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Balmain de Balmain

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Balmain de Balmain, launched in 1998, is one of those perfumes that never got its due respect – a green chypre launched in the midst of a trend for big powerhouse spicy and fruity Orientals. Boring, old news, go away. Which is a shame, because now, of course, it’s been discontinued, but the fact remains that it is an absolutely outstanding fragrance for those who love, understand, and crave classic French scents.
Balmain de Balmain opens with a huge whip-cracking hit of bergamot and galbanum, mixed with pepper and black current. Galbanum is a bitter bitter green note – I see it as a stream of molten bright-green glass, shiny and translucent – but the bergamot gives it a citrus tartness, the black current a sweet tartness, and the pepper a wonderful dry spiciness. Soon joined by vetiver and oakmoss, the green gets greener, but when the earthy floral notes – iris and violet and hints of indolic jasmine - rise up in the heart, the green becomes a little sweeter, and also darker, earthy, and slightly dirty.
In the dry-down, creamy sandalwood and dark patchouli smooth out all the sharp edges and lighten the musty damp oakmoss-vetiver mix, bringing the notes into a soft harmonious accord that stays on the skin for hours and smells so faintly floral and so deliciously green. This is a scent that, for me, hits all the right olfactory triggers, more savoury than sweet but with warmth at the end, and makes me feel elegant, feminine, and powerful.
I think Balmain de Balmain can easily be worn by men, because the florals are so subdued. The story is truly green, sleek, smooth and elegant like the classic designs of Pierre Balmain. Balmain de Balmain is still available on-line, and it is fairly inexpensive. A word to the wise - buy some now before it disappears completely.
Notes: bergamot, galbanum, black pepper, blackcurrant, jasmine, violet, rose, and orris, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, vetiver. 
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Antoine MaisonDieu 

Price: $5.00