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Vent Vert (original) (1947)
by Pierre Balmain


Vent Vert (original) information

Year of Launch1947
Average Rating
(based on 65 votes)

People and companies

HousePierre Balmain
PerfumerGermaine Cellier
Parent CompanySelective Beauty
Parent Company at launchRevlon Inc

About Vent Vert (original)

Vent Vert (original) is a feminine perfume by Pierre Balmain. The scent was launched in 1947 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Germaine Cellier

Vent Vert (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Vent Vert (original)

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The vintage perfume:
The intriguing opening is green indeed, with a slightly damp undertone, like meadows in the morning mist, wallowing in the fragrance of wet gardenias. There is also a nice galbanum twist present at this stage.

Hen, after the first hour, it suddenly collapses on my skin, causing considerable disappointment; but fear not: after a while it re-emerges, now dominated by floral notes, mainly lily-of-the-valley, rose, freesias and a lovely ylang-ylang.

The base deepens and darkens it a bit, with a gorgeous soft oakmoss mixing beautifully with Amber and a nice styrax note. Here in the base a honeyed waxiness is an overarching theme, which at the ends sees hints of a dark musk added without any civety sharpness in evidence.

The sillage is moderate, the projection good and the longevity is truly outstanding at eleven hours.

The vintage EdT is a touch greener overall, and the base is a touch lighter and brighter; it lasts nine hours on me.

Both are marvelous: beautifully blended, composed of ingredients of the highest quality, very well structured and great scents indeed. 4/5
13th September, 2015

Close your ayes and imagine Once the sun becomes warm enough,walk along the stone patch, through the gate,under the trellies.sit on the marble bench.feel the cool grass under your feet,the warm rays on your back.ok,now open your eyes and Experience this fantasy with VENT VERT.a harmonious composition,not heavy at beautifully blends notes of floral, juicy fruit,refreshing brigh citrus and summer grasses. Classic,Generous,Feminine,Summery,Elegant, Tender and Strong at the same time.

The top notes is an invigorating,stimulating juicy of delicious fruity and the wonderful freshness aroma of green immediately transports you into fresh fields of blue.the luminous flower heart is hand picked in jasmine,rose,lily and violet,adding a note of subtlety and elegance to the fragrance.woody notes with a hint of amber,musk and iris,the base notes adds character to the scent of VEN VERT.a very good GREEN fragrance for a cheerful character.


Longevity?Above average on my skin.

12th July, 2015
Vent Vert (Green Wind) introduced strong green notes into its floral mix. "Now flowers came with their foliage" notes Roja Dove.

Turin describes its "bitter green-galbanum" opening, making way for "the most beautiful golden rose-jasmine accord…fading to a powdery dry down." The original consisted of "upward of eleven hundred components."

Barbara Herman calls it "savage, fierce and raw,"…"with its scent of freshly picked flowers, a green soapy rose, and bent stems with crushed herbs mixed in for spiciness."

For me, it was a dry rose floral mix, a weaker version of Lalique's rose/pepper chypre, Perles. Interesting, but not outstanding.

Top notes: Galbanum, Gardenia, Peach, Neroli, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot
Heart notes: Rose, Muguet, Hyacinth, Orris, Jasmine, Freesia, Ylang, Violet, Targetes
Base notes: Oakmoss, Vetiver, Styrax, Musk, Sandalwood, Sage, Iris, Amber

20th October, 2014
Vintage Vent Vert (Green Wind in English) by Balmain might be a perfect fragrance. This green juice is everything is aspires to be, a cold Spring breeze with the scent of new growth and moss and early flowers. It is in the family of Chanel No.19, without the hard green bite, or leather, or a lighter Untitled by Margiela Martin without the incense. If you are a green fragrance lover, I can not see you not loving this one. Turn this review green with my green thumbs up!
20th April, 2012
Leonard Bernstein once said about Beethoven's music that it had "shocking rightness", and I can't think of a better description of Vent Vert. Real VV (peace be to Calice Becker, but there is only one) is a stunningly accomplished, gorgeous composition that blows in from Someplace Else and just knocks you on your ass, a world-class beauty with a wild green outsider soul. It is my favorite perfume of all time.
01st December, 2011 (last edited: 14th November, 2014)
vent vert was my first scent when i was a teenager - other than 4711, which i never thought of in the same way - it was something you could wash your hair with if you needed to -

vent vert extrait came to me in an ounce bottle that was contraband, having been unlawfully imported into the country by the crew of one of Hapag-Lloyd's ships at the begining of the 60s. of course this added to the glamour, as did the fact that nobody - nobody - else had anything remotely like it (it was not available in the country at that time). it had a greeny-golden viscous nature that reminded everyone immediately of absinthe, and like absinthe there was a core of sweetness inside the various bitter and green and resiny odours.

yes, it was very fresh and cold. like spring, which lasts about a day and a half here, cold and wet but with the burgeoning green scent of the natural world growing beyond our control - and then the sun comes out and all the whiffs and teasing trails of flower just glitter in the light.

i miss it.
17th May, 2011

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