Balenciaga Paris is a powdery violet fragrance that plays in the same olfactory space as My Queen and Love Chloe. The notes are different, of course, but these three fragrances leave a similar powdery impression on the skin, with Balenciaga Paris being the most powdery and most woody of the three. On initial application, Balenciaga Paris is the least synthetic. If truth be told, of these 3 fragrances, I prefer Balenciaga Paris on top. If only the scent would retain this character throughout the wear.
I applied three dabs from a manufacturer's sample. Unfortunately (or, fortunately, depending on your perspective), the throw of Balenciaga Paris is pretty huge, which doesn't seem possible for a fragrance of this type. It irritated a family member from 10 feet away, 15 minutes later. Thirty minutes later, I'm feeling the irritation & getting watery eyes.
Big throw - OK. Big Irritation - NOT.
As a result, Balenciaga Paris went from my 'I like this' category to 'No way can I wear this' category. It ended up a scrubber for me. Moreover, Balenciaga Paris is just another mass market fragrance that I so want to enjoy, yet it is encouraging me to question the chemical soup that passes for scent these days. I just don't get it.
I understand the appreciation for this scent, but I'm surprised that so many find it wearable. If you do wear this in public, be aware that it will not be appreciated universally. And for gosh sake, apply lightly.
Try before you buy - thankfully, 4ml samples are plentiful and can be found at a good price. In fact, someone can have mine free.