Etat Libre d'Orange
Balmain de Balmain was launched in 1998 and created by Antoine MaisonDieu, a chypre floral with notes of galbanum, currant buds, bergamot, pepper, iris, rose, jasmine, violet, oakmoss, vetiver, patchouli and sandalwood. This is the vintage EDT version of Balmain de Balmain.
Fragrantica - "I can trace analogies between the way B de B evolves and the effects to the ear of a polyphonic choir on the style of the Renaissance - a vibrant citric accord playing around bass notes, these first ones quietly giving way to even deeper notes however sprinkled by the vivacity of floral accords. Think of the composition as being a game of counteprpoints, of the sort of "heavy, but light" - farfetched to the senses, except my nose."
Fragrantica - "It starts with handful of greens, leaves and stems of nettle, dandelion, and various others you can find on a field, with noticeable sourness of black currant leaves. Very fresh, very green, natural and pleasant. Then vetiver and oakmoss get noticeable, maybe soft iris as well. What I love is that Balmain de Balmain still keeps that green grassy sharp notes within all development - it doesn't get soapy, or flowery, or sweet."
Fragrantica - "This is one of my very favorite perfumes and is one of my two "Get on with it!" scents. When the errand list is long or I just don't want to go to work, I can always rely on it. Somewhere I read that it "opens with a crack of the whip of black pepper".Yes indeed and I always rely on galbanum to work its energizing magic."