Thursday, January 26, 2006
REVIEW: Balmya de Balmain
Notes: top notes of bergamot, passionfruit, and pink bays; middle notes are angelica seed, coffee flower, iris, and violet leaves; base notes are orchid, white sandalwood, vanilla, capuccino note and cashmere wood.
Pros: Excellent iris note that becomes more prominent as the scent develops, probably good for either gender and any climate.
Cons: The inital burst is a bit fruity, beware...the opening reminds me of Escada's Tropical Punch. Wish the bottle was a bit more "unisex".
Bottleworthy? Absolutely! This will be great in the warmer weather when I want something that is going to last on my skin!
Where can I buy it? 50ml EDT spray, $21.99 ImaginationPerfumery.com
The bottom line: A sparkling and unusual (passionfruit) fruity oriental with some surprising wood and iris notes as the scent progresses. Though coffee tree flower and a capuccino note are employed, this is definitely NOT Balstarbucks. Not the typical fruity floral of the last 5 years, imagine a lighter, fruitier version of Cacharel's Gloria.
Rating (out of 10): 7
Can you name some other scents that use passionfruit as a note?