Balenciaga was recommended to me by my mother. Its been out in the market for years. My mother bought hers when she traveled to France many years ago. When she let me tried it, the essence and aroma stayed in my mind, like ink on paper. Couldn't get it off. So I decided to try the rollerball from Bloomingdale's...It did not had the same effect on me immediately. However, after and hour or so; you begin experience a change and realized aha! Here comes the real essence now! So be prepared to received not only compliments but comments about how strong this fragance is. I remember picking up my daughter and her friends from a party and as they entered the car. They innocently say; hum your mom car smells so good! . Yesterday the cashier at the supermarket couldn't help himself and announced to the four ladies in line" one of you ladies smell really really good! Btw i was the last in line... so i cant really say it was either the combination of the rollerball from bloomingdales along with the bottle from fragance net; that has this effect on people but; I will continue trying using both and as one finishes out then i will then see the difference. But by all means you should try it. If it does not go with your body chemistry trust me just spray it in your clothes and you will want to smell that even when the perfume is not in your body!