Ultimately very musky, Balalaika is also a violet and bold Gardenia scent. The florals are green, spicy and woody. Doughy vanilla is sweet then smoky. Rosewood is aromatic like an old rosewood trinket box. The fragrance heats up as you wear it. Balalaika starts as a traditional woody floral, although somewhat mysterious, musky and sugary, but then develops into a simmering, hot vintage fragrance. And the orange, like a pomander ball, is dry, almost overly ripe and of course… spicy.
Top notes: mandarin orange. Middle notes: violet, gardenia and palisander rosewood. Base notes: woody notes, vanilla and musk.