A horrid mess! A light, aquatic, non-descript breeze floating over a skanky vetiver and dark musky swamp.
Mind you, I love vetiver, but it is badly used here. It smells cheap and ugly. I glad I only paid a few dollars for a sample vial.
What could one expect of a scent that uses the Balenciaga name only to fool consumers into thinking it's quality.
This smells like it was thrown together in someone's garage between pizza slices.
Greener than Paris
This flanker is quite different that the plain Paris version released the one year earlier. It is less floral and without the peppery hint. This one has still the violet opening, a bit stronger, fresher with a green touch. Similarly unexciting though, but with better projection and four hours of longevity. Not this great house's greatest moment.
Pros: Greener than Paris
A lovely compelling fresh green fragrance. Evocative/ distinctive/ unique/ endearing composition that highlights violet and violet stems and rooty medicinal aspect of vetiver.
This can be worn equally well by a man.
The two previous reviews sum up the conundrum of this fragrance. I find it very soft and velvety and fresh, feminine in a modern way, but not frilly.
Alas, my husband thought it came on really strong (I had just applied it, however) and was "harsh". Not a word I would have ever thought to apply to this fragrance!!
So, I guess you need to try it yourself...
Fragrantica lists the main accords for this scent as "ozonic, watery, green". If I'd seen that list beforehand, I wouldn't have bothered testing L'Essence - usually I can't abide anything ozonic/aquatic/watery.
But I like L'Essence (EDP) very much! Yes, there's a cooling, slightly cucumbery aspect to this scent - but it doesn't seem to feature the obnoxious aromachemical Calone.
Is it a green scent? Not in the sense that it contains galbanum (it's no Vent Vert!), but yes it's definitely got the green of violet leaves. The vetiver and 'forest notes' are comparatively subtle.
L'Essence should be equally lovely on men or women: it's got a clean, 'modern', vibe - perfect on a summer's evening. It doesn't develop much with time, just fades away discreetly.
Having said all that, I personally prefer the original Balenciaga Paris for its emphasis on violet's lovely flowers.