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    Question Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    I have come to appreciate Balmain fragrances, which seem, in general, to be under appreciated. I wonder what two fragrances of the Balmain line you most enjoy and why? Allow me to begin by saying that my two favorites are the Calice Becker version of Vent Vert, especially nice in summer and Ambre Gris, which I fell for at first sniff.

    I fell for Vent Vert because of it's green, grassy, lighthearted appeal and Ambre Gris because of it's slightly gourmand and very pleasant, slightly sweet nature. Tuberose and Iris are components too good to miss.
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    Well the only one I love and own is Jolie Madam. This was first bought for me as a gift way back in the 1980s and I just loved it.
    The weird leather almost raw tanner's yard opening becomes this sweet little old lady violet in the middle. The two meet and make mad passionate love to create the most fabulous leather chypre.
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    Ivoire then, Jolie Madame with Vent Vert a close third. I only recommend vintage for this house.
    Ivoire is a fascinating dark green chypre. My first bottle was a blind buy but at $15 how could I miss?
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    Ivoire and Vent Vert!I love green chypres
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    I don't own any of them (well, I do but they're samples and decants), but of the ones I've tried...Vent Vert, Ivoire, Miss Balmain, Ambre Gris, Jolie Madame...my favorite is Jolie Madame for its floral greenery and ladylike kid glove leather. It's on my wish list.

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    1. Balmain de Balmian - one of my favorite peppery rose scents on earth!
    2. Ivoire - The most sophisticated Balmain, and I cannot resist galbanum chypres

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    I only need to mention one-Ivoire!I have just loved that sharp metallic green blast of an opening ever since I was a child,and I knew I would one day wear it myself.As Hillaire stated,it is quite sophisticated so it may be an acquired taste for some,but wear it awhile and you'll realize that though it's complex,it's also very simply pretty.
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    I can't wear it--just doesn't work on me-- but I appreciate from afar Ivoire.

    I love to wear Ambre Gris Smells nothing like ambergris, and not a big , fat amber wither. A spciy, yet gentle, classic amber-based blend. This family ("orientales") is one I wear easily, especially when they have little or no vanilla (√) and are not too floral and powdery (√).

    Must try Balmain by Balmain--I love a peppery rose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    Must try Balmain by Balmain--I love a peppery rose.
    Me, too. That sounds like one I will try sometime in the future.

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    I love Jolie Madame most, and enjoy Vent Vert too. I have them in current and vintage, and enjoy both. Madame and Vert both bloom in the humidity, and to me feel juicy, fresh and green. (along with Ma Griffe by Carven, they are my retro green team.) I am trying to like Ivoire, but without success so far. Looking forward to trying Ambre Gris and Balmain by Balmain!)

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    I have a mini of vintage Vent Vert that ought to be in a museum, it's so lovely. I just sniff it in homage. Vintage JM is grand, modern is a wearable spring scent. Ivoire is great for the office.

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    1) Balmain de Balmain -- green and fruity in the beginning, opulent and rosey in the drydown. One of the few that appeal to me on an emotional level and I do not want to ever be without.

    2) Jolie Madame -- rubber violets. Not a love at first sniff, but so attractive.

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    Ivoire is my number one - creamy, elegant and very French.
    Jolie Madame is my second choice - love the leather/violet combo.
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    This is difficult - I have a lot of memories attached to Ivoire so I feel almost obligated to choose it (and I do love it!) but my two favorites really are -

    Vent Vert, Germaine Cellier's 1947 surreally green masterpiece. This also has nostalgic value since it was a gift from a favorite aunt more than twenty-five years ago, and one of the first bottles of pure perfume (other than minis) that I ever owned. There's just nothing in the world quite like it.

    Miss Balmain one of the most fetching mossy leathers I know, and the more feminine and girly (and just plain pretty) cousin of vintage Cabochard. I've been wearing this one for a while too, but I've only lately come to really appreciate and love it - it wouldn't have made the cut a year ago.

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    I am changing my vote; I am picking for my top two, Balmain de Balmain and Ebene, the discontinued men's scent from the eighties.
    I forgot about it, but it's simply classic: a clean, bright lavender fougere, which suits both genders... a little like C&S 88, actually. But more 'old school'.

    I am hunting it down in earnest, btw. All I have is a small decant.

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    For me, Jolie Madame followed by Balmain de Balmain.

    The Jolie Madame is a wonderful floral/violet leather, and the Balmain is a much fresher citrus with subtle leather.

    I hear Le Dandy Arsene Lupin will be a violet leather.
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    somehow missed this thread...
    haven't experienced everything from the house, but so far I have not yet met a Balmain I didn't like. In order of wearings:
    1. La Mome - rich, rose and myrrh
    2. Balmain de Balmain
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    1. Ivoire: wonderful soapy chypre

    2. Monsieur Balmain (original): fresh elegant lemony ashtray

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    I have a mini of Ivorie edt and love it (and want full bottles/other concentrations) .I haven't yet but I do intend to try any and every other Balmain that I can get my hands on.

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    I highly rate Balmains, and have many favourites from among their offerings.

    But if I had to plump for two, it would undoubtedly be Cellier's stupendous Vent Vert (extrait, please!) and Jolie Madame (genteel dominatrix). I love the controlled restraint of a Balmain frag.
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    Vent Vert: the vintage stuff (extrait) I have may have been deluted. It doesn't last that long. The galbanum is quite bitter, and the rose/jasmine a bit faint. The most recent formulation (EdT) is bright, radiant and leaves a cosy flowerish trail.

    Jolie Madame: my vintage mini is weak, but it has a pleasent vibration between violet and leather.

    Monsieur Balmain: Citric with a woody drydown. A bit generic nowadays, similar to Etro Lemon Sorbet and I think a lot others too.

    Balmain de Balmain: a razor sharp green chypre with some fruity undercurrents in the start. Dries down sterotypicaly to mossy woody. Radiates quality and distinction, ladylike. What I personally like most about it is the lack of overt aldehydic notes. That redners it modern, but alas, I cant wear it.

    Madame Balmain: dry aldehydic, hence soapy, may work on a woman, but I didn't test it

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    Vintage Vent vert ..so beautiful with its galbanum

    Miss Balmain : youthful perfume gining smile ..

    Ebène ..discontinued ..but that was so sensual , probably one of the most sensual perfume for men

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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    My favorites are Ivoire a very creamy soapy floral and Jolie Madame a leather violet.

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    Another Ivoire lover here! I think it's the house's best scent, so amazing and complex and non-sweet.

    I like most of the others I've tried, too, except Balmain de Balmain. That one was too sharp for me.

    If I had to pick another favorite, it is probably Ambre Gris. I love the rich creaminess of this one.

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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    I also love Jolie Madame and Balmain de Balmain.

    My chemistry doesn't work with Ivoire, unfortunately. It smells beautiful when spritzed in the air, but on my skin...it was a little weird. :l

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    I adore Ivoire and really like Miss Balmain as well as Vent Vert
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    I only like one - Ambre Gris.
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    Ivoire de Balmain! So classy, "French", and has incredible longevity on my skin. A floral green that I can actually wear and love.

    Second would be Ambregris, although it's not my favorite amber, it is still unique and special. Who couldn't love that warm, fuzzy, creamy sensual scent on a crisp fall day?
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    Ivoire and Vent Vert- both versions of VV....

    Hillaire you make me want to track down Ebene! I've always wondered about it- the "brother" scent to Ivoire...
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    Default Re: Your Favorite Two Pierre Balmain Fragrances Are and Why?

    balmain has (or had) a pretty strong line, but i am madly in love with jolie madame and vent vert, both vintage parfum. both were created by the visionary germaine cellier and rank with the very best of the 20th century in my book.

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