Quadrille 1955 Eau de Toilette

Quadrille (Eau de Toilette) by Balenciaga
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Quadrille (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Balenciaga for women and was released in 1955. The scent is spicy-chypre. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPeach, Plum, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove, Jasmine, Cardamom
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk

Ratings

Scent

8.541 Ratings

Longevity

8.130 Ratings

Sillage

7.530 Ratings

Bottle

8.335 Ratings
Submitted by Lissy, last update on 23.03.2021.
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Medusa00
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Top Review    22  
You're gone...
...I stand at the open grave and cry into my flowered handkerchief. You've been laid out and no one's come to give you a proper eulogy. Your maker is long over Jordan and spinning in his own grave or he's hovering over us. He sits on cloud 1955 in a white robe, plucking at his harve and humming the Chypre song.
When you were born he gave you some fruit. Fresh, almost unripe plums that you have to push open. There are no maggots in them. A velvety peach that scratches your lips and a big lemon. Which top and heart notes dominate.

It becomes floral for a short time. But cloves come flying out of the clouds. Cinnamon rolls stuck between the strings and never become dominant (smells times at fresh cinnamon, nix with sweetness and nix with Christmas).
The wonderful floral note, which always floats along behind cloud 1955, prevents Quadrille from becoming too creaky.

In a mild mood, the nameless nose has sought a bit of dull creamy amber on the beach. The whales didn't volunteer it then. Later one has picked up only what they cked out near the beach.... have. But it gave fragrances soooo much depth and with dark, seductive musk was also not spared.

But I bet that from the sky still cedar branches, lightly scorched, waving.

We can't close the coffin until nothing flows out of here, but it flows and smells. Quadrille didn't want to die!

From Cloud 1955 comes an Amen and a final word: Be glad they didn't reformulate, neuter and reinterpret him...
Rest in peace!

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Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

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Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    3  
Baleniciaga At Its Best...
*This is a review of the original formula vintage Quadrille EdT.

Quadrille (vintage) opens with a nose tingling blast of deep, boozy plum wine with significant musk and mossy green oakmoss support. Moving to the early heart the boozy plum recedes to a supporting role, leaving the animalic musk and mossy green oakmoss as co-stars with hints of dulled peach fruit and cardamom spice. As the composition moves further through its mid-section, the musk fades as the oakmoss switches gear, now featuring its powdery facet while maintaining some of its prior mossy green nature. During the late dry-down the composition stays linear with the gentle powdery oakmoss remaining almost through the finish, as hints of earlier obscured jasmine show up towards the end of the composition's development. Projection is excellent, as is longevity at well over 12 hours on skin.

Balenciaga has a fine history of releasing outstanding compositions, and vintage Quadrille shows off what the house can do at its best. The opening boozy plum wine assault is extremely intense and I loved every minute of it. Adding to the opening barrage is the musky oakmoss that melds perfectly with the boozy plum, amplifying its impact and depth, while ratcheting up the brilliance factor exponentially. The composition then impressively shifts gears from its boozy open to a more green powdery oakmoss led accord with the animalic musk playing co-star. I am not a huge powder fan, but the powder level never gets out of hand, and the mossy green facet of the oakmoss somehow holds things together throughout. The last surprise well after the composition was little more than a skin scent was when a fine, slightly sweet jasmine emerged right at the end of the composition's life cycle, and it is one of the best jasmine notes I have ever sniffed. How the jasmine was hidden for most of the development is a mystery, but smelling it at the end made for a very fine finish indeed. Quadrille (vintage) is the kind of composition that makes one really long for the "good old days" where IFRA regulations and focus group testing weren't the rage. Yes, it smells like it is from another age, but by saying that I mean it with the highest respect and compliment. They just don't make 'em like they used to. The bottom line is Quadrille (vintage) checks off all the boxes as to what makes a perfume classic and great, earning a "near masterpiece" rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and a strong recommendation to vintage perfume lovers of either gender.

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