Get Gorgeous/ Fragrance
Kristin Booker • September 29, 2011

Obsession of the Day: Balenciaga Paris L’Essence Eau De Parfum

Balenciaga Paris L'Essence Eau De Parfum

As a beauty editor, I get the most excited about new fragrance launches. A change of the seasons calls for a change in the fragrance strategy, and thankfully this season has some real winners from which to select.

Take, for instance, my new fragrance obsession: Balenciaga’s newest fragrance, L’Essence. This, the company’s second, is inspired by the legendary jewelry of the storied fashion house and captures that idea perfectly, weaving a leathery violet base with shimmering notes that seem to sparkle like glittering gemstones when you spray it. The dry down is really luxurious and feminine, a jet-set fragrance that smells like a woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. To be quite frank, I love this fragrance because it smells – to be somewhat gauche – rich.

The notes are modern but luxe, with pretty top notes of violet leaves and pimento berries, then opening into a heart of leathery facets of labdanum (which is, for those who aren’t perfumers – a sticky oleoresin from certain shrubs that’s long been used in herbal medicine and perfumes – a lot of the really fine scents have it); and dries down to a base of cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver. Even with all that said, it’s not overpowering – the notes are perfectly balanced to settle quickly and last long. It’s the perfect mix of masculine strength and feminine fire and I really, REALLY encourage you to check it out.

Because part of the beauty of being a woman is that you can choose exactly who you want to be on any given day. On the days where you want to be a force to be reckoned with, this would be the fragrance to accompany that persona. Which, I hope for all of you, is every day. Go out there and take the world by the lapels and announce your presence…and be sure to leave this scent in your stead when you strut off to conquer whatever – or whoever – you see fit.

Balenciaga Paris L’Essence Eau De Parfum, available at fine department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman as well as Balenciaga boutiques worldwide

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