Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum Spray - Review



I recently received a deluxe sample of the Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum Spray.  I was hesitant at first because I was told, mistakenly that is smelled like patchouli. I'm not a fan of that scent.  Then when I looked up the notes and saw that this fragrance boasted notes of Amber and Vevtier  I almost gave it away without even spraying it.  But the promise of Rose....that is what drew me in.  I adore rose scents. I like delicate rose scents more than most, but any rose will do.  Upon sniffing this new Eau de Parfum (EdP) I realized that whatever mixture they had come up with to work in the Amber and Vevtier, they had done it in a way that was actually a punctuation to the rose without smothering it.  Does that make sense?  I personally adore the scent. It's stronger than most of my other fragrances and lasts quite a long time on me.  I think I might pick up the body lotion to wear with the fragrance too. 

The ad copy for this EdP reads:
"Florabotanica is the new fragrance from the botanical gardens of Balenciaga, inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous like many rare botanical flowers. A bewitching fragrance, this new scent twists Turkish rose with hemp and vetiver roots for an addictive trail."

Beautiful and Dangerous. Like a rose. It is beautiful but the thorns are dangerous.  Yes. This sounds like the making of a film noir detective movie.  Doesn't it?

I can see it now....


[Slow fade to black and white. Interior. Detective office with tendrils of cigarette smoke wafting in the air.  The time of day is late afternoon or early evening, but it is impossible to tell because of the pouring rain.  The streetlamp outside shines in through the blinds creating a zebra stripe pattern across the face of the lone private detective sitting in his chair.]


[He wears a crumpled grey suit and a thin black tie that has been loosened, and the top button of his unpressed white shirt is undone.  In his right hand he holds a tumbler of scotch, the cheap kind.  The kind that could remove the varnish from a piece of furniture.  In his other hand he holds a cigarette. It hovers over an ashtray full of crushed out butts.  The smoking cigarette has a long ash and it looks like it's just about to fall into the ashtray.  The detective flicks off the ash, raises the cigarette to his mouth and slowly inhales.  It's quiet except for the rain falling outside.  You can hear the crackling of dry tobacco and cigarette paper as he inhales on the cigarette.  The embers from the cigarette slightly illuminate his tired and weary face.
  

He removes the cigarette and a tiny cloud of smoke hovers in front of his mouth and then is quickly sucked in.  He exhales the smoke in a thin plume that wrestles with the fan blowing in the corner.  The smoke seems to take the form of a dragon then it slowly dissipates in the room.]

(Voice Over) The click of her heels on the hallway linoleum was a blessing and a curse at the same time.  A dame.  Dames are nothing but trouble.  The second I saw the doorknob turn and she walked into my office I knew she was trouble. Everything about her said 'trouble'. The way she walked with her impossibly high heels. 


The swing of her coat as she moved across the room.  The way her perfume battled with the stale smoke and rot gut scotch in my office.  She was nothing but bad news.  He hair was red, her legs were long and her pouty lips told me that nothing but lies were behind them.  She looked at me and her green eyes sparkled for a second from the street light outside.  Her perfume tho. That was the kicker.  It smelled dangerous. 

Like the sweet flowers I would buy for my mom on Mother's day. I got them some place cheap and they forgot to remove the thorns from the roses.  So as I'm handing over the flowers to my dear old ma, a thorn pricks her thumb and draws blood.  I know that this little incident has reminded her that I continue to be a pain even after childbirth.  I cringe at the sight of the blood and wait for the oncoming rant about how long she was in labor with me and how many doctors and nurses assisted in the delivery. Then it would be on to the "You were always a difficult baby" and the colic stories.  The very thought of reliving those stories with my dear old ma makes me dizzy. Then the room starts to spin. I realize the only thing in my belly is that rot gut scotch and a mint I chewed on before I delivered the flowers.  Thankfully my kiss ass brother is there too with a box of chocolates and while she is fawning over him, I slowly ease out of the room to the fire escape to smoke another cigarette. At least that's what this dame's perfume reminded me of.

Then again, it had that subtle amber scent and it began to bring back a memory of when I was in the Army in Morocco during the war.  I was on a three day pass finally getting some R & R after fighting the Nazis in the Deserts of Africa.  I had finally stuck it to Rommel and the Panzers that tried to drive down my buddies.  Now all I cared about was a good cuppa joe and a decent bed to sleep on.  Of course finding a good looking dame to spend time in that bed wouldn't have been half bad either.  The sweet and dusky amber of the incense in the cafe crept along the air currents as a little kid outside was selling roses to GIs that were on "dates" with some of the women about town.  


That's where that perfume took me back to. Morocco, sitting in a cafe while roses and amber mixed together with the scent of mint from the locals favorite tea and the hemp rope that the baskets were woven from holding the flowers.  It was all clear to me now.

Before she could get a word out to explain why such an attractive dame like herself had found her way to a flophouse of an office like mine, I asked,  
"What's that perfume you've got on lady?" 
The smooth porcelain skin on her forehead began to furrow as she  processed the oddball question I just asked.  I knew as soon as the words came out of my mouth it was a mistake to ask.  She responded with a quizzical look on her face as the words "Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum" rolled offer her tongue like she was some sort of aristocrat.  She then focused her eyes on me and my rot gut scotch and narrowed her expression.  She asked, 
"Do you have a dime for the pay phone?  My car broke down and I need to call the Auto Club to come pick me up."  
I thought of reaching into my pocket for a dime but that would mean either putting down my cigarette or my drink and I didn't want to do neither.  


I told her she could use my phone to call, and she did.  She thanked me for the use of the phone, spun on her heels and walked out of my office as quickly as she walked in.  The sillage from her perfume lingering after she left with the click click of her heels growing more faint as she walked down the hallway.  I pick of the receiver, hoping to have some sort of connection with the troubled dame that was just in my office and I can smell her perfume on the earpiece and handle.  I hold it near my face, drinking in the smell of mint and rose and amber as the disconnected phone alert signal blares in my ear.


[fade to black]

FIN

You can purchase Balenciaga Florabotanica Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4oz for $125 USD or 1.7oz  for $95USD at Neiman Marcus either online or by calling Kathy Shoreman at 571-533-4972. 



Does this sound like a floral fragrance you would enjoy?  What is your favorite fragrance right now?

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27 comments:

  1. I tested this yesterday and it seemed primarily rose and amber. I didn't get any violet or vetiver, more's the pity. It's phenomenally strong to the point of being quite socially offensive and doesn't wash off either. I think if you like Stella but are disturbed that people in the next town can't smell it on you, this would be perfect for you.

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    1. I didn't get violet but I did smell the mint at first spray, but when the fragrance dies down it's all about the amber. You're right. it is very strong. One spray should do it.

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  2. PinkSith, may I tell you, once again, in a totally non-creepy way, how much I love you? I also now need to track this down.

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    1. Please. tell me! Totally not creepy at all. I love me too! LOL. This is a must sniff before you purchase. Fragrances are so hard to describe for me.

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  3. It sounds like a really nice scent, bcuz I love rose scents too, but it also sounds like it would be too strong for my taste.

    Btw, when is your novel (from which this excerpt came from) coming out in bookstores? :)

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    1. I think it is fairly strong. I'm used to it by now, and only use one spray but for those that really prefer white florals, Florabotanica will feel like a punch in the face. It's strong.

      And thank you. No book as of yet. I don't have the attention span for it. That's why blogging is so much better for me. :-)

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  4. This sounds like a great perfume. I thoroughly enjoyed your story and definitely think you need to write a book!

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    1. Awww. Thanks! I'm glad you liked the story. It was my first time writing one of those types of narratives. Don't expect a book from me any time soon. See answer above as to why.

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  5. It sounds lovely! Wonder if it'll make its way to Japan.

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    1. Good question. I wonder. It's rather strong for the Asian markets, which seem to prefer the lighter florals. While rose is a very popular scent in Japan, I think this fragrance might seem too "Loud" by Japanese preferences, if you know what I mean.

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    2. Yeah, I know. It's kinda boring. At least we're getting a lot of niche brands here now (Le Labo, etc.), but a lot of the big designers don't seem to bother bringing their non fruity-floral releases here. Heck, Estee Lauder doesn't even sell their full fragrance lineup here, including Private Collection. I guess I should be happy that Chanel and Hermes at least provide their full lineup :)

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  6. i had zero desire to smell this until i read your post! thanks so much, i will definitely go and give this a whiff. you rock.

    ps i dont have dreadlocks anymore. and google wont let me change my id!

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    1. YAY!!! The power of Pink Sith Compels You! And even if you got rid of your locks I still think the name Dreadlocked Diva is cool! No need to add the PS. :-)

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  7. Loved you review on it. I really want to buy it but I won't be able to smell it before purchasing it. I don't like perfumes very much -I'm very picky-, but I love Carolina Herrera 212, 212 sexy and 212 vip. Do you think I'll like it? Thanks! Loved the story!

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    1. Yeah. I don't recommend buying a perfume unsniffed. I am not familiar with the other fragrances you listed so I can't be of much use comparing the two. Check out Lucky Scent to see if they have a sample you can purchase.

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  8. What an excellent story! Very evocative and makes me want to smell this new Balenciaga- though I am the opposite in that I love amber, patchouli, incense and have a limited tolerance for rose. Thanks for suggestion!

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    1. You might actually like this. No patchouli but not a dainty rose by any means.

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  9. we have a new Hitchcock and Balenciaga should buy your story for the commercial (who is gonna be the leading female: some fragile blonde or a sulky Lana del Rey-type?)

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    1. I'm thinking Lana Del Rey for sure. Thanks!

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  10. You continue to make my day! This post was fantastic.

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  11. Hmmm...this looks like a good perfume to try out. I usually prefer floral scents so I am kinda curious about it. I am going to get samples of it first and try it out.

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    1. Def sample first. Buying a fragrance unsniffed is always risky.

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  12. I searched a long time for the perfect new perfume, because I'm too picky about fragrances I wear. I ran into Balenciaga Florabotanica during my visit to London and immediately knew I have found it. The scent is not as strong as you might think. It's rosy floral, but fresh thanks to mint. It's a perfect everyday perfume and I love it. I really enjoyed your story. Kristen Stewart should read it before she had that awkward interview about Florabotanica...

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    1. :-) If only KStew had read the story. :-)

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  13. Ever think of pursuing a career in writing? Or maybe marketing? Seriously, it's a pretty good story for being a blog post about perfume. Love it!

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    1. Awww. *blushes* Thanks. It would be nice to have a job where I can be creative like this all the time.

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