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Vent Vert Pierre Balmain for women

Vent Vert Pierre Balmain for women
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Vent Vert by Pierre Balmain is a Floral Green fragrance for women. Vent Vert was launched in 1947. Vent Vert was created by Germaine Cellier for Pierre Balmain. The fragrance was re-introduced in 1991 with reformulation completed by Calice Becker. Another formula was produced beginning in 1999. Top notes are lime, orange blossom, green notes, asafoetida, peach, basil, lemon, bergamot and neroli; middle notes are violet, freesia, jasmine, hiacynth, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose, galbanum, marigold and spicy notes; base notes are iris, sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss, sage, vetiver, styrax and cedar.

Perfume rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 470 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Lime Orange Blossom Green Notes Asafoetida Peach Basil Lemon Bergamot Neroli

Middle Notes
Violet Freesia Jasmine Hiacynth Ylang-Ylang Lily-of-the-Valley Rose Galbanum Marigold Spicy Notes

Base Notes
iris Sandalwood Amber Musk Oakmoss Sage Vetiver Styrax Cedar

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Desir de Nature
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Futur
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A Scent by Issey Miyake
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Vent Vert Fragrance Reviews

Ianthe
Ianthe

Balmain is such a great house: it does three of my all time go-to fragrances, and Vent Vert is one of them.

A delicious, fresh, uplifting, zingy green, it's spring in a bottle: splashing through puddles after a shower, a bright breeze, wet grass and rain soaked flowers, a rainbow.

Beneath all the sharp green, it has a gorgeous floral heart - lily of the valley, jasmine and (one of my favourite notes) freesia. Enduringly feminine but never oversweet, a spritz of Vent Vert always lifts my spirits.

Sep
15
2016
Marie69
Marie69

Ok everyone, Original Yardley Lily of the Valley meets Estee Private Collection, that is a pedestrian take on what must be one of the all time greens around - ever. Testing today, an unopened pristine vintage mini. This is so, so the lovely golden juice of fresh cut flowers and herbs. Now this one is a golden oldie that may well suit young noses. Fresh, green lovely...It is not strong but seems to have good longevity, although soft and subtle, close to the skin, as a perfume should be. Pricey on ebay. Look for minis in collections.

Aug
30
2016
malencar
malencar

Beautiful for everyday use. Reminds me of Safari RL ...discreet and elegant. Same reviewers here are absolutely crazy.

Aug
10
2016
Scatje
Scatje

First I 've got a green mossy smell very citrussy. after 10 minutes I can smell flowers and nature (green) and a scent that you get just after the rain an almost petrichor-kind of scent. The flowers remain and the petrichor is leaning backward but comes and goes the following hours, never really leaving. It becomes more balmy because of the cedar/vetiver. A very fresh and refined perfume that stays, for the following 12 hours, close to the skin.

Jun
27
2016
Parfumee
Parfumee

VENT VERT

BALMAIN

GROUP CHYPRE

NOTES: LIME ORANGE BLOSSOM GREEN NOTES ASAFOETIDA PEACH BASIL LEMON BERGAMOT NEROLI VIOLET FREESIA JASMINE HIACYNTH YLANG YLANG LILY OF THE VALLEY ROSE GALBANUM MARIGOLD IRIS SANDALWOOD AMBER MUSK OAK MOSS SAGE VETIVER STYRAX CEDAR

SILLAGE: VERY HEAVY FILLS A WHOLE ROOM

LONGEVITY VERY LONG LASTING 7 TO 12 HOURS

REMINDS ME OF: CHANEL NO. 19 IVOIRE DE BALMAIN

Vent Vert hit the department stores circa 1947-1948. It was one of my grandmother's perfumes. It smells exactly like it's moniker: green wind. It's a breath of fresh air in the countryside. It smells like the moment you arrive into the countryside (you name it: Provence the South of France or Vermont) and you catch whiffs of distant flowers, you feel the breezes on your skin and hair. It's spring time and the pleasure of the season are all contained in this bottle. The reformulation is not as much a chypre as the original vintage which was a very realistic chypre with strong woodsy notes. The green-floral and woodsy notes made the original very much like the original Chanel No. 19. I would say that both scents can even be layered atop each other. They both smell like you've fallen asleep on the grass. I have fallen asleep on grass so I know of where I speak. To my nose the green notes and galbanum are the strongest accords. All the other "green" notes are here: green lime and lemon, green basil, neroli and lily of the valley. This has a citric opening but it's pure lemon. It smells a bit like a man's aftershave. Then the fragrance develops into a distinct lily of the valley smell. It also has asafetida which gives it a camphor and decidedly oily chypre aromatic air. There's vetiver which is actual grass and styrax from a tree. Woodsy notes make up the dry down. It's a forest smell, a country smell. It's comforting soothing and absolutely beautiful. This is one of the most gorgeous chypres of all time. Germaine Cellier created this scent after having created Fracas and Bandit. This one wears nothing like either of them. This is just a scent of nature, whereas Fracas and Bandit are womanly perfumes on women. This is actual nature in a bottle - minus the animals since there is no musk.

May
27
2016
Lily2ff
Lily2ff

Smells like hairspray with a dash of acetone. What a pity.

May
20
2016
Tracyarts
Tracyarts

The version I currently own is a parfum from the 1991 reformulation, in the bottle with the green swoopy shaped top.

It starts out sour citrus with fresh cut grass, then dries down to a soft green floral. Very pleasant, good for a warm day. I can wear it anywhere. I consider it an upgrade from a basic daily wear fragrance that's pleasant but not too strong or intense.

May
10
2016
ellina1984
ellina1984

Somehow, although a bit austere, Vent Vert smells happy in a fullfilled and satisfied way.

On another note, pease bear with me as I share the vision that came to me today. I was having my 6 o' clock morning coffee and I was sniffing the remains of Vent Vert that I has sprayed the night before, and an image suddenly came to my mind of what Vent Vert smells like to me:

A woman in the 50's decade, wearing a red and white polka dot dress, doing the housework and dancing at the same time, all windows open, the sun streaming in, the smell of the trees and blossoms coming into the house.

If you made it thus far, thank you, and I hope you don't think I have gone bonkers!

Apr
18
2016
socorrosouza
socorrosouza

Vintage Vent Vert was absolutely lovely, an experience that made me love green floral perfumes, which unhappily are not fashionable right now. It was a very well balanced mix of green, citrus (specially lime and lemon), woods (sandalwood, cedar, oakmoss, vetiver though the last two are also green), flowery (hyacinth, LOTV, freesia) and spicy notes with great sillage and longevity. For a perfume which has the same vibe (but is not a dupe) try Surreal Garden, which also reminds me of Calèche.

Apr
10
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Fragrance Review For Vent Vert By Pierre Balmain

Top notes: Lime, Orange blossom, Green notes, Asafoetida, Peach, basil, lemon, bergamot and neroli

Middle notes: Violet, Freesia, jasmine, hiacynth, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose, galbanum, marigold spicy notes

Base notes: Iris, Sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss, sage, vetiver, styrax cedar.

Vent Vert or Green Wind is a spring breeze sweeping through a meadow. This fragrance welcomes the spring with it's fruity-floral-greenery. This is classified as a chypre and the old formula certainly was a traditional chypre with aromatic touches of spice, vetiver, and tons of oak moss and sandalwood. The new formula is not bad but it is allowing the fruits and flower more time to wear on your skin. At the first spritz of Vent Vert I could detect the citrus notes of lemon and lime. Already very green as well with basil and neroli. There is also asafetida and galbanum classic chypre ingredients I have enjoyed many times in fragrances like Lancôme's Magie Noire and most prominently featured in Balmain's Ivoire de Balmain. In fact I would say that Vent Vert is very much in the same family as Ivoire de Balmain, both are superb green earthy sweet chypres. The floral notes in Vent Vert are heady with hyacinth. I detected that hyacinth right away. Then my nose could smell the lily of the valley which was the perfect touch since it's already such a green-and-white flower. The dry down is woodsy with oak moss. Beautiful. Simply enchanting. This fragrance also makes great air freshner for your home. This fragrance always refreshes you, always comforts you and always reminds you that spring is to be enjoyed, savored, smelled and experienced with pleasure.

Apr
09
2016
gigicreation12m.
gigicreation12m.

I love this perfume,.it is perfect for summer, it is fresh and the green is not lemony,but incredible grenish i ever smelled

Apr
01
2016
TaleOfTheRose
TaleOfTheRose

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
Robert Frost.

The harsh bitter verdancy of galbanum with cool citrus being a crisp spring breeze brings forward scents of early flowers and past winter's decay. No other perfume can depict spring as best as Vert Vent. It is breathtaking.
Pre-1991 parfum in rectangular bottle.

Apr
01
2016
valerieeburns
valerieeburns

Fellow Fragranticans, caveat emptor! If you come across the website 'BelowX', which claims to sell the 1991 reformulation in 3.4 oz size as pictured above, be advised that they will ship you the squat, 2.5 oz cube-shaped bottle containing the watered-down weed-juice that bears no resemblance whatever to the fragrance we know and love. Furthermore, attempting to contact them to complain is a lesson in futility (I've tried). So save yourselves the hassle and heartache ...

Feb
14
2016
Jernê Knowles
Jernê Knowles

I confess that green perfumes are not really my thing, but Vent Vert Pierre Balmain makes me think differently about it, since its green aroma born in the aldehydes evolve in sublime form when in contact with skin, it is noteworthy that the version which I write is the 1990, however, before he died pretend to know the original version of 1947 as yet do not know, but I will know it, yes! Some consider it a mess for excess notes charging, but this is an intrinsic feature of the house Pierre Balmain, at least to my nostrils, all fragrances House behave in a way that they were constantly changing, it's like was an identity of Maison; I like that! He was released the same year in which Cabotine comes to perfumístico market, I'm biased, of the 90's decade where the perfume has an extensive olfactory pyramid and once thinking in the final product of creation, it was the central goal of perfumery houses only. intense aldehydes are unveiled in its output with lemon juice, peach pieces and fresh basil leaves, I can not feel anything beyond that, and only that already makes a significant intensity lapada logo on its output. It grows and evolves into a floral thriving with a positive point for the appearance of Roses and Violets associated with a thin spicy spice, giving it a temperate considered leaving it a little more seriously and also still green. In its base notes Iris gives the touch of ancient delicious makeup, vetiver lets shareable, the Amber gives a warm and Musk imposes an odd sensuous silkiness also feel something that makes more rustic, manly through this stage and the burning of wood Cedro idem. It is a green perfume, difficult floralzão to be deciphered accurately by too much information you have and the house that produces not contribute much to this also, but worth it for those who want a different scent to call my spring/summer!

Word of the day: fresh... (day 81)

Feb
11
2016
militanttihintti
militanttihintti

Imagine a large container that has been stuffed completely full with damp grass clippings, moss and dirt. Someone probably sprinkled a tiny bit of lime juice in there too. The container is then left somewhere where it's very hot and steamy - maybe in a sauna - for a few days. When you open the container what does it smell like? Probably something like the opening of Vent Vert. At least that is the picture I have in my mind every time I smell this. Germaine Cellier was a genius.

(I have only tested the vintage scent and I don't know how different the reformulation is.)

Jan
30
2016
nordhaul
nordhaul

Hmmm. VERY old fashioned, powdery, clean
and deceptively NOT REALLY green! Spells
summer... strawberries and farmer's markets.
Gingham and straw clutches. Straw hats and
lemonade. White Eyelet. You get the idea one
hopes. If not then ivory strappy sandals and a
pair of capris. New haircut and a pot of orchids.
And you live in France. It's actually a profound
seriousness found at the heart of the playfulness
encased therein. The polka dots, neon green &
promises of grass-field filled (no pun intended!)
dreams, in the end comes to deliver a nostalgic,
multi dimensional powdery olfactory orchestra w/
notes hitting you upside the head with full bodied
voluptuousness & depth. Not a "happy" perfume
even though overtly cheerful. Euphoric longings
is the result of her somber heart and melancholic
undertones. Impressed! but I feel piney. ...Peace...

Jan
28
2016
Bigsly
Bigsly

Not as green as I thought it would be (I think my bottle is pre-1991), but certainly floral (though still possibly in unisex territory, IMO). It's quite dry, almost hay-like, with a cross between the animalic (probably from the jasmine) and the earthy. It reminds me somewhat of M. de Morabito (a "masculine)!

UPDATE: After about two hours it went into a slightly powdery/green direction, with a slightly floral musk, including a kind of "clean smoke" quality to it.

Jan
26
2016
sleepy*weasel
sleepy*weasel

I was lucky enough to find a pre-1991 original, good condition bottle. Wow. Sour, bitter green. tangy with galbanum giving way to floral notes and a lovely powdery drydown with real lasting power.

Scents of this depth and evolution are rare today. I haven't found this particular green note in any other scent so far. I've smelled fresh, wet, dry and smoky greens but this note is something else. It's an acquired taste, but once acquired, one is hooked. Sadly this may be the only bottle I ever find of this age, I have the middle version which is nice enough (post 1991) but lacks some depth; and I won't bother with the new version, it would only suffer by comparison.

This version of it has now gone; but it's the still green-brown of a pool in the deep woods. Lovely. Like the original Opium, find a vintage one x

Dec
01
2015
zauberbeuteltier
zauberbeuteltier

I bought this based on everybody's reviews - particularly the promise of the scent of newly-mown grass. Growing up, mowing was my brother's chore, and I would sprawl in his wake making fun of him. The smell reminds me of being giddy and naughty, and it is as familiar a scent to me as the smell of my unshowered husband (mmmm, gamey!). The green in this perfume, to my nose, is as un-fresh-grassy as can be. The dominant green note that I smell actually reminds me a bit of silage (not siLLage, which many seem to spell as siLage - siLage is actually a common animal feed made from fermented grass), which has a seriously unpleasant, but decidedly green, odor. If someone were so batty as to mix a 50/50 blend of silage and the powder my grandmother used to use, that would be exactly what I smell. It's the type of thing that I smell a LOT in my work with the elderly. Underneath the sharp, fermented, powdery, brazen blast, I do detect something that hints at a lovely, playful lightness. I'm frustrated that it is so overwhelmed by unpleasantness that I can't even put my finger on what it is. Did I get a bad/old bottle? Possibly. Not a good body chemistry match? Probably. But I can tell you that what I am currently smelling on my arm is, in a word, icky.

Aug
20
2015
MadMadamMimm
MadMadamMimm

Wearing the vintage. Green is an understatement. It is different from every other perfume I have ever smelled. It opens smelling like salad and grass clippings- maybe even a salad OF grass clippings, right down to a hint of balsamic vinaigrette. Then it begins to smell strangely of a doctor's or dentist's office. Is that galbanum? It's not bad, but very, very different. It would 100% never be marketed as a feminine scent today. It would probably be marketed as a unisex niche scent from Demeter or something. Except it is a lot more photo-realistic of green things than most of those types of perfume lines ever do. Upon smelling it, I immediately recognized the smell, even though I can't place it. It's so interesting, and I mean that not as a euphemism, but as a sincere compliment. Every Germaine Cellier fragrance I smell is so different from the last one I smelled, and I love how bold they all are. What a genius.

It reeks of daytime, springtime. Yet I can picture a summer evening at a European resort on the coast, with a stiff breeze off the ocean chilling a woman who was not dressed for it, but who remains because she needed to come out to the water's edge to think. Germaine Cellier was a conjurer. I have to say I love it. I can't admire something this strongly and not call it love. I could go on, and I may later, as the scent unfolds.

Jul
29
2015
AngieGCarp
AngieGCarp

I have had this on my want list soo long that I think it still came in the "lettuce" on top bottle which has since been re-bottled into a classier looking, but not as fun, flanker. This is a lovely fresh fragrance that is VERY similar to A Scent by Issey Miyake. A Scent though is more floral where this one is more herbal. The difference is minor but in my opinion it is still worth owning both. For me, the house of Balmain can do no wrong and this is no exception. This is age appropriate for all....fresh, classy and non-offensive.

Jul
01
2015
Julia1506
Julia1506

The best reformulation I'd tried so far. First of all, the bouquet: reach, sophisticated and very elegant. The perfume has this nice touch of the "old school" without turning "old lady" kind of scent. It is modern enough to be worn nowadays, but elegant enough to be categorized as vintage. The very first whiff is pretty strong, but after 20-30 minutes the scent develops into something warm and aromatic, still having a little sharpness of green notes. I do recognize floral notes, but they are not playing "first violin" in this orchestra. 2 hours later - no sharpness, the scent turns to be intimate, balsamic with a hint of flowers.
The price of this perfume is very reasonable, while its quality is much higher than most of modern bestsellers.
My rank: 8 of 10.

Jun
23
2015
Sanskilainen
Sanskilainen

My review is for the Vintage pure perfume in the square little bottle.
I can't get my head around this. It is sophisticated and green, like grassy air after the rain and still not grassy at all. I have no idea what I am sensing. And it is also heavy and serious with the vetiver and galbanum. On me there are no flowers to be seen or smelled, just the greens. No sweetness och fruitiness, no watery freshness. If green has a smell then vent Vert must be it.

Jun
05
2015
archivist
archivist

Boy do I ever wish they'd change the bottle picture. The one with the weird neon green plastic cap gives me the creeps and I can't figure out why.

I've never smelled any of the Vent Vert vintages prior to the golf ball cap bottle. Chances are pretty good that I wouldn't like them. The top notes in this mirror those in Jacomo Silences, in the vintage of which the hyacinth and oakmoss combine to make something really fetid IMO, like a wet chain smoker who is wearing Liz Claiborne Sport. I find it pretty rank. I was not real concerned that I'd find this rank, because reformulations take out all of the "good stuff" that I kind of... Don't like in my greens. I like vintage oakmoss in vintage Guerlain chypres, orientals, and chypre-orientals. In anything else I can really seriously live without it.

Vent Vert in this most modern reformulation is a reasonably tenacious green, a reasonably sophisticated green. Not as sophisticated or redolent of quality as No. 19 or anything like that, but it is similar-to-but-better-than Chloe Fleurs de Capucine, for example, if better means more complex, a little more floral, a little less literal, a little more staying power.

Unobjectionable. Modernized, neutralized, and perfectly fine.

Apr
23
2015
maggiedot
maggiedot

Hello,
I fell in love with the Vent Very in the tall bottle with the green leaf cap and the little polka dotted bow. I was so disappointed to see that the bottle had changed, as well as the price (more $$ for less fragrance) and I'm also concerned that the actual formulation has changed. Has anyone tried the fragrance in the new bottle, and do you think it's the same as what was sold in the previous bottle? Thanks for your help!

Mar
03
2015
chayaruchama
chayaruchama

I've tried, but I can't take the reformulations - either of them.
I fell in love with the original when I was very young, and I love that version the best, when I can get hold of a well-preserved flacon.
Nothing hits the spot like the real thing <3

Feb
26
2015
Fhaldara
Fhaldara

Very complex and classic green floral, just got a mini bottle from ebay. It does resemble Rocher's Desir de Nature, maybe just a bit less sweet. Its pretty and interesting and has good longevity - really like it!

Feb
21
2015
piersvernon
piersvernon

Opens with a really powerful 'GREEN' burst.

If Green could have a smell, this would be it. Green-Crisp-Light-Country Fresh

Then slowly shifts into a nice floral haze

and ends in a delicious, clean, almost soapy 'just out of the bath tub' sort of feeling.

Perfect for one of those 'summery-i-need-to-feel-clean' sort of days.

Jan
29
2015
SCBohemian
SCBohemian

If happiness could be bottled, it would smell like Balmain's Vert Vent! The effervescent opening of lemon verbena and lime develop into freesia and marigold blossoms. The drydown notes of cedar and freshly cut hay are lush and comforting. A fresh, complex "green" potion that is uplifting. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous--the icing on the cake! Vert Vent reminds me of a lighter, more citrusy cousin of Ralph Lauren's Safari.

Jan
08
2015
Arlene-Beatrix
Arlene-Beatrix

Fresh green scent, quite pleasant - I can guarantee you that because I'm usually not keen on green scents. I mean, this scent is good enough to be a lucky exception.
At first it is intense like a green garden after a shower, but after a while it settles down to very nice, refreshing scent. I think it could be great in heat.
Green fragrances' lovers, you must try this one!

Nov
10
2014
t4x3
t4x3

I have a small sample of vintage Vent Vert. It is a heartbreaker as the tiny decant won't last and the scent also doesn't last on my skin. This is green in the best way, sexy and sophisticated. I'll be very happy when I find something similar with longevity.

Oct
28
2014
bouchardjen
bouchardjen

I wasn't crazy about this in the warm humid weather, but now that fall is here and it is dry out, I'm loving it.

During the summer, it didn't seem fresh, it was overwhelming to me in the way it spread out, but now it is just delicious and lingers perfectly. Each new waft of scent is a pleasant surprise.

Oct
12
2014
Snapple8
Snapple8

This is a new fragrance for me. It smells wonderful! I love it so much that I even spray it on my bed sheets before going to sleep. It is a fresh, sophisticated, and elegant perfume. And the new-er bottle with silver "ball" cap is beautiful, too. It will be definitely one of my favorites.

Sep
12
2014
Housebliss
Housebliss

After an hour this reminds me so much of Chanel Pour Monsieur (and the Concentree version), but a little sweeter. It seems quite strong, so I wouldn't do more than two sprays.

If you're looking for Pour Monsieur EDP, look no further.

Aug
22
2014
Jillita
Jillita

This is the greenest perfume I've ever tried and I mean that in the best way. I wanted the smell of a grassy knoll in a spring wind and I got it. It's sharp, bitter, acidic, resinous. At first I thought it was too linear, but keep sampling until a neroli-cedar-sage base presented, which added an interesting and welcome sensual dimension to the piercing green. Will keep trying to see if I can detect more flowers. So far, only the barest hint of hyacinth which gets lost among the essence of grasses, mosses, and stems.

I love the bottle, a crystal cube that displays lime colored juice topped with a hammered silver knob and a green polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

Aug
02
2014
ChaiLatte2009
ChaiLatte2009

It has new beautiful bottle, please change the picture. :)

Jul
31
2014
celticelle
celticelle

A review for both the present day version of Vent Vert (as of 2014) and the 1990 Calice Becker reformulation of the original 1947 vintage:

I simultaneously bought both versions for a comparison, becoming recently enamored of vintage perfumes. The modern Vent Vert is completely incongruous to its name. It is no more of a green breeze than an old bag of potpourri. It is relentlessly floral, cheery, bland, overly sweet to my taste, and wouldn't you know, it has sillage and longevity for miles. Any initial green notes are at the very beginning and last for about 30 seconds. It's obvious Balmain continues to call this fragrance Vent Vert as mere name recognition marketing strategy. A real shame. I guess cheap floral aromachemicals are just too easy to use in perfume in these days of perfume quality downgrades.

The 1990 vintage reformulation still has a really pretty green element to it. It does drift off into floraldom after about half an hour, but the initial burst of it is really nice, and it's something I enjoy wearing. Better than a lot of the modern day dreck out there. I did get a teeny sample of what might have been an original 1947 EDT version of this, but it faded so quickly on me. Tried to buy the actual perfume, but the vintage seller ran out of it before my purchase went through during a sale (or so they said!) One day it would be my dream to own a vintage bottle of the original perfume, sour and spicy and bitter, like biting into a fresh lime. I'll keep looking...sigh.

Jul
11
2014
Lumiere
Lumiere

A crystal clear scent, month May, or maybe even April, indeed a green wind, but not to be expecting anything straightforward. This perfume has it all, flowers and base, and the initial harshness transforms into the well-blended close to skin scent, which, I am sure, will be spreading around in whiffs as I walk around...Nostalgic and almost too fragile. I have a small mini EDT from the collection Les Meileleurs de Paris.

Jun
19
2014
Henriette
Henriette

Some weeks ago I visited a little store which had plenty of perfumes from the past. They were gems unruined by the IFRA and among the others I bought a very vintage and perfectly preserved Vent Vert.
Germaine Cellier is a perfumer whose talent has no equal in the perfume world. Far from being a monument like Jacques Guerlain or Edmond Roudnitska, she shares the same genius of both without enjoying the same status. If you look at her - certainly not many - creations you can see how her talent is multifaceted. Take Bandit and Fracas, at the opposite poles one from the other.
Take Vent Vert, opening green and closing another hue that I would define dark saturated pink.
Vent Vert opens taking you in a meadow full of grass, some cut, some full of those fantastic "herbes folles" as the French say, whose smell is a voyage in my childhood when I used to live in a happy countryside.
Little by little you are transported to a town where the smell of grass is mixed with friendship, love, human warmth symbolized by the flowers that take the scene after the green.
Here you are in the yellow phase.
Then you are taken to someplace which is the city of your maturity, your work, your stable relationships, husband, sons, long life friends who have travelled all the way with you.
And here you are in the final, deep pink phase, when your life is accomplished with every success, goals achieved, duties done.
And Vent Vert has developed with you, step after step.
More than a scent for me Vent Vert is a metaphor of life.
A masterpiece.

May
21
2014
joshnien
joshnien

I sampled the 1947 version.
The opening was grassy and slightly bitter. Jasmine and rose, those are what I could smell! How WONDERFUL!

It didn't last long on my skin and the sillage was moderate. Maybe it was because I didn't apply enough dosage. That being said, when you come across a gem like this every drop is precious.

It is a green escape for city prisoners, the rain of spring that brings life and smile.
This scent made Earth the most friendly place in universe.

May
03
2014
Maodo
Maodo

Does anyone know more fragrances with that same harsh, bitter and bold green except for Chanel 19? Not 'just' green perfumes, but the bold and harsh ones. Please let me know by giving me some names. Thank you sooo much!

Edit: the best harsh green EVER. Almost addictive to me.

Apr
06
2014
Marie76
Marie76

The greenest, most citrus and happy and fresh of greens out there. I got this for my mum for a Mother's Day present 20 years ago. I'm surprised to see it defined as green- woody as for me there were no resins or woods or anything in it to ground or chain it, hence the perfectly suited name for it, green wind, weightless and free.

Mar
30
2014
Marie76
Marie76

The greenest, most citrus and happy and fresh of greens out there. I got this for my mum for a Mother's Day present 20 years ago. I'm surprised to see it defined as green- woody as for me there were no resins or woods or anything in it to ground or chain it, hence the perfectly suited name for it, green wind, weightless and free.

Mar
30
2014
Maodo
Maodo

Too good to waste....This is a big green forest with little woody and powdery tunes on the background. The green is harsh, bitter, bold and frank. The rest of the ingredients delicate and refined.

I LOVE this timeless creation even though it's not the Vintage version from 1947. I never sniffed the vintage bottle unfortunately (shame on me, I know guys) , but I hear and read that that's the BOMB. Despite of that, I am happy with this reformulated version from 1991, see photo above, by Calice Becker (by the way, there was a second reformulation in 1999 that seems to be bad stuff comparing to the former ones). It was love on first sniff for me. Thanks to the strong and bold galbanum surrounded by lots of green and flowers. Ofcourse I am very curious about the vintage version, but a bottle from e-bay is much too expensive for me.

The bottle I got with polka-dot bow says this:

Topnotes- Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli
Middle notes- Galbanum, Ylang Ylang, Hyacinth, Lilly of the Valley
Base notes- Sandalwood, Ceder, Iris

Does anyone know more fragrances with that same harsh, bitter and bold green in it (except for Chanel 19)? Not 'just' green perfumes, but the in-your-face ones. Mostly with galbanum and oakmoss in it. Please let me know by giving me some names. Thank you sooo much.

Mar
30
2014
anitaoolong
anitaoolong

After my first spray of Vent Vert I didn't want to waste another drop, that's how quickly I fell for this green beauty.

As NebrascaLovesScent put it, Vent Vert is 'an olfactory experience in a bottle'. I find it interesting that a perfume with quite a substantial list of notes seems to produce a feeling of lightness.

This soothing green (did I mention green?) floral has a pleasant bitterness and a slight powderiness which strikes a balance between boldness and gentleness.

I'm not going to claim I can pick out all the notes, but one that interests me is asafoetida, a key note in Dior Poison Tendre. A dear friend of mine makes the best Spanikopita and (don't tell anyone) but her secret ingredient is asafoetida. Smelt on it's own it is extremely forceful, but here it works with the galbanum to accentuate the floral notes.

Serene, charming and unruffled. A timeless classic. The first fragrance I've encountered in it's reformulated life that makes me curious to smell the original.

Thanks Anywho for the opportunity to try this green gem. I'll wear this through the summer but I look forward to trying this in the spring.

Feb
05
2014
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Vie Cafe said it well!

I also saw and sampled the New Vent Vert, available in a truly lovely bottle befitting a retro glamour queen. Normally I don't get excited over bottles, but this hefty beauty is a stunner. Without the bow, she could just as easily be a men's bottle - but only for the most exclusive and well designed men's fragrance.

As for the juice itself, it is considerably sweeter and gentler than many a green powerhouse - including my favorite, Silences. I found the sillage to be light but the longevity to be reasonably good ~ around 5 hours. Anyone easily intimidated by cold greens need not fear. Once the initial green burst dies down, you are left with the fresh, sweet air of spring!

I do not currently "need" another green floral to add to my burgeoning collection, and so passed by a 40 dollar bargain at Marshalls..... Something I'm telling myself was a noble sacrifice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan
15
2014
nikoleta1
nikoleta1

Just got a new reformulated EDT, beautiful bottle, much better version. Perfume is really green floral and light, classy, so far it stays on pretty good.

Dec
18
2013
SelenaSerena
SelenaSerena

This was first ever perfume I had. I brought it home all the way from Paris. And I used up all small bottle and never had it again as it was not sold in Russia at that time or was hard to find. I still can remember it so well. Wonderful youthful scent.

Oct
24
2013
stormyla
stormyla

I've been trying one of the newer formulations of vert vert off and on this summer. It is one of the bottles with the wavy green plastic top. My love of green scents goes way back to the mid 60's. I know and love this fragrance in the Germaine Cellier version but was interested to try the Calice Becker one.

The opening of this newer scent while loud and somewhat harsh is also very intriguing. Fortunately the harshness disappears quickly and the lovely green begins to reveal beautiful floral notes. I personally experience more florals and less citrus with this Vert Vert than I do with most of the other green scents that have been mentioned in these reviews.

Further along I begin to notice that underlying unpleasantness that others have alluded to. It smells like rotted vegetables to me, but I know that it is the Asafoetida reacting with the other emerging notes. It does create a smell as others have mentioned similar to old water in a flower vase. Many of the green fragrances that I love do contain Asafoetica but for some reason in this composition, the other notes seem to enhance it's properties. This herb is famous for it's stink and in this formula, my skin amplifies it's presence. This character ruins the fragrance for me.

Aside from that, my skin just eats this scent. Each time that I've worn it,I've had to reapply it in less than an hour in order to get any kind of a presence from it. I've had to use so much of it that it begins to irritate my skin. Even with using copious quantities of the juice, the scent barely lasts 2 to 3 hours on me. Oddly,I've had similar experiences with 3 other fragrances composed by Calice Becker.

With almost all of the older scents having to either be reformulated or discontinued now,I see no point in bashing all of the reformulations. Some of them are improvements over the older scents. However, I will savor and cherish my old prescious Cellier Vert Vert even more. Who knows, I may even find a good buy on another old one!

Sep
03
2013
woodlandwalk
woodlandwalk

Response to post below - it's definitely helpful if a classic or much loved perfume has been reformulated. You can buy them on Ebay, Amazon and Surrender to Chance.com

Aug
25
2013
jamiehammond1980
jamiehammond1980

is it me or is doing a review of a vintage version of a perfume is some what a waste of time as 99.9% of the time its only available at flea markets so why describe a vintage version which is not around anymore to me this helps no-one who is considering buying the newer formulation. rant over hope i am not the only one with this opinion x

Aug
25
2013
Maodo
Maodo

Lovely floral green. Bold, sharp, bitter, spicey, fresh, flowery. Special, not common. For self-conscious women. Spring-like but mature. Sunny and windy, with substance. But overall green. Not velvet green, but prickly green. Even brutal green. I love this perfume. It's daring outdoors, it nevers steps aside of anything, it goes straight forward with her strong mossy depths, but always in a feminine and classy way.

Aug
08
2013
fazalcheema
fazalcheema

there are only four ultimate green perfumes

1. Vintage Dioressence Esprit De Parfum
2. Vintage Givenchy III (preferably EDT but pure parfum is fine, too)
3. Vintage Balmain Vent Vert (only have edt version and its perfect floral green)
4. Vintage Ma Griffe (parfum)

Jul
23
2013
Assiduosity
Assiduosity

Vintage Vent Vert by Balmain is as close to iconoclastic feminism as fragrance gets.

On its release this searing, adventurous and uncompromising scent must have cut a swathe through not only smoked filled rooms but preconceptions of what a woman should smell like.

It is a bracing bolt from the green.

An amorphous, abstract yet geometric gesture in shamrock.

To describe and dissect the principle notes or accord seems almost pointlessly reductive.

It contains grasses, nettles, citrus leaf and moss but is not solely defined by any of them.

Beyond this there is fruity acidity set off by softer florals that appear and then disappear repeatedly in the heart.

Like the summer wind the name suggests.

Chief amongst these floral elements is a hyacinth that retains a degree of hauter, the slight detachment of that note smudged by a friendlier lighter muguet.

The base is another convergence of not only notes but tone, galbanum against amber, sandalwood and cedar, oakmoss and herbaceous border.

The effect is entrancing yet at the same time a little alarming.

Indeed, this is not a perfume with which the word comfortable can easily be associated.

It is too urgent, too agitated, has a point to make even to the point of a certain cold aggression.

I can’t help but adore it for its restless boundary-testing taut beauty.

If Vent Vert were a painting it would be a cubist Picasso from his lost green period.

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This is a concise version of the review, to read my full thoughts check out my blog theperfumeddandy.com

Jul
03
2013
gmstrack
gmstrack

During my quest for a “green” floral appropriate for spring/summer weather, I sniffed several reputable fragrances with the intention of finally finding the perfect balance of refreshment and sophistication. One of the fragrances, Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte, was quite disappointing and left behind only a trace of white-floral fart after the citrus quickly dissipated. (The original Cristalle is quite lovely, however it transforms into an unpleasant mess on my skin. I love No. 19, but I feel it is too formal for every day wear.) So, there was nothing left to do except sample, sample, sample. After quite a bit of huffing and tossing, I finally stumbled across Vent Vert. Is it good? Yes. Does it end my quest? No, but sniffing Vent Vert was eye-opening because I realized that this is what Cristalle Eau Verte is supposed to smell like. At least that’s how it goes down in my noggin. The note quality could improve a little; things move into soap and shampoo territory and call me crazy, but wearing Vent Vert is a little like washing the dishes while wearing a chastity belt. Although Vent Vert is a decent green floral with a very reasonable price point, I’m not interested in owning a bottle. My search continues…

3.5/5 A large dose of green in exchange for a little green. I really need to think of better tag lines.

Jun
16
2013
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Invigorating and long lasting (6-8 hours on me) with moderate sillage. Vent Vert is perfect for those hot summer days when you feel that you need to take several showers to preserve your freshness. Today I spritzed some on after bathing, and it is now 4 hours later and still the fragrance leaves me feeling fresh and the heady, green scent is quite discernible (in a good way). Had several compliments on it as well(: One compliment was from a master gardener who is on intimate terms with good fragrance! My signature summer EdP and a great traveler !! What could be better when you're far from home and out among strangers than to feel clean and crisp all day.

Jun
04
2013
alchimia72
alchimia72

I agree with Dezaval. Vent Vert is a real green, with strong note of lime and lemon. Personally I love Lemon, lime and grapefruit in fragrances. I find it very refreshing, energizing and to be fresh all day especially in hot days at work. The name is so appropriate. I feel as to be refreshed by a vent vert.

May
09
2013
allegro_barbaro
allegro_barbaro

This is the review that finally reveals me to be a perfume plebian. Having lamented the demise of many magnificent perfumes as a result of reformulation I happened upon Vent Vert, shining in it's newness, bold in it's updated version.

It starts out very green but with a bite from the asafoetida. This blinding beginning soon fades out to something I was not expecting at all......jasmine with oakmoss, each taking turns with their solo. This smell-off lasts for hours as the volume dial is very slowly turned down to zero.

Interesting..............veeeeeeery interesting.

I'll take it and if this is considered a blasphemy in the name of what went before, I'll take that too if I ever find it.

Apr
27
2013
amelie
amelie

Vent Vert starts so soft and gentle, but there's still somewhere hidden it's strength. So comfortable and lightweight to wear, but you could easily overdo. Very delicate and feminine to me.
Really green in a sexy way, as Action noticed.

Apr
16
2013
ginamarie6
ginamarie6

This fragrance came out before 1991.
Facts need to be checked and corrections made.

Mar
28
2013
gentiana
gentiana

The original Vent Vert was created in 1947 by Germaine Celier !

Feb
23
2013
motherbird247
motherbird247

I was anxious to try this as an alternative green. My favorites are Chanel 19 and Private Collection. The micro mini was packaged in the old style bottle, but being a micro it can't be that old. In the bottle, I smell Estee. The original from 1968. In fact, they were so similar, I tried one on each arm. Big mistake. The Estee overpowered. Tried again, only Vent. The initial blast reminded me of Gap Grass, which I also love. That exited quite quickly and after that it was so similar to Chanel 19 why bother?

The next day there was a delicious tease of something wonderful, but the first two stages are so similar to other perfumes.

Very lovely though.

Feb
20
2013
silagelover
silagelover

I just tried out the vintage version and for about ten minutes it was very green and fresh, like fresh cut grass in the wind. Then it turned into rose, rose, hiacynth, and more rose. It is sort of a mossy powdery fresh rose smell. This is such a beautiful perfume! A definite must try for "fresh" perfume lovers.

Feb
02
2013
athenian
athenian

The current reformulation has nothing to do with the original "Vent Vert". It's a shame even keeping the name.

Dec
03
2012
Abendlicht
Abendlicht

I know this perfume has been reformulated few times and I got the latest 1999 version of it. I can't speak for the original but all I can say is there's still much to love in that bottle. It starts very dry and herbal, grassy.... But the dry down is somewhat ambery. I love amber... But in this case, I think I would have prefer more green/dry and less amber in the dry down. I still really like it. It's a keeper! Spring, summer.... I think I'll be very happy to spray this in the first hint of spring! It does remind me of something familiar.... It smells like childhood, but I don't know anyone who wore this. I can only assume that it smells a bit like something else I sniffed back then.

Dec
03
2012
leighhannah
leighhannah

Wow, I got a sample decant and all I got was GIORGIO after the first 5 minutes! That seems nothing like the notes and reviews, and I so wanted it to be green. Does anyone else smell that 1980's bomb with this perfume, or did I maybe get an off sample??

Nov
26
2012
dezaval
dezaval

A green, with notes of lemon and lime notes perfume. Cooling and fresh. Recomended mostly for spring days. Great for work as it's refreshing and energizing.

Oct
23
2012
smelling_gr8
smelling_gr8

This review is for a sample of a vintage Vent Vert...WOW
Although the beginning notes are sort of 'meh', could well be cause this is a vintage sample, as soon as they settle the scent becomes amazing. It's kinda a warm green scent if that makes sense, it lasts really well on me and all this time I keep thinking 'I have sniffed this before' but don't know where...but I want to keep sniffing my wrist ALL the time. Then it dawns on me...it smells like a croos between Chanel no19 and Carven MaGriffe. Both of the scents I love and own...hhmmmm....
So I guess I should not be purchasing a full bottle of this beauty but only because I already own some very very similar.

Oct
02
2012
queenkey
queenkey

I found the original lotion in an outlet perfume shop
in Ontario, CA some years ago. I also have the one above. I know that the fragrance above does not compare AT all with the bodylotion. The lotion is fierce, heavy and Green! You can really smell the basil note, which stands out, herbal. Wondered if the orignal had the same intensity of the as this bodylotion I found, if it did, Wow!

Oct
02
2012
silverbutterfly
silverbutterfly

I saw a picture in magazines with green grass and green bottle. Recently I saw a little bottle at flea market for a few dollars. I bouhgt it, seems it is original. I sprayed a bit: dusty, but fresh lemony, green and something, that they don't produce anymore, and exist it old perfumes. It is definitely remind me of my childhood, and Climat perfume.I like it!

Aug
17
2012
Sassy1
Sassy1

I have the current reform and I've got to say, it's headache inducing.

I liked it in the perfume store, the fresh green-ness of it with the grass, flower stems and leaves seemed perfect for hot summer days. I bought a mini and brought it home.

But then something happened when applied to my skin...it was "green" and fresh for about 5 minutes but then overwhelming lily of the valley and the lighter-fluid rose of True Love rushed in and my migraine began. I couldn't endure to the drydown as was actually making me sick to my stomach. Never happened before.

I only spent $8 but I'm still so dissappointed as I could have spent that on something decent.

Green Wind? More like green faced...blech.

Jul
16
2012
gatsby
gatsby

has been created and launched in 40's in Cannes, not in 90's.

May
25
2012
rohmhild
rohmhild

I was NOT launched in 1991. It is a very old perfume! Yes, the modern version was launched in 1990 - but this is a joke to write about this great example of a classic frag that it starts from 1991!

May
22
2012
akats
akats

Very nice, fresh, crispy, yet femminine smell. It starts green sharp, but settles into a woody floral refined fragrance. Nice sillage, but not great staying power. After one hour you can feel it but it is rather a close to skin smell. Well, this is not so bad for hot days..
I have the reformulated one and I can imagine how great the original was, when galbanum was at its best.
It is a nice fresher alternative for Summer, if you love Chanel 19 edt. For me, was a blind buy that I did not regret it!

Mar
14
2012
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

I was gifted a decant of this and am not sure whether it is the original formula or the reformulated current version. The liquid is rather yellowish and not the pale bright green I see in pictures of the new bottles.

The opening notes from my decant are a bracing and very green citrusy herbal concoction with a bitter component, like water from a vase of flowers cut days ago. All things green come to mind when I inhale that first blast.

The heart introduces a melange of dried florals against the backdrop of greenness, and cut grass suddenly becomes detectable.

The base of the fragrance becomes drier, with vetiver, oakmoss and sage being the most prominent on my skin, and while it has retained its slightly bitter edge to the end, the base is so dry (and maybe a bit powdery in a way) that it feels fresh and unoppressive. It also stays very close to the skin at this final stage.

While it's categorized as a floral-green, it wears like a floral-chypre on me, and it's an excellent scent for days when I need to be pulled out of a funk!

Feb
29
2012
stelladoro
stelladoro

I dearly miss Estee Lauder's original "Private Collection", a green fragrance that was nuanced, green and rich, with excellent sillage and staying power. The reformulated PC is not the same. And, apparently, neither is the reformulated 'Vent Vert'. The top notes hit me like a shapeless and noxiously heavy fog. Definitely not green, just a catastrophe. After four or five hours the styrax and iris become sweet and fresh on my skin. But not worth hours of torture to get there. 'Jardins Sur le Nil' is my favored 'green' scent now. Oh, and for those of you who love a fresh green, I recommend Caron's 'Violettes Precieux'.

Feb
24
2012
truffles
truffles

I just recieved a boxed mini of this from Ebay.
According to the esteemed Luca Turin, 'Vent Vert is dead' as it's been reformulated or something.
I don't know if this is a vintage - maybe 80s?, or if I'm just a pleb haha, but this is LOVELY, it's like green sherbet if there could be such a thing!
At first it's 'ahh, mossy!' and then it just becomes this lovely green fizz.
My new green of choice I think, now to go look for some decent big bottles..

Dec
12
2011
krmarich
krmarich

Hidden away from the mainstream market, Balmain introduced the first real green gem to the perfume world. Basil and green notes beconed us to the forest meadow to find a lavish bouquet of florals. It would set the stage for many to follow.

Its interesting to note that this was the first female nose within the industry. I always found this peculiar, as ladies sense of smell is more developed than men. One may say that Vent Vert is the first feminist fragrance. Its like "getting back to the garden".

The current edition on the market foils the original intent of green and turns it more "Vent Plastique". So sad...

Celebrity=Judy Garland

Aug
09
2011
viewdemonde
viewdemonde

It's something like Ma Griffe, but with a twist.

Jun
03
2011
Udaria
Udaria

So I am doing my obligatory one-mile walk in the morning, heading straight for our large municipal park. Crushed leaves, freshly mowed grass beginning to dry in the sun, all these natural aromas waving at this walker on this early morning in May.

I had dabbed Vent Vert on my upper arms and kept sniffing and comparing (people must have thought she's crazy) and if anything like this morning's nature can be kept in a bottle, this is it.

Vent Vert does not have much projection, but it sure smells good, close to the skin.

May
25
2011
bluemlein
bluemlein

i understand that vent vert was reformulated some years ago - it was my first scent when i was a teen, far too long ago for me even to think about, so i had the original which came in a prim little bottle that did not have the whoops-it's-windy top. my mother had accepted the contraband while guest of the captain of an ocean-going freighter. (all the crew used to bring over all sorts of forbidden pleasures, largely perfume but also cigars and such). i was the only one in school, in my city, in my province - in the entire country, for all i know - who had this we-just-had-a-shower-and-now-the-sun's-coming-out scent - which also carried a little thrill of a warning that one might step into something unpleasant if one kept one's nose too far up in the air.

went from there to ivoire by way of (two weeks of) charlie and coriander, but only when i was not wearing bal a versailles.


(c)2011 daisy morant

May
18
2011
icekat
icekat

I fell for VENT VERT from the first moment I inhaled this incredible and gorgeous green spring scent. This is one of the best green scents I’ve ever tried. It smells just like a spring day after the rain. The scent captures the abundance of greenery, raindrops on a grass and fresh spring air. I am wearing it today on such a spring day and it is in complete harmony with the nature around me. It smells so natural but it is also complex and interesting. Unbelievable experience!

The opening is green but not sharp or harsh. It is so harmonious that it is hard to discern the notes. I think I smell a bit of lime, a bit of herbs and orange blossom. I also thought that I smell galbanum but it is not listed, so perhaps it is asafoetida that adds this earthy touch. The symphony of spring continues with the gentle floral heart notes. They are still green but not sharp at all. I catch whiffs of lily of the valley, freesia and later on violets. The scent continues to be in a perfect harmony. The notes are so flawlessly weaved together that I cannot really say which one takes a lead but together they create this beautiful light and refreshing floral scent. The dry down is also a bit green. I mostly smell vetiver and sandalwood.

This scent is beautiful from the beginning till the end. In my humble opinion it is a masterpiece among green scents and an absolute delight to wear. I am sure it could be worn anytime of the year but I think its true magic comes alive when it is worn in spring. Definitely recommend.

May
14
2011
Kterhark
Kterhark

(Vintage review)
The opening of Vent Vert made me want to convert to catholicism, for no other reason than to use the phrase, "Oh blessed Virgin Mary!" Wow, what a perfectly pure opening!!!

But I'm glad I held onto my Protestant hymnal, because the middle act needs to go straight to confessional. Really now, what happened?

This is just dusty on me. Not attic dusty, but 'bachelor pad' dusty. Blech. The citrus carries through from the opening, but becomes raspy, dry and dirty. I don't get earthy florals at all. And for heaven's sake, there is hyacinth, ylang-ylang and violet here; these are my favorite florals!!!

In short, I'm scratching my head over this one. There is not a single note above that I don't like. I really don't know how this fell out of grace.

Apr
16
2011
Action
Action

A member of the Vent Vert Family is Romeo by Romeo Gigli. And then I mean the original as well as the Eau Fraiche version!

Apr
16
2011
la louve
la louve

The bottle, that I have, looks totally different... more like the old "Jolie Madame" and round...like a "tube"...?

Mar
01
2011
imoore
imoore

VV Platinum Roberto Verino for women should be tested by the Balmain Vent Vert lovers!

To my nose it is a Vent Vert (even verter than Vent Vert) without the flowery powdery herbacious bits of the "before" reformulation (real) Balmain Vent Vert.

Feb
11
2011
LaPetite
LaPetite

Some scents call themselves green , but this one is really green . It smells like freshly cut flowers and grass , very fresh , so 80's and quite sporty.

Jan
29
2011
moly
moly

Vent Vert reminds me of a puppy rolling on a fresh grass, bound to burst with excitement because of spring and lots of new great smells in the air. Floral greens are not my cup of tea, but I can adore them platonically and that's what happened between me and Vent Vert.

Jan
26
2011
candymarie
candymarie

Well, it's official, I am regrettably not a Balmain-ista. EXCEPT for the exquisite Pierre Balmain de Balmain, none of the other Balmain scents I've tried have made me jump up and down (Ambre Gris, Balmya, Eau d'Ete, Eau d'Ivoire, and now Vent Vert).

As for how it smells and wears, I couldn't agree more with Thalia's review below.

While I can appreciate Vent Vert, I just don't want to wear it.

Dec
14
2010
Thalia
Thalia

I'm only familiar with the Calice Becker version with the grass on the top, so that's what I'm reviewing. It's so lusciously, fiercely green! Vent Vert opens with a big green slap in the face -- crisp, chilly, and fresh. It's like you've just walked across a green meadow after a chilly rain and the crushed stems of the mixed plants have stained your clothes and hands.

As it develops it quickly settles down, stops slapping you, and sweetens somewhat, but remains cool green and sparkling. At this stage, it smells like some kind of tart green hard candy. The drydown is woody, inviting and yes, still green.

It's not a hard, harsh green like the current Chanel No. 19. It's not terribly grassy to me, either, with that prickly hay smell, nor is it herbal. It's the Platonic ideal of fresh sappy greenness -- utterly refreshing and full of effervescence. I don't ALWAYS want to smell green -- but if I did, this would be my signature scent!

Oct
27
2010
PávelHenry
PávelHenry

I smell something about Kobako- Bourjois (1936) in Vent Vert... maybe some reminiscent of.

Jul
30
2010
sherapop
sherapop

O Pierre Balmain, how do I love thy fragrances? Let me count the ways: BALMAIN, BALMAN, JOLIE MADAME, MISS BALMAIN, IVOIRE, EAU D'IVOIRE, BALMYA, LA MOME, EAU D'AMAZONIE, the list keeps lengthening and today I am happy to add:

VENT VERT is a burst of green freshness with a family resemblance to Carven MA GRIFFE. Equally funky, but in its own distinctive way, VENT VERT offers a cleaner grass smell in the drydown, which I find utterly wonderful. In fact, as much as I appreciate MA GRIFFE, I have to say that, based on a side-by-side comparison conducted only today, I like VENT VERT even more! Very fresh and squeaky clean but not at all aquatic--instead, it's totally green, literally a kelly green gale! VENT VERT is similar to the Body Shop's now-discontinued BE LEAF, but with more depth and complexity, especially in the opening.

A great summertime scent!

Jun
19
2010
Action
Action

We do not mentoin this one quite often, when we are talking GREEN and Sexy, but actually it is just that!!
:-)

May
13
2010
sofiii
sofiii

Vent Vert has some weird start, but as soon as you can wait pass it, the dry down is to die for.

Ok, about the scent, it starts really sharp, green, and I can't detect anything sweet at all. It reminds me a lot of Chanel No 19.

Soon the sweetness comes to shine. It's the kind of really natural meadow sweetness. It feels like a veil, and reminiscents Anais Anais in the white-chiffon-dress way. At this point, I've got the Marc Jacobs Daisy ad pictures stuck in my head, and I think the Daisy photos will be a great representation of what the middle notes of VV can bring to your mind. However, there's certain weird green note in it that makes me feel the perfume is so untamed.

Then the dry down is really nice and it's much floral and sweeter, clean in the white-veil way, and with some airy undertone(as in the elegant semi-transparent fabric brings out the airy feeling, not the nowadays mass produced aqua-y airy).

It's really french,elegant and sophiscated but still can be easily wore by one with the certain attitude, mood and outfit.

Feb
11
2010
Tiramisu
Tiramisu

After reading interesting reviews I bought a 4ml mini sample on ebay. When I first sniffed it I hated it.It was an assault to my nose! I thought it smelled like a toilet cleaner. I put it away for a few months. Last week for no particular reason I applied it to my work uniform blouse before I left the house. It seemed a bit astringent but then it dried down a little, and all day long I kept experiencing little drifts of fresh green fragrance which I loved. Now I have purchased a 100ml bottle on ebay and am looking forward to it's arrival.

Aug
07
2009
barbiot35
barbiot35

yes, this is a bitter and sharp green scent and has no freshness unlike expected from a floral green one:(
But maybe good when you find a fragrance suits with this and mix...

Jul
18
2009
Aalia
Aalia

Sharp and Spicy ! I thought there would be carnation listed here but no...The freesia, jasmine, lily of the valley, and violet ... basil and sage are shine through. The peach is extremely light and thin. A moment after application I started to notice a strange dirty, foul smell, like old stems left in the the vase with water for too long, really rotten, itś so faint, but so obvious to me. I can only point my finger to blame the asafoetida. I have tested perfumes with asafoetida and I do own one with it, but I have never sensed it so strongly as in Vent Vert. And the rest of the compostion is so powerful, all this green, citrus, floral, and herbs, I cannot believe just this one note would be so strong. This part fades then passes and the scent dries down to a more delicate, feminine, "powdery" fragrance. Not too long lasting.

Jul
06
2009
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Vent Vert's name and bottle perfectly capture the essence of the beautiful perfume.

This scent is almost like an olfactory experience in a bottle, rather than a perfume. Upon the first whiff, I'm instantly transported to a warm Spring day in a park or a meadow somewhere, when the grass is finally green again and the season's first flowers are in full bloom. I usually try to describe a perfume in concrete terms, but I can't single out any notes here. The whole thing comes across as a single effect, dredging up memories of a beautiful Spring day when the breeze carried this exact, lovely scent. I'm mystified.

Mar
29
2009
straige
straige

Green, green, sweet and bitter green! But too much for me.

Feb
11
2009
Ivoire
Ivoire

NOT A REVIEW - JUST A NOTE ABOUT THE DESIGNER:

I believe the designer (the "nose") was Germaine Cellier; and I think she also designed "Ivoire"(keeping in mind PB's "vision" of the scent).

BTW, I remember reading that the official launch of this perfume was at (or somehow connected to) the Cannes film festival of 1947.

All of the above applies to the original, of course.
Unfortunately, VV has been reformulated in recent years.


Jan
27
2009
tommy_girl
tommy_girl

first of all it's just like a blow of the spring wind and then it becomes to jasmine and peach scents.I think the most clear combination is jasmine.the hiacynth is very pure too.The name of the perfume in french means "the green wind" and the shape of the bottle inclines the meaning too.it reminds me so many classic perfumes.but the green notes is the point of distinction to say that it's more than a classic fragrance,but I think it would become cooler if the green notes were sharper,like what the name and the shape of bottle mean to.

Dec
11
2008
belle de sud
belle de sud

A signature scent for me...it reminds me of the first palr green leaves budding out and of jonquils blooming..First purchase in 1965; this was released in ca. 1946-49 and was mentioned in Ian Flemming's James Bond novel "To Russia With Love" as a seductive addition to a liasion on the Orient Express! It HAS been reformulated over the years as Balmain was absorbed by a giant conglomerate. Beautiful, very galbanum-y fresh, and I love it at 56!

Dec
07
2008
jillsy
jillsy

All I get is vetiver and galbanum. No florals or fruit. Just greeeeeeen!!

Nov
18
2008
Mitsouko
Mitsouko

Fine, blusterous, careless, a bit frantic smell. It's like a spring wind, like a young grass and flowers in may. Youthful and timeless. It have full energy. Beautiful.

Oct
19
2008
Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn

It is a beautiful green perfume, but unfortunately it does not last long on me.

Sep
05
2008
Moszatka
Moszatka

I don't think that everything need to be for young. But in my opinion it's a hard fragrance over 40-50's.

Sep
05
2008
guest_Jan
guest_Jan

Why does everything need to be for the young?

I love Vent Vert - a sophisticated fragrance in a gauche world!

Sep
05
2008

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