Balenciaga Balenciaga Paris


68 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$



Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Fine

Eyes: Other

This stuff reeks, smells like a homeless old lady, made me gag. luckily only a large sample to throw out.

on 12/16/2014 2:20:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is so refined and beautiful. It stays close to the skin and smells a little mysterious without being heavy. It's a perfect fragrance to live in, I never feel like it's wearing me. There's a lot of violet at the beginning but it never gets too powdery--it's balanced by some green notes. The drydown, which happens slowly over the course of the day, is beautiful. A vanillic warmth with some spicy green and woodsy notes. It's feminine without being girly or too mature. If I put it on in the morning I can smell this gorgeous warmth on myself as I'm falling asleep.

I went a while without wearing this and smelled it on a friend when I hugged her. It smelled beautiful. This reminded me how I love this fragrance. You can only smell it up close, it's classic while still feeling young, and it has loads of violet, which I adore.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 10/25/2014 6:40:00 PM

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 (although Insolence is sweeter and not so earthy, due to its berry notes). I own & enjoy all three.

For comparison, here are their notes from

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!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 7/1/2013 12:16:00 AM

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!

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

on 5/4/2013 7:45:00 PM

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!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 1/23/2013 6:27:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

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.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 1/4/2013 3:28:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

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.

on 1/4/2013 7:12:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

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.

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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.

on 11/5/2012 5:38:00 AM

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...

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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