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Lanvin Me ~ fragrance review

Lanvin Me advert

Lanvin’s latest fragrance for women is the new Lanvin Me. Per Lanvin, its credo is “be myself, become ME”, but it also promises to embody elegance, style and Parisian chic — if that doesn’t sound like you, perhaps you need Lanvin Me all the more?

Elegance, style and Parisian chic are personified here by a fruity and sweet floral gourmand, with a decent dose of blueberry in the opening and a full-bodied floral heart. There’s also plenty of licorice (the notes: mandarin, blueberry, licorice, rose, tuberose and sandalwood). Like nearly any licorice-heavy fragrance, it calls to mind the gold standard, Lolita Lempicka, but only vaguely — this one has a warm woody base, but without the Thierry Mugler Angel-inspired dark patchouli sugar. It might be more useful to think of it as a kind of cross between Diesel Loverdose and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose ~ perfume review

Balenciaga L'Eau Rose

The news from Balenciaga: Nicolas Ghesquière is out, Alexander Wang is in.1 It’s always hard to know how much influence a designer really has on a licensed perfume line, but Ghesquière certainly was a visible presence in the marketing of Balenciaga Paris (2010), Balenciaga Paris L’Essence (2011) and Florabotanica (2012). The new Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose appears to be something of an orphan, without a designer spokesperson or a face (the first two fragrances had Charlotte Gainsbourg; Florabotanica had Kristen Stewart).2

No matter, L’Eau Rose is a decent enough flanker, and we all know they’re rare enough. And the description is accurate enough:

A sparkling violet fragrance. A twist of the iconic violet with a sparkling touch of blackberry and musk. The scintillating and youthful fragrance is a feminine scent that captures the sophistication of Balenciaga Paris with an enticing, floral musk.

Plain speak translation: a sort of mash-up between a blackberry musk and a traditional powdery rose-violet…

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