Summer bliss...solar worship...a mythical undoing of body and mind...psychosomatic journey of free love...endorphin rush of sugar...cascade of white musk.
Byredo's string of words conjures a Sun-worshiper on a hot day, the very day the devotee discovers the sun is NOT a god after all, but an inducer of heat stroke. Aided by an overdose of Mountain Dew, vanilla cupcakes and white musk, our heroine (or hero) tries to banish the pain of reality by flirting with sexy beach-goers — newfound spiritual emptiness prompts horniness.
Stated more simply: Byredo just released Sundazed.*
Sundazed starts on a positive set of notes, with lots of summery sour citrus and sweet florals (I notice lemon and neroli most). But these twinkling and bracing scents lose their edge over the course of 20 minutes as The Blob (thick white musk and cotton candy) seeps in and envelops all sparkle with sticky sweetness. On my skin, at 30 minutes, a "white hole" of effusing white musk takes over and, as often happens, crisp morphs into clean. What I'm left with is a linear, shampoo aroma.
BEWARE: Sundazed smells MUCH better on paper than on skin. On paper, bitter lemon, neroli and even a hint of honeyed jasmine linger a long time, and white musk is in the background, not supercharged. On my skin, white musk and candy squash the fruity florals.
If you've read any quantity of perfume reviews I've written, you probably know you don't come to me for recommendations of great white musk fragrances. If you love white musk, think Thierry Wasser is a god and could wear every single fragrance in Sylvaine Delacourte's line, Sundazed is a must-sniff.
Byredo Sundazed Eau de Parfum is available in 50 and 100 ml ($175/$260); there's also a hair perfume ($75/75 ml) and hand cream ($42/30 ml).
* Listed fragrance notes of lemon, mandarin, neroli, jasmine, cotton candy and white musk.