I know I would eventually snap and go into the Byredo SoHo store. And I did last week. The temptation was more out of curiosity. This is a “niche brand” everyone talks about now apparently (just look at the bottle, that is a work of art by itself). But scent is a very personal thing, just because so many people like a particular one does not mean it is up to my taste / smell ? (hint hint: LeLabo Rose31 – really not my thing -smells like a man who smokes with rose perfume on.)
At the help of a very “Zen” staff (his voice was so soothing the whole time I feel like I was in the clouds and oh I loved it), I tried some of the most popular ones ( gypsy water, mojave ghost etc.).
Rose of no man’s land caught my eyes with its beautiful name; and then won my heart with this intoxicatingly fresh, clean, sweet and not rose rose scent. The only way I can explain this is that it is more sophisticated and has more depth than most other rose perfume ( say Diptyque Eau “Rose”). It smells like the founder’s own interpretation of roses, with emotions & memories, hence the brand name, Byredo -by redolence.
Byredo is very pricey though. A 50ml bottle costs $150. But the lasting power is incredible! One spray in the morning can last me the whole day, considering this I would say the price tag is quite reasonable. I always need to reapply 2-3 times a day with my Jo Malone ones so I go through them really fast.
Byredo – Rose of no man’s land
Top: Pink Pepper, Turkish Rose Petals
Heart: Raspberry Blossom. Turkish Rose Absolute
Base: Papyrus, White Amber