Ivoire by Balmain
“She’s definitely a Parisian, but one who moves around, who loves to travel and borrow fashion ideas from capitals around the world. A true woman, with a hint of masculinity, who tends to harbour a certain idea of nostalgia while remaining firmly focused on the present day.” – Olivier Rousteing
If there was ever a quote to describe me better, I haven’t found it. Well, OK, maybe expect the Parisian part. Nonetheless, Ivoire by Balmain is one scent that isn’t overly womanly or girly. It’s not floral or sweet but more musky and powdery. The mandarin and orange essences in the top notes are the most evident when first spritzed. The middle notes consist of galbanum, ylang essence, jasmine, rose and pepper; while vanilla essence brings out cedar wood and the rest of the components in the bottom notes to reveal a woody remnant. The sturdy bottle classically flaunts the pale gold perfume; Its pure lines exemplify Balmain’s philosophy of luxury and the couture heritage of the Balmain house.
The story behind Ivoire:
Created in 1979, Ivoire was the last signature fragrance developed by Pierre Balmain, founder of the Balmain brand. It was during one evening in Paris that he caught sight of a girl, draped in white silk, walking down the steps of l’Opéra with a broad-brimmed ivory hat perched on top. Mesmerised, he dedicated this fragrance to her.
The bottle sits perfectly on any girl’s dresser, bringing to mind the idea of glamour, class, femininity and rich ornamentation. It’s a timeless scent that grows on you and it’s not something that one can easily forget.
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* This product has been sent to me for my review. Like all my other reviews, everything stated here is objective and honest.