Ultimately very musky, Balalaika (Lucien Lelong 1939) 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.
But Balalaika heats up as you wear it. This Lelong 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.