Lately, I've been going through an aromatic renaissance of sorts thanks to Balenciaga perfumes. The brand first caught my nose with the release of Balenciaga Florabotanica. After that fragrant first experience, I made a point to find out what other scents of theirs I've been missing out on. Luckily, I didn't have to look far; I happened to have samples of both Balenciaga Paris and Balenciaga L'Essence in my archive of sample sleeves! Today, I'll share my thoughts on Balenciaga L'Essence Eau de Parfum, a more intense and sophisticated evolution of Balenciaga Paris. Balenciaga L'Essence is bottled in a gorgeous glass flacon with a hematite cap, pyrite collar, and green gradation. The green and black coloring hints at a scent dominated by heavy green notes (think violet leaf and vetiver, as opposed to grass).
|Notes: patchouli, violet leaf, violet, green notes, sandalwood, cedar|
Balenciaga L'Essence is a light and grounded combination of violet leaf, vetiver, and sandalwood. There are no real 'top' notes; the fragrance starts off at mid range with earthy violet leaf and shy violet flower. There are subtle sweet vanilla-like notes that complement the violet felicitously, bringing to mind candied violets. The base is characterized by a green vetiver, along with soft wood notes. The woods are largely composed of creamy sandalwood, with just a hint of cedar crispness to tickle the nose. Over time, Balenciaga L'Essence becomes sweeter and more vanilla-like while maintaining its violet leaf and vetiver character. While the fragrance is base note heavy, it maintains a clean and light feeling due to a lack of smoky patchouli or animal musk notes.
Much like the brand's bohemian, yet structured bags, Balenciaga L'Essence perfume strikes a balance between earthy and clean. The combination of youthful violet leaf with vetiver and sandalwood has a straightforward elegance. I do detect L'Essence's resemblance to the original Balenciaga Paris through their shared notes; however the former is more grounded, while the latter is more floral and sweet. Overall, I've been enjoying Balenciaga L'Essence; it's a relaxing scent to wear when I'm not in a floral mood! Thanks for reading! Have you tried Balenciaga L'Essence Eau de Parfum or any other Balenciaga fragrances? Do you like vetiver or violet scents?