B. Balenciaga (2014)

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B. Balenciaga is a perfume by Balenciaga for women and was released in 2014. The scent is floral-powdery. It is being marketed by Coty.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLily-of-the-valley, Violet leaf, Soy bean
Heart Notes Heart NotesCedar, Iris
Base Notes Base NotesAmbrette seed, Cashmere wood



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Submitted by Michael, last update on 10.09.2019.
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Peas!? Soya Bean!?
Soya bean (or peas, as I have seen this notes-listed elsewhere)!? That's at least original!

What prompted me to appoint this my olfactory panoply for the day is a combination of the fact that I found it quickly as I was searching for something, and a combination of the fact that I have just been reviewing a fragrance that someone else found to have poor sillage & longevity whereas I did not find so, and the fact that I have tried ^this^ one before and found it to have poor score in those qualities, whereas others do not so find.

This was one of my first ventures into °light° fragrances. I had thitherto always gone for the heavy ones - those being they that make the greatest initial impact in the retail environment; but some research, and curiosity as to what all those others were °about° that didn't seem to°do° much eventually swayed me unto actually starting giving them at try-out.

It wasn't very successful at first, and I ^longed^ for my heavy stonking fragrances. Just how unsuccessful it was was revealed to me in my inspection of just how much this bottle had gone down through my previous assay: I thought to myself "I really used ^that^ much!". I must have been ^seriously^ stonking of it on that occasion!?

Another one that this reminds me of is ~Decadence~ by Mark Jacobs. In fact, they are like two peas in a pod! (someone said to me recently that she & I are like that - I do believe with goodwill. (Schrödinger's Cat!)). That one doesn't have pea or soya bean essence in it, but both are green+amber type fragrances, and also light - or at least what I would call that. Some say they are quite heavy, actually, which again raises the matter of the capriciosity of the olfactory faculty.

I'm getting a strong °green° enthusion from this one even as I speak; and indeed it was that that attracted me to it in this case: I particularly like the way green is rendered in this fragrance - I think it's done with a certain ^style^. It also has a certain sweetness inwhich it resembles ~Sine Die~ (a latin legal term - nothing to do with dying (Laurent Mazzone fragrances are sometimes named ^very^ strangely - ~Cicatrices~, for instance (!!))); but that one is much sweeter than this one. Also, the ambrette musk is clearly apparent in it by virtue of my having become familiar with Calvin Klein's ~Beauty~, which I now adore, and also which I think might °layer with this extremely well.

This fragrance, and the others I have mentioned in connection with it, being what I have just a little earlier called ~green+amber~ fragrances, are that by virtue of their being essentially a fusing of a green note with an ambry or musky note, or a musky-ambry one. This seems to me to be a difficult perfumery fusion to well-accomplish, the two kinds of note tending to fight each other to a considerable extent, to my mind; but in this fragrance, and in the others I have mentioned - and ~Nomade~ by Chloé is also an outstanding instance of it - this perfumery °high-wire act° is executed with consummate slicity.

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