragrance notes include patchouli, but I really don't get any patchouli from this. I do get the cedar, oakmoss, carnation, even the pepper a little bit if I think about it, but I'm not sure I would have been able to put a finger on any of those had I not read the description. If you want a very natural, creamy violet with that almost musk-like ability to blend in with your skin, you will probably like this.
I can smell it on my skin all day, but I'm not sure it's strong enough for others to notice unless they are up close. Personally, I prefer that, but some folks won't.
Packaging is not my favorite. The bottle itself is pretty and looks almost architectural. Too bad it's got a cheap looking top. Not that this would stop me from buying it again, but it's my only real gripe. For the price, it could be better.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Balenciaga Paris is probably one of the few among countless designers releases that really impressed me in the last couple of years. Being sick and tired of fruitchoulies and candy-floss-cupcake scents, this was a very pleasant surprise. I tried it as soon as it came out and immediately bought a bottle.
Olivier Polge, its creator, classifies it as a floral-chypre. But since we all know the IFRA restrictions on oakmoss are still in full force, it is expected that this won’t smell like any of the classic chypres. To my nose, it is barely a chypre, but still beautiful.
The notes include: bergamot, spices, pepper, violet, carnation, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver, patchouli and labdanum. Right upon spritzing, what I can detect is bergamot and pepper, along the lines of Eau de Cartier (actually, if you spritz on a paper strip, this is probably all you will get). As it dries down on the skin, metallic and slightly powdery violets join the play, grounded by a muted woody base. The violets lose the metallic quality as it dries down further, getting sweeter (not candy-sweet, but carnation-sweet), creamier and a little earthy.
Balenciaga Paris is quiet and wears close to the skin. The lasting power is very good: I’d say above 10 hours. It is also safe to be worn all through the year, though I think it works a little better in warm weather, when its skin scent aspects are more highlighted.
It is a muted scent, the kind of perfume you may forget you applied, until the breeze blows the right way and you find yourself wondering: “where is this nice scent coming from?”. It is a casual scent for me, but it possesses the sort of effortlessly pretty quality that makes me feel good about myself each time I reach for it.