Balmain

Balmain


Overall rating
3.9
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64%
would repurchase
3.9
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Overall rating
64%
would repurchase

Recent Balmain Reviews

Ivoire de Balmain (Vintage)
5.0
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10 months ago

Scent-of-the-Evening: Pierre Balmain IVOIRE in the vintage Extrait de Parfum. [1980; Nose: Francis Camail and Michel Hy] Green/Floral/Chypre. Thanks to Dede Grant for allowing me to try this perfume masterpiece. TÊTE: aldehydes, chamomile, asafoetida, mandarin orange, violet, benzoin, artemisia, marigold, galbanum, bergamot and lemon; COEUR: nutmeg, carnation, cinnamon, narcissus, pepper, orris root, jasmine, Turkish rose, neroli, ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley; FOND: sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, cistus labdanum, patchouli, musk, raspberry, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense. Gorgeous, complex scent, with many facets. I am testing the vintage Extrait. I love the liquid/juicy fruity takeoff with "apple brandy" whispers (the Spanish word for chamomile is "manzanilla"= little apple), melded with an undisguised benzoin gum that smells uncannily like powder white cocaine (I'll bet this scent was a hit at Studio 54) and the dusty yellow pollen smell of chamomile. Then the airy, sunshiny dance of bitter, dusty, pollinated and yellow-green herbs, creating a feeling of both the country and the city. Managing to smell both chicly urbane... yet somehow French pastoral, á-là-fois. In the head is a slight whiff of "sweat + onion", not unpleasant, but rather character-ful, and that is the sly note of asafoetida, a bitter garden herb that has long been used in folk remedies. It is the same note one recognizes in the opening spritz of YSL KOUROS and Carven MA GRIFFE. Too much of this note would be awful, but a delicate hint of it seems to suggest an herb garden in May. Then, the pristine, feminine (but not "girly-winsome") tea roses... they smell palest pink to me, and they smell very cool to the touch, if not downright cold, like roses from a florist's cooler. Luca Turin was right-- the floralcy in this scent possess a chilly aura, pleasantly so. A gorgeous chypre base, rich with oakmoss and patchouly, and also (to my nose) possessing some sophisticated balsams, like myrrh and cistus labdanum. Somewhere lurking in the scent is a ghosted, not-there, non-sweet cinnamon. Or it may be balsam tolu? All the hushed spicy notes in IVOIRE remain subordinate, throughout the life of the scent, to the bitter/yellow/dusty herbal notes, and the tart fruit nuances declared in the head. IVOIRE is an exquisite chypre, with its toes in the "green/aldehydic/floral" vogue of the 1970's. For such a glam scent, I admire its relatively restrained sillage... a rarity for the powerhouse 80's. To me, this is the more expensive-smelling, more complex, ultra-glam big sister to Balenciaga CIELENGA which I used to adore. I don't know why, but I feel IVOIRE would suit blondes more than any other type (feel free to disagree). In fact, I somehow picture Sharon Tate wearing this, had she lived to see 1980, walking through Benedict Canyon on a golden afternoon in autumn, her blond, glossily brushed hair doing a "Breck" gallop in the sun. Or like Catherine Deneuve when she is out in the countryside in BELLE DU JOUR. It does smell mature and very polished, in no way a debutante/sorority girl/cheerleader fragrance. I must obtain a flacon of vintage IVOIRE!

Ivoire de Balmain (Vintage)
5.0
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10 months ago

Scent-of-the-Evening: Pierre Balmain IVOIRE in the vintage Extrait de Parfum. [1980; Nose: Francis Camail and Michel Hy] Green/Floral/Chypre. Thanks to Dede Grant for allowing me to try this perfume masterpiece. TÊTE: aldehydes, chamomile, asafoetida, mandarin orange, violet, benzoin, artemisia, marigold, galbanum, bergamot and lemon; COEUR: nutmeg, carnation, cinnamon, narcissus, pepper, orris root, jasmine, Turkish rose, neroli, ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley; FOND: sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, cistus labdanum, patchouli, musk, raspberry, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense. Gorgeous, complex scent, with many facets. I am testing the vintage Extrait. I love the liquid/juicy fruity takeoff with "apple brandy" whispers (the Spanish word for chamomile is "manzanilla"= little apple), melded with an undisguised benzoin gum that smells uncannily like powder white cocaine (I'll bet this scent was a hit at Studio 54) and the dusty yellow pollen smell of chamomile. Then the airy, sunshiny dance of bitter, dusty, pollinated and yellow-green herbs, creating a feeling of both the country and the city. Managing to smell both chicly urbane... yet somehow French pastoral, á-là-fois. In the head is a slight whiff of "sweat + onion", not unpleasant, but rather character-ful, and that is the sly note of asafoetida, a bitter garden herb that has long been used in folk remedies. It is the same note one recognizes in the opening spritz of YSL KOUROS and Carven MA GRIFFE. Too much of this note would be awful, but a delicate hint of it seems to suggest an herb garden in May. Then, the pristine, feminine (but not "girly-winsome") tea roses... they smell palest pink to me, and they smell very cool to the touch, if not downright cold, like roses from a florist's cooler. Luca Turin was right-- the floralcy in this scent possess a chilly aura, pleasantly so. A gorgeous chypre base, rich with oakmoss and patchouly, and also (to my nose) possessing some sophisticated balsams, like myrrh and cistus labdanum. Somewhere lurking in the scent is a ghosted, not-there, non-sweet cinnamon. Or it may be balsam tolu? All the hushed spicy notes in IVOIRE remain subordinate, throughout the life of the scent, to the bitter/yellow/dusty herbal notes, and the tart fruit nuances declared in the head. IVOIRE is an exquisite chypre, with its toes in the "green/aldehydic/floral" vogue of the 1970's. For such a glam scent, I admire its relatively restrained sillage... a rarity for the powerhouse 80's. To me, this is the more expensive-smelling, more complex, ultra-glam big sister to Balenciaga CIELENGA which I used to adore. I don't know why, but I feel IVOIRE would suit blondes more than any other type (feel free to disagree). In fact, I somehow picture Sharon Tate wearing this, had she lived to see 1980, walking through Benedict Canyon on a golden afternoon in autumn, her blond, glossily brushed hair doing a "Breck" gallop in the sun. Or like Catherine Deneuve when she is out in the countryside in BELLE DU JOUR. It does smell mature and very polished, in no way a debutante/sorority girl/cheerleader fragrance. I must obtain a flacon of vintage IVOIRE!


Eau d'Ivoire Eau de Toilette
5.0
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a year ago

My favorite fragrance! A beautiful, unique floral, clean and nostalgic to me. I’m so sad it’s been discontinued- I have had to hunt down the last of the bottles being sold just for backups. The bottle is beautiful and clean, and the first whiff I got of the fragrance instantly triggered a scent memory of a time period, and place. Amazing how scent memories work, it’s what inspired me to start looking into fragrance.

Eau d'Ivoire Eau de Toilette
5.0
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a year ago

My favorite fragrance! A beautiful, unique floral, clean and nostalgic to me. I’m so sad it’s been discontinued- I have had to hunt down the last of the bottles being sold just for backups. The bottle is beautiful and clean, and the first whiff I got of the fragrance instantly triggered a scent memory of a time period, and place. Amazing how scent memories work, it’s what inspired me to start looking into fragrance.

Ivoire 2012
3.0
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2 years ago

The opening is a refreshing green floral, crisp clean elegant. Classic fresh grassy aldehydes, similar to those used in Miss Dior, Chanel No. 5, or Cacharel Anais Anais. or Caron Miss Rocaille. Then an elegant floral heart. But then the base ruins it for me. Kind of a spicy spicy musk base that turns up after an hour or so. To me it smells of sneeze-inducing, bitter, dirty, baby powder, mixed with and cheap and cloying teenagerish The Body Shop White Musk that annoys me and gives me a slight headache. I got the body lotion and shower gel as well and It was so base heavy for me that just going into the bathroom where I put them gave me a headache. Gorgeous bottle but the plastic cap feels and looks cheap. It doesn't click on satisfyingly and the plastic isn't sparkling crystal clear like the ones from the Ralph Lauren Romance line. It feels to me that they tried to get quality to a point (the opening to mid smells expensive!) then tried to cut too many corners. Lately I think they are making fragrances to test well while you're in the store but the fragrance doesn't work once you get the perfume home. A bit like how they make new eyeshadows to swatch well for youtube but the look pathetic on the eyes. If you can sample the whole fragrance for an hour or so and still like it, then I'd recommend it. Famly - Floral Chypre Top Notes - mandarin, raspberry, bergamot Heart Notes - white gardenias, jasmine, ylang ylang, iris root Base Notes - creamy amber, white moss, vetiver

Ivoire 2012
3.0
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2 years ago

The opening is a refreshing green floral, crisp clean elegant. Classic fresh grassy aldehydes, similar to those used in Miss Dior, Chanel No. 5, or Cacharel Anais Anais. or Caron Miss Rocaille. Then an elegant floral heart. But then the base ruins it for me. Kind of a spicy spicy musk base that turns up after an hour or so. To me it smells of sneeze-inducing, bitter, dirty, baby powder, mixed with and cheap and cloying teenagerish The Body Shop White Musk that annoys me and gives me a slight headache. I got the body lotion and shower gel as well and It was so base heavy for me that just going into the bathroom where I put them gave me a headache. Gorgeous bottle but the plastic cap feels and looks cheap. It doesn't click on satisfyingly and the plastic isn't sparkling crystal clear like the ones from the Ralph Lauren Romance line. It feels to me that they tried to get quality to a point (the opening to mid smells expensive!) then tried to cut too many corners. Lately I think they are making fragrances to test well while you're in the store but the fragrance doesn't work once you get the perfume home. A bit like how they make new eyeshadows to swatch well for youtube but the look pathetic on the eyes. If you can sample the whole fragrance for an hour or so and still like it, then I'd recommend it. Famly - Floral Chypre Top Notes - mandarin, raspberry, bergamot Heart Notes - white gardenias, jasmine, ylang ylang, iris root Base Notes - creamy amber, white moss, vetiver