Balkis was launched by Parfums de Nicolaï in 2003, and the notes include raspberry, Turkish rose, black pepper, coffee extract, iris, benzoin and vanilla.
Balkis starts out as a boudoir, pin-up girl sort of rose, along the lines of Frederic Malle's Lipstick Rose. The raspberry is jammy-sweet (although there is nothing candied or child-like about it) and the iris lends a fair dusting of powder, and the whole thing is very creamy and uber-feminine. It would be out of the question (for me, that is) were it not for the coffee and pepper, which temper the sweetness (marginally, mind you) and lend some bite to what would otherwise probably be too prissy-girly for my taste.
The dry down is more about iris and vanilla than it is about rose, and while there are still traces of the raspberry jam, most of the coffee and pepper dissipate after the first hour. Still, it is a gorgeous scent if I'm in exactly the right mood. On the wrong day, as with many other uber-feminine roses (L'Artisan's Drôle de Rose, for instance) the early stages don't work at all and I feel like an imposter; it seems to require lipstick and high heels, and perhaps even an updo. Much later though, some of the vanillic creaminess also fades, the warmth of the benzoin blends nicely with a pale woody musk, and a last lingering whiff of the coffee reappears. Now it is considerably less ladylike, and a much better fit with my wardrobe.
A good friend sent me a bottle of Balkis Light some time ago. The Nicolaï boutiques in Paris apparently carry a number of the fragrances in Light versions, essentially Eaux de Toilette (the original Balkis is an Eau de Parfum). From time to time they pop up on Ebay, but they are not the bargain there that they are said to be in Paris. Balkis Light, at any rate, is an interesting compromise; the pepper and coffee make a bigger impression when they don't have to compete with the heavy raspberry, and it avoids the rich creaminess which I find objectionable in the middles stages of the Eau de Parfum. The drawback (and there is always a drawback, right?) is the lasting power, which is marginal at best on skin, although I find it does very well sprayed on clothing.
Of the two, I prefer the Light, but if you already love Balkis Eau de Parfum, you may find the Light too wispy for your taste. Do comment if you've tried any of the other Nicolaï Light fragrances, or if you've seen them for sale anywhere outside of Paris.
For buying information, see the listing for Parfums de Nicolaï under Perfume Houses.