[PERFUME] Review: BALMAIN Ivoire

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If you read my previous post about the Ivoire Balmain media release event that I attended a while ago, you probably remember that I promised a full review of the perfume. Well now here is the full review about the Ivoire Balmain.

To remind you, Ivoire Balmain is the newly re-launched and re-introduced perfume from the house of Balmain. This perfume was the last perfume created by Pierre Balmain himself before he passed away, and it is being re-introduced with updated scents that still keep its originality but with a little touch of modernity.

Scent & Packaging:
This is an Eau de Parfum, and the scent is slightly updated compared to its predecessor. The new version of Ivoire has an overall classic and feminine scent with fruity floral notes and powdery base.
Top Notes:
Mandarin Essence, Orange Essence, Violet Leaves
Heart Notes:
Galbanum, Yalng-Ylang Essence, Jasmine, Rose Pepper, Vanilla
Base Notes:
Patchouli Essence, Vetiver Essence, Cedarwood 

The bottle itself is a classic glass bottle with transparent body, just like the original bottle. This type of bottle is very typical of the classic style perfumes. I already love the classic appearance of the bottle that looks elegant and sophisticated, it looks pretty sitting on top of my vanity now.

First Impression:
My first impression when I first sniffed the sample at the event was: "powdery" which then turns into a very elegant fruity floral scent with woody base notes. 

But when I tried it again at home it turned into a very classic feminine type of scent, not the "old-lady" scent but more like "sophisticated Parisian lady" type of scent, if you know what I mean ;p

I found out that this perfume could be layered depending on your preference and needs. If you want to wear it at night when you want a stronger scent, then you can put several layers / sprays of this perfume to achieve a strong scent with powdery floral notes on the surface that would gradually turns into a softer scent with woody notes. But if you prefer a lighter and more subtle scent then you can just spray this perfume a couple of times to get that elegant floral scent that does not overpower.

Overall, it's a classic feminine scent which can be layered on, so you can wear it as you like, whether you like it subdued, or you like it to be well-defined.

My Take:
After trying it for a few days, this perfume seems to really goes well with my body chemistry. Believe me, there are perfumes that does not work with my body chemistry but works well with others. But this one seems great for me as it really works well with mine and many people think that I smells nice whenever I wear this perfume ;)

I like to wear it in light layers so that I can bring the soft trail of classic floral scent with me everywhere I go. The durability of the scent is quite everlasting too. On me, the scent stays for hours. I wore it in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day inside a room, and the scent still lingers on me when I'm about to get to sleep at midnight. I can even smell the trails of scent the next morning! 

So I gave this perfume a thumbs-up for that. Remember, that perfume works differently on different people so this is only based on my experience.

What did the guys say?
So this perfume ranks high on the boys department. Amongst all the perfumes on my vanity, my husband picked this one as his favorite because the scent reminds him of a feminine / elegant lady, just what a lady should smells like ;)

So this is a date-approved perfume especially if you're in your late twenties or beyond, or simply for mature women, a modern woman who already knows what she likes and wants, and is independent, and appreciate the beauty of heritage.

This Ivoire Balmain Eau de Parfum is available in big department stores with retail prices of:
IDR  920,000 for 50ml
IDR  1,340,000 for 100ml

So how about you? Do you like a feminine scent or a classic floral scent? Or have you tried or sniff this Balmain Ivoire before? What do you think of it?

Hugs & Kisses,

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