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Prelude Balenciaga for women

Prelude Balenciaga for women
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Total people voted: 69
female 25- 25+
male 25- 25+

I have it: 72 I had it: 33 I want it: 82

main accords
warm spicy
balsamic
powdery
floral
amber
sweet

Prelude is a union of flowers, spices and a gentle amber note. This classic fragrance for women was launched in 1982.

Perfume rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 69 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Aldehydes Orange Bergamot

Middle Notes
Carnation Cinnamon Orchid Jasmine Ylang-Ylang Rose

Base Notes
Tolu Balsam Amber Patchouli Benzoin Civet Vanilla

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This perfume reminds me of  
Opium
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Prelude Fragrance Reviews

theladymay
theladymay

Although it was released the year that I turned 21, I never knowingly smelled this until recently. Good thing, too, because I would have wanted it and I could barely afford to keep myself in Opium, Mitsouko and Shalimar at the time. I picked up a parfum and a parfum de toilette spray both new in their boxes on the big auction site, just because I could. I often buy things, try them and pass them to the next buyer but I am keeping Prelude. Certainly it's similar to Opium (which I would give as my favorite ever perfume if I have to choose one) but it's not the same and it stands nicely on it's own. I think it's much more wearable than Opium in 2015, and it's still probably too much for a huge portion of the current perfumephobic population. The aldehydic bergamot opening settles into a warm, balsamic cloud of clove, carnation, ylang ylang and spice on a base of amber, benzoin and civet. Like a lot of orientals it's base heavy and like a lot of orientals I love it that way. The parfum is long lasting, 8 hours or so. The parfum de toilette gives more like 6 hours and is a very small bit sharper. If you like 70s/80s orientals and don't faint when exposed to aldehydes or civet this is definitely worth a try.

Aug
19
2015
Beaufort
Beaufort

An amazing transparent amber fragrance. Imagine vintage Opium with most of the spices removed or toned down.

That is Prelude.

Worth searching out.

Mar
16
2015
rossiniopera
rossiniopera

Orchids underneath a tolu-cinnamon cloud... and civet, making it warm and alive...
Such a lovely, comforting perfume, perfect for a quiet evening at home.
I have a bottle of the edt (flat, oval with red cap). Just wish it was stronger, because it's rather faint. I would really love to try the parfum.

Oct
02
2014
Jillita
Jillita

Prelude to Opium...but Opium predated it. To say it's a shadow of the towering predecessor would do this perfume an injustice, because it's just as sophisticated and sexy, but at the same time, that's sort of what it is. If you don't want to knock people out with the epic proportions of musk, spice, and incense-patchouli exotica that Opium presents, you can do no wrong with this classy chypre-oriental, courtesy of Balenciaga; unfortunately, now discontinued. I lucked out on a vintage bottle on eBay and sampling the fragrance was unearthing a treasure from a more dignified but extinct place. It definitely resembles Opium, but where Opium develops down into a cherry fruit, carnation, incense-patchouli bomb baroque symphony, Prelude boasts more of a civet, ozonic, green quartet. If Opium is a richly lacquered Chinese table, Prelude is the jade sculpture that sits atop. Perfect for all seasons and for daytime, too. I wish it would make a comeback. But synthetics will do this quality blast from the past no good at all.

Jul
29
2013
persefoni
persefoni

One of the most comforting perfumes i had in my twenties! Warm oriental, spicy, woody and a bit powdery! I really loved it ( had actually tried it from a sample when i was 16-17, and waited patiently to travel to germany to buy it, as it was never imported in greece..) Then a couple of years later, in a fist of despair, i gave away most of my then perfumes, including prelude.... The bottle was slightly oval, and somehow flat, with a red cap (or was it black and gold??) I still miss it!!

Mar
24
2013
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda

Ooooh how lovely!! I swapped my Alien Liqueur de Parfum for this beauty with the lovely 'smelling_gr8'. I'd be very comfortable wearing this delightful oriental during warmer months. I'm at a loss as to why our paths have never crossed before. Shades of Opium, but more subdued. Mm mmmm!

Jan
07
2013
lapurrla
lapurrla

I think this is what an elegant and refined "proper" perfume ought to smell like. Not over-bearing but not mild either. It really is magnificent. I only wish I had suitable occasions to wear it.

Nov
03
2012
kuanyin4
kuanyin4

I wore this today and thought, this is what a perfume should be. And so seldom is, anymore. I had nice but moderate sillage for about 3 hours and then it became a skin scent. But my skin eats up scent like a hungry, hungry hippo and I do wear lotion and I don't have particularly dry skin, so go figure. I prefer getting a little more time, although this was acceptable, especially since very few things last longer on me. Fabulous and luminous is a perfect description.

Aug
08
2012
dlane1953
dlane1953

This category of fragrance is a favorite with me, and since I love everything vintage that I've purchased from Balenciaga,I had to try this. What a beauty! It's sexy, warm, multidimensional like a great fragrance should be. Rich and full bodied, spicy and resinous. The opening notes are fresh and peppery. The next notes that come to the forefront are the spicy scents of carnation and cinnamon, a wonderful combination. The florals that unfold next are sweet but not cloying. The drydown is spectacular, strong on the resins and musk. Great sillage, long lasting (8 hours on me). A great nighttime scent. Go easy on the application; very strong sillage.

Apr
20
2012
BethPot39
BethPot39

My mother loved this perfume. It's stunning and happy scent!

Jun
22
2011
passionata20
passionata20

applied this one today and i can say that the weather wasn´t right for this fragrance. It is very hot outside and this fragrance in my opinion should be worn only during colder time of the year. I have the bottle with the red cap, like a sombrero or something like that, not the one that is on the picture above and it is in a EDT concentration.
Right upon application i knew it is similar to Lagerfeld´s "KL". At least the opening. It is very spicy, but where "KL" almost make me cry so bad it was, this one is plesantly spicy! I am a fan of carnation notes so i like it among with orchid here. jasmine gives the softness to "Prelude" that is missing in "KL". Sadly the fragrance stays on my skin oly for a very short time and then becomes almost "invisible". That´s the biggest minus to this one, but i am definitly plannig to try the pure parfum concentration soon, so i guess the staying power will be much better.
"Prelude" is indeed like a prelude, but "KL" is then like a finale :))))

Jun
07
2011
Bicewtry
Bicewtry

I loved this perfume. It was fabulous and luminous.

Apr
30
2011
Kterhark
Kterhark

I was about to review Prelude but my parrot intervened with his own comment. Bacio (seen in my avatar), climbed up my chair, sat on my shoulder and asked ‘what you doing?’ (this is one of his phrases.)
He then started sneezing uncontrollably. Choo! Choo! Choo!, which is parrot talk for ‘my, that’s one big 80s glory note you’re wearing!’

Prelude is a master piece, no doubt about it, but in all honesty if I was on a crowded bus and someone stepped next to me wearing this I’d move on down the aisle. I think this is discontinued, which is unfortunate, but I suspect if it were in production today it would need a little recession tweaking. A fun scent to try, though, just not one I could ever wear around the house.

Oct
06
2010
Action
Action

In my humble opinion Balenciaga rates as one of THE best perfume houses EVER. Their quality is beyond comprehension. Chanel used to own this caliber of perfumemaking, but not anymore. Their new releases N19, Allure, Chance etc etc, mere shadows of the house Chanel used to be...
So...for you ladies looking for 'Chanel'-quality, but without any compromises, look for the vintage range Balenciaga.

Aug
26
2010
guest_larusa
guest_larusa

increible, el perfume con el que enamoré y me enamoré muchas veces.

May
27
2010
Sissi
Sissi

A Prelude to a Classic a first Blast
of Aldehydes will make think mmmm
another Chanel no 5 Copy but the drydown says i don't think so Because
Chanel doesn't have predominent orange
notes and prelude is less shaper

If Chanel is for night Prelude is for day.

Mar
23
2010
mahanta
mahanta

Oh yes! This is an oldie I can pull off. Aldehydic outburst in the beginning, spicey and green; jasmin and ylang-ylang entering one step behind them. Yey, no carnation on me in this one!!! Then it quickly settles as a cinnammon and rose, and WOW! now the civet is also there (not as dirty as in vintage Zibeline, but it IS there and gives a specific feel of dirtiness to overall light and innocent nature of this fragrance). A marvellous fragrance, and those who are afraid it might have this old-lady feel to it as some other Balenciaga's older creations - don't worry about it! It is absolutely wearable - I'm off to search for a FB...

Mar
17
2010
Action
Action

Just fantastic! Balenciaga is just such a classy fragrance house!!!!!

Dec
01
2009
amandahuang
amandahuang

Prelude is such a timeless classic that remains that 'classy' style of Balenciaga. It starts off with a well balanced floral scent, then dires down quickly into a oriental vanilla, the final base I found was quite leathery. I have read that there is also pimento and olibanum in the notes, which were pretty rare I suppose. So maybe it is just the complication and muti-facets of this fragrance making it rather versatile or a statement maker. You may not fancy all the notes in Prelude, but certainly you will something catchy among those.
Prelude is deep and nostalgic smelling, so personally I think it is more serious rather than social. After all, it is the type of fragrance that is worthy to have an experiece with, no matter wearing only once or often, entirely down to individuality!

Feb
02
2009

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