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

    Miss Balmain was my first real perfume love when I was 15.
    I wore all the time. And then suddenly I got a new bottle for my birthday and the love was over. I tried to wear it but I disliked it.
    Now I know about reformulations I think that is what must have happened.
    I am now looking for a vintage bottle!

    I also love Jolie Madame and Ivoire.
    I've got a big tester of Ivoire but it doesn't spray... I will ahve to get another bottle and break the seal and decant it.

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    Unfortunately I've only tried one Balmain fragrances; Ambre Gris - on my skin it's a warm, sweet oriental that's quite a staple for me through autumn and winter.
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    Ok i Tried only three Pierre Balmains that is

    Ivoire de Balmain by Pierre Balmain
    Jolie Madame by Pierre Balmain &
    Miss Balmain by Pierre Balmain

    and out of the three i whould choose

    Ivoire de Balmain because it's not as cloying and relies less on that god awful mixture of Coconut and Leather
    like a the two previous Balmains i have especially The Miss Balmain Ivoire is sweeter and has an Glamor out of
    the other two a 1940's aura like Bette Davis from now voyager from the famous scene when she steps off
    the cruise with her white hat almost covering her left eye so chic so priceless.

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    Vent Vert has been 'my' fragrance for more than 40 years - and I still 'see' springtime every time!
    Ivoire is my second favorite, followed by Balmain de Balmain, La Mome, BalMan, Miss Balmain.....never met a Balmain I didn't like, the same as knit at nite!

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    The original versions of both 'Jolie Madame' & 'Miss Balmain', I wore Miss B back in the late seventies and early eighties when it had substance. A deep & dark chypre, lots of moss, musk & leather with sillage than went on forever and demanded of all close enough to ask what perfume you were wearing, the newer formula is a pale thin juice compared to the original. Jolie Madame was possibly Germaine Cellier's best creation although everything she did was fantastic, a legend to be sure, my other fave of hers is 'La Fuite des Heures' for Balenciaga.
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    The only one I know well enough to comment on is Cellier's Vent Vert, but it is my number-one, alltime favorite perfume, and an absolute masterpiece. It breaks my heart that the real thing can't be made anymore, for there's truly no substitute for a great and singular work of art. I respect Calice Becker greatly, and like her work, but you can't "update" the likes of a Van Gogh, and shouldn't try, especially if you can't get his paints anymore.

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    I keep meaning to test this house...I've never smelled any of them. For some reason, I keep meaning to try Vent Vert because I love the ads for it. Would it make a good blind buy? It is similar to Chanel No. 19? What is the safest from this house?

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    Fleurine, I've not met a Balmain I didn't like yet. I don't think you can go amiss with any of them! Vent Vert has had several reformulations, so I'm never sure if there is a "right one" to get. It is very Green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleurine View Post
    I keep meaning to test this house...I've never smelled any of them. For some reason, I keep meaning to try Vent Vert because I love the ads for it. Would it make a good blind buy? It is similar to Chanel No. 19? What is the safest from this house?
    Fleurine, I don't think of VV as anything like Chanel 19. It's a strictly green green chypre. No aldehydes, no leather. However, it's funny you might mention this house as Ivoire is the most similar fragrance to Chanel 19 out there; in fact, I prefer it; in fact, it's still pretty easy to find.

    My other top Balmain is Miss. So leather and smoky, and I keep saying this, but one of the best reformulations in the whole chypre world.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleurine View Post
    I keep meaning to test this house...I've never smelled any of them. For some reason, I keep meaning to try Vent Vert because I love the ads for it. Would it make a good blind buy? It is similar to Chanel No. 19? What is the safest from this house?
    I don't think "safe" is really the Balmain approach. So if you like green frags at all, why not get your feet wet good and proper, and try some vintage Vent Vert (not the present-day stuff)? You can find it on eBay; look for "vintage" in the header.

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    OK, I'm officially stalking Vintage Vent Vert (VVV). The others I am attracted to because of the name only are Balmain de Balmain and Miss Balmain...which is the better of these two. I already have Miss Dior, Mitsouko and Diorella, are these similar?

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    Miss Balmain is lovely but only if you can find the vintage. Balmain de Balmain was a bust for me. Weak nondescript aldehyde.
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    No.
    I love Balmain de Balmain, chypre like, quite unisex, very lovely fragrance. Miss Balmain is great in vintage but I never liked the reformulation. I also like (vintage) Jolie Madame, very cool violet, very unusual. Most people I had smell it didn't like it, but then it is in complete juxtaposition to all modern pink übersweet fruity/florals, so mayb e it's just because it was not what they expected when I said; ''Do you want to smell a really good perfume?''.
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    Oh really Kumquat? I do find I keep sniffing my wrist and really loving it when I put on Balmain de Balmain. I have the perfume.
    As in pure perfume, not EdP.
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    Perfume might be good. My vintage bottle of EDT was flat.
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    Would you like a sample? Pm me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrouFrou View Post
    Would you like a sample? Pm me.
    Thanks a million. That's what I like about this place!
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    Do you know which of the VVV is the best, parfum or EdT? TIA>>>

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

    Fleurine - they are both fantastic, provided you're referring to the original surreally green blast of galbanum wonder created by Germaine Cellier in '47. The parfum is a bit easier to find, but it's usually in very small bottles. If you run across the edt or spray mist anywhere I'd recommend snapping it up pronto! It'll be in a cylindrical bottle with gold shoulders and a round, white cap. A pristine bottle should have a green bow, too.

    Some people don't mind the incarnation with the windblown grassy cap - this is the one that was reorchestrated by Calice Becker in the 90s and it's the most common version. The one to absolutely avoid has a green, cylindrical cap with white polka dots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Fleurine - The {VV} to absolutely avoid has a green, cylindrical cap with white polka dots.
    Y'know, it' s funny--Seems like no one really wants to talk about that one in any detail; it just gets briefly mentioned as. . . .well. . . .unmentionable. The well-known rude punchbowl additive. Who built it, anyone know? And what's it actually like?

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    I have the VVV with the green bow around the neck and cream cap with the green B and cream and brown label, it is deep and peppery and wonderful. My all time Balmain fave though is Ivoire and I wear that as a daily perfume and have a large back up stash. La Mome is very lovely too.

    I don't know the smell of the polka dot one yet.
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    I would really like to try La Mome.....
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    I'm working on finding my bottle of VVV. Spring is becoming my favorite season, and it never was before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrouFrou View Post
    I would really like to try La Mome.....
    And you can. I have your addy....xx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleurine View Post
    I'm working on finding my bottle of VVV. Spring is becoming my favorite season, and it never was before...
    You can have first dibs if you like. Is this the oldest one?

    Last edited by mumsy; 2nd December 2011 at 06:13 PM.
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    Thanks so much! I bid on one a moment before you posted this.... And it is a complete blind buy...so we'll see what happens..I also just picked up a 100ml of our friend Ms. Chanel No. 19 this morning. I'm seriously going green. Can't wait to see what treasures you might be liberating, Balmain or otherwise...

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    I want it if Fleurine doesn't want it!!!
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    I love those old Balmain bottles. Probably mainly because I was so in love with Miss Balmain. Until they reformulated it
    Sniff!
    I kept thinking we brought the wrong fragrance. It was called Miss Balmain, but it looked different. At least now I know what happened. I even had a bottle of the perfume! I liked that even better. Ah, memories...
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    I really like my new bottle of VVV, I was expecting something very old ladyish, but it really isn't. There is that opening bite of galbanum but it wears pretty softly, actually. I got the 3oz spray mist.

    I won an ebay auction for Vent Vert as well as one for Margiela Martin Untitled and they are somewhat similar (the MM is louder) but both very good.

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    Good luck finding that Ebene, Hilaire. Even when it was in production, it was a very difficult frag to find! I loved it and made gifts of it to several guys who really wore it well. It was the very epitome of what a sexy gentlemen's fragrance should be. If it were a niche scent now it would be all the rage. Btw, I always enjoyed the Ivoire/Ebene theme that Balmain played on.

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