Miss Balmain just checked in to Quarry's Home for Girls (girls' fragrances, that is). She's going to be sharing a shelf with Cabochard, and just one of them will have her contract renewed (and become FBW)--they are so similar, only one can be the Star Leather Chypre. (Jolie Madame is too timid to enter the competition. Bandit didn't make the cut. Daim Blond is off sulking somewhere. Dzing! is already co-starring as a featured leather player.)
Miss Balmain--gardenia, thujone, coriander, fresh citrus note, aldehydes, jasmine, lily of the valley, narcissus, orris, carnation, rose, daffodil, patchouli, castoreum, leather, vetiver, amber, oakmoss.
Grès Cabochard--bergamot, mandarin, aldehydes, galbanum, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, clove buds, oakmoss, tobacco, musk, iris, sandalwood, vetiver, leather, castoreum, patchouli and labdanum.
Adding to the drama, MB has been discontinued, whereas a Cab is easy to find. Mmmm, the sillage, the floral, the leather. This is going to be grueling work, choosing the best of the best, but somebody's got to do it. The thing that may tip the scales is the spicey notes. If one becomes more obviously spicey (Ms. Cabochard, I see that clove note!), she'll be sent packing.
Obviously, I'm enjoying my first moments with my 1/3 oz. decant of Miss Balmain purchased from ebay seller honeysucklehollow. Just $8.50 + $1.13 S&H. Very good deal! Especially since the seller bumped up the quantity from 1/6 oz. as a bonus.
If you've got opinions/thoughts/stories about these frags, please share. Thanks!