Balenciaga L’Essence EDP Perfume Review

Balenciaga L'Essence

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I fell for Balenciaga Paris L’Essence the first time I wore it. Violets and vetiver!

Balenciaga L’Essence is an extension of the original Balenciaga Paris perfume…but it’s better.  It opens with a crisp green violet with a clean, iris-like powderiness; however, it has more depth than the super sheer, veil-like Balenciaga. L’Essence turns to a darker shade of green. I get a complex woody, vetiver. L’essence is one of those fragrances that I spray on in the morning, forget about it and a few hours later go “Damn, I smell good”. I love the “green woods” base. L’Essence has a barbershop meets the forest meets an Old Hollywood starlet’s boudoir vibe. It’s genderfluid. But, mostly it’s a really “green” fragrance, a modern green.

I compared Balenciaga Paris to the house’s fashion roots. L’Essence is more like the direction of the brand now: high fashion street styles or taking a feminine item like a fitted pencil skirt and making it out of black leather. It’s classic but with an edge. And it’s a mix of masculine/feminine. Yes, there are plenty of niche or luxury brands doing the masculine/feminine thing (i.e. Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle) but this is a mainstream, designer perfume that is widely available. This is masculin-chic perfume for the masses and Olivier Polge has done a wonderful job with this (need I mention the hotmess called Halle Berry Closer?).

Isabella Rossellini

Notes include vetiver, patchouli, violet, violet leaf, green notes, sandalwood and cedar. Launched 2011. PERFUMER – Olivier Polge

Give Balenciaga L’Essence a try if you like green florals or vetiver. Try it if you like Prada Infusion d’Iris EDP, Ulrich Lang Lightscape, Estee Lauder White Linen, Etat Libre d’Orange Delicious Closet Queen and/or The Different Company Bois d’Iris. L’essence is unisex. I featured it in my “Favorite Feminines for Masculines”.

And I like the bottle. It feels heafty which I equate as “luxurious”. And it’s unisex, love the green/jade shade.

I find projection and longevity average.

Balenciaga L’Essence comes in two sizes with prices ranging from $100-$135 at Nordstrom. And sometimes you can find it on discount at Fragrancenet.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONPowdery violets and vetiver woods. Casual enough for daily wear. I may be in the fumehead minority, but I love it. I think it is an incredible designer perfume and I want a full-size bottle. But, I tend to like these powdery violet things.

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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Isabella Rossellini pic from Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!

7 thoughts on “Balenciaga L’Essence EDP Perfume Review

    1. I was actually surprised that after I wrote my review, I look up other reviews and found so many thinking this one was boring! I seriously thought it would see lots of praise. Oh, well, more for us!

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