This spring 2013, Balenciaga fashion house will introduce a new variation on the original Balenciaga Paris EDP (2010) called Balenciaga L'Eau Rose following up on the previous flanker, Balenciaga L'Essence (2011)...
The new version, which debuts in March 2013, is said to be built around violet, like with the original. This time it is paired with rose, a classic rose-violet accord in perfumery, together with notes of blackberry, patchouli, cedar wood, cypress and musk.
The composition is labeled as a floral chypre. One can note that cypress has more recently been used in chyprés formulations to replace the tightly monitored oakmoss.
Perfumer Aliénor Massenet mentioned her use of cypress absolute to that effect in John Galliano Parlez-Moi d'Amour (2010) when debates on the restrictive use of oakmoss were raging in some corners of the perfume world, pushing industry noses to find satisfactory and inventive substitutes.
Perfumer Jacques Polge of Chanel on the other hand proposed to substitute a classic dose of oakmoss with an iris-pepper accord in 31, rue Cambon in Les Exclusifs collection.
The presence of fruity and musky notes would tend to indicate a wish to offer a modern, muskified chypre.
Prices: £50 & £64 for 50 ml & 75 ml respectively.