[ Perfume ] : BALMAIN Ivoire edp

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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, Ylang-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 right now.



First Impression:
My first impression when I first sniffed the sample at the event was: "powdery". Which then quickly turns into a very elegant fruity floral scent with hints of citrusy notes. 

Then I tried spraying it again at home, and it is definitely a very classic-feminine type of scent. It's not an "old-lady" kind of scent, but more like "sophisticated Parisian lady" type of scent, if you know what I mean ;p

A mature type of fragrance with powdery notes that would gradually turns into a softer and delicate white floral scent. This might not be suitable for teenagers or younger generation, but if you're 20 + and up you can definitely try this one especially for a special night out with your loved one, or for special occasions.

It has moderate sillage and you can put several layers or several sprays of this perfume to achieve a stronger scent if you like. But if you prefer a lighter and more subtle scent then you can just wear this perfume 2-3 sprays only, just to get that elegant floral-fruity scent that does not overpower.

Overall, it's a classic-feminine scent with powdery top notes and delicate white floral tones imbued with sweet fruitiness. It might come off a little bit on the strong side at first spray but then it'll gradually subsides into more delicate scent that will linger on your skin. After a few hours it will dry down into a sweet fruity scent that feels elegant yet luxurious. You can wear this as you like, whether you like it subdued or more 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 to really works well with my body chemistry and many people think that I smell nice whenever I wear this perfume ;)

I usually wear 2 - 3 sprays of this perfume 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 and hours. I wore it in the afternoon and the scent still lingers on me when I'm about to get to sleep at midnight and I can even smell the trail 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 pretty 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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