Oh Byredo. It’s a fragrance brand that’s spot on for me, complex scents that evoke an emotion and aren’t readily available are kinda my thing. After a long debate, many a sample sniff and asking everyone and their sister which one smelt best I decided to go with Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum. From the beautiful box to the complex scent it’s everything I’ve wanted except for one thing – longevity.
For me Gypsy Water is everything I want in a more complex perfume. If you’re keen to know what other perfumes I like I’d say it’s quite varied I loved Marc Jacobs Daisy for a while back in high school, Prada’s Infusion D’Iris even longer. I currently own Diptyque’s Philosykos, Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce and Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea salt. Byredo’s Gypsy Water is different yet similar to these, it’s sweeter and spicier but still has that clean-powder-fresh feel. It’s not overwhelming with sweetness or spice, like Eau Duelle from Diptyque which I was considering for a while there. That one can make me a bit nauseous on some days, with a hint of fresh notes. I loved Eau Duelle in samples, in the winter it’s a cosy scent that’s simply warm vanilla and black pepper to me, but for an everyday perfume it wasn’t meant to be. It clung to my clothing and the dry down was vanilla bean all the way.
Back to this review. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum retails for $150 for 50 ml and $250 for 100ml, which is possibly the most expensive perfume I own. I bought the 50 ml version because I’m not quite comfortable shelling that much out for a perfume, I also take a long time to finish them off any way so 50 ml is perfect for me. It’s expensive yes – and most people will expect a perfume to last and last when paying that much. I don’t. Let me explain; Jo Malone cologne’s are much the same for me in lasting power as in they have none. I’m used to refreshing my perfume every few hours and to be frank enjoy spritzing myself. For me, perfume is an experience. I look for a scent that makes me feel great, be it feminine or sexy or youthful I want that wave of fragrance to make me feel. I’m not looking for others to notice my perfume, for someone to recognise me by my scent alone (I find it creepy and often overwhelming).
If you’re curious about the notes of this scent here they are: Top notes are bergamot, lemon, pepper and juniper; middle notes are incense, pine needles and orris root; base notes are amber, vanilla and sandalwood (taken of Fragnatica.com). I get mostly the juniper, pepper, vanilla, pine and incense when I take a whiff but different body chemistry, weather, soap etc can impact this greatly.
Gypsy Water is everything I want in a perfume and that makes up for it’s rather lack lustre staying power. At first spritz I get that pepper and vanilla, then it mellows out to something calmer, fresher and creamy. I may need to refresh every 5-6 hours but that’s what a Travello is for right?
This may be the gateway to more Byredo perfumes – I’m eyeing Mohave Ghost next! These two layer beautifully so you know it’s bound to happen right?