The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Balenciaga Paris


Balenciaga ParisWHAT I SMELL:  Balenciaga Paris opens quite sweet and soft then quickly it becomes sour, like bitter apple, which then dissipates to reveal a buttery and creamy green note.  The fragrance is rather discordant to me because one part smells like something I should like, a rather fresh element.  But at the same time, there’s a dirty feet smell that is radiating above it.  Wierd.  After five minutes, the perfume becomes dryer and more woody and the dirty feet smell is lessened.  I am not getting any violet from the perfume at all, just wood and an uninteresting wood at that.  OK, maybe if I stick my nose right up against my wrist there’s a faint hint of violet?  After 15 minutes, the perfume perks up a bit with a sugared patchouli that comes to the surface.  The fragrance then becomes significantly drier and muted.  Again, I’m missing any violet, but am left a woody and slightly musky pleasant, but unremarkable fragrance, that at the end creates some pretty impressive projection.

From the Balenciaga website:

A Chypre Violet with the green, fresh signature of the flower and its leaves, blended into a precious harmony of fresh woods.


My apologies to the gentleman in the picture, but there’s something not quite right about his outfit.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  “It’s just not quite right”, well, at least the opening wasn’t.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BALENCIAGA PARIS: discordant, pleasant, middle of the road

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BALENCIAGA PARIS: Now Smell This, Bois de Jasmin, Muse in Wooden Shoes

BOTTOM LINE:  Maybe it’s my allergies, or maybe it’s just my skin, but the opening on this perfume was just not right.  If you read the other reviews, they generally thought the opening was delightful.  Oh well.  In the end,  Balenciaga Paris is a nice enough perfume, but it’s nothing that is out of the ordinary or all that special.

  • Bone Rating: 2.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Chypre Floral
  • Nose:  Olivier Polge
  • Classification: Feminine?  I would say more unisex.
  • Expense: Varies, around $50 for 1 oz. Eau de Parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

9 thoughts on “Balenciaga Paris

  1. Oh dear!
    This was such a fun read, though. Radiating dirty feet? Your apologies to the gentleman? Sheer genius.


  2. I find this ‘perfume’ so boring and inoffensive it is offensive. Which is why everyone likes it.
    Glad you don’t. Really, it should have got a one bone or below.

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  3. Where/how did you find this picture?!! 🙂

    For a long time now I do not find most of the mainstream perfumes so boring that they never even come to the skin test phase. It might be snobbism on my part but I do not want to participate in that mediocrity for profit.

    Enjoyed reading your review though – thank you.


  4. To be honest, I loved the cranial top on this bottle way more than the scent within.


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