Sublime Balkiss 2008

Sublime Balkiss by The Different Company
Bottle Design Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Sublime Balkiss is a perfume by The Different Company for women and men and was released in 2008. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still available to purchase.
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Perfumer

Céline Ellena

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Egyptian violet leafEgyptian violet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesDamask roseDamask rose
LilacLilac
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
BlackcurrantBlackcurrant
Base Notes Base NotesHeatherHeather
Cocoa powderCocoa powder
PatchouliPatchouli

Ratings

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7.2144 Ratings

Longevity

6.7112 Ratings

Sillage

6.192 Ratings

Bottle

7.784 Ratings
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Top Review    14  
More delicious than all balm scents
That the Sabaeans were considered a rich people is not surprising: they traded in frankincense and myrrh; precious items worthy of a king, as the story of the newborn king in Bethlehem shows. Frankincense and myrrh, dissolved in oil, are in fact the most valuable substances of antiquity. Those who mastered the frankincense trade - and the Sabaeans succeeded in this great coup in the 7th century B.C. - could no longer complain about financial worries. The Sabaeans are based in what is now Yemen, and for thirty years archaeologists have been digging there for a palace that will prove not only the wealth of the Arab people but also their legendary queen: Malkat Šĕva in Hebrew, Makeda in Ethiopian, Bilkîs or Balkîs (which is again Hebrew) in Islamic tradition.

Balkîs is an extraordinary woman. So little is known about her - and yet she appears in so many writings: the Old Testament, the Qur'an, and Ethiopian legends. What is puzzling about her is that almost nowhere does she become identifiable by a name - only the Ethiopian scriptures refer to her specifically as "Makeda." All other names - and many have been attributed to her - are traditionally used, but are hardly historically verifiable, as is her never-found palace.
Her meeting with the famous King Solomon is also enigmatic: she comes to him with precious gifts, she asks him questions, complicated, treacherous riddles. And yet, if she really did meet him, she was not the Queen of Sheba. For the kingdom of Sheba did not exist, or at least: did not flourish, until two centuries after Solomon.

Now at first this is not surprising. Mixing historical figures, combining them, linking their deeds and thus providing them with a new chronology is a pattern we already know from the Nibelungenlied; it served the mostly oral memory of our ancestors to bring extraordinary characters and central human conflicts into a logical context and thus to preserve them in order to recognize behavioral patterns, conflict solutions, human failures and to transmit them to later generations. As little as Attila, Brunhild and Siegfried could have known each other, so little did Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. It is interesting, then, to see what stereotyped behaviors, what faults, what conspicuousness their fictional meeting was intended to illuminate.

Solomon is not only wise on his throne of ivory. And filthy rich. He is, above all, a womanizer. He is said to have had 700 wives and 300 concubines - this sheds significant light on Balkîs, the eponym of our perfume. She must have been beautiful, extraordinarily beautiful, beguilingly beautiful - and also very, very rich. It is to his court that she goes in the story of the Old Testament, in the First Book of Kings, to convince herself that Solomon is really the one whose picture is drawn in the tales. To do him the honor he deserves with her state visit, she brings gifts: Precious stones, gold and the precious balsamic oils of frankincense and myrrh. He did not need these gifts, for it is said in the First Book of Kings that his tableware was made entirely of gold. However, he was probably attracted by the beauty of her gift, and so he agreed to answer the questions that the queen asked him in order to test his intelligence. The question about water, which comes neither from heaven nor from earth and yet is able to quench every thirst, has been handed down from Islam. Correctly Solomon recognizes: it is the sweet sweat of the horse. He passes the test this intelligent woman puts him to. The lesson, then, is probably that two equals in rank and name, in money and property, cannot value each other until the spirit of the one inspires the other.

However, if Balkîs, the Queen of Sheba, is not the biblical woman whom Solomon met, then who was she? She was then probably queen, but not of Sheba; here then the Bible erred as it so often does. All roads to establish the identity of Solomon's intriguing visitor lead to Ethiopia: to Makeda, the fabled black queen. She may have known Solomon - Flavius Josephus, the Roman historian, can at least tell us that Solomon received an Ethiopian queen. She, too, was presumably wealthy. And probably very beautiful, too.

Makeda, Balkîs meets us as an enigma. As an enigmatic woman who fascinated equally the Hebrew, the Ethiopian and the Islamic cultures. When Céline Ellena characterizes her as "sublime," she hits on the impression that the Queen of Sheba creates in European, Oriental, and even American culture, which tried its hand at a big-screen epic with Gina Lollobrigida: she doesn't let anyone see her cards. She does not allow herself to be equated with other women. She doesn't let herself be dominated. She emancipates herself from the man's monopoly on power and intelligence and opposes him as his equal. At the same time, she makes use of the weapons that man does not have, and also uses her beauty sublimely: Double is better.

Sublime Balkiss is a fragrance that perfectly encapsulates this female character: it is utterly enigmatic. I don't know of a second scent that I find so difficult to categorize, and the countless, completely different statements prove this. It's a fragrance that starts out oddly round, velvety and fruity. The strange, the alien, lies in the violet leaf, which opens a dark depth whose hidden reason can only be guessed at. Present is the currant, but it is so interwoven with the individual flowers and these are so difficult to separate from each other that a fresh, minimally fruity, slightly green, tart scent emerges that is literally "niche". It doesn't compare to any other perfume I know, and it's obviously polarizing. You love it or you despise it - but do you even understand it? Isn't it much more mysterious than it seems at first glance? Feminine it is, and strong at the same time, with a convincing sillage and a fairly long longevity of about four hours. Although there are florals and fruit and even cocoa involved, it never courts foreign favors or uses sophisticated feminine tricks: it's not sexy. But mysterious. Not sweet. But feminine. Not flowery. But in depth, he's hiding something. It's confident. And the patchouli I so disliked gives its tart green note an earthiness that couldn't be more harmonious. It's a queen scent. If the Queen of Sheba aka Ethiopia, the enigmatic Balkîs, hadn't intrigued Solomon with this fragrance - she wouldn't have made it with any. Perhaps he dedicated these words from his Song of Songs to the beautiful Ethiopian and her balsamic-scented gifts:

"How beautiful is your love, / my sister bride; how much sweeter is your love than wine, / the fragrance of your ointments more delicious than all the perfumes of balm." (Hld 4:10)
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Kurai

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A moment of serenity
2ml Sample - Didn't know what fragrance to wear today, so I decided to give this one a try.

I'm a bit overwhelmed by a sense of serenity. This feels totally natural and pure. The leafy greens are watery and almost veggie-like. The berries are sour, unripe.

Listed as unisex but on the feminine side, which is fine with me. Nose-friendly en clearly of outstanding quality. A nice retreat in nature for today. I miss a bit of excitement, though. After today I don't think I'll wear it again.
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Sherapop

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Helpful Review    3  
Radiance Bomb
The Different Company SUBLIME BALKISS embodies the quality described by marketers and, hence, perfumistas as "radiance". This is a very, very "radiant" composition, which means, as jtd has astutely observed in one of his reviews, that it packs a big fat punch of iso-E-super. It's truly nose-clearingly strong in this case and makes the listed notes of the composition difficult to identify--aside from violet leaf, which is also in abundance.

I rather like this creation, despite my lack of enthusiasm for "radiance" in some other very popular fragrances, including Lalique ENCRE NOIRE and Hermès TERRE D'HERMES. I am confident that anyone who likes either or both of those compositions--or Escentric Molecules MOLECULE 01--would also like SUBLIME BALKISS.

Is this a chypre? In a word: no. I barely smell any patchouli, the only candidate for a chypre-qualifying note listed. To me, SUBLIME BALKISS is an aromatic radiance bomb strong enough to clear my sinuses. Since it has the same effect, albeit a slightly different scent, this creation reminds me, believe it or not, of those inhalants which people use when they are suffering from a cold so severe that they can hardly breathe.

Would I buy a bottle of this perfume? No, I would not. It may be that I am hypersensitive to the radiance-making components, which is why I smell hardly anything else. I'm guessing that the wide range of reviews of SUBLIME BALKISS, from love to total dismissal, has something to do with whether people are more or less sensitive to iso-E-super.
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Missk

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A pleasant trip to the past
Sublime Balkiss has brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy. I applied this to my wrist, and the moment I inhaled, I was transported back to when I was 13 and saying goodbye to the first boy I ever loved.

It was a strange occurrence that took a while for me to figure out. Back then I wore a deoderant called Moon Grass by a brand, Impulse. It broke my heart when they discontinued it because I no longer had a scent to remember him by. Seven years on, I've remembered him once again.

Sublime Balkiss is green and refreshing, with a subtle fizzyness. The berries are wonderful and very unique, as is the herbaceously green quality of the scent as it settles on the skin.

This is a somewhat odd fruity scent, almost alien in nature. I'm quite excited for Spring and Summer which will allow me to test this fragrance in a different environment.

While fruity, earthy and slightly floral, Sublime Balkiss gives me a clean sensation. A sense of purity and happiness.

As this fragrance dries down, lily of the valley and wet, earthy patchouli becomes more prominent. I unfortunately didn't sense the leather note that some reviewers have raved about previously.

I agree strongly with other reviewers who have stated, although "Sublime Balkiss is classified as a chypre - it is more of an aquatic floral". It indeed has a slight watery feel that is very obvious to my nose.

The lasting power and sillage are very good and I'm actually very impressed with Celine Ellena's brand and composition. I'm eager to test more from The Different Company in the future.

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