WHAT 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.
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
April 15, 2015 at 9:25 am
This was such a fun read, though. Radiating dirty feet? Your apologies to the gentleman? Sheer genius.
April 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm
Holly, sometimes the only way to look at a perfume that underwhelms is through a little levity. There are much more tragic things in life than a not so special perfume!
April 17, 2015 at 12:28 am
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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April 17, 2015 at 9:05 am
LOL. Your disdain for this is as evident as my confusion. It seems neither of us will be knocking on the door of Balenciaga for this anytime soon. And how come the bottle has a cracked golf ball on top? Or is it a volleyball??!
April 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm
I just despise this kind of crap.
April 17, 2015 at 3:22 am
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.
April 17, 2015 at 9:06 am
U – the joys of Google Image. I can’t remember what I typed in, but I liked it and it fit so well 🙂
April 19, 2015 at 11:25 am
To be honest, I loved the cranial top on this bottle way more than the scent within.
April 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm
That seems to be the general thought…although I’m not even on board with the bottle!