Balenciaga Paris L’Essence

Balenciaga Paris L’Essence

2011 Creation
Woman Gender
Floral - Woody Musk Olfactory groups

Olfactory pyramid

Balenciaga Paris L’Essence
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You’ll recognize the central violet note in Balenciaga Paris L’Essence, but it has a woodsier feel than in Balenciaga Paris. This somewhat green flanker is longer lasting, thanks to the appearance of moss notes and vetiver, as well as resinous and leathery facets.

At a glance

Sensuality for your skin


After Balenciaga Paris, the Parisian couture house presents Balenciaga Paris L’Essence. Charlotte Gainsbourg, the fragrance’s muse, describes it as, ‘A straightforward, strong perfume. It’s like what I enjoy about fashion – the willful, assertive side.’ In color terms, the bottle is dark green, a deliberate choice for the designer, who wanted to upset male/female codes. The essence is woodsy, thanks to the addition of a ‘wild, untamed and incisive’ vetiver.


Eau de Parfum 1, 1.7 and 2.5 oz.


The Balenciaga Paris bottle affords a glimpse of an emerald-hued juice. The ball that acts as a cap has taken on a dark grey tone, with a shiny, mirrored effect.

The making of Balenciaga's L'Essence Met Charlotte Gainsbourg


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  • Popular perfume 23 april 2015

    Un parfum découvert il y a deux ans pour ma part. Je cherchais une senteur ayant un caractère légèrement masculin, et les notes boisées m'ont tout de suite séduite. Il est féminin tout en conservant un fort caractère, pas du tout sucré, et ce qui m'a plu. Par contre, sa tenue n'est pas la m'en suis vite lassée. Il s'agit tout de même d'un parfum que je garde en mémoire et que je rachèterai très probablement.

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  • Exceptional perfume 01 february 2015

    I decided that I would like to add this to my perfume collection. I do like the muse Charlotte Gainsbourg. I love her cover song of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe." It is smooth song. I am into assertive fragrances right now, so when I have the money, I'll be getting this. Beautiful flanker and juice color. I bought Balenciaga's new fragrance "B." It has such a soft green woody opening that is green fresh rather than green earthy. Then you melt into the middle base notes of lily of the valley, soft iris, soft cedar and soft ambrette. Very lady-like. The flanker like the above, has the same beautiful shape, but is now frosted with pink juice. Je adore!!

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  • Popular perfume 03 january 2015

    Gorgeous bottle. It makes a very beautiful signature flacon. I do prefer the original Balenciaga Paris. Many will like this version as well.

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  • Popular perfume 07 march 2014

    J'adore cette fragrance que je trouve très rock et féminine à la fois ! Une seule remarque : ne tient pas assez longtemps sur ma peau.

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