Category: Balmain

Balmain Vent Vert, 1991

    (image wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com) Original, 1947 by perfumer Germaine Cellier.  1991 by perfumer Calice Becker I can understand why the classic green floral seems dated to some.  The grassy green floral is the product of an era. Each decade, the 50s, the 60s, the 70s had its own take on the genre, yet they are remarkably of a piece.  I…

digging (into) vintage: Balmain Miss Balmain, 1967

(Image, model Helen Williams from 1960s Greyhound Bus advertisement.) Balmain Miss Balmain, 1967.  Perfumer Germaine Cellier Miss B’s charm comes from a slapdash but effective composition.  It conveys an honestly straightforward approach, and the result is a charming perfume with character. Forget any discussions of buttery Italian leather, sophisticated Russian leather, discrete French glove leather.  Miss B is stiff coat…

Balmain de Balmain, 1998

(image Laverne Cox) Perfumer Antoine de Maisondieu Balmain de Balmain is best viewed as a part of the Balmain lineage rather than as a part of the trends of its time, the late 90s-early 00s.  Perfumery and its audience were still wrestling with the extremes, unable to find a balance.  The 80s power fragrances, notoriously large and tiresome, took ethylmaltol…

Balmain Ambre Gris, 2008

Perfumer Guillame Flavigny In its favor, Ambre Gris tells you all about itself up front. It’s plainspoken, there are no surprises and it doesn’t take much concentration. Against it, Ambre Gris has the feel not so much of synthetic perfumery as fake food. It’s a twinkie instead of shortcake. It’s margarine and cornstarch syrup on your pancakes. That said, I…