Ambre Gris

At first it seems Ambre Gris is a heady, if exceptionally well blended scent (Pierre Balmain 2008) but it stealthily and quietly demures into a self-possessed serenity…  The pink pepper is grand and flanked by benzoin, myrrh, luscious florals, and a brilliantly certain but subtle guaiac wood…  It’s sweet, warm, almost salty, earthy and yet…

Ivoire De Balmain

A gorgeous, green aldehydic opening in Ivoire De Balmain (Balmain 1980) is romantic, passionate and exotic.  Soon afterwards, a spicy floral, raindrop kissed scent emerges that is earthy but refined.  This fragrance is a great example of a paradox – it screams “natural” while hinting at something extremely civilised and urbane.  It’s not a fragrance…

Miss Balmain

Vintage Miss Balmain by Balmain (Balmain 1967) opens with a smoky shock of green aldehydes.  Then it drifts into a fizzy semi sweet bouquet of flowers.  It’s very fresh, powdery, green, floral, bright and glamorous in an Audrey Hepburn wearing late 60’s Paco Rabanne sort of way.  It bounces off of the skin and glitters…

Vent Vert

Vent Vert by Pierre Balmain (Pierre Balmain 1947) is a luxuriously crisp, bright, green masterpiece.  This is a classic, 1940’s floral with spices, citrus, and fruit notes.  It breezes on the skin with a light, but far short of cloying, sweetness.  It’s effervescent and stunning. The florals (jasmine, freesia, orange blossom, neroli, violet, hiacynth, marigold,…

Jolie Madame

I’ve decided to post on Mondays now.  I realized that I want to post more, and Mondays just seem like the best day to do so.  So, now I’ll be posting Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – Sunday will be my “weekend” post. I tried a bottle of vintage Pierre Balmain, Jolie Madame and it’s…