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Rosabotanica Cristobal Balenciaga for women

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Rosabotanica is the second flower in the Balenciaga magical garden founded with Florabotanica perfume from 2012. Rosabotanica presents its fresh version with a touch of sheerness and second skin feeling.

This floral fragrance is based on spicy rose. It opens with crystal accents of blue hyacinth and milky green character of fig leaf, refreshed by petitgrain. Rose in this composition reveals its sparkling and herbal facets increased by bitter drops of grapefruit and spicy cardamom and pink pepper. The base is composed of white amber, cedar, vetiver, patchouli and clean woody notes.

The fragrance is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

Rosabotanica was launched in 2013.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Hyacinth Fig Leaf Petitgrain

Middle Notes
Rose Pink Pepper Cardamom Grapefruit

Base Notes
White Amber Cedar Vetiver Patchouli Woodsy Notes

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Rosabotanica Fragrance Reviews

Inventress
Inventress

Balenciaga Rosabotanica EdP is nothing like its predecessor, Florabotanica. Contrary to what the name suggests, Rosabotanica is much less rosy than Florabotanica. I am greeted by a medicinal vibe (fig leaf, which cedar later replaces) in the top notes that sweetens (cardamom) towards the midnotes, but doesn't fully disappear. Reminds me of cough medicine for children. Rose and pink pepper become more pronounced in the midnotes, but to my nose cardamom remains the main attraction, although the two spices intertwine very nicely with each other. The bottom is woody, with patchouli and cedar being the more detectable notes.

On my skin Rosabotanica is an aromatic, green, and, later, woody mix. It's a nice fragrance for everyday and is comfortable to wear.

Oct
13
2014
stelladoro
stelladoro

It's been years since I've found a fragrance that isn't fruity, gourmand or juvenile. I love the fragrance of certain roses, but very few rose perfumes. Rose is definitely the heart of this and the peppery, spicy notes make this rose burst into life. Not spectacular, but a welcome relief from what's been on the market lately. I use it for everyday wear. Sort of a ghost version of 'Rose Barbare' - now that's a rose!

Sep
20
2014
JaiTee
JaiTee

Such a lovely, uplifting scent. The opening is more complex than the drydown, which is a green, almost lily of the valley-like scent on me. (My skin amplifies LOTV). Perfect for a morning/daytime pick-me-up.

Aug
30
2014
LisaMari
LisaMari

the opening, for me, is strong honey&lemon, its like lockets actually, then later in the drydown there's dewy rose and clammy skin (I guess that's the cardomon?) its sexy and flirty in an understated way, which is the best way imo. The only minus for me is the honey-lemon, it stays throughout.. I would prefer if it didn't and for the fleshy rose to be more prominent and lose the honey.

Aug
21
2014
Absinth_fairy
Absinth_fairy

Smells like vacation in Barcelona. My bf gone totally crazy after sniffing my neck. Soft but modern, unusual but good to work and very very dreamy. I love it.

Aug
14
2014
Housebliss
Housebliss

I shoved my nose onto a woman's neck at work because she smelled so wonderful.

"Aaahh ROSABOTANICA!!!" I screamed into her ear, and then she slapped me. What a wonderful smellin' slap I must say.

After work we held hands and skipped off into the sunset.

Aug
13
2014
JeanMaurice
JeanMaurice

Synthétique, mais je trouve plutôt bien. Plus doux et moins agressif que ce que j'aurais pensé.
Belle bouteille!

3,5/5

Aug
07
2014
lilytrivette
lilytrivette

This scent is gorgeous. It falls on the hot side of scents but I love it because there is that hint of sweet too. The scent stays on me all day which is a plus. The size of the mini was perfect for my first purchase of this product and it fits nicely in a purse. I would recommend this.

Aug
06
2014
sparkybish
sparkybish

I can't stop sniffing my arm where I sprayed this. I am thoroughly into the drydown of this fragrance for the second time and I have a hard time pulling out any particular notes, except a little patchouli. Really blended very well. Reminds me of a bathbomb from Lush. I will definitely give my sample a full use and then decide on purchase. Because I freaking love that bottle.

Aug
01
2014
beautyhustler
beautyhustler

This scent wasn't re formulated. There is florabotanica and this one is rosabotanica. two different scents. I thought I was smelling a strong honey note but I guess its the fig in conjunction with other things that threw me off…very nice scent.

Jul
31
2014
Lana148
Lana148

Very nice rose fragrance.

The sweet & fresh rose scent mixed with a lush green garden smell. The fig note is quite noticeable here.

Overall much nicer then Florabotanica, worth checking out.

Jul
17
2014
Littlegrassstraw
Littlegrassstraw

I am almost addicted to the smell but do not like to wear it somehow - strange! It smells like fig powder but made of very fresh green figs. I love fresh figs! Well, at the same time it does not smell natural at all and here is where it gets really weird: in spite of that I just want to keep smelling it. Fresh and flowery in a very unusual way, like a flower invented in a lab. Notes do not stand out, it is a very unified scent. I can imagine some lovely decorative writing-paper smelling like this! Very linear in strength (a good moderate sillage) and notes. However, as much as I love the scent I seem to get tired of it when wearing it. Maybe this is rather a smell for things than persons? Or maybe it just lacks a more "natural" note to keep it grounded.
For a modern lady who loves fresh fig, likes something different fresh/flowery and who is up for something engineered rather than natural extracts.

Update: I had a very strange experience not long ago, when I realized something in my house which has a very similar scent (in a very mild version): my dishwashing detergent! How strange. It is one classy smelling dishwashing detergent, I say.

Jul
11
2014
chrisndema
chrisndema

I'm sorry i can't. I sprayed this on and i wanted to gag. Too floral-sweet. To me its like the water that you had your flowers in for about 2 weeks in a vase. No can't do for me!

Jun
29
2014
SweetChouli
SweetChouli

Ahh, such a refreshing smell. To me this is so much better than the earlier Florabotanica. And of course the bottle is adorable! I think this is a perfect summer scent with just the right touch of green and spice. I do not pick up on the rose at all, but it might be there somewhere. I only wish it lasted a bit longer. I am willing to accept shorter longevity though for such a lovely fragrance. I don't mind reapplying.

Jun
29
2014
dsty
dsty

I was attracted to this in the store without having heard of it before, because I liked the bottle and the name. It sounds interesting: a botanical garden in Spain; I remember one of those from my holiday in Valencia, and it was lovely. I can't remember if it smelled anything like this, probably not, but I think I'll conveniently persuade myself that it did and remember it that way from now on, because I do love this scent.
I can't discern any notes, because as someone else has already mentioned it is very well mixed, but I get the impression of juicy greenness (??), a garden filled with lush plants and flowers, doused in honey. I know there's no honey in the notes, but that's the most dominant thing it reminds me of. It is very sweet in any case, but in a decidedly non-gourmand way, which is something different for me, and I must say I like it very much. No complaints on longevity or sillage.
I have some of my sample left, but I will buy a bottle of this some time in the future. I think it will be great year-round.

Jun
25
2014
Poboijosh
Poboijosh

I received a sample of Rosabotanica a while back and sprayed a tiny bit on the back of my hand just to see what it smelled like, and I liked it, but didn`t think much more of it and put the sample away... well today I decided to revisit my sample goodie baggie, and the Rosabotanica that I completely forgot about immediately piqued my interest again, so after a nice shower, I gave this juice a proper wearing. Mainstream(ish) or not, and especially coming from a complete niche slut, Balenciaga`s Rosabotanica is an amazing perfume! The blending is done so well that I'm having a difficult time even dissecting the notes. I'm not sure where that Rose is at and I happen to love Rose perfumes, but I can't detect it anywhere, only the Fig Leaf, Petitgrain, Hyacinth, Grapefruit, Cedar and Amber, and everything in that order from the most pronounced note to the weakest, and none of that really matters anyways because what these notes deliver smells like nothing that you think it would. The impression I get is the olfactory illusion of a bar of natural soap made from animal fat that has Mint and Eucalyptus in it, and exactly what the inside of a Pier1 import® store smells like, and the overall feeling is that of being cool, crisp, slightly mentholated, and a tad soapy, and to be honest, I've never smelled a perfume like this before... longevity is quite descent in the 8 hour range with arms length sillage, and Rosabotanica is smack dab in the middle of being Unisex. That flacon is quite interesting, but it doesn't match the smell of this juice. Overall, I really like this one, it`s a full flacon worthy perfume, simply for smelling very unusual and really nothing like perfume at all, and gives you the wearer more the impression of experiencing some relaxing and overdue aromatherapy, and outside of the fact that Rosabotanica is really a hot synthetic mess, it does not smell synthetic at all, and even more brownie points is that it lasts!

Edit: The lasting power on this juice is really something else, and I'm quite amazed by it... I applied Rosabotanica around 2pm yesterday, and it's now almost 8am this morning, and I'm still catching wafts of it, and that was maybe from a mere 1ml that was left in that sample, wow, that's over 18 hours with mild projection... super cool!

Jun
23
2014
arenee92
arenee92

I love Florabotanica, which is odd for me since I'm a fruity floral and gourmand lover.

Rosabotanica is Florabotanica's older and more mysterious sister. This is less sweet than Florabotanica, more earthy, and woody. It's kind of "grassy" to my nose. A unique and beautiful scent in it's own right, it isn't my favorite, but I can, and do appreciate this fragrance.

Jun
23
2014
Elmyra
Elmyra

In which country is this perfume available? Or which airport?

Is it available in Barcelona???
Please let me know...much appreciated :)

Jun
14
2014
mattie
mattie

This perfume is the best I've ever worn. I simply can't get enough of it ! The top notes are sharp : fig leaves and pink pepper - it smells a little bit like honey on me and I think it's downright audacious. My nose itches a little bit. It's like coffee : a strong taste you get used to and you finally get addicted to. A few minutes after, the rose appears. It is not the rose you smell in Chloé, nor the one you smell in Lancôme's Trésor... It's the rose that grows in your garden, the real rose, that you smell with its foliage and its soil. Here, the spicy notes of the beginning take sense : they play the role of thorns. Finally, the only thing that disappoints me with this perfume is that it goes down way too quickly. It sticks really well to the skin, even after the shower in my case (!!) but there is no sillage, nobody else than me can enjoy the amazing experience this perfume is. But since I'm selfish, I'll keep on wearing it ;)

May
25
2014
amywamywoo
amywamywoo

Absolutely not for me, and just so you know I love Florabotanica to bits.

Must be the fig leaf, I super excitedly sprayed this generously on a paper strip.
This hurt my nose, it was overly sharp, bitter and minty.
I know I should test it further on my skin, but i really don't fancy a round two gagfest with it.
This has only ever happened to me one time before and that was when I tested TM Womanity (which also has fig leaf in).

May
19
2014
angiebutterfly
angiebutterfly

GORGEOUS, in my opinion. A pleasant surprise for me, considering I genuinely did not like Florabotanica and thought it'd be too much of a powdery rose scent. It's not that in the slightest. It's very green and not what you'd expect at all.

But this is certainly a perfume that people will either like or dislike. Anything that's very green, earthy and spicy is what I believe to be an acquired taste. (Understandably, since not everyone wants to smell like hot dirt, steamy air and flowers. Haha!) I personally find it divine in its initial intrigue and ability to transform nicely on my skin. Firstly, I am hit with this unbelievably herbal, fresh, vibrant and spicy blend that I find intoxicating. A lot of people were right on the money in that it smells like a hothouse, or an open field after it rains, or how your hands smell after gardening. I truly cannot get enough of how it reminds me of my summers spent in the mountains. Or rainy afternoons on an otherwise nice day and the sun comes back out soon afterward. Simply beautiful.

After the dry down, the scent starts to change into something that is a little more generic, yet remains quite nice to me. It's still very warm and a little spicy from the pink pepper. I do find it to be much cleaner, tamer, a little creamy and sweet, and detect a slightly soapy impression once the strong herbal smell fades more. Admittedly, I was at first disappointed the smell that took my breath away faded into something that was safe. But I quickly changed my mind after I kept smelling my wrist or putting my head down my shirt to get a whiff of that clean comfort. I think Balenciaga took a daring scent and made it more modern and wearable for most people in the end. (A testament to Cristobal's style, if I do say so myself.) Adding to my theory is how surprisingly close this perfume sits to the skin. It has very moderate sillage.

Overall, I define this scent as being very clean, yet sexy and interesting. I see a very classy and modern lady wearing this. The description given this perfume is "Spicy. Beautiful. Dangerous." which is accurate. I would say it's "Earthy. Spicy. Fresh." LOVE!

May
15
2014
silviaci
silviaci

The first few minutes of wearing this on my skin were simply flamboyant. An energizing, fresh and green rose with a modern twist.
Some compare it to Un Jardin en Mediterranée, so I tested the two together and found that Rosabotanica goes on greener and lighter, whereas the fig note in Un Jardin takes a bit too much center stage and gets stickly milky along the way, thus losing its balance.

Back to Rosabotanica, anyway, the fresh rose/herby combo (a herb that, although not listed, smells rather minty and fresh to me) reminded me of the beautiful Very Irresistible by Givenchy, but on a higher, more complex and polished plan. I especially love the sifting, interchangeable notes wafting now and then, some of red, slightly sour roses, some of herbs and fig leaves (the leaves - not the fruit), some of light fresh spices.

It definitely speaks French, mostly urban French with some naif Northern European accent.
But then...

After only twenty minutes or so, the fresh spicy notes begin to fade, an so does the rose.
What's left is plain, cheap, exact replica of L'erbolario Hedera: I can't distinguish the two!
Which is still a compliment, because Hedera is really lovely (although I can't figure any smell from Hedera-Ivy), but for the price of RosaBotanica, I get slightly disappointed.
I recommend you try it, and if you can't grab a bottle of Hedera, you won't regret buying this one.

May
05
2014
angel6
angel6

It's very green when first applied, but dries down to a very soft modern and elegant rose . I'm in love it's beautiful.

May
03
2014
Yohji
Yohji

Admirable scent of sweet briar flowers on me, fig leaf gives herbal - grassy fresh burst, with eyes closed not knowing its Balenciaga one I would vote for Hermes type of fragrance - very silky, urban image of perfect alien-faced woman. Without a shadow of a doubt - will be liked by many of us.

Apr
23
2014
lucifera
lucifera

smells like those scented steam cabins

Apr
20
2014
ChaiLatte2009
ChaiLatte2009

Pretty amazing. Smells like botanical garden full of exotic roses... Steamy air inside of a green house, mixed with a smell of damp soil. Because of that it sort of reminds me of Eden by Cacharel. But it's much more delicate, much more complex. Very floral, but in a good, realistic kind of way. Unusual for sure.
Face of the perfume, actress Kristen Stewart, does not suit to them at all. I'm so happy I tried them despite that.

Mar
29
2014
Vintage_Kitten
Vintage_Kitten

While I was in Paris two Springs ago, I kept smelling this certain scent. I'm still not sure if it was the flowers, the perfume the women wore on the metro, or just hints of the unfamiliar smell of the Mediterranean. Almost immediately, it filled my heart with longing to emulate this feeling I had every time I caught the cool, complicated, yet fun, woodsy and floral scent.

On the last leg of my trip I bemoaned the fact that while I seemed to smell it everywhere, I went I had no idea how to find this quintessential perfume. A kind sister of a friend offered to take me shopping the morning of our flight home and I found Hermes 'Un Jardin En Mediterranee', which until now, brought me the closest to the perfume I had been looking for.

Fast forward two years, in which time I'd not stopped thinking about my trip and that amazing scent. I was at Sephora, thinking maybe I'd buy the not- quite-right Hermes again, but then saw the unusual Balenciaga bottle, covered in it's stripes and darkly erotic fairy tale flowers. On a whim, I took what I thought would be a casual sniff. Whoa. This was it. I turned to my husband, almost in tears, and told him "This, this! This is what Paris smells like".

Mar
28
2014
LizzieBea
LizzieBea

I'm curious as to why they named this one Rosabotanica, because there is hardly any rose in it at all. If you ignore that, however, and judge it on its on merits, this is a great perfume. The fig leaf is most prominent to my nose, and it blends with the rest of the perfume's gard in a fascinating way. I find myself inhaling deeply throughout the day, and I only wish it lasted a bit longer.

Mar
06
2014
myrna_minkoff
myrna_minkoff

Rosabotanica smells quite like raw spring honey (honey is harvested in spring, summer & late summer, each with a distinctively different smell and taste). Spring honey has a peppery green finish, like this lovely fresh scent.

But unlike many other Fragraticans below, I find ENORMOUS rose... but it is mingled with menthol, which obscures and complicates the rose.

Refreshing and unique, with huge interest.

Mar
01
2014
flowers-in-the-springtime
flowers-in-the-springtime

These are the notes that I can smell which are totally different to the ones in the pyramid and indeed in the description given by the perfume house itself.
The opening is a beautiful effervescent, lemony and grapefruit citrus which is enhanced by a herbal, almost pine like note further enhanced by a sweet woodyness. The grapefruit is slightly bitter and complements the peppery opening.
This is a gorgeous fresh start to a wonderful journey into a Spanish orchard in midsummer, when the fruit is ripe and ready for the picking and the smell of harvesting is in the air.
Rose??? I'm trying very hard to smell rose since I am a rose lover, (my perfume wardrobe should tell you that) but try as hard as I might, I cannot get a rose note.
The fact that there is no rose is not a problem to me as this perfume is astoundingly beautiful and I mean that in all sincerity.
This is a stunning fragrance! It surrounds you with the most discreet freshness and unique green aroma of spicy, herbal, citrus florals. It boarders on the sweet but misses it slightly. Indeed, the sweetness that I mention to you, may be misleading since this is a very natural sweetness and not at all sugary or synthetic.

One Fragrantican said that this is a complex perfume which needs handling well and I couldn't agree more. This is a complex and intoxicating journey which I am so glad to have taken and the memory of it will surely induce me to purchase a FB in the future.

Feb
25
2014
cherie97
cherie97

It's a suprising creation, full of misunderstandings. The first thing you can get fooled by is it's name. The scent has NOTHING to do with rose. If there's a rose in Rosabotanica, it's an imaginary rose.

It opens up spicy and light, with a lot of cedar from the very beginning.
It's herbal-like, peppery-floral, that creates an image of rainy forest in your mind - a forest that is both sweltering and fresh, a forest filled with cedar wood scent and hybrid flowers.

As the time goes by, the cedar scent soaks with forest rain, and the fragrance becomes quiet and peaceful.

It's an unique creation, niche-like, very beautiful. Rosabotanica developes amazingly, and it's a pleasure to take this journey.

Although it is such pleasure to sniff, it's not so easy to wear. It needs a lot of courage and imagination. It's not an easy pick, I wouldn't wear this myself, but I definitely enjoy this creation, especially the drydown - it's almost magical.

It beats Florabotanica to me, I really can appreciate this masterpiece.
The bottle is beautiful too.
The only mistake is the name. It should be called like the previous scent (and Florabotanica smells like rose indeed, so they should just switch names).

Feb
25
2014
maltatude
maltatude

I don't recommend buying this one blind. Contrary to what others have put here - the rose is barely there, if at all. I am unsure why people are getting a rose note when its more of a green, leafy floral note.

I found this to be sharp and it didn't improve as it continued. I think this will really be marvelous on others, but I don't see the connection between the name and the juice - roses dont take centre stage at all (I am a very big rose fan). Comments that it is fresh is on the mark, but rather than a aquatic/ozonic fresh it is a sharper, citrus mingling with green floral notes.

Definitely try it because I think some people will love this one to death, but rose afficionados may feel it falls short...

Feb
23
2014
Ghosty
Ghosty

For the first couple of hours it smells exactly like Un Jardin En Mediterranee Hermes, but then very strony rose scent is noticeable. Good longevity, however sillage is quite poor - sits close to the skin.

Feb
21
2014
Wonderfugl
Wonderfugl

I love Florabotanica and I loved the original bottle, but I do not care for this at all: neither scent nor bottle.

To me the scent is nothing but a blast of sweetly-green fig with citrus deep inside. I have still to wait for further drydown, but so far - 2 hours in - it's still just the fig and that sizzling sour thing deep at the back of my nose that is the citrus. I almost provokes saliva, like real lemon juice does as you squeeze it. Not pleasant to me at all. And I am a lemon lover.

Also: I get absolutely no rose. At all. Nothing rosy at all, in fact. So the name comfuses me a lot, too.

Feb
20
2014
Elenany
Elenany

The bottle is amazing and I loved Florabotanica already - so I had to try it out. What I loved about Florabotanica was that it did not have this mainstream touch to it. unfortunately Rosabotanica does have it…I can't really say what it is, but it might be just the green notes in the beginning that ruined it for me..well, anyways, I might give it another try, I guess I was expecting something more risky from Balenciaga here.

Feb
20
2014
lovescents999
lovescents999

I feel so lucky that my skin chemistry gets the best out of this gorgeous scent! It's blasting with the sweet pepper in the opening, with a little bit of rose right behind it. Yes, it is green. Green fig leaves, which I love. It lasts on me all day and I keep getting compliments for hours from both men and women. Sillage is amazing! I really didn't expect this fragrance to be as beautiful, especially after trying Florabotanica which wasn't impressive at all. Rosabotanica is fresh and spicy at the same time, and very feminine.

Feb
18
2014
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

When I saw THIS bottle, I had to try it:)
Unfortunately, scent is very greenish. I can smell mostly green leaves, grass, and something quite bitter.
However, my skin is totally incompatible with pure green scents. So, if you like green scents, try it. I really envy anyone who has skin chemistry for this fragrance. Because of this gorgeous bottle, of course!

Feb
18
2014
pauluch3
pauluch3

This is one of the most interesting fragrances that have been released recently. Yet, interesting does not necessarily mean pleasant. Unfortunately, the petit grain ruined it for me again.
By no means is this composition mainstream. It is ideal for daring individuals who love standing out, but at the same time want a subtle office-friendly edt for the warmer months.

Feb
14
2014
marcnatandcat
marcnatandcat

I’m in love with this scent. I MAYBE bought the full-size in between writing this post and editing. In bottle it smells exactly like Florabotanica which I hated, but on skin it’s completely different. It’s a nice even mix of fig and rose. It’s not my favorite tea rose. It’s more like a Damask Rose absolute. This scent is a combo of Imogen Rose by Lush and Philosykos by Diptyque. This all sits on top of a beautiful woodsy middle featuring vetiver. I always thought I didn’t like vetiver, but it works beautifully in this scent. It’s a strong scent with moderate to soft sillage so it’s perfect for work and other places where humans gather.
tl;dr: 5/5 woodsy and deep rose/fig scent.

Feb
12
2014
Marie76
Marie76

This opens quite rosy and powdery on me, and it has a vintage feel to it that's left me thinking " where have I smelled this before?" However, it dries down with hyacinth and ?tea.?lavender... Not sure but something that my nose can not tolerate...I love florabotanica, despite its lack of " personality", this has more character, but it nauseates me, oh well...

Feb
11
2014
ArkangeL
ArkangeL

Rosabotanica strikes me as "upbeat". A fragrance only a woman of confidence can wear without conflict. Rosabotanica is sexy, daring and audacious. Unlike the obnoxious, green, horrid Florabotanica. For some reason, I'm vaguely reminded of Kilian's Back To Black Aphrodisiac. Considerably because I keep thinking I'm smelling honey. Balenciaga's "experimental rose" is the key note, but it is the hyacinth which gives it body. Rosabotanica is better figured with more structure. Dare to be different and turn heads with Rosabotanica.

I can understand why many are disappointed with this fragrance, but Balenciaga is now distributed by Coty Prestige. Although you can't expect anything luxury grade from this company, Rosabotanica isn't nearly as "mass market" as Philosophy or the Vera Wang Princess line.

Feb
10
2014
genny17
genny17

The bottle is as pretty as the juice inside, and mainstream perfumery is doing just fine with that creation!! I like it, better than the first one, this is very fresh, very nice, dewey flowers, a rose scent, elegant, as nice as a stroll in a French garden in April..of course it isn't wayyy different than lots of pretty scents out there.,it isn't trying to be a masterpiece, simply a nice stylish fresh floral..I can see myself wearing it.. Lots... I get a hint of mint freshness mingled in the floral notes.
It is of course a perfume that can reach to any age group, and is easy to wear, and nothing wrong with it!! I am not asking my perfumes to stimulate my intellect really, simply to smell very pretty, and feminine.Rosabotanica does the trick..

Feb
09
2014
sherapop
sherapop

Little if any plant life appears to have been sacrificed in the production of this perfume. I was not a fan of the original Florabotanica, which seemed like a cruel joke. Botanical? What? This flanker has a marked fig note and a lot of abstract greenishness. There's not a lot of rose going on here--whether abstract or natural--and the sinus clearing effect suggests the presence of a healthy (or not...) dose of iso-E-super.

It's okay, I suppose. Time to face the facts: this is the future of mainstream perfumery. When people will buy and even praise to high heavens this sort of juice, what motivation can a perfume industry executive have for returning to the good old days?

Personally, I find the bottle hideous, but it does seem to match the contents to some extent.

Feb
09
2014
velveteenbloom
velveteenbloom

Spraying this perfume on is like stepping into a greenhouse overcrowded with lianas and creeping vines and the occasional tropical bird-of-paradise. You can really smell the wood in this, the bark of trees. If you can imagine, it's like opening up an encyclopaedia on plants. Having said all that, though, I actually really like it. It's innovative and creative, a different take on modernity.

Feb
08
2014
StellaXYH
StellaXYH

Balenciaga Rosabotanica opens with a fair amount of mint and green elements, which made me believe that it would be cool and green, like its predecessor, Florabotanica. But, no. When other notes from the heart and base start to unfold, Rosabotanica shows a warmer personality. I actually am not able to pick out individual notes in Rosabotanica. But for the first two hours of the development of the fragrance, the blend of which I believe is from rose, fig, citrus and some spices, makes me think of an over ripened melon on the verge of decaying. This luscious sweetness, while not necessarily being repellant, is uncommon for me in a fragrance.

Later on, this sweetness smoothens more and more, and keeps away from the previous melon association for me. I then can get rose and fig more easily. But the woody notes are never prominent, maybe a smidgen of vetiver and amber, just to keep the base.

The sillage is moderate and the longevity is around 10 hours. I have to admit that I prefer Florabotanica for its cool, green aura. But at the same time, Rosabotanica, being warmer, might appeal to those who find Florabotanica too cold. However, I strongly suggest sampling before buying, no matter how attractive the bottle can be.

Feb
03
2014
Tovah
Tovah

I agree about the harsh opening, which is overwhelmingly minty and quite bitter on my skin. It's a strange fragrance; reminiscent of something that would be created by Strange Invisible Perfumes. In fact...it calls to mind Lyric Rain. After a few minutes this is one interesting fragrance. It really does smell a bit exotic and "dangerous" and whatever rose that "experimental" one is, it's intriguing.

I cannot fathom my nose getting "Chance" notes from this...but Chance is different on me from the way many people perceive it. Chance is a vanilla Oriental on my skin, and the green notes never really take center stage. If you get a lot of green notes in Chance than you may think it is similar to Rosabotanica, (which is a compliment, in my opinion).

Rosabotanica reminds me of a couple of different fragrances until it mellows into "itself". At first, it's very much like Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint. It's damp, cool, and, bitter. My nose doesn't pick out grapefruit as a single note, but I can sense that it's supporting the clarity of other notes. Hyacinth is the predominant floral here, but it's almost a "poisoned" flower (in a good way). I think the strange rose notes, blended with cardamom, are responsible for the mysterious change in hyacinth's usual personality. It's fascinating how this scent starts so incredibly fresh and green, then does a 180 and morphs into a nearly tropical, warm, haunting fragrance.

Even if the scent is unappealing to many, I like it because it's DIFFERENT from the endless array of new fragrances released over the last decade, that instantaneously have been forgotten with one sniff. In truth, this is not my idea of a masterpiece. If nothing else its appeal can come from the fact that it is quite recognizable!

Jan
31
2014
Debsmellsgood
Debsmellsgood

I understand the dislikes for this; I didn't like it either when I tested it. The opening is so harsh, not floral, not sweet--I don't know what it is but I don't care for it. However, upon drydown, a softer, powdery, very unique element came into play. Something told me to mix it with another scent; (I don't know why I don't do this more often with other fragrances.)I have Jour d'Hermes, so based upon antonpan's comment below that this shares similarities with that fragrance, I spritzed that on top of Rosabotanica and the two melded together so beautifully. The soft florals in Jour d'Hermes softened the pink pepper plus fig element of Rosabotanica which are the ingredients I think aren't working for me. The drydown of these two meshed together is so nice, very comforting, very pretty, very different. I have to admit I will not wear this on it's own, but layered with the right scent for your taste, it can turn into a beautiful, true, one-of-a kind scent.

Jan
27
2014
mrjohn12
mrjohn12

This smells overly sharp and floral, it actually reminds me of a scent that was used in fake tanning lotion to cover the smell of the DHA. Not a fan

Jan
27
2014
jaylim87
jaylim87

This smells very fresh. I love this one.

Jan
24
2014
Timetoski
Timetoski

Does not smell like chanel chance. Does smell like hermes un jardin en mediterranee. Beautiful.

Jan
23
2014
michelle.p.stpierre
michelle.p.stpierre

Not a safe blind buy. I strongly recommend trying this first. This was at my local Sephora yesterday. I agree with Almarie that it smells like baby desitin ointment. I strongly disagree with the comment that this smells like Chanel's Chance. If it did, I wouldn't have bought Chance yesterday.

Jan
19
2014
antonpan
antonpan

Rosabotanica is a beautiful fragrance. As a predecessor (Florabotanica) it tells the story of a green rose, but now in an absolutely another manner. While Florabotanica is strong and even sultry rose, Rosabotanica is lighter, ethereal lemony rose on a green base with a warm honeyed opening. The sad thing the fragrance is not very distinctive, it contains so much of Hermes DNA inside and reminds of Jour d'Hermes and some of Jardin's.

Jan
18
2014
rockegg
rockegg

Two fragrances with similar bottles from the same company - one has a strong, lasting rose component, and one has just a hint of rose with more green spiciness and wood. One is called Florabotanica and one is called Rosabotanica. Wouldn't you expect the one called Rosabotanica to have the stronger rose scent? I would! But it's the exact opposite.

Rosabotanica is lovely. I don't own it so I haven't lived with it yet but I would like to. I'll probably give myself a spray every time I go through Nordstrom. The heart reminded me, oddly, of import stores where they carry interesting things made of rattan and carved wood. It starts quite fresh and green.

Jan
16
2014
alysiat
alysiat

Decent longevity and enough sillage to be noticeable, but not knock people out. This smells very similar to Chanel Chance to me except Rosabotanica has more rose. On me, this starts with a strong powdery rose then quickly dries down into a strong patchouli & pink pepper spiciness with a pleasant rose background. A far more sparkling scent then most in the "rose" genre and more complex. I'm just not sure if this scent justifies it's price tag yet.

Jan
08
2014
prettyswag
prettyswag

I been wearing this and the more I wear it the scent is even more lovely....the first one has a really dusky old musky rose cheap smelling dry down...this is young, fresh, green , floral and fresh spring and very femme...this is far from any type of baby products...mentioned below...

Jan
07
2014
Cams
Cams

Breathtaking, lovely and feminine. I bought a bottle immediately; a must try!

Jan
07
2014
almarie
almarie

We finally got this at our store (Lord & Taylor) and I can't say that I like it. I much prefer the original over this one. It reminds me of baby desitin ointment, LOL.

Jan
04
2014
genny17
genny17

I also like it better than the original, Rosabotanica is fresh, dewy green scent, pretty, and I would think quite pleasant to wear in spring and summer...
It is unfortunately quite light, and disappears quickly from my skin..I don't think I would purchase it for myself, but I wouldn't mind wearing it..the Rose is subtle in the background, I cant say I detect any fig really.. Also there is a green vibe quite present, fresh also..
It isn't groundbreaking, there are lots of fresh scents like it..but it is in its category pleasant..

Jan
03
2014
prettyswag
prettyswag

This is so inviting, fresh, beautiful and pretty....wayy better than the first one..no doubt ..its that after shower come here clean...if your looking for fresh..this is def it! i will rebuy once i run out!

Jan
02
2014
prettyswag
prettyswag

coming in international stores feb...

Jan
01
2014
nayab153
nayab153

Any news on a UK release guys? (other than airports) lol

Dec
29
2013
prettyswag
prettyswag

i didnt care for the first one..the drydown was very soapy rose cheap smell...but this is more my like a love..very fresh very femme without the over done rose.

Dec
26
2013
prettyswag
prettyswag

i got this for christmas!!! love!

Dec
26
2013
AmoreProfumi
AmoreProfumi

This is beyond beautiful, I received my samples of this in the mail today...I did a spray on my wrist && immediately took a liking to it. If your expecting something super rosy then you will be surprised this is not the giant rose bomb you'd perceive it to be, instead you get a lovely delicate citrusy-green scent with a splash of rose && a hint of spice, you can really detect the fig and grapefruit at first then as it dries down the rose subtly breaks through, nicely done, thank you for not drowning us in a sea of just rose. I will say this is lighter then most of Balenciaga's previous (surely not as pronounced as it's sister flora, which that wasn't a diss b/c I do love Flora) && having tested this on my skin I feel it just doesn't last as long as I'd like it to...but I guess it's ok, It sillage is pretty decent though. I like this but not enough to own, I think I like Flora better, It's an intriguing magical scent well worthy of owning, pretty decent for the fall to the spring but I think it be ok on a cool summer night too, && THAT BOTTLE GIRL!! you see that bottle, I do like that bottle way better, decent pretty scent, give it a try. :)

Overall: 8/10

Dec
23
2013
Christine 78
Christine 78

Want to try this now!! :-P

Dec
13
2013
QueenZoila
QueenZoila

Rosabotanica is exquisite. Got it yesterday. Wearing it today. I cannot get enough of it. Truly a magical garden in which you are enveloped in a veil of exotic flowers. I am delighted! Completely different from Florabotanica; however, I do love them both.

Nov
25
2013
AmoreProfumi
AmoreProfumi

If anyone is having trouble finding this, right now they have it on Neiman Markup, excuse me Marcus.com 3.4oz only (no smaller sizes?!) for $130. EEK! lol Hope that Helps! Someone please buy it && review or go test it so we know if it's worthy or not, lol! :D

Update: Ope NVM they do have a 1.7oz ($100), when I googled it I think it just took me to the page with the larger size, my mistake I see some ppl thumbed my comment down for that :P

Update (12/15): Just ordered samples of this off ebay ($13 for 4 samples)...IKR! so I can try it out, will write a detailed review when I test it out, I have to see for myself if I'll like it enough or not to get it. :)

Nov
24
2013
Spikekuji
Spikekuji

Where are they hiding this frangrance? It's not at Sephora, Nordstroms or Belk. The bottle looks beautiful!

Nov
16
2013
cobralily
cobralily

Oooooh the description for Rosabotanica sounds fantastic and I adore its predecessor. I am so excited for this!

Nov
03
2013

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