Byredo has launched Baudelaire, a new fragrance named for the French poet:
« . . . a lazy isle to which nature has given
singular trees, savory fruits,
men with bodies vigorous and slender,
and women in whose eyes shines a startling candor . . . »
(Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal, Parfum Exotique, 5-8)
The notes include juniper berry, black pepper, caraway, incense, hyacinth, leather, papyrus, patchouli and black amber.
Byredo Baudelaire is available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum, $195. (via shop.byredo)
oooh! sounds interesting! Blanche was a disappointment so hopefully Byredo will redeem themselves with this. Is this already available? I will have to zip over to TPC to see about a sample….oh, maybe those Cartiers as well….I feel a sample order coming on!!
well, it -as did Blanche by the way – got kinda trashed by 1000fragrances so I would not get my hopes up. At least it will save you a few dollars
So far everything but Pulp has left me cold…and I would not pay anything like $195 for Pulp. So I think I’m safe
Have you tried Rose Noir and chembur?
I didn’t feel the urge to buy them, but I thought they were both very enjoyable.
Especially the Rose Noir(E!!!).
I’m not a fan of pulp, though: I prefer it’s close sibling PDR Bois de paradis, but also that one doesn’t win me over – it’s a bit too ambery for my tastes. But the berries and fig and rose and woods are wonderful.
I can’t remember…I know I’ve only tried 4-5 of them. And all of them were nice, I just didn’t think any of them justified the very high prices (and Blanche was dead boring). Maybe if they did smaller bottles I’d be more interested?
Yes, TPC has had it for awhile now, but Blanche was a fabric softener scent and even Pulp didn’t thrill me, so I’ll pass unless a sample falls in my lap through a swap someday.
I’m with you, Booj. All of the fragrances that I’ve tried by Byredo so far have been just one-off for me. Not quite right. (Although not bad, by any stretch.) Bal d’Afrique was the closest I came to loving any of them, and to me it was Dzing! without the zing. (Go ahead–groan.)
A SR at Barneys sent me a sample of Blanche a while back and I agree that it smelled like laundry detergent. She just sent me a sample of Baudelaire and I really like it, although I think it smells like a Serge Lutens creation, along the lines of Chergui and Serge Noir.
I would have expected something named after Baudelaire to sound naughtier – or at least have some absinthe or wormwood in it.
Cynthia – yes, exactly!
And I agree about the fabric softener as well…Blanche was so boring. Pulp is my uber-fruitiness scent….it is kind of big and I can see how it could be a tad obnoxious…I spritz it on and burst out in evil laughter! bwa-hahahahaha! then I sillage my way out the door.
Gosh, I’d think you could do something pretty naughty with incense, papyrus, leather & patchouli! But who knows what they’d done, I haven’t smelled it.
I would hope so! My only experience with Byredo was Pulp…so I approached Blanche with hopes of something BIG and wonderful …I’ll give them another chance to do big and wonderful.
lol – I guess that incense reminds me of church and patchouli reminds me of hippies, so I don’t think of them as being naughty.
Giggles & Snorts! … well said Cynthia!
Belated Happy Birthday for yesterday, Robin!
So agree on Blanche being a fabric softener, lol! I am going back to Stockholm next weekend, so will have to give this one a sniff, even if the notes don’t inspire me with confidence. I liked the poetry, when I was a student, though. : – ) Robin – do you happen to know about a new Byredo shop opening over there? I thought I saw something on Twitter about it and then I lost it.
Thanks! And here you go:
Thanks – have printed out a map!
Oh! I had no idea it was your b-day yesterday, Robin. Happy belated Birthday! Btw, you share the same b-day as my sister.
Robin, Happy Birthday! Next year, maybe you could announce it so you get the proper attention? Hope it was happy.
Thanks to both of you! And no, will hope next year everybody forgets, LOL…
The only Byredo I’ve smelled is Fantastic Man, which I liked a lot, but emphatically agree that the whole line is overpriced. This does sound interesting, though.
I have not tried that one yet…so I still have a few on the list.
I also liked Fantastic Man and I’d like to check out the Baudelaire. I agree that the prices are high, but since I rarely spend more than $30 on anything, $195 for something that looks as good as a bottle of Fantastic Man seems about as reasonable as any full price purchase.
($95 for Guerlain Imperiale? $100 for Mugler Miroir collection? $200 for Chanel Exclusives? $300 for JAR? All totally reasonable! Now Tom Ford musks on the other hand, that’s just silly…)
I’d love to know how those TF White Musks are selling…but I do think people will buy anything if his name is on it.
This does sound interesting. I’ve only tried three Byredo scents – Bal d’Afrique, Rose Noire and Pulp and, of the three, Bal d’Afrique definitely wins out though I agree that they’re all over-priced. Byredo does have great customer service; they sent me those three good-sized samples for free!
I didn’t know they had a sample service. Geez, I paid good money for mine.
Next time you want to try something just sent them an email. That’s all I did and it worked!
The list of notes on this sound really interesting to me, at least: herbaceous & woody with an unexpected floral of hyacinth, of all things. We’ll see.
I’d love a decant of Gypsy Water, which I sampled recently. Forgot about Fantastic Man already and should try that. And I do enjoy Pulp.
The notes do sound good.
I am a huge fan of several perfumes in the Byredo line and have a bottle of Gypsy Water, and decants of Bal d’Afrique and Chembur. I tried Baudelaire briefly at Barney’s in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. It had a pleasant vetiver-ish smell – kind of like Bal d’Afrique without the fruit notes. I am going to try Baudelaire again at Les Senteurs in a couple of weeks.
I totally agree that Byredo Blanche is straight fabric-softener (IUNX Eau Blanche is so much better!) and Fantastic Man smells like Lemon Pledge. Rose Noir is a syrupy rose perfume and seems like it should be a Serge Lutens creation.
I like vetiver, but that doesn’t sound too enthralling!
Haven’t liked any of them so far, despite the promising sound of the notes I’m not holding out much hope, but will sniff if the opportunity arises of course.
I think I will sniff anything if the opportunity arises! There must be some exception, but I can’t think of it offhand.
Even Miss Dior Cheri? I’ve been sniffing and even dabbing from my mini lately, and there seems to be something addicting about it. -My head hangs in shame.
But since it’s your birthday, I’m actually beginning to like and wear Fracas..there is something clear in it that cuts through the heaviness of the white florals that I find appealing.
Happy birthday Blog Mistress!
LOL…but of course I tried MDC!
Fracas is lovely, of course, and thanks!
The listed notes do not bring to mind an island with fruit trees, but nevertheless it sounds very nice.
Agree on both counts.