“Florabotanica” is an experimental rose that has the power to endlessly charm • Two architectural notes: a fresh floral facet and a mysterious green facet • Imaginative name which evokes the 18th century botanical gardens in which the most exotic and rarest plant species were displayed • Couture bottle that completes the “Florabotanica” experience: oversize tube with bold lines which plunges into the floral perfume like a laboratory test tube looking to capture the secret essence of flowers. (Balenciaga.com)
The composition was developed by perfumers of the house of IFF, Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Herault, and composed it of such accords as mint, carnation, hybrid rose, caladium leaves, amber and vetiver. It was envisage that the composition offers floral character, which is also very seductive and it flowers will not be just beautiful, but also very dangerous.
The advertising campaign is decorated with 3 metal sculptures resembling Ghesquière floral print created a few years. Photos for the campaign were taken by Steven Meisel, and advertising face is young actress Kristen Stewart (Fragrantica.com)
I received a sample bottle of this scent from Coty, Inc. and my first thoughts were that indeed this bottle is unique and alluring and would look fab on your dressing table or counter, even the floral design on the box itself is very haute couture. The design on the box reminds me of a print from a very high end designer perhaps for a silk scarf.
The scent is unique as well… sniffing the bottle I detect layers of floral notes and some powdery notes as well, but when I initially sprayed the scent it changed… gone was any hint of powder. Instead what I detect is a spicy floral. There is a strong rose presence to the scent so you must enjoy that to warm to this perfume. Upon dry down the powdery element returns as an undercurrent to the floral component.
Green, floral, fresh spicy, rose, warm spicy (mint leaves)
At start the start of this perfume, upon the initial spray, I detect the green component of the scent which is mint. Mint as you know is refreshing and cooling but has peppery undertones which are highlighted here- but that part of the scent fades fast and then we are inside the floral elements of the perfume. I detected strong notes of carnation and rose from top note through the finish of the scent. As I said earlier the rose is strong in presence but is not singular, as I can also detect carnation as well.
In the mid-range of the perfume is the return of the powdery element thanks to the addition of amber. The odor profile of amber is sweet, resinous, cozy and warm often rather powdery note recreated from a mix of balsams. It is the default oriental note.
Personal Use and Opinion
In all honesty, I did not think that I, personally, would enjoy this perfume because I am not enamored by strong scents of rose, but I am surprised and happy to say that I think this perfume is a hybrid of it’s elements and even those that don’t love a strong rose element in their scents will enjoy wearing this perfume. There is enough balance with the peppery hints from the carnation and powdery hints from the amber and a wonderful cooling effect from the addition of the vetiver in the finish.
I think this scent is best suited to most events and can be worn day to night, I know it has been marketed to a younger generation but I think it is definitely sophisticated enough for any age.
This perfume has strongly scented elements top to bottom and a long wear time. I recommend a light touch when applying.
Did You Know
When discussing perfume the term “accord” is often used. What does “accord” mean?
Accord: a perfume accord is a balanced blend of notes which lose their individual identity to create a completely new, unified odor impression.