What do you really think of BYREDO??

Foamywax

Well-known member
May 2, 2013
Ever since I first tried some of there fragrances last year..I was convinced their fragrances were just over hyped minimalist uninspired scents for people who will gladly spend their money on something expensive because it's expensive. None of their fragrances surprised me or wowed me. I just thought they were WEIRD.
After about a year I tried two other byredo scents yesterday : Pulp and Tobacco mandarin. I remember reading that hednic liked it so I was curious. After testing it I wasn't impressed. I got an airy fig note and some strong peach. It smelled real alright but too simple I thought and where would I even wear this oddity??
Yet several hours later I kept going back to it.
24 hours later I'm thinking alot about this fragrance.
After reading various articles about the company I'm starting to get more interested. I was put off by the few notes they use. I'm not used to fragrances like this.
But their fragrances really do smell like the notes that are listed no more no less. I'm excited about trying more of their fragrances. I have to say that mandarin tobacco is wonderful. This could be an amazing winter fragrance.
Really high quality. But 255 euros for 50 ml?? Damn
I have a feeling there are some gems in this line waiting to be discovered. 1996 and gypsy water are bottle worthy for me and I just may have found a perfume brand that finally can replace the Helmut Lang fragrances I can't find anymore.
 

Aitchellsmell

Well-known member
Jul 14, 2017
I really dig Super Cedar, but the price always kept me from pulling the trigger. I finally broke down and bought a boxed trio set--12 ml ea--of Super Cedar, Mohave Ghost and Black Saffron, and I've been happy with the purchase. I enjoy Mohave Ghost, but like all Byredo (including Super Cedar) it wears light. Touchups throughout the day are de rigueur. (I'm on the fence about Black Saffron; some days it's good, others just "meh"). Anyway, I find all the fragrances to be pretty one-dimensional. What you smell right off, is pretty much what you smell right through the wear. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. That being said, as much as I am a fan of Sup Ced, I don't see myself ever laying out big $ for a jug of it. I like juice with a bit more "oomph" when I've laid out considerable cheddar for it...
 

jholder

Well-known member
Jan 6, 2013
As a house (like for the entire line?). I can't say that they are truly impressive, and I am nose blind to far too many of them (I'm guessing due some white musk choices?).

They do have 3 absolute standouts for me: Pulp, Sunday Cologne, and Blanche.

  • Sunday Cologne is going to be really familiar to most fans of the genre, for me its just the best execution I've come across.
  • I love Pulp for it's uniqueness...I would hazard that if SH, or AlD decided to make a frag in that vein I'd prefer theirs, but for right now, nothing really smells like it.
  • Blanche to me is literally Dove bar soap with amazing 12 hour longevity. (Though I will say that I just tried Ormonde Jayne's X'ian, which has a *very* similar scent profile...)


I'd say they are pretty much just like any other frag house with a few real winners, and a lot of meh's.
 

the blood on 530 27

Well-known member
Dec 5, 2016
If you draw a Gaussian curve of every niche brands, Byredo is right in the middle: not cheap, nor the high-end type; not blow-your-mind top quality, nor too bad; not run-of-the-mill, nor groundbreaking.

I have an unsubstantiated feeling, that they have to come up with a "gimmick", some "fancy new notes" for each and every one of their perfume, so it stands out from regular designer goods.

Sometimes they deliver, sometimes it just smells like a failed experiment.
 

Foamywax

Well-known member
May 2, 2013
I've heard nothing but good things about Bal d'afrique Gypsy water and Velvet haze. Oh and 1996 as well.
 

AntonPan

Well-known member
May 8, 2008
I love most of them. One of the most contemporary brands at the market. Love the vision of Jerome Epinette, their perfumer.
 

chypre

Well-known member
Oct 10, 2006
I agree with uninspiring and synthetic. Some start out rather promisingly, only to disappear into blandness 30 minutes later. Cuir Obscur was not bad though.
 

Kaern

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Apr 2, 2008
For me, a few are amazing and unique and we should give props -- Pulp, Bullion, Rose of No Man's Land and Fantastic Man (vintage)
Most others are ok
Some need 1000 volts through them
Some are unwearable

The gimmicky 'Unnamed' was a mistake imo

Not sure where that leaves me?
 

Swoleiosis

Well-known member
Jan 10, 2020
weak, boring, synthetic, uninspired, rip off, pure marketing.... and this was without reading the above replies that I am now reading and am apparently repeating xD If you're going to be synthetic and expensive and derivative, at LEAST be long-lasting or powerful.

After hearing so much about them, I ordered samples and was like..... ok where's the damn smell?! Bal d Afrique is so highly regarded somehow, to me it's watered down histories de parfums DNA.
 

Juxtapozbliss

Author, Artist & Creative Director
Basenotes Plus
Nov 3, 2016
I own Bal d' Afrique, and I quite enjoy it. It's pleasant, bright and fresh although I wouldn't call it original as others have noted. I also once purchased the limited edition Oliver Peoples frag, and it was TERRIBLE. Smelled like cooked spaghetti. Not joking. I sold it. I've tried a handful of others, and they didn't leave much impression on me.
 

Andy the frenchy

Well-known member
Sep 16, 2018
I like a few like Sundazed, Pulp or Bal d'Afrique... on a woman. Byredo simply misbrands its products as unisex while it's one of the few brands that has nearly (or not at all) fragrances that I can imagine wearing (while I usually am not at all afraid of pulling off unisex or even a few fragrance labelled as feminine). Even though, the quality is sub par imo, and it's clealry overpriced.

One exception though: the black botlle leather series (La Botte, La Selle, Le Gant), but the pricing was really at even more disproportionate than usual according to what they deliver.

Boring, unoriginal, too synthetic, overpriced.

Bascially my thoughts.
 
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PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
I enjoyed Bal d'Afrique well enough for a few wears, but soon came to realize it didn't click for me, so I sold it off. Everything else I've smelled from the house has failed to pull at my purse strings. I imagine there could be something from Byredo that I'd love, but when the only thing I've liked about the fragrances are the names, I'm just not inspired to look.

I feel like January Scent Project is everything Byredo pretends to be. Even the JSP's I don't especially like are genuinely intriguing rather than merely odd.
 

Varanis Ridari

The Scented Devil
Basenotes Plus
Oct 17, 2012
I enjoyed Bal d'Afrique well enough for a few wears, but soon came to realize it didn't click for me, so I sold it off. Everything else I've smelled from the house has failed to pull at my purse strings. I imagine there could be something from Byredo that I'd love, but when the only thing I've liked about the fragrances are the names, I'm just not inspired to look.

I feel like January Scent Project is everything Byredo pretends to be. Even the JSP's I don't especially like are genuinely intriguing rather than merely odd.

Burvuvu was positively ravishing. That's a house I need to explore more of. The camel knows what the devil likes.
 

Sayeed

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Oct 22, 2020
My father went to twisted lily about 2 years ago and got 4 samples of their popular fragrances. He was disappointed in all of them. It really turned him away from the house. On the other hand I know someone that loves mojave ghost but says its too expensive. For those reasons I am out.
 

leffleur

Well-known member
Feb 14, 2005
Underwhelming. Disappointing; because the concepts and design are right up my alley. End products not so much.
There are still more I want to test, but think it’s not the house for me.
I remember when they first came on the scene and everyone was raving about Bal d’frique and Mojave Ghost. I hate both. The smell. Has nothing to do with performance- it’s the compositions I dislike.
 

Foamywax

Well-known member
May 2, 2013
My goodness, this house has been put to the sword here! All intentions of buying Bal d'Afrique is in the gutter now!!!!
Is it really that bad this house???????????

There are many people who love their scents you should sample some to see what you like. I love Pulp, Bibliotheque and Gypsy water.
But tobacco mandarin is my new favorite.
 

Zizzy

Well-known member
Jan 7, 2019
Ever since I first tried some of there fragrances last year..I was convinced their fragrances were just over hyped minimalist uninspired scents for people who will gladly spend their money on something expensive because it's expensive.
I think being a Swedish house explains why they do it like that.
You have to be a trendy, hipster, otherwise you'll go unnotices. Pretend to be something exquisite, while being a mediocrity.
 

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