PARIS IN THE SPRINGTIME

by Marisa Marcantonio


Spring is here, and along with it comes thoughts of flowers, and the need for a new fragrance. With a blown glass faceted bottle and antique looking crackled bottle stopper, the new high design Balenciaga Perfume ad caught my eye. An hourglass, urn and green shoots from a spring bloom are stylishly arranged and the bottle sits center stage as though it were an antiquity that emerged from the past.
Courtesy of Balenciaga
I am a pushover when it comes to beautiful bottles filled with floral scents. With the avant garde yet feminine Nicolas Ghesquière taking the legendary French fashion house forward, his new Balenciaga scent expresses that je ne sais quoi French women possess. It’s the brand’s first major launch since Cristobal in 1998, and a beautiful, ethereal one. With violet as the major note the combination is natural, green, and fresh. The other notes are bergamot, spices, pepper, carnation, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, and labdanum. Created by famed perfumer Olivier Polge, it is interesting and mysterious, and the glass vessel is sure to grab the spotlight on your vanity.