I am new to this and just learning how to discern notes.What I can say is that I have received more compliments about this perfume than I can count. I love Chanel 22 and have worn it consistently, but was looking for something a little more playful for summer...I think I found it.
A bland water scent, whose only quality is that it is a bit less offensive than its stepchild, Paris L'Essence, which is made horrendous by the pronounced skanky vetiver base. That same base is here, but way in the background, leaving me with the impression that Paris is just a non-scent. The dry down is reminiscent of an empty plastic swimming pool out in the sun too long.
Balenciaga closed his shops in 1968 and died in 1972, so those scents which bear his name, such as this one, dating from beyond 1972/1973, may be considered unworthy of his name. There are only 7 classics, the remainder of the 25 scents bearing his name range from okay to awful.
Beware - check the dates and buy with caution, always sampling first.
Violet and wood
The violet opening note is pleasant and what I like most in this scent; it's restrained floral character. With a very mild peppery sidekick. On me the drydown offers nothing but a fairly and wood note. Poor silage and projection with, however, an all right longevity of three hours. Unobtrusive.
Vaguely violet-like and floral with sweet powdery undertones. Seems pretty quiet but projection is surprisingly good - my wife could smell it through the spicy fumes of a simmering pot of curry! The scent itself is pleasant enough to wear at least for 3-4 hours before its bare bones start to show. A pity really as Balenciaga PARIS has a good concept and the execution masterful. Unfortunately it is let down by inferior quality ingredients. It is so frustrating when you know this could have been amazing!
In a cynical world where friendship seldom goes deeper than Facebook trolling, superficial floral chypres done on the cheap are probably what many of us deserve. Nobody listens to vinyl anymore, not when they've been raised on anemic diets of digitally compressed music. Balenciaga Paris is no different - just another soulless low fidelity fragrance marketed to the gullible masses. 'Superficiality' is IN.
Wish I'd never taken the red pill...
Old times scent. Beautiful from top to bottom. It fades after a short while and that is the reason for not giving it the best qualification