Balmain Ivoire : Perfume Review (Vintage and Modern)


Ivoire de Balmain, like many classical fragrances, entered my wardrobe via a thrift shop find. I love browsing antique stores for treasures like old perfume bottles, fake pearl necklaces and copper cake molds, and while more often than not, I leave with nothing but dust on my fingers and clothes, occasionally I find a gem. Several years ago it was a small bottle of Ivoire parfum. It was still sealed, and the fragrance was exquisitely beautiful. Even when later I bought a bottle of new Eau de Toilette, I still was smitten with Ivoire’s fragrance of crushed green leaves and skin washed with jasmine soap.


Ivoire was  created in 1979 by a great team of perfumers, Francis Camail and Michel Hy. For reference, Camail created Estée Lauder Aliage and was one of the perfumers responsible for Giorgio Beverly Hills, while Michel Hy gave us legends like Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Paco Rabanne Calandre. Balmain was one of the top French fashion houses, and Pierre Balmain was still at the helm. “A garment made by Pierre Balmain was the very quintessence of haute couture,” famously said the Vogue editor Diana Vreeland.

Although Ivoire was not avant-garde–it was really too close to Chanel No 19 to be entirely new, it was impeccably crafted. Its scent was a perfect fit with its name. The green leaves rustle gently in the top notes, but the core of the perfume was a glowing white accord of jasmine and sandalwood liberally doused in aldehydes. It smelled of creamy white soap bars, warm skin and white petals.

The finish of Ivoire was mossy and earthy, but still soft. Unlike the much more majestic and aloof No 19, Ivoire had a cozy, comforting character. Even in the brighter, sharper Eau de Toilette concentration, you’ll find the tender layer. If you have a taste for aldehydes, soapy scents and glamorous perfumes, then Ivoire is for you.

Unfortunately, Balmain did not maintain consistent quality over the years, and while you can still find vintage Ivoire easily on Ebay and discounters (look for the white capped bottle in the zebra striped box), some lots are very good and others are dismal. So, buyer beware!


I didn’t think much of Ivoire until a few months ago when I spotted the new version at a perfume store. In 2012, Balmain engaged two excellent perfumers, Jacques Flori and Michel Almairac, to refurbish Ivoire, and we finally have it back. If you’ve worn Ivoire in the past, you will notice that today it had a major facelift. Gone are the sharp aldehydes and peppery green stems. The musky darkness and patchouli have been toned down as well. But there is now a delicious green note, a flurry of orange blossom petals and a polished drydown of cedarwood and moss.

The mossy, wet note wraps the sheer floral motifs of jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang, and if you compare new Ivoire with its predecessor, you will realize with a surprise that today it feels like more of a chypre (mossy-woody blend). There is still a hint of warm skin well scrubbed with soap, but the whole character of Ivoire is brighter and more lighthearted.

I like the new version very much for the effervescence of its leafy notes and the elegance of its soft floral accents. Yes, it’s gotten thinner (just like the model in its ad campaign), but you can still glimpse the curves of the original. If you have never worn Ivoire in the past, even better. Then you can appreciate this elegant, refined perfume that begs for a white string of pearls and a little black dress on its own terms.

Ivoire de Balmain (1979) includes notes of bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, neroli, galbanum, violet leaves, carnation, iris, jonquil, marigold, rose, ylang-ylang, nutmeg, raspberry, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, oakmoss, tonka bean, and vanilla.  Ivoire de Balmain (2012) includes notes of mandarin, orange blossom, violet leaves, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, galbanum, pepper, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver, and vanilla. Available at major retailers.

Samples used for review: extrait de parfum dating to 1979, Eau de Toilette 1980s, Eau de Toilette late 1990s-early 2000s, a sample from Galeries Lafayette of modern Ivoire



  • Cornelia Blimber: Marigold—could that be the slightly bitter note I perceive in (vintage) Ivoire I like so much?
    It is not in the current one. September 11, 2013 at 7:24am Reply

    • Victoria: I don’t smell the bitterness in the new version of Ivoire. Maybe, the marigold is still there (we know, of course, that the listings of notes are not that meaningful), but its spicy green apple nuance doesn’t stand out to me. September 11, 2013 at 7:30am Reply

      • Cornelia Blimber: There is a little orange coloured flower, I smell it in gardens. We call it Afrikaantje (off. tagetes).
        That is exactly what I find in the old Ivoire.
        Anyway, I am curious of the new one, did noe find it so far. September 11, 2013 at 7:53am Reply

        • Cornelia Blimber: Sorry, noT find it. Afrkaantje looks like Marygold; i googled both and I have the impression that it is not the same flower. September 11, 2013 at 7:57am Reply

          • Andy: Just to help clarify, marigold is the common English name given to flowers in the tagetes genus of plants. Many plants in the genus have an oil that smells green and spicy, with a pungent earthy twist and a particular savory aspect. In terms of perfumery, I know there is a tagetes oil, so I don’t know if there is a distinction betweeen marigold and tagetes when talking about notes. Anyway, I thought I’d comment because I too adore that same marigold/tagetes note that you notice in vintage Ivoire! September 11, 2013 at 8:16am Reply

            • Cornelia Blimber: Thank you very much indeed, Andy! September 11, 2013 at 8:19am Reply

            • Victoria: Thank you, Andy! This is very helpful! September 11, 2013 at 2:03pm Reply

        • Victoria: In perfumery, both tagete and marigold essences are used. Marigold absolute is from Calendula Officinalis, tagetes essence–from Tagetes Glandulifera, but in the note descriptions the names are sometimes used interchangeably. And these two notes have different nuances, but they perform a similar function and give a beautiful green note.

          I’ll google Afrikaantje to see what it looks like. September 11, 2013 at 2:02pm Reply

          • Andy: Thank you for the clarification on the difference between marigold and tagetes notes. I didn’t know of the use of calendula oil in perfumery, but since I’ve heard of the hydrosol from this same plant, it makes sense! September 11, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

            • Victoria: My grandmother grows calendula (well, it grows on its own these days, since it just comes back year after year), and I love the scent of fresh flowers when you pick them. They leave this bitter green scent of wet pine cones, incense and green apples. We usually dry them and use them in teas. The taste is bitter, but bracing and refreshing. September 11, 2013 at 3:31pm Reply

              • Cornelia Blimber: All this is helpful and clarifying. Thank you, Victoria and Andy! September 11, 2013 at 5:03pm Reply

                • Victoria: Andy is our resident botanist! 🙂 September 12, 2013 at 4:36am Reply

              • Sally: Calendula cream is great for minor burns, cuts, scrapes. Also good for diaper rash, chapped hands, rough elbows/heels 🙂 September 12, 2013 at 12:24am Reply

                • Victoria: My mom used calendula infused oil for chapped skin, but I haven’t tried it myself. Something to explore! Thank you, Sally. September 12, 2013 at 4:47am Reply

                • solanace: I got some calendula CO2 extrait that is an amazing addition to my house made body oils. I often combine it with cammomille CO2 extrait and together they really, visibly calm my sensitive skin. Love. September 12, 2013 at 5:14am Reply

          • Sue: It is actually called “Afrikanertjie” in South Africa. We plant it amongst our herbs because its strong scent keeps pests away. September 28, 2016 at 4:34am Reply

  • Zazie: I really appreciate your comparisons of old vs new versions of a perfume (or when you discuss the different facets of different concentrations of the same perfume).
    I find these posts really useful- and of course you’ve inspired me to give ivoire some skin time! I fear I might have dismissed it too quickly (by just sniffing at the cap – that’s how I cope with the abundance of offerings in the perfume aisle. It saves time but i’m bound to miss out on some intersting perfumes…). Thanks for the comparisons. The vintage sounds so lovely… September 11, 2013 at 8:17am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m happy to review this one and compare, because in this case, the new Ivoire is very good. It’s frustrating to write the reviews where you extol the vintage and then break bad news about the reformulated version.

      Definitely give Ivoire a try. It behaves on skin much better than on paper, true to the classical perfumes. On paper, it’s a bit sharp, but on skin it evolves beautifully. September 11, 2013 at 2:08pm Reply

      • leathermountain: Hear, hear! I just spotted the new one in a shop and enjoyed it very much. And just today an incredibly generous fairy godmother sent me what looks like a vintage. Perfect timing!! September 11, 2013 at 5:56pm Reply

        • Victoria: Lucky you to have a fairy godmother showering you in vintage perfume. 🙂 September 12, 2013 at 4:38am Reply

          • leathermountain: I know it! September 14, 2013 at 11:05am Reply

  • Evelyn: Ivoire, Rive Gauche and Aliage. I owned and adored them all in much younger days. Thank you for this nostalgia trip and for inspiring me to seek out and test the updated Ivoire. I will approach it with tempered hopes and try to appreciate it for what it is today. September 11, 2013 at 9:38am Reply

    • Victoria: I wore Rive Gauche the other day to go to dinner with my husband, and I kept sniffing my wrist throughout the meal. It’s so gorgeous! I know that I already wrote a post about it several years ago, but every time I wear this perfume, I discover more and more facets and more and more things to love. September 11, 2013 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Andy: I have a treasured little bottle of vintage Ivoire, though I’ve never tried the new version. Even when I got the bottle there were merely drops left, but I still love having it. As mentioned above, I especially love the bitter touches of marigold that accent the green notes, because it strikes me as quite unusual, at least compared to modern day perfumes I’ve tried. September 11, 2013 at 9:51am Reply

    • Victoria: That tiny bottle of parfum I mentioned in the intro paragraph is all empty now, except for a few drops. I replaced it with another one, but I still keep my first Ivoire out of nostalgia. I remember thinking at the time that it was nothing like I’ve smelled before. Though it is close to No 19, it still holds its own. September 11, 2013 at 2:56pm Reply

      • Andy: The bottle I have is particularly special to me because it was my grandmother’s, though if I found another for a reasonable price I would buy it and actually use it. Also, I love the description of Ivoire as like a more comfortable, cozy version of No. 19. September 11, 2013 at 3:31pm Reply

        • Victoria: Those kinds of mementos are very precious. I also have a couple of bottle of perfume that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. I couldn’t even bring myself up to open one of them, and it’s still sealed. September 12, 2013 at 4:24am Reply

  • Aisha: That ad takes me way back to when I was a young girl. I used to look at ads like that and long to find that magic bottle of perfume that would transform me in to a sophisticated, well-spoken woman. Still haven’t found that magic potion yet, but I’m looking… ;-D

    The descriptions of both the vintage and new scents make the fragrance sound absolutely beautiful. Is it a heavy fragrance for colder months, or a light one for spring/summer? The mandarin and violet leaves interest me. September 11, 2013 at 10:03am Reply

    • Victoria: It has a bright, effervescent top note, but the rest of the perfume wear like soft silk. So, in this sense, it’s versatile and would fit any season.

      The vintage ad is one of my favorites. You know what I’m thinking when I see–the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, with Peter Ustinov. The actors are fantastic, the story is great, and so are the costumes. September 11, 2013 at 3:00pm Reply

      • Aisha: That movie is a classic. I can see why the ad reminds you of it. I think part of the reason why I loved (and still do) Ralph Lauren’s Safari is because the ads reminded me of the movie “Out of Africa.”

        I’ll see if I can find the new Ivoire, just to give it a sniff. September 11, 2013 at 4:30pm Reply

        • Victoria: I loved “Out of Africa” too, and yes, Safari would fit Meryl Streep perfectly in that film. September 12, 2013 at 4:35am Reply

  • Nick: Vintage Ivoire was the scent of my mother in her finery. She moved on from Ma Griffe, Rive Gauche and Fidji in the late 70s, also leaving Charlie behind, thank goodness.

    Ivoire was her presence in the room and she rarely used anything else, but did have a soft spot for Chanel’s Allure when it arrived.

    Ivoire always had an elegance and depth that I never found in Chanel No. 19. On occasions, with the right weather, Ivoire would beat you around the head and clog your throat, but I do still remember it fondly. September 11, 2013 at 11:05am Reply

    • Victoria: I can just imagine how glamorous your mother must have been wearing those perfumes. I feel that even if you’re dressed very simply, trailing Ivoire or Ma Griffe is enough for that dose of glamour. My mom wore Fidji, and she even bought it recently in memory of those times. She says that she likes it still. September 11, 2013 at 3:03pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: I bought the original Ivoire in Paris when it first came out. The department store was dowsed with it. I bought the Eau de Toilette as well as the parfum and there is still some left in each bottle. I also bought it in the States when he came out again reformulated–not 2012 but years before that. It was still similar to the original. I have not had a chance to try the 2012 but am going to seek it out. Thanks for bringing it to our attention and for the interesting review of the two. September 11, 2013 at 11:53am Reply

    • Victoria: The original (and fresh one, rather than a bottle that was sitting around for years) is incredible. How lucky you are to have experienced it! I had a chance to smell it at the Osmotheque, a perfume conservatory in France, but of course, you can’t take an Osmotheque sample home or wear it on skin. Just smelling it on a blotter was a treat. Still, I’m enjoying Ivoire in whatever form I can get it. September 11, 2013 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Domestic Goblin: I had Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere on my wishlist but after reading this review, am wondering whether to replace it with Ivoire de Balmain (2012). I must find a UK/EU retailer that offers samples in order to make an informed decision! September 11, 2013 at 12:57pm Reply

    • Patricia: My mother wore the vintage Ivoire, so I have a bottle of it in her memory, but don’t wear it. I’m curious to try the new version. It sounds like something I’d like very much, especially since it now reads like more of a chypre 🙂 . September 11, 2013 at 1:20pm Reply

      • Victoria: I was surprised that it read as more mossy, because the vintage Ivoire is a soft floral. But hey, I’m not complaining. 🙂 September 11, 2013 at 3:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: Hmm, I don’t think that Ivoire would beat No 5 Eau Premiere for me. Plus, it’s so different. I definitely recommending trying it and comparing, but I think that you will find that No 5 Eau Premiere feels more complex. September 11, 2013 at 3:29pm Reply

    • Courant: Eau Premiere is four times the price of Ivoire purchased online with an X. While I would still aspire to owning Eau P the new Ivoire will valiantly perform an understudy role while you save your pennies. September 11, 2013 at 4:43pm Reply

      • Domestic Goblin: Received a miniature sized bottle yesterday. I never thought I would like soapy florals but I couldn’t stop sniffing my wrists – another addictive autumn/winter scent. I think I might move this valiant understudy onto the wishlist, knocking the leading lady, Eau Premiere off her high horse. September 15, 2013 at 1:37pm Reply

  • solanace: Thank’s for this review, V! I never knew the old Ivoire, but this 2012 version sounds like something worth trying. September 11, 2013 at 1:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: It’s very pretty! I smelled it with no high expectations, but I liked it very much. The new Ma Griffe that I smelled recently was not so nice though. September 11, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

      • solanace: I miss old Ma Griffe. So happy Patricia de Nicolai is not discontinuing Le Temps d’une Fete after all, because it has replaced it in my heart. Gotta try Ivoire. Is it widely distributed? September 12, 2013 at 5:18am Reply

        • Victoria: Not that widely right now. In the US, it is at Bergdorf Goodman and possibly Neiman Marcus. In Europe, it is at Le Galleries Lafayette and other big department stores. Not Sephora though. September 12, 2013 at 6:00am Reply

  • Natalia: It’s such a beautiful description! As a Chanel 19 devotee, I feel compelled to buy the new Ivoire without even a testing.
    I did try an old version – probably one of the dismal once – and was not at all impressed by it. It reminded me a little of the reformulated Miss Dior. It was rather harsh and without a well defined base one might expect in a classic perfume.
    So I am really excited about this new one. It’s strange though, I never came accross it casually in stores. I will now look specifically for it. September 11, 2013 at 2:40pm Reply

    • Natalia: one of the dismal ONES, of course 🙂 September 11, 2013 at 2:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: I wouldn’t recommend a blind buy, of course, since it’s a matter of personal chemistry. Ivoire definitely needs to be tested on skin first. I’m not sure where Balmain retails in the US, but in Europe, it’s at most large perfume and department stores.

      The bad lots of Ivoire are truly unpleasant, and your description is spot on. Unfortunately, the ups and downs that Balmain has experienced reflected badly on its perfume at some points. September 11, 2013 at 3:18pm Reply

      • leathermountain: I spotted the new one at Bergdorf Goodman, along with what looked like contemporary versions of Ambre Gris and Vent Vert. All quite nice, to my quick sniffs. I tried on the Ivoire, though. 🙂 September 11, 2013 at 5:59pm Reply

        • Victoria: I don’t like Ambre Gris all that much when I smelled it on paper, but I should return and sample it again, pref on skin. Some perfumes develop so much better on skin. September 12, 2013 at 4:39am Reply

  • Courant: I am nearing sixty, familiar with the vintage version, and, determined not to be a dinosaur, I bought Ivoire 2012 with an open mind. It’s beautiful juice in a beautiful bottle; it makes me happy. It has elegant sillage and lasts five hours on my pale, dry skin. There are watermarks of the old Ivoire imprinted in the new, enough to satisfy this old campaigner.
    There has been no marketing promotion of Ivoire so thank you Victoria for raising its profile. September 11, 2013 at 3:30pm Reply

    • annemariec: I love your ‘watermarks’ comment – really makes me smile. 🙂 You are right about the lovely new bottle, much nicer than the old. (What were they thinking of with that original bottle? Dowdy is somehow classy?) September 12, 2013 at 4:08am Reply

    • Victoria: Your vote of confidence means a lot! As someone who has worn Ivoire for many years, you know it really well. September 12, 2013 at 4:22am Reply

  • minette: i wore and loved this when it came out, but a few years ago bought some edt, and it’s so heavy on sweet raspberry, i find i almost never wear it. don’t remember it being that sweet and fruity back when it was launched. it was one of those mossy greens i loved/love so much (also wore folies bergere, cabochard, and givenchy iii in that era).

    maybe i got a bad batch?! the new version sounds nice – i will have to seek it out and see if i can enjoy it without looking for its vintage soul. September 11, 2013 at 4:10pm Reply

    • Victoria: The overly fruity and sharp is one of the reformulations done way before the current one (yes, confusing, I know!) This is why I gave up on Ivoire at one point, because I couldn’t figure out which vintage was good. On the plus side, it’s often available for a very low price at discounters. September 12, 2013 at 4:28am Reply

  • Jennifer C: I have a vintage travel spray-type bottle of Ivoire that was given to me in a sample exchange. I really like it, though I don’t wear it much. Normally I don’t like soapiness in perfumes, but here I don’t mind it. I think it’s all the deep green that cuts through it. September 11, 2013 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Victoria: I usually don’t like the soapiness either, but I think that you’re right, here the green and citrus notes lift it up. Also, in the drydown you have this pleasantly earthy patchouli and dark musks that make things more interesting. September 12, 2013 at 4:40am Reply

  • annemariec: I love reading the memories evoked by posts like this, and really enjoy ‘vintage and new’ comparisons too.

    Sadly, I can’t deal with either of the Ivoires. The original I like better for its mossy and earthy notes, but I find it very aggressive. The new Ivoire reads very bitter, thin and nagging on my skin. Hate it. Darn!

    Still, there is always Chanel No 19. I’ve never had a bad day with that one, my first grown up perfume bought way back in about 1983/4. September 11, 2013 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: I also enjoyed everyone’s comments about people and places they associate with Ivoire. This is one of the reason I love talking about older scents, they have their own history and stories.

      No 19 is pretty much impeccable in my book, in whatever formulation I’ve smelled it. I love Ivoire too, but its character is so different, they satisfy different cravings for me. September 12, 2013 at 4:42am Reply

    • Courant: AnneMarie, I toyed with many but when push came to shove Chanel 19 EDP is what I purchased duty free on my way back home. There was nothing its equal. It doesn’t stop me flirting with others though. Best regards September 12, 2013 at 7:04am Reply

      • annemariec: Thanks Courant! September 12, 2013 at 4:50pm Reply

  • Tatiana: I always appreciate your comparisons of vintage and reformulation modern perfumes. It makes me happy when there is good news at the end as I’ve just about given up on the hunt for vintage fragrances. I noticed this one is $130 at Bergdorf’s yet can be had for about a third of that at various online discounters. That’s almost tempting me into a blind buy. Always looking for perfumes in the chypre and green floral categories. September 11, 2013 at 7:25pm Reply

    • Victoria: A few weeks ago, I saw minis on Ebay and samples of the new one, but I’m not sure if they’re still there. Blind buys are too risky, especially when it comes to classical (and classically minded) scents that can evolve in unpredictable ways, depending on personal chemistry. September 12, 2013 at 4:44am Reply

  • Jan Last: It seems it is time for me to do a comparison. I love the old Ivoire so much, I scour the net for it. I’ve worn it since I started wearing adult scents. Perhaps it’s time to try the new. Thanks for your thought provoking article. I will start looking, but not at Bergdorf’s. September 11, 2013 at 7:50pm Reply

    • Victoria: Please do, Jan! I would also love to hear what you think. Courant commented earlier that she found the new very good, even though she has worn Ivoire for many years. Anne-Marie didn’t like the new one, on the other hand. September 12, 2013 at 4:46am Reply

  • fleurdelys: I was one of the unfortunates who got stuck with a “dismal” bottle of the older Ivoire. I had smelled it when it was first released and remembered liking it. Some years later as a new perfumista I bought a bottle online and was horrified because it smelled like insect repellent! (Truthfully, there are insect repellents that smell much better). The new Ivoire is lovely and wearable, thank goodness! September 12, 2013 at 11:18am Reply

  • Susan: I am new to your site, and simply love it. Thank you.

    I adore Ivoire. It is the only fragrance I have ever worn where men track me down to ask me the name of the fragrance so they can buy it for their wives.

    I never had the heart to tell them that perfume can smell very different on different people! I just enjoyed them following me in department stores to ask the question.

    Women always ask me what the fragrance is when I wear Bottega Veneta which I also love.

    I just found some Balmain Amber Gris, but it was a blind buy and I’m not sure how it will be on my skin. It seems very aggressive at first spray.

    I so enjoy all the comments as well as the posts – thanks again! July 7, 2014 at 10:38am Reply

    • Victoria: What great compliments! 🙂 Ivoire must smell amazing on you. I find that some people have excellent skin for perfume all around, and whatever they wear smells great. My mom is one of such lucky people, and she gets so many perfume compliments she has lost count of them. July 7, 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

  • Isabel Nelson: I discovered Ivoire when I was 19 in the early 80s and just loved it and still do, although its my winter perfume because I find it too heavy in the Summer (La Perla takes over then). I was heart broken to find that they had changed it, and I don’t like the new version. I have since been stock piling it every-time I see some on eBay, but what am I going to do when the world supply runs out November 11, 2014 at 1:30pm Reply

  • cindy: I love the older version of Ivoire and have just purchased a bottle on eBay…What is a reasonable shelf life? March 21, 2015 at 7:28am Reply

    • Victoria: It depends on how it was preserved, so it’s a bit hard to say. I have one bottle of Ivoire that’s 15 years old, and it’s still in great shape. March 23, 2015 at 11:49am Reply

  • Shaye: I just purchased a new formulation and it is fantastic! April 26, 2015 at 2:55am Reply

    • Victoria: Glad to hear another vote of confidence for Ivoire! April 26, 2015 at 10:47am Reply

  • Julie: Dear Victoria,
    Your review of this is spot on! I never got around to trying it until today. Being a big lover of pearls & your reviews, I now own a bottle of Ivoire (2012 version). I purchased a gift for my mom and along with it came a this for myself. The price alone was shockingly low. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to try it. I had been eyeing it over a year. An elegant soft fragrance it is indeed. I think it’s perfect for this time of the year. I also don’t have anything like this.:) I enjoyed the comments, they are very helpful. Thank you! May 9, 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your feedback, Julie! I’m glad you tried it and liked it so much. Yes, it’s a little treasure. May 10, 2015 at 11:40am Reply

  • Helen Smith: The veteran bargain hunter here while learning along the way. I found Ivoire and being a newbie falling fast in love with oakmoss I bought Ivoire. $16.99. Large bottle. Then I returned and bought three more bottles. It can only be said that it deserves accolades. Truly stunning, but how on earth will I ever use up the other bottles? (I might leave them in my will to daughter!). On my climb towards acquiring things of beauty I have accrued many of similar ilk ,so much so, that I think I have bored myself with greens. The new Ivoire might be lovely and I will look for it…to test and see if she seduces me to part with money. Or not. I love the bargains and thence can justify the many, many bottles I have. There’s not enough time in one life to use it all up. What a marvellous quandary! November 30, 2015 at 7:59am Reply

    • Victoria: Enjoy it! And it’s even sweeter to know that you got it as a bargain. 🙂 November 30, 2015 at 10:10am Reply

  • Susan Grove: Hi Francis, remember me? We first met in the IFF lab in London, when you asked Hank Van Ameringen if I could be your assistant in Paris!
    Anyway, water goes under the bridge. As you probably know, eventually I married Raymond Grove, the perfumer, and he died aged 42 yrs, but, out of that marriage, I have a beautiful son, based in Sweden, who is a professional Opera Singer and a 4yr old grandson. I always look back on my life in perfumery with love. Now, I teach the piano, which was always my other love as well. I hope this note finds you well and happy,
    With much love
    Sue xx March 19, 2016 at 7:14am Reply

  • ChristineM: Dear Victoria
    I love Ivoire too, and have a bottle bought a couple of years ago; when I went to buy another today in Myer, Sydney I found it has been discontinued and I was lucky to get a bottle left in stock. Is it correct it has been discontinued? June 30, 2017 at 12:52am Reply

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