Rumba (1989) Eau de Toilette

Rumba (Eau de Toilette) by Balenciaga
Bottle Design: Jacques Konckier
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Rumba (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Balenciaga for women and was released in 1989. The scent is floral-fruity. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMirabelle, Peach, Plum
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Magnolia, Orchid, Tuberose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Leather, Moss, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (71 Ratings)

Longevity

7.9 (45 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (49 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (56 Ratings)
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 30.05.2019
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EauMySoul

23 Reviews
EauMySoul
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Magnificent seriously
If you like an old school powdery floral oriental chypre with leather, imagine one that fell out of the sky dripping in plum and honey and pretty much any desirable note you can think of and you have Rumba. It’s a dream fragrance if you like this style. Magnificent actually. The bottle is kinda cheap and it has the bad plastic cap but just ignore it because what’s inside is worth it. It’s what a lot of people refer to as “old lady” and if you’re like me as soon as I hear that description I break out a note pad because that usually indicates something good. I have only smelled the old Balenciaga version with the dark juice. No idea what the newer one smells like. But the old Rumba will blow your socks off, again if this is the kind of fragrance you enjoy. Scent of subjective and one person’s “OMG this is the best thing I’ve ever smelled in my life” is another one’s “meh”. For me, it’s a 10/10.
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10.0/10
Smellsogood

75 Reviews
Smellsogood
Smellsogood
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Winter Solstice
This is one big ole perfume. Dark fruits, woods, spices and honey. There is also the queer feeling of dry heat that you experience in a sauna. Oh! and candle wax, not scented candles, but big white church beeswax candles. This is a winter solstice perfume, everything outside is cold and dark, but inside you are warm, glowing and looking forward to Christmas. This review is for the original Balenciaga version not the Ted Lapidus btw.
LiliumLibido

51 Reviews
LiliumLibido
LiliumLibido
3
What a terrible name!
I have read countless accounts of how this fragrance is reminiscent of the famed Cuban-African dance, about how it has a "strong Cuban vibe", etc, and sorry, but that is pure BS born from clever marketing, nothing else.
Let's face it: Rumba was born in a lab, ok?
So throw away the name, blindfold yourself and bring your nose to the bottle. What do you smell?
I smell an explosion of ripe, juicy, tastebud tingling fruit, summery and luscious. Put a drop on your wrist. Wait a few minutes.
Now what do you smell? I smell a softening of the initial burst, the crisp, nectar laden fruit mellows to welcome the languid, buxom, seductive white flowers. There is a velvety smoothness about all those petals, their aroma suggests the undulating curves of the sun gliding on everything it touches. Put your wrist away, clear your nose with a few whiffs of fresh, clean air, wait a good hour. Now smell your wrist again.
What do you get? I get the dark side of the scent, past the sunset, when everything is still warmed by its recent presence but shadowed by the approach of the night.
Interestingly, at this stage of its development, a subtle almond note appears, not listed anywhere, mind you: I think this may just be the combination of the notes, sufficiently dried down, warmed all over again with the base notes. It is very slight, though, and melts itself into the softest leather, sueded from overuse, and contentedly purrs all over a bed strewn with vanilla, moss and amber.

The scent suggests many things for me but... Rumba is not one of them. I do love it, though.
Warning: overapply this one and you will regret it, lol. This one is meant to be dabbed on with a Q-Tip or walked through after a quick spray in the air.

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