Hello and welcome! Please understand that this website is not affiliated with Balmain in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

The main objective of this website is to chronicle the history of the Balmain fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years.

However, one of the other goals of this website is to show the present owners of the Balmain perfume company how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the current Balmain brand might see it.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Eau d`Ete de Balmain c2006

Eau d`Ete de Balmain: launched in 2006. A Summer Fragrance.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity floral fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: mandarin orange and lime
  • Middle notes: rosemary and iris
  • Base notes; sandalwood, musk and cedar

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eau d'Amazonie de Balmain by Balmain c2005

 Eau d'Amazonie de Balmain by Balmain: launched in 2005. Created by Marie-Aude Couture-Bluche.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: grapefruit and mango
  • Middle notes: gardenia and passion flower
  • Base notes: sandalwood and vanilla

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BalMan by Balmain c2004

BalMan by Balmain: launched in 2004. Created by Antoine Maisondieu.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental fougere fragrance for men.

  • Top notes: eucalyptus, lavender and mandarin orange
  • Middle notes: freesia and cardamom
  • Base notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, musk and vanilla

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Balmya de Balmain by Balmain c2002

Balmya de Balmain by Balmain: launched in 2002. Created by Alexandra Jouet and Jean Jacques.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: angelica, passionfruit, violet leaf, pink pepper and bergamot
  • Middle notes: vanilla, coffee and jasmine
  • Base notes: cappuccino, sandalwood, iris petals and cashmere wood

Monday, April 6, 2015

Vent Vert by Balmain c1947

Vent Vert by Balmain: launched in 1947. Created by Germaine Cellier of Roure perfumers.

Anticipating that couture clothes would not dominate fashion forever, Balmain opened his perfume business with Vent Vert. Vent Vert is most unusual, it is made from the green elements — wild grasses and ferns, woods and bittersweet leaves. It is light and refreshing but not a bit sporty and extremely clean smelling without being remotely disinfectant like pine.

Vent Vert is regarded as the first ever ‘green-floral’ fragrance in the history of perfume manufacture and contained a huge dose of galbanum, a bold 8%. It set the standard for many fragrances to come such as Tweed by Lentheric, Diorling by Christian Dior, Green Water by Jacques Fath and Cabochard by Gres.

Pierre Balmain, in addition to Vent Vert and another scent called after his Elysees telephone number, and the smoky Miss Balmain, is associated for ever with Jolie Madame.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ivoire de Balmain c1979

Ivoire de Balmain: launched in 1979. Created by Michel Hy and Francis Camail of Florasynth.

This fragrance was allegedly inspired by the sight of a beautiful woman at the opera. She was dressed in pale silk, which provided a radiant contrast to the rich black tuxedos and deep carmine upholstery of her surroundings.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Where Should I Apply Perfume?

As a general rule, fragrance should be applied to pulse points. This is where the blood vessels are closest to the skin giving off more heat and acting like mini fragrance pumps.

Pulse points are the wrist, crook of the arm and back of the knee, and the base of the throat. Also, for long lasting fragrance spray at the ankles, it allows the fragrance to blossom up. For a sexy twist, apply perfume to your cleavage or spray perfume on your nude body before dressing. The nape of the neck, is a very romantic area, whenever your hair moves it might swish the perfume around, nice little subtle trail of perfumed loveliness.

Apply perfume right after you take a shower or bath. Your pores are more open then and will more easily soak up the scent. Some people say that rubbing the wrists together will crush the scent, I tried this with different perfumes over the course of two weeks, just to see if its true, it seemed to me that the friction of rubbing the wrists together actually heated up the fragrances and made them seem more potent.

I have read though that the perfume can react not so nicely to the first layer of skin...and give off a smell that isn't pleasant. Others say that to spray the perfume in the air and then walk into it, I have done this before, and it seems that it lets you control the amount of fragrance that is applied to your skin, rather than spraying directly onto the skin, this works best with heavier perfumes.

I spray perfumes on my clothes when I want to make the scent last longer, I won't spray perfume on fragile fabrics like silks or lace. You can spray your coat with perfume. Also an old tip is to apply pure parfum extrait to your furs. Doing this is up to your own discretion.

Do not apply perfume after you put your jewelry on, take it off first, then apply the perfume. The chemicals in perfume can leave stains or have chemical reactions to the metals, Pearls are especially susceptible to damage from perfume since it destroys their lustre.

Coco Chanel always said to apply perfume where you want to be kissed. I read an old perfume guide from the 1930s and it mentioned that you can apply perfume to your fingertips and eyebrows. Also apply perfume to a cotton ball and tuck it into your brassiere. Apply perfume to your hankies or gloves.

Jeanne Lanvin of Lanvin Perfumes suggested that you should apply perfume wherever your clothes cover your body, that way it will seem if it is coming from within and blend with the natural oils of your skin to make a truly individual fragrance. She also says the best time to apply perfume is 15 or 20 minutes before you are about to go out, that way the perfume has time to "set".

A 1924 ad for Ann Haviland perfumes suggests:

#1. to apply perfume to your eyebrows as the short hairs of the eyebrows retain the perfume longer than the skin since evaporation takes place more slowly.Besides, this is an ideal two-some,the girl usually comes up to a man's chin, not far below his nose.

#2. One little known method of applying perfume is to saturate a piece of cotton with your chosen scent, place it under the shoulder strap of your slip. Body heat releases an aura about you.

#3. A glamorous method of using perfume is to spray it on the hem of your evening gown, then as you walk or dance, the fragrance is wafted into the air around you. This is the best way to do it.

#4. Another pointer is to apply perfume to the inside of your gloves, while your gloves are on, the warmth of your hands attract the perfume which will cling to the fingers.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013