The fashion house has brought out yet another beautiful scent. This one is perfect for winter and smells bold, feminine and strong. The difference is a more “Prêt-à-Couture”, more glamorous, more rock with EXTATIC.
The name “gold musk” and the colour of the bottle is actually derived from: the combination between the romantic transparency, the softness of the MUSK and the glitter, determined femininity of the GOLD.
Extatic Gold Musk is announced as a tempting, daring and luxurious interpretation of the original, with elegant floral – woody – musky character. This is a Floral Musk fragrance opening of a fresh and clean combination of a fusing and chiseled duet of Bergamot and Aldehydes.It has a bold solar heart infused with captivating white flowers: a radiant blend of Gardenia and Tiare revealing a fascinating femininity. At the base, you will find Akigalawood and Cashmeran as well as Musk illuminated by Benzoin and Sandalwood which wrap you in a precious spicy, creamy and warm trail made of golden sparkles.
I have really been loving this and is possibly my fav winter scent. It’s warm from the musk yet still really feminine from the floral notes. My 2 favourite perfume notes combined.
If you like scents like Nariciso Rodriguez – Musc for Her or Flower by Kenzo, then you’ll love this.
Available from: Foschini, Truworths, Dis-Chem, & Stuttafords.
Balmain, the Parisian fashion house, are launching a brand new fragrance for women this February called ‘Extatic’. Balmain designs with a very specific woman in mind sophisticated with a rocker touch. Glamorous, trendy, feminine, sensual and rebellious. Superb looking yet brazen, a charismatic fashion addict who knows how to combine boldness and elegance. Along with just a bit of a tendency to flirt with provocation…naturally leaving not one person unmoved. “Extatic is the perfect reflection of Balmain fashion: sexy, glamorous, daring… It’s like one of our gowns: able to reveal the sensuality of the woman who wears it.” “Extatic is the olfactory metaphor of the Balmain woman, who captivates through a certain lightness combined with an assertive character, not to mention an ‘aristo-rock’ offhandedness which makes her the irresistible centre of attraction for all eyes…”
THE BOX The box has a chain-mail effect borrowed from an authentic Balmain jacket, gold on the front, black on the sides, the box plays with light and shadow like a true couture fabric and recalls the Balmain fashion silhouettes in chiaroscuro. THE BOTTLE I like the simple black and gold design of the bottle – it’s very classic and feels very Balmain. There are details in the flacon which contribute to a sense of classic designer quality reminiscent of the olden days and also of qualitative accessories and costume jewellery. As in fashion, a subtle blending of materials signs the attitude: the contrast of glass and metal, with shiny and brushed surfaces, instantly captures attention. A mass of glass and heart of the gold-coloured liquid. Engraved with the name of the house, the cap is chiselled with ribbing which evokes both jewellery and silken drapery. The black rod inside is actually supposed to remind you of a black high heel. THE SCENT Balmain Extatic is a feminine and sparkling fragrance full of daring and sensuality. Described as a oriental floral edible. Extatic opens with a twinkling floral fruity note of nashi pear, rose and osmanthus. It also contains chocolate-scented orchid, iris and night jasmine. And the scent ends with notes of amyris, cashmere wood and a touch of Barenia leather, a nod to the flagship material of the Balmain wardrobe.The perfume which already smells arresting and sexy from the chic bottle, opens on a candied, caramelized fruit opening which lightens up thanks to some light floral osmanthus accents.The perfume is intense enough yet does not club you on the head. What is most pleasurable to experience in this composition is the contrast of delicacy and strength.What I really like about this fragrance is that it is soft and feminine enough to wear during the day but also sexy and glamourous enough to carry you through into a night out. This fragrance is available from Stuttafords and Truworths for R695(40ml), R995(R60ml) and R1195(90ml)
Balmain the famous fashion house has released a new fragrance called Extatic Eau de Toillette. Described as a crystalline refined and elegant EDT which is luminous and sophisticated. Described as a day fragrance whereas the EDP version is described as the night version and I can totally understand why the EDT is more fresh whereas the EDP is more sweet and strong.
The fragrance comes packaged in a gorgeous soft metallic pink box that has the print of a shimmery sheet of metal circles. Described as rock and sophisticated with it’s bright and mat contrast. I like howfemininity meets strongness, just what Balmain is all about. The box of a product is usually designed to satisfy the first impression of consumers, luring them to pick them up at first sight. And I have to say that, the shiny ‘metal’ has definitely caught my eye.
The bottle is really beautiful described as architectural, graphic and modern with a mix of silver and white contrasts confers it a luminous and chic style. The bottle design is really different usually fragrances have a space or border around the edge of the bottle but this one the liquid seems like it meets the edge of the bottle creating a very seamless look. Curves of the bottle meets straight lines of the cover. The play around of such contrast is exactly what Balmain is all about.
Approaching the most important part of a fragrance, the scent is basically the essence of what consumers are purchasing for. We all want to smell good. And we certainly do not want to spend good money on just a beautiful bottle but do nothing scent wise. But good news! The scent of Balmain Extatic is one of the more amazing ones that I have ever come across.A mixture of floral, fruity and woody notes. The fragrance smells like a fruity version of Issey miyake’s l’eau d’issey florale. Fragrance was made for the elegant, self confident and sophisticated Balmain woman in mind and I definitely feel that this has been encapsulated in the fragrance.
When you take the 1st whiff hello fruits!, the top notes explodes into your senses. A combination of lychee, blackcurrent and green mandarin. After 20 minutes (perhaps longer or shorter for others, depending on individuals and other surrounding factors), the top notes subsides a little and the middle notes emerges.
The middle notes are towards the floral side.Jasmine, magnolia and turkey rose fills in the middle notes space and diffuses a beautiful feminine scent.
Ammbroxan, musk and cedarwood linger on skin for hours and emits the strong side of this amazing perfume. Arousing the senses, you could be sure that it balances out the femininity of the top and middles notes of lighter scents to create the perfect balance within a bottle. In order to balance a fruity or floral scent and prevent it from being over floral or fruity it is always a good idea to include a strong base.