Not My Grandma’s Perfume: Balenciaga’s Florabotanica

When it comes to perfume, I have two fears: one is smelling like a grandma and the other is overdoing it.  I like scents that are clean, slightly floral and have a musky undertone. Not sure if that even makes sense but let’s go with it shall we? My go-to perfumes of late have been Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf (love this!), and Pure Grace by Philosophy (reviewed here). There’s a third that’s now in my regular rotation: Balenciaga’s Florabotanica*, which launched last fall.

Why I do love this? There’s something seksi about it (thanks @BeautyEditor for the spelling of seksi — I just love it and hope you don’t mind the usage here), and I love that floral musky combination that is unlike anything I’ve tried before. It’s apparently got carnation and roses among other things, as well as mint, hemp, vetiver (whatever that is), and amber.

Reviews seem to be mixed out there about this but to me, perfume is such a personal choice. It can smell so differently from one person to the next, and I wonder if there is one perfume out there that everyone agrees upon.

When I wear Florabotanica, I feel instantly sophisticated and sensual. At the same time, I think it is still very daytime and office-friendly. Apparently, the inspiration behind Florabotanica is described by Balenciaga as “not just a pretty flower, but a pretty dangerous flower.” 

I’ve read that they are gearing this to a younger demographic and I can see that with the advertising and even the packaging.  Kristen Stewart is in the advertising, and it’s beautiful, young but slightly edgy. Looking at that box, I get this same vibe. It’s got florals but not your typical garden flowers – there is certainly something edgy and gothic. The bottle though has clean lines, which I love. I am so glad they didn’t do anything floral or feminine with the bottle.

Ultimately, I’m a big fan of this perfume.  I never have to worry that I smell like a grandma when I wear this, nor do I see anyone grimacing when I wear it. It’s quite the opposite in fact. I’ve had very favourable responses.

Give it a sniff and you’ll see what I mean.

How’s that for a perfume review?


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