Hello Darlings,

Never thought I would ever cheat on my beloved Chanel with Balenciaga! Since my 16th birthday, I have been a loyal Chanel spritzer. Together with diamond studs, years ago my parents gifted me my first bottle of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume. Since that birthday, I have loved Chanel in a way that no other scent could challenge. Well, that is until recently discovering the beauty of Balenciaga. My first new love was L’Essence and now it’s Balenciaga’s highly-anticipated Florabotanica. 

There is a real duality in Balenciaga, between classicism and experimentation,” said Balenciaga’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière.  “For this new fragrance, I wanted to explore this paradox between the pure and the enigmatic further. A few years ago, I wanted to explore this “floral collection”. The dresses were covered with flowers, but these flowers were neither charming nor romantic. They structured the whole silhouette. I wanted the flowers in this perfume to express the same idea.”

Balenciaga perfume is a balance between a classic scent, and one that is unusual and unique. True to Ghesquière’s  Spring/Summer 2008 collection of floral ensembles that inspired the fragrance — and the designs actress Kristen Stewart wears in their ad campaign — Florabotanica is unlike anything else! I adore the unusual yet sophisticated scent, how the graphic black and white stripes of the bottle echo a signature dear to Christobal Balenciaga, and also the visions of extremely contemporary cuts of which Nicolas Ghesquière is fond in his designs.
Thanks to Coty Canada, I am excited to giveaway a bottle to a WithLoveGabrielle.com reader.
For a chance to WIN:

  Follow @withlove_ and @CotyPrestigeCA and tweet about your favorite perfume


Follow WithLove on Facebook and leave a comment below about your favorite perfume.

* Contest ends on October 25th at 4pm Eastern and is open internationally.

With Love…




  1. Jeannelle
    October 24, 2012 / 12:38 am

    My favourite perfume is LAMB by Gwen Stefani!

  2. Melanie
    October 24, 2012 / 1:33 am

    My favourite perfume is aquolina pink sugar! So yummy!

  3. Cindy
    October 24, 2012 / 1:34 am

    I don’t have a favorite perfume but I like Hot by Ralph Lauren. I really want Florabotanica :c

  4. October 24, 2012 / 2:34 am

    I’ve liked your fb page! And I have a few favourite perfumes – I love Chloé eau de parfum, and also a very simple floral – Wisteria from Crabtree & Evelyn, which is what I wear almost every day. Last but not least, I also really love Vanillary from Lush.

  5. Katharina
    October 24, 2012 / 2:49 am

    My absolute favorite is Panthère de Cartier Eau Légère. Sadly it is really hard to find and not available in the country where I live…so I have been searching for a new love for quiet some time. Because I like Balenciaga scents- Florabotanica could just be that.

  6. October 24, 2012 / 4:10 am

    I use different perfumes depending on the season. For winter, I like strong scents and the ones in yellow or dark yellow are the most resistible once to the coldness of winter – for winter my favorites are Chanel No.5 and Tom Ford Black Orchid. For spring and summer, I don’t have any particular preferences, but currently this summer I used Jimmy Choo and Chanel Chance. Feeling curious about this new Balenciaga perfume and I will expect that in Kyiv it will be sold way later than in many other European countries.

  7. michelle cloutier
    October 24, 2012 / 6:51 am

    My favorite perfume is Guess

  8. Stephanie Wu
    October 24, 2012 / 8:44 am

    My favourite perfume is Holland Park by Royal Apothic. Dot by Marc Jacobs is also up there but unfortunately i dont own it.

  9. Natalia
    October 24, 2012 / 8:46 am

    Dolce & Gabbana
    – Light Blue

  10. October 24, 2012 / 9:13 am

    What a fun contest! My current favourite is Guilty by Gucci. It is my go-to scent for fall/winter. Love love.

    But I absolutely LOVE anything that Balenciaga does so I’d love to be entered. <3

  11. Alexis Valderama
    October 24, 2012 / 9:25 am

    My current favorite perfume is Chance by Chanel.I smell fresh whenever I use it.

  12. mk
    October 24, 2012 / 9:51 am

    my favorite perfume is chance by chanel because it smells amazing and i always get compliments whenever i wear it 🙂 !

  13. Debbie Lemaire
    October 24, 2012 / 10:55 am

    My favourite perfume is Aqua Allegoria Orange Magnifica Guerlain for women

  14. Michael Gagnon
    October 24, 2012 / 11:05 am

    Favourite perfume is Dot by marck jacobs!

  15. October 24, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    you can never go wrong with Marc Jacobs, Daisy perfume, a fresh scent that is perfect for a day out or a special evening! Love the fun fruity scents it has.

  16. Halyna C
    October 24, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Eau de Chloe, by Chloe! 🙂 So fresh, yet florally. Definitely my go-to.

  17. Tanis
    October 24, 2012 / 1:30 pm

    I liked your Facebook Page. My favorite is The Body Shop White Musk!

  18. julia g
    October 24, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    My current favourite perfume is Vamp à NY by Honoré des Prés.

  19. Henry C
    October 24, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    My current fave is Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme

  20. Monica S
    October 24, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    I love this time of year with all the new fragrances on the market, but I am very partial to Chloe. I always have a bottle on hand.

  21. Megan Willis
    October 24, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    My favourite perfume is anything womens by calvin klein!! 🙂

  22. Gary Lin
    October 24, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    My favorite perfume is by Chanel.

  23. LL
    October 24, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    I haven’t worn perfume for a long time. Alouette used to make one that I loved and I was thinking of seeing if they still make it. Thanks.

  24. ginette4
    October 24, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    like on facebook; Ginette Dube Anger
    I have lots of favourite perfums, L’Air du Temps, Candies and new favourite is Shania Twain

  25. Liesl Langdon
    October 24, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    I don’t have a favourite perfume. I am looking for a new favourite perfume perhaps Balenciaga Florabotanica will be it!!!

  26. Andrea C Mena
    October 24, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    I love perfumes so it’s kinda difficult to choose, but one of my favorites is Flora by Gucci, and I hope Florabotanica can be the next one!!

  27. Kelsey
    October 24, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    I love Light Blue by D&G, but hoping to make Florabotanica my signature scent!!!!

  28. Sarah
    October 24, 2012 / 5:50 pm

    Either Guilty by Gucci or Pretty by Elizabeth Arden. 🙂

  29. Tracy
    October 24, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    My fave perfume is Gucci envy

  30. Nicole
    October 24, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    My fav perfume is still Coco Chanel Eau de Toilette……I just love it!

  31. Christina Ferguson
    October 24, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    I love and wear many perfumes but one of my favorites is Eau de Chloe.

  32. October 24, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    My go to perfumes are Chanel Chance (the green one) and Dolce & Gabbana The One Rose

  33. Linda Kollybaba
    October 24, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    Dolce & Gabbana
    – Light Blue

  34. Meklit Abera
    October 24, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    OMG! I love Chanel too! Chance, in particular! Got my first bottle when on my 15th birthday. My friends knew how much I loved the perfume and decided to collectively buy me a bottle. I still have that same bottle! Brings back such good memories and I just can’t get enough of it. I have also not been able to find anything that can replace Chanel (although I do have other bottles). 🙂
    I am however interested to smell this new scent!

  35. Debbie f
    October 24, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    I really like Eternity. It is so fresh smelling.

  36. Cebe
    October 24, 2012 / 7:48 pm

    My favorite fragrance is Shiseido Feminite Du Bois

  37. Wendy Dickinson
    October 24, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    I don’t really have a favorite. I bounce through White Diamond, Vanilla Fields, Sunflowers and a few others. My perfume choice depends on my mood that day :0)

  38. magda s
    October 24, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    I love Beat by Burberry

  39. Laura
    October 24, 2012 / 8:36 pm

    I love to switch it up with the season. Some of my all time faves are Clinique’s Happy Heart, Hugo Boss’ Sunset, and L’imperatrice by D&G.

  40. Belinda M
    October 24, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    I like you on facebook and my favorite perfume is Calvin Klein Eternity

  41. Jessica
    October 24, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    My favorite perfume is ‘Flower Bomb’ by Viktor and Rolf. From the Bottle to the scent – It’s scent-sational!!!

  42. Madiha Waseem
    October 24, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    My favorite perfume is Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel ! I really want to try Balenciaga Florabotanica !

  43. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    October 24, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    Following WithLove on Facebook and I love all different kinds – right now I like Guess

  44. Jacqueline
    October 25, 2012 / 12:13 am

    My favourite perfume has to be Givenchy’s Hot Couture. Such an intoxicating scent – I’m constantly receiving compliments on it!

  45. Brenda Lacourciere
    October 25, 2012 / 5:43 am

    My favorite this season is Geisha

  46. Deanna
    October 25, 2012 / 7:32 am

    I liked you on fb…my fav perfume now is princess by Vera wang 🙂

  47. Vicki
    October 25, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    always loved Chloe.

  48. Michelle
    October 25, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    my favourite perfume is Yves St. Laruent OPIUM

  49. brook
    October 25, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    I have so many favorites…but the one that is my staple is Anick goudal.

  50. Allison
    October 25, 2012 / 11:20 pm

    My boyfriend bought me Prada Candy. I absolutely love it…it smells exactly as the name implies – sweet like candy!!!

  51. Katya
    October 29, 2012 / 1:12 am

    My favourite perfume is Chanel Chance and I find that it works for every occasion. I have yet to try Balenciaga fragrances though, Florabotanica sounds lovely!

  52. Marc-Andre Taillefer
    October 29, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    My favourite perfume is LAMB by Gwen Stefani!

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