64-83 Elysees by Pierre Balmain

The geranium and the white floral blanket that is thrown over my nose is delightful, and soon touched up with whiffs of aldehydes. Nice.

In the drydown the jasmine and the deeper and richer components arise - laudanum with galbanum mainly - but is is the base that darkens even more: orris, touches of a mild ambergris, darker musks, a somewhat restrained moss notes and a nigh indolic undertone. All this is toned down in volume for the last few hours.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity on my skin.

A scent for warmer autumn days, in the second half a bit less vivid and a bit attenuated in strength, but composed of ingredients of good quality.   3.5/5