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Balmain fragrance: the old & the new

Iconic perfumes from the old days get makeovers and reintroductions.

Ivoire was the last fragrance launched by Pierre Balmain himself in 1979 and has a very poetic story at its origin. On an evening in the late seventies, Pierre Balmain crossed paths with a sovereign beauty when she descended the stairs of the Opéra de Paris merely dressed in a pale silk gown and a double row of pearls, her eyes hidden by a wide-brimmed hat. He was so struck by her elegance that he later dedicated the perfume to this mysterious lady.

Though a new image has been created by David Sims for the contemporary version of the Balmain fragrance, the lady still looks intangible.

Olivier Roustaing: “The new Ivoire has a fascinating timelessness. I can see it pleasing both my best female friend and my mother. I like the idea that it expresses a desire to return to the past, while telling an infinitely contemporary story.”

Head notes
Mandarine Essence, Orange Essence, Violet Leaves

Heart notes
Galbanum, Yalng-Ylang Essence, Jasmine, Rose Pepper, Vanilla

Base notes
Pachuli Essence, Vetyver Essence, Cedarwood

Available from mid January at selected luxury cosmetics retailers.
100 ml Eau de Parfum € 89,50
50 ml Eau de Parfum € 61,00
30 ml Eau de Parfum € 44,75


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