Balenciaga – B. Balenciaga

B. Balenciaga is an eau de parfum for women that has green, woody, and floral notes. It is unique from other perfumes designed for women because it has less feminine notes but is still light and soft. 

Alexander Wang, creative director of Balenciaga, says the company wanted to create something “never been done before.” Designed by Domitille Michalon Bertier, it was released in 2014.

Overview

  • Brand: Balenciaga
  • Fragrance: B. Balenciaga
  • Release: 2014
  • Gender: Women
  • Perfumer: Domitille Michalon Bertier

Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Pea, Violet Leaf, Lily of The Valley
  • Heart Notes: Orris, Cedar
  • Base Notes: Ambrette Seed (Muskmallow), Cashmirwood

What Does B. Balenciaga Smell Like?

B. Balenciaga has a woody and natural fragrance. It smells like a forest in early fall when the flowers have finished blooming but all the leaves are still on the tree. 

The fragrance opens with a green and spicy note to it and while it’s very different from other female fragrances, there is still something flowery and feminine about it that makes it a perfect perfume for women who want something a little bold but not completely masculine. 

How Long Does B. Balenciaga Last For?

The cedar and ambrette help this scent carry for a long time. You can apply it in the morning and still smell it on your skin in the evening. 

The top notes are light and flowery and while they will be the first to fade, you will still be able to enjoy them for many hours. 

This fragrance changes on the skin as time goes on and it becomes slightly more woody as the top and middle notes, as well as the green accords, wear off and the deeper base notes shine through. Overall, it has a good sillage.

When Should You Wear It?

Since this perfume is so reminiscent of fall, it’s the perfect time to wear this scent. The spice and warmth of it will easily carry into the winter months. 

The light note of the violet leaves combined with the warm cashmere wood smells also make it a good option for spring. 

Where Should You Wear It?

The uniqueness of this fragrance also makes it versatile. No matter where you wear it, you will get noticed and find that people are drawn to it. 

It’s a scent that is easy on the nose and won’t come off as too strong or overpowering. That means you can wear it almost anywhere and for any occasion. 

It’s also perfect for women of all ages, although even with the violet notes, it may be a little heavy for young girls. Some places you might want to wear it include office parties, funerals and weddings, lunch dates and interviews, and even school events.

Presentation and Value For Money

While the scent of B. Balenciaga may not be overtly feminine, the bottle definitely is. It’s as unique as the fragrance inside and will easily stand out on your shelf or among the other bottles in your perfume collection. 

The bottle has a geometric shape with distinct corners of clear glass. 

The glass is also fogged or etched to make it have a frosted appearance that creates a modern, cool look. The glass look was inspired by the marble floor at the Balenciaga Paris store and the advertising campaign was shot by celebrated photographer Steven Klein. 

The perfume inside is a soft pink color, which is delicate and pretty. The lid is a clear rectangle that allows you to see the black nozzle. 

The different colors, textures, and shapes really bring out the complete vibe of this scent and the goal of the designer. 

You can get B. Balenciaga in a 50ml bottle for $110, a 75ml bottle for $145 and a 10ml roll-on for $25. There are also numerous other body care products in this same scent.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a unique, tart scent that is sure to get your attention and make you unforgettable, this could be the one for you. It’s not full of extremely fresh florals but those notes do show through. 

The heart notes of cedar and the woody, green notes are the stars of the show, and if that’s your style, then you can’t go wrong with B. Balenciaga.

Perfumes that Smell Like B. Balenciaga

Designers made it a point to ensure B. Balenciaga was unique and different from other offerings on the market, but if you’re a woman who enjoys the woody notes and a light floral scent, you can still find some scents that are similar. 

Tom Ford Black Orchid – This scent is dark and woody with a little bit of sweet orchid shining through. It’s mysterious but still feminine. 

Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel – This cologne isn’t as woody as some of the others, but it has a deeper, richer aroma that is unique from other soft, feminine scents with fresh floral accents.

Hot Couture by Givenchy – This aroma is spicy and warm and has a woody musk. It’s a deep essence that is elevated with subtle flowery tones.