A favor, por favor! I have been searching for Santa Maria Novella Eva in the U.S. for months, and it is out of stock and never seems to come back. Anyone in Europe able to check their local SMN supplier and see if they have it? This is my summer scent, and I’m getting a little freaked out that I may not have it. If you do know of a bottle somewhere, click the Contact Us over on the left.
Olivier Polge created the newest pefume from Balenciaga with a nod to Le Dix, with a modern sensibility, so goes the marketing copy. Notes are bergamot, spices, pepper, violet, carnation, oakmoss, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, labdanum.
This is another one I’ve been wearing around for over a week now, trying to decide what I think of it (this is my new hobby, apparently, fussing over perfume samples for longer and longer periods of time). When I first smelled it in Paris (they were spraying everyone with it at Galleries Lafayette that came withing 30 feet of them), I was sorta uninspired. Nice, easy to wear, nothing reallly stood out. I’d wear it. It is supposed to be a modern chypre, but I’m not getting that on me as a prominent feature where I would loudly proclaim it is a chypre. It’s heavily violet, which puts it in the “yeah, I’d hit that” category for me right away because violet always finds its way into my wearing pile. I don’t find any of the other notes to stand out, they just seem to be the supporting cast. There’s just a touch of spiciness, it’s not overly dry, and it’s certainly not sweet. This is kind of the perfect neutral violet for me. There are a couple of frowny-face moments when it seems close to soapy aquatic, but the drydown veers off into a more earthy territory about an hour or so in.
What winds up working for me in Balenciaga is the waft. It’s incredibly persistent, soft, and it follows you softly through the day. It’s not big or loud, but delicately strong. Wearing it makes me happy. It’s not so distracting or weird that I can’t concentrate, but it isn’t so plain that you don’t really care that it’s there.