As with the Jennifer Aniston perfume I reviewed recently, Paris also has a distinct element of violet, but it's not as stark as the Aniston offering. Instead it's tempered with a host of musky florals and a tiny hint of spicy pepper. It really is a delightful and unusual smell. I find the eau de parfum lasts beautifully and is suitable to wear day or evening.
The lovely people at Escentual.com sent me this perfume but when I contacted them to say I'd be blogging about it they told me the news: it has been discontinued! Balenciaga Paris is no more. If you think it sounds like a fragrance you might like I suggest you track down a bottle sooner rather than later. Prices are sure to inflate as stock depletes.
It's a shame that such an elegant, charming perfume isn't popular enough to survive in the current marketplace, while glorified 'celeb' body sprays sell by the gallon. The list of recent celeb launches reads like a who's who of nobodies the majority of us neither care about or aspire to imitate. 'Tease' by Paris Hilton anyone? She smells like wine, fags and bins! I guess there really is no accounting for taste.