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As I have mentioned in a few other recent reviews, I recently attended a fashion show and I am in the process of reviewing some of the samples that I received in my goodie bag. If I'm honest, this wouldn't have been a perfume that that I would have picked up if I was purchasing a new one as the name put me off slightly as I was expecting a heavy floral fragrance.
I have the small 1.2ml sample bottle of this, but I have checked out the packaging of the full sized bottle, and I must say, I am impressed! I do like the design of the bottle; it looks daring and striking with a nod to retro glamour. My small bottle does have a similar black lines on a write background as the full sized version.
While I would describe this as a floral fragrance, it is a delicate rose scent and also something exotic, not cloying. There is something clean and fresh about this scent which I really like. I think it's a combinatoin of the rose scent and the mint that gives it something slightly fresh without being over the top floral or minty. The scents mingle really well together.
The heart notes of this fragrance are Hybrid Rose and Caladium Leaves
The top notes are Mint and Carnation
The base notes are Amber and Vetiver
This fragrance is a lot more subtle than some others that I own. You can layer it to produce a stronger effect, but I quite like the subtle effect if this perfume.
Despite the nod to the retro with the packaging, the fragrance itself is very modern though and is a perfect daytime perfume for those who are looking for an understated but gorgeous scent for daywear. It is a fairly long lasting scent, it does fade over time, but it is still detectable a few hours after application.
This is available from all good perfume retailers for around £40 for the 30ml, £53 for the 50ml and £75 for the 100ml (I've taken these prices from The Perfume Shop and rounded them up). Prices are correct for October 2013 and I think this is a good price for this perfume.
Inspired by a strange and wonderful garden in which you do not know whether the flowers are innocent or poisonous, Florabotanica from Balenciaga evokes the 18th Century botanical gardens in which the most exotic and rarest plant species were displayed. Strange-coloured plants discovered in distant countries brought back from their travels by enthusiastic biologists. The vetiver, amber and caladium leaf accord create a resonance of mossy and mysterious dark wood, whilst experimental scents of rose, carnation and mint accords add an exhilarating, freshness to the fragrance. To give Florabotanica its fairytale air, the perfumers added a formula of psychosensory plants, making it particularly enchanting. The highly graphic black and white stripes on the bottle echo a signature dear to Cristobal Balenciaga and the visions of extremely contemporary cuts of which Nicolas Ghesquiere is found in his designs. The oversized tube with bold lines plunges into the floral perfume like a laboratory test tube looking to capture the secret essence of flowers.