Byredo Fragrances any good ?

augustya

Super Member
Oct 4, 2014
Hi Guys,

How are Byredo Fragrances rated? meaning, are they Just about Ok ? or are they Powerhouse ? likeo in terms of Projection and Longevity ? I have been recommended these from the House of Byredo. Out of these which one’s do you think are the best and offer great projection and sillage ?

The One’s that I have been recommended are

◦Super Cyder
◦Oud Immortel
◦Gypsy Water
◦1996
◦Tobacco Mandarin
 
Jul 1, 2015
they are OK. I like Pulp in smaller quantities - it is very cheerful, but man it is ISO-E overdose. Tobacco Mandarin is quite nice but it is not worth in terms of price. my fav is 1996 (but I do feel it is very feminine leaning), and I have heard it has gone thru reformulations - I have not smelled the newer formulation. Ben (the owner) is a genius at marketing, I have to say.
 

hanginglimbs

Basenotes Junkie
Mar 9, 2015
Your question is a little confusing. Are you asking which Byredo scents are nice or which ones perform well (are loud)? Or which fragrances meet both criteria? For me, the scents are extremely two dimensional and synthetically piercing. That said, both Cuir Obscur and Oliver Peoples are extremely pleasant and perform quite well. Of course, one is a Harrod's exclusive and the other is discontinued. Oh well
 

LinePlaneVolume

Basenotes Junkie
May 31, 2020
Hi Guys,

How are Byredo Fragrances rated? meaning, are they Just about Ok ? or are they Powerhouse ? likeo in terms of Projection and Longevity ? I have been recommended these from the House of Byredo. Out of these which one’s do you think are the best and offer great projection and sillage ?

The One’s that I have been recommended are

◦Super Cyder
◦Oud Immortel
◦Gypsy Water
◦1996
◦Tobacco Mandarin
I'm familiar with Gypsy Water and, while I don't have a bottle of it, believe it's a solid and versatile scent. Out of all of the Byredo I've tried (the only one on your list I have), it's one of my favorites.

My partner got Bal d'Afrique for me and, while I like it enough, would rather have Gypsy Water :)
 

cheapimitation

Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
M/Mink is fantastic and super weird, the rest are forgettable and often derivative of fragrances done better by other houses (Bal d'Afrique and Hermes Vetiver Tonka for example).

Their recent releases are plagued by a horrific harsh woody amber base that I just can't stand, but maybe it's just me.
 

tspencer

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 12, 2016
I've sampled a number of Byredo fragrances like 4 years ago and didn't care for any of them. They all seemed like "disjointed/random" creations. Like some amatuer with no talent put random notes together. If you want a fragrance line that few people wear, has original creations that smell good, I have been recommending Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements for like 3 years now. It's the most underrated, "under the radar" fragrance maker. They have a giant number of different fragrance scents and nearly all of them smell like good creations and I own like 15 different scents of theirs. That's the second-most owned house in my wardrobe aside from Creed. Byredo, IMO, is overrated and not worth the money. It sucks to say that about any house, but I have to be honest.
 

imm0rtelle

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 2, 2021
I've avoided the brand because of its reputation for being an Instagram-aesthetic brand, but I recently tried their relatively new releases, Open Sky and De Los Santos, and I am a big fan of them.

Open Sky is a nice cannabis fragrance that feels realistic enough that you would register that you're smelling a cannabis fragrance, but also refined enough that it doesn't smell disgustingly skunk-like. The pomelo adds some brightness and lift to the fragrance. The earthy, spicy, and woody facets adds this nice edginess without being crude. I really appreciate how it's built without the dreadful consideration of being a beast mode fragrance. No annoying aromachemicals crammed into the formula to unnecessarily boost projection and longevity. Shame it is a limited edition release, because I think it deserves to be more widely available. I hope it doesn't get discontinued after the remaining stock is sold out. I'm tempted to buy a backup bottle.
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De Los Santos reminds me very strongly of Le Labo's Thé Noir 29, but built like how I wished Thé Noir 29 would have smelled. They both share a similar theme of pairing a fruitiness with earthy, herbal, and woody facets. While Thé Noir 29 can feel oppressive, De Los Santos is kept more airy. I get a feeling of smelling the cork of a wine bottle. I'm really appreciating the tasteful restraint of Byredo compared to many other modern releases.

While Thé Noir 29 reminds me of a rustic log cabin in the woods, De Los Santos feels a lot more urban.
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Both Open Sky and De Los Santos feel like a departure from the brand's usual releases. They both feel very LA-inspired, and I feel like they fit neatly with Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent edgier aesthetic. They both seem to be the only releases that feature Palo Santo, which feels very LA.
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dogtoe

Super Member
Aug 5, 2016
They have a number of fragrances that help me sleep:
- Rose of No Man’s land
- Slow Dance
- Reine de Nuit
- Tobacco Mandrin (My wife hates it, so it doesn’t get used much)

Others I like:
- Bibliotheque (my wife likes this one)
- Oud Immortel

They have a lot that I don’t particularly like.

As always, sample and formulate your own opinion. As always, what’s too expensive is relative.
 

imm0rtelle

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 2, 2021
As De Los Santos dries down, it gets sweeter, and paired with the dry dusty powdery orris butter and ambroxan facets, reminds me of facets of Bois d'Argent and Black Tie.
 

AntonPan

Basenotes Dependent
May 8, 2008
Большой поклонник марки здесь.
Highly recommend Mumbai Noise which is a coffee take on Black Afghano,
and the new De Los Santos that adds some sage and greenery to Le Labo The Noir.
 

JON RODGERS

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 5, 2007
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imm0rtelle

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 2, 2021
I got 2 sticks of palo santo wood with my purchase of De Los Santos. I appreciate this gesture since this is my first time experiencing what real palo santo wood is. My only experience prior to that was from fragrances like Eau de Californie, Open Sky, and De Los Santos. I wonder if the smell of it burnt is different than the smell of the wood unlit.

Decided to check out Sellier after reading that it is Byredo's version of Le Labo's Santal 33. Once again, I much prefer Byredo's interpretation of Le Labo's fragrances, than Le Labo's actual fragrances. I'm not a fan of Santal 33, so I also didn't end up resonating with Sellier. I'm glad because it is so expensive per mL.
 

imm0rtelle

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 2, 2021
Along with Sellier, I got a sample of Tobacco Mandarin. I should have looked at the notes before testing it on skin blindly, but it is a western-style oud fragrance. It reminds me of my experience with 24 Gold. It has a similar idea of pairing syrupy sweetness with this "oud" together. Since I'm in the minority of those who dislike 24 Gold, I can imagine Tobacco Mandarin being quite popular. It is built more elegantly than 24 Gold, that's for sure. Although I might not always love Byredo's fragrance, I love the way they build their fragrances.

Testing Sellier on skin, and I really get the savoury fresh dill facet that's also in Santal 33. It feels like Santal 33, but more elegant and more leather dominant. I do prefer Sellier over Santal 33, but overall this genre of perfumery doesn't excite me. I could actually imagine this being what Helmut Lang's Cuiron would smell like, and that makes it easier to understand why Santal 33 is the "scent of New York". I'll keep my sample around and continue to test it and see if I can better understand what makes this genre something that resonates so strongly with the zeitgeist.
 

Kotori

In my little cloud
Basenotes Plus
Aug 17, 2006
I don’t own any of this line. But I’ve almost bought Pulp several times. I also have given strong consideration to Sundazed, Sunday Cologne, and Encens Chembur.

Recently, I’ve enjoyed Bibliotheque and Night Veils: La Botte. That last one is pretty pricey, or I’d probably own it, but for me to spend that much, I take my time deciding. Anyway, looks like I might have missed the opportunity on that one. But I do think that Night Veils line is interesting and higher quality than the rest.
 

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