Reviews of Baudelaire by Byredo

I got a sample of this when I ordered something else on eBay. I really like this one! The reviewer before me said it smells watery - that's a perfect way to describe it. Baudelaire really does smell like wet paper, but of course I mean that in a perfume sense and not literally.
20th July 2020
It seems that I have to affirm myself as the defender of this rare aromatic opulence. Accused by its generic nature, I understand well why it does not usually like: between the little original and the too bold. But this smells incredible, and everyone will admire it in your skin. Strong, watery, pungent and with magnificent, luxurious incense (the best I've smelled). Woody and dirty impression, clearly intended to create a neglected nature, wild and at the same time darkly refined, with surprising modernity in the decadence that nullifies the "old age" of the perfume.
I use it in my nights of immoral pleasures. But it would serve for an aristocratic dinner if you wanted to be like an "enfant terrible". (After all, it is terribly pleasant, in the best sense).
9th March 2018

Byredo Baudelaire is a spicy masculine scent that's vaguely in the same spirit of fougeres while lacking their freshness.

A mix of juniper, pepper, leather, patchouli, incense, and even a little amber, Baudelaire has spicy elements and lean towards more of a cold weather men's signature scent. The juniper and pepper stand out as sharper notes, even in the dry down, but most of the other accords are in harmony, the amber serving as a smoother counterweight to the incense, patchouli, and leather, a trio that can otherwise be daunting..

I like a little bit, but not nearly as much as some of the more classic spicy men's options from the 80s like YSL Jazz and Chanel Antaeus.

Still, it doesn't move the needle for me very much. I can easily see how men and women alike could love this one, but it's just "off" on my skin, not quite where I feel it should be. Perhaps that's simply my wanting it to be more like other fragrances in the same subgenre, but at least for me, Baudelaire is one I was happy to try but am happier not to buy.

6 out of 10
6th June 2017
This is a mild thumbs up for a mildly affecting fragrance which takes a slightly different spin on a widely applied formula. Sure it's good; sure it's nice; it would be twice as nice at half the price. The black pepper, incense and leather with very light florals is done all over the place. I am not denigrating this fragrance, It is not, however, a works of olfactory genius. I am only saying there are other options in this category that are similar, possibly more distinctive and less expensive. But if you are worried about this point-- don't-- Baudelaire is a good mens fragrance, for sure. Buy without fear.
4th July 2015
I like the leather in the drydown but the rest of the notes don't really do it for me.
7th June 2014
Wow factor I sprayed it, went to work last week and i walked into a room with 2 men, both men who are not using perfume and eau de Toilette at all... (Besides daily deodorant.) Both said : damn that smells nice what are you wearing! Ok... point made > its a great scent ! Its an non-offending great balanced (maybe the best for men from byredo in my opnion)scent. great notes with Hyacinth and Juniper its notes are uncommon buth well blend together! like it,love it, and i will describe later what i feel in it. For now a winner.Pros: Blended wellCons:
24th August 2013
Such a wonderful scent...warm and comforting (often...see below). I am aware most of amber and berry accords, and light notes of incense and leather. Are there hints of Jubilation XXV in there, or am I crazy? It's not as dark as I expected (and I'm not even sure why I expected this), but fruitier and rounder. More purple than black. I did have the experience once of sampling it on my skin while rather sweaty after doing some physical work in the heat, and something about the combination was intoxicating. However, this is a day-to-day roller coaster of an affair for me...some days it's something velvety I love rolling around in, and some days it's a little too brash and 80s-feeling on me. Go figure.
16th January 2013
At first I am hit by Mugler's ANGEL (the berries and balsam mix), supported by an amber base. After half an hour, ANGEL is gone and the mix of amber and patchouli has settled into a dry dark and quite pleasant masculine scent.

However, why spend $145 for BAUDELAIRE, when you can get its equivalent in ENRICO SEBASTIANI's FOR MEN for less than a quarter the cost. Odd that the latter is not listed on Basenotes - it's quite fine and the one amber scent in my fragrance wardrobe.
28th September 2012
I put this squarely in the Miller Harris L'Air de Rien category. Sleazy, dirty, stagnant, dusty -- incense over paper and patchouli. The dirtiness is a bit overdone imo and I prefer the former. Could have ben a contender though. Byredo are a bit like early CDG at the moment, i.e. a new fragrance seems to appear every other week.
25th July 2012
Just a beautiful scent! Smokey incense with a hint of leather. It transports me to temples I've visisted in my childhood. It has a certain 80s powerhouse feel, yet it's soft and calm, subtle but long lasting, dark yet spiritual. There's also a hint of sweetness, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Byredo has created a masterpiece with Baudelaire.

7th May 2012
the Overall, while not the same, bears a certain resemblance with L´instant edp eau extreme.I'm not completely convinced by the dirty note of most of Byredos, Can it be the papyrus? That note reminds me a little of the smell of compost.
at least it is to praise, a certain unique style and distinctive touch in their perfumes.
14th March 2012

To me this is a bit disappointing fragrance since, despite my great espectations, i encountered a generic masculine, watery and a bit dusty accord of citrus-lavender, spices, tonka and woods. Nothing particularly compelling in spite of the high price. There is a sort of transparency exuding from this fragrance at least before it starts darkening towards a mossy-galbanum final game. The dusty-watery combination of lavender, pepper, caraway and incense produces a sort of opaque transparency that is the main feature of the fragrance and that reminds scents as vintage Trussardi Uomo but just slightly more linear and clean. The juniper berries and some aromatic herbs produce a slightly airy and piney feel. The natural crisp  combination of incense, roots, earthineas and leather brings out a touch of exoticism reminding us that it's a niche and expensive juice although the smell is instead  traditional and common though pleasant and natural. The dry down, in all its opacity, is mossy, slightly floral and leathery. Not bad.
17th February 2012
When I first tried on this scent it captured me. Although I agree that this swings towards the more masculine spectrum, as a female whose chemistry tends to eat fragrances for breakfast, Baudelaire does not seem to overwhelm me. I tend to lean towards the masculine scents, in any case.

What really strikes me about this scent is in the first moments I get an almost damp, earthy, boggy smell. Nothing unpleasant, but unexpected. Like standing water, in the middle of the woods. After a few minutes the leather, incense and Patchouli come roaring forth. There is something about this fragrance that puts me in a nostolgic, almost pleasantly gloomy mood.

I think this fragrance would have to be worn by the right man or woman. Definitely not for everyone. My husband loves this on me, so on the right female I don't think it would be a turnoff.
8th August 2011
This water is not for everyone. It has a decadent –more Huysmans than Baudelaire!– tendency: powdery, oriental, animalic (bulgarian rose? white musk? Oudh?): too much of a good thing, but in proper measures. Imperial overstretch, antisex, porno-de-luxe.Imagine your grandmother with a penis, and your teeny niece with a handlebar moustache, and translate that into a scent.Luvverly, for gentlemen only though. BCBG
28th March 2010