In Venice, when a ball is held, an air of mystery prevails. Elegance hides behind masks just as Jasmine conceals its almost animal potency behind a floral facet. I find that this scent has the powerful, nocturnal and sensual charm of a Venetian ball.
Grand Bal fragrance notes
- bergamot, jasmine
- ylang ylang, tunisian orange blossom
- new caledonia sandalwood, musk
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A better name for this generic oceanic floral might have been Petite Bal, as there is nothing remotely grand about it.
The note tree is amazingly simple, only six notes (bergamot, jasmine, ylang, orange blossom, musk, sandalwood), and the first four of these manage to be quite detectable and balanced. The problem is that everything is synthetic-smelling. The orange has the sweet fizziness of orange soda. The jasmine and ylang notes blend into a generic white floral vibe that, however strong, still doesn't impress as being anything significant or creative.
All in all, a perfectly decent, harmless, white floral of no particular distinction.
It's "OK" but nothing you can't find with a more digestible price tag.
Ylang-ylang tends to over ride any other note on my skin and go very, very sweet. Not my cuppa.