Product of the Day: L'Essence by Balenciaga
The Goods: The latest scent from the chic fashion house, L'Essence is connected to its predecessor, Balenciaga Paris, by bottle design and the inclusion of violet. Perfumers take it more unisex, designing it as a "green fragrance" (typically men's colognes). Notes describe it as being "reminiscent of the mossy scent given off by forests at certain times of day." $95 to $130; bergdorfgoodman.com
Why It Works: The slight hint of violet feels feminine, while powdery masculinity keeps it from being cloying. A superb perfume for a woman who's not into overly sweet scents.
Insider Tip: Want inspiration for waxing on the importance of a sensual fragrance? Balenciaga face Charlotte Gainsbourg describes a fragrance as "a scent that comes from your skin and a jewel which you wear on it." How lovely!
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