Friday, November 21, 2014

Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum: Review

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Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum: Review
The second fragrance from Balenciaga, Rosabotanica was released last year following the success of the fashion house's first fragrance Florabotanica. The name Rosabotanica seems to suggest that this is a feminine and romantic rose scented perfume, but this fragrance has quite a unique scent profile. To read more about it, click......
Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum: Review
Bottle Design:
Much like Florabotanica, Rosabotanica features a modern glass bottle with beveled edges. The cap has a black and white striped design that extends into the bottle. On the front of the bottle, Florabotanica features jaw-droppingly gorgeous floral prints that matches the same unique design of the perfume box.
Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum: Review
The Scent:
Rosabotanica is described as a spicy rose with heavy woody undertones.

Top Notes: Petitgrain,  Hyacinth, Fig Leaf.
Middle Notes: Rose, Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Grapefruit.
Base Notes: White Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar.

With a name like Rosabotanica, I expected a beautiful feminine rosy scent. However, Rosabotanical has a very strong herbal, medicinal scent, most likely from the fig leaf, pepper, and cardamom. It's actually quite hard for me to pick up the rose scent. After it mellows out after half an hour or so, I am mostly left with the woody, earthy base notes.
This scent to me is very austere and almost clinical, it's not a scent I gravitate towards and it's definitely very unlike Florabotanica. If you are a fan of very herbal green scents, give this a try, because it's definitely not your typical feminine floral.

Balenciaga perfumes are available online and in stores at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers, and Holt Renfrew.
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