Portia’s 5 Byredo Favourites

Hey My Perfume Samples Crew,
It’s Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies, Perfume Posse and Olfactoria’s Travels and thrilled to be writing for one of my favourite Perfume Sample Sites. Over the next few months I hope to bring you some great information, maybe some ideas that you can use in your daily life, a selection of my favourite fragrances from the site and great ways and times to wear them.
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Portia’s 5 Byredo Favourites

5 Byredo Favourites

You may know that Byredo is the brainchild of uber sexy scent curator Ben Gorham who began his fragrant business in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006. Ben was a basketball player and has an interesting mixed racial background that has produced a very unusual, sensual looking man that I reckon most of us would like a go at.

BEN GORHAM ByredoPhoto Byredo

Today I thought we could look at five of the Byredo fragrances that I find particularly good and that I or some of my close friends have in their collections. There are more outrageous fragrances in the line that will blow the back of your head off with their unusual or confrontational compositions but these five are interesting and beautiful and can be worn easily yet are different enough to help you stand a few cuts above the crown in scent and material quality.

All Byredo samples at My Perfume Samples start at $6/ml and go up to $18/5ml

Accord Oud by Byredo MPSPhoto My Perfume Samples

Accord Oud: A lovely bright and boozy fruit cocktail in a saddlery and stable. Fresh hay, leather, old urine and patchouli oil with a waft of raunchy physical passion, patchouli oil and a soft booze patina that overlays it all. Accord Oud is an excellent starter oud in the modern perfumery sense, not overbearing and only hinting at the cattle poo smell and medicinal aftertaste of the heavy duty stuff. I wear Accord Oud when I want to smell like the landed gentry just off the polo field.

Gypsy Water by Byredo MPSPhoto My Perfume Samples

Gypsy Water: A gift from my mate Clayton of What Men Should Smell Like so wearing Gypsy Water always makes me think fondly of him. I love the super sweet but tart lemon meringue opening that’s a little biscuit base-ish. Gypsy Water wears fragrant but not big, you will be able to wear it to work. I love how the foody feeling fades slowly towards a temple filled with the memory of incense on a cool windy mountain top in India. Earth and woody dry down tones with a non foody vanilla mixed with pine needles. Excellent.

La Tulipe by Byredo MPSPhoto My Perfume Samples

La Tulipe: La Tulipe is my BFF Kath’s scent, not a signature but when I smell it my mind always goes straight to her. If you close your eyes and imagine standing at the door of a florist shop in spring. The chilly gush of air conditioning scented with the cut stems and greenery of the store mixed with the most heavenly dew sprinkled flowers. A lightly metallic and watery gauze overlays the whole scent giving it a lovely rounded feel. Perfectly placed as a refreshing blast in the warmer months.

Pulp by Byredo MPSPhoto My Perfume Samples

Pulp: It’s a luscious, full bodied citrus that just can’t help but make you smile. And even though it may be pouring with rain and has been wet for eons, I’m happy and warm with this on. One of my dear girlfriends Emma wears Pulp as her go-to party scent, she uses Pulp as a weapon and flirts outrageously. Great times remembered in and around Pulp. When I want a burst of fruit tempered by some spicy woods and sweetened with some toffee then I reach for Pulp.

Seven Veils by Byredo MPSPhoto My Perfume Samples

Seven Veils. This spicy oriental opens up green, boozy, spicy and sweet, quite different to anything I’ve tried before, like the pink pepper, spicy pimento, carrot and cognac all collide in a super fun whirlwind of scent. Sandalwood and vanilla swing in quickly and run through leaving flowers in their wake and even after 5 hours there is still a vanilla, spicy fruit roll on my skin. I have been through a couple of 5ml decants and will probably go FB in the near future.

Ben-Gorham BED!Photo IntoTheGloss Magazine (Problem with use get in touch)

Some honorable mentions go to M/Mink which smells like you’ve buried your face in an old funky fur hat from a second hand store and Flowerhead, the fruity floral with a leather/ambergris dry down released in 2014. I love them both but have only sampled them so they didn’t make the cut.

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This is a blog so I hope you get involved and take the time to comment, ask questions and generally become a part of the action.Waft on my lovelies,Portia xx

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125 Responses to Portia’s 5 Byredo Favourites

  1. Naz says:

    Hi! I loved reading this post 🙂 I’ve never tried any of the Byredo’s, but have heard a lot about them, so I love reading different opinions. I also really love reading stories of what kind of person wore each of these fragrances, so intriguing. These all sound lovely, and I will have to give them all a try at some point. I’m most intrigued by your description of Accord Oud, so I’ll put in my name for that one. Thanks!

  2. Virginia says:

    I have a thing for byredo, I own pulp, 1996 and Bal Afrique and love them all. I now have my nose on seven veils, it is so warm and cosy, it’s next on my list.

  3. willa says:

    Oh I wanted to find 1996 but it seems MPS doesn’t have it. My second choice from this range is Gypsy Water, because all the beautiful people Into the Gloss used to feature wear this. There is something about minimalisic packaging that these Vogue sets go weak at the knees for.

  4. Gavin says:

    I got a bottle of a bottle of Black Saffron recently Portia and it fits well into this discussion of Byredo scents that are eminently wearable. I am seriously addicted. If I’m not wearing it, I’m sneaking off to my bedroom to smell the nozzle like some kind of deranged, I don’t know….perfume junky? Lol! Some compare it to TF Tuscan Leather, but the comparison is tenuous at best. BS is more s ensual and nuanced, less of a whack in the face. The leather note in it is one of the best I’ve smelled, paired with Juniper, it’s amazing. It does include that raspberry note, but it’s right down in the mix compared to the Ford. Saffron obviously plays a starring role, which I love and who can resist vetiver as a base note? But the highlight for me is the meticulous blending, which makes this scent one of those that is hard to deconstruct and still do it justice. It truly is more than just the sum of its parts. Anyhoo, sorry to bend all y’all’s ears here, but I just couldn’t resist spouting off about what has become one of my all time favourite fragrances, from a house that I just can’t speak highly enough of!

  5. Gara says:

    I have only ever smelled Bullion, and it was love at first whiff, love the dark overripe plum. Desperately want to experience more Byredo.

  6. jennL says:

    Seven veils is amazing! I haven’t tried Gypsy Water, but I can’t wait.

  7. Claudia says:

    Seven Veils has enticed me since I first inhaled about 4 years ago. Never to be forgotten- with its swirly-scarves vision

  8. joan yoscovits says:

    Seven Veils sounds Marvelous!

  9. Noé Arteaga says:

    La tulipe sounds devine. I have a particular affinity for florals, and this fragrance is the perfect for a warm spring afternoon in the city.

  10. Tom says:

    Love this line and had no idea how hot the creator is.

  11. validimus says:

    Bases on your descriptions I’ll go for gypsy water.

  12. Elitsa says:

    I like many fragrances from the Byredo range, some from the light flowery ones, but also the super thick Seven veils. My favorite, though, is funky but not in-your-face Black Saffron 🙂

  13. Tracy says:

    I adore Gypsy Water but have seen MIch hype about Pulp and would live to try. Thank you!

  14. Azar says:

    Hey Portia,
    Just came over to see what was cooking! Wow a give-away! From your description I would chose Seven Veils.
    Azar xx

  15. Kaisa says:

    Hi! You told we can choose…ok, my choise is Ben G. ….What? He’s not on the list, such a pity 😄….apart of jokes I love the house, at least the few fumes that I a chance to try…all very different…Based on your description I would probably love Seven Veils – vanille, sandalwood and spices are my cup of tea…thank you for this giveaway!!!

  16. anitathepianist says:

    I have only one Byredo – Oud Immortal..I am madly in love with it. That is strange considering my first impression that it was not for me. It is mysterious, and keeps giving you something new and different. It also has a good staying power. It’s such a pleasure to find it on yesterday’s shirt and the bed linens..I hope that it never gets discontinued…please don’t do that, Byredo.

  17. Drew S says:

    without a doubt: M/Mink

  18. Michelle Blair says:

    First choice Pulp. Second choice Flowerhead. I think both would be delightful!!

  19. Lean S says:

    Have not tried Byredo. I have heard great things about Gypsy Water though. I’d forgotten that I’d wanted to try it until just now! Thanks for this opportunity and great list review of the fragrances!

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  21. AllGirlMafia says:

    Seven Veils sounds beautiful. Thank you for the review, and for the giveaway : )

  22. Kristi says:

    Hi I have Gypsy Water and love it! It is just like you described 🙂 I would love to try Seven Veils that one sounds so comforting and cozy.

  23. maggiecat says:

    Gypsy Water sounds amazing! This is a perfume house I clearly need to explore further.

  24. flowergirlbee! says:

    yay!!i love a giveaway : ) i really wanted 1996 but alas it is not to be.i like the sound of many of them, but as a huge plum and leather fan i would love to try bullion.thanks for the giveaway : )

  25. greennote2 says:

    Hi Portia, I came over from AJP.

    Smelled Gypsy Water and Baudelaire and liked those. A brief smell of M/Mink was not love. But Encens Chembur and Black Saffron (is Gavin my scent twin?) certainly caught my eye, as did the various Ouds. Let’s see, decisiveness, ermmm, Black Saffron.

  26. hajusuuri says:

    Portia!!! I have a large decant of Gypsy Water and love it. The one I would like to try based on the description is Seven Veils. Thanks for the draw!

  27. Kerri Clarke says:

    Mmmm, Accord Oud sounds right up my dirty skanky alley! Wait… that doesn’t sound right…

  28. Aelfrik says:

    M/Mink is without a doubt my favourite from Byredo. Followed closely by Pulp. I’m just sad I never got around to smelling ‘Green’, and alas, it’s been axed as far as I can tell.

  29. Tara C says:

    I have 1996 and Seven Veils, would love to win a decant of La Tulipe or Pulp!

  30. Jessi says:

    I love Byredo line. So many great fragrances. I own Pulp and also love Flowerhead. It may be my new favorite.

  31. Jaybee says:

    Hi Portia! I’ve tried Tulipe and was impressed by how it smelled like a tulip should smell. They really nailed it. I would like to try Gypsy Water or Pulp though. 🙂

  32. Andy says:

    That description of Accord Oud- amazing! I’m such a sucker for earthy, organic accords. I’d love to try it 🙂

  33. bohobabe says:

    Thanks for the intro to Byredo Portia. I’ve never tried any from the line before but have seen much love for it! Just discovering My Perfume Samples now. Time to go check it out!

  34. Sheryl says:

    Love the sound of Seven Veils and really enjoyed reading your blog x

  35. cookie queen says:

    Hannah has been wearing Pulp for a couple of years. I have not tried the others, but you have made me curious, which happens all too rarely. Hmmmmmm. 🙂 xxx

  36. Shauna says:

    Your comments on Ben Gorham made me LOL! I second the sentiments 🙂

    I’ve been thinking lately that I need to try some Byredo scents, and this confirms it! Encens Chembur looks most intriguing to me. I have a weakness for incense scents!

  37. punit says:

    I am a huge fan of Pulp and Bal D Afrique and pretty intrigued to try other offerings from the house. the new release oliver peoples looks intriguing too..Thanks for introducing to the above 5 frags and will look forward to try them

  38. Jane says:

    I was intrigued by your description of Gypsy Water. The morphing of the opening to the dry down sounds very exciting. Thanks for the draw!

  39. Jane Filipovic says:

    Hi Portia! I haven’t tried any of the fragrances from this range yet, but Seven Veils Sounds wonderful! It’s so nice to see you writing for My Perfume Samples.

  40. DORIS A. says:

    hi, my fav from this line is bal d’afrique. absolutely stunning!!

  41. Rebecca Petersson says:

    Love the Byredo line! I have Gypsy Water and Bal d’afrique. Some I don’t own but have tested and fallen for are Seven Veils, Black Saffron and Encens Chambur.

  42. Katherine Mittas says:

    I have never tried this perfume house but am intrigued.. Buillon would be my choice sandalwood plum and leather. Love it ! Gosh a beautiful scent is something that inspires memories so adore anything new that I have been introduced to. Next Pay check I am sampling up! Brilliant way to test a scent or 5 .. thank you Portia for you wonderful blogs .

    • Hey there Katherine Mittas,
      Lovely to see you here.
      I am a sampler from way back. I love having a few 3ml samples on hand to spritz as and when the mood takes me. It also takes up a LOT less room.
      Portia xx

  43. Kesbah says:

    Hey there Portia,

    My perfumed darling is coveting Mister Marvelous, just for its name.

  44. Tara says:

    Really useful post, Portia, as Byredo is one of those brands I’ve never got to grips with. Gypsy Water sounds like a lemon scent I could wear and I’m very intrigued by your description of M/Mink. Thanks to you and My Perfume Samples for the draw!

    • Tara! Thank you for making the jump. M/Mink is one of Michael’s faves. I smelled it with him first and I always think Michael when I smell it. It’s pretty freaky.
      Gypsy Water could be perfect for you.
      Portia xx

  45. Andi says:

    Gypsy Water has been such an elusive ocelot. Next on my list to savor from this delicious line.

  46. poodle says:

    I have Bal d’Afrique and love it. I think the names make me want to try these more than the perfume. I’d love to try Seven Veils I think. Encens Chembur would be a strong contender as well.

  47. Lyubov says:

    Hayaaa, Portia,
    I am with you on Gypsy Water and Pulp,
    but my latest fave is Blanche – so innocent, powdery, and cute, that most of the people around me smile without a certain reason! Me smiling, as well. But my vial’s running out…
    M/Mink works suprisingly well on me, but most of the fumies I know just cannot put up with it’s stinky nature. Ben Gorham is a hunk I would like to take a bite off…!!! Geee!
    Thanks for the chance and the draw!

  48. FeralJasmine says:

    Hi Portia, I realize that I have zilch experience with this line, and La Tulipe sounds like one that I would love. I am also having the guilty realization that I once bought a decant of Flowerhead and didn’t get around to trying it and…uh…it must be around here somewhere…maybe in one of these boxes? This happens when you’ve been collecting for a little while, I’m afraid, and odds are that it will only get worse😉

  49. rhodycats1 says:

    Thanks Portia and My Perfume Samples. As a scent newbie I was unaware of this house. La Tulipe sounds intriguing.

  50. nicolibba says:

    It’s tough to have one favorite but I think I would go with Seven Veils with Mojave Ghost a very close second.
    Thank you for your posts. They are always a fun read.

  51. edith says:

    hi there ! cannot chose 🙂 i remember i sniffed gipsy water and tulipe though…

  52. vivian says:

    I’m wearing Rose Noir at the moment but always on the look out for my next journey in Byredo. I’d be happy with any of the scents to try! I’ll take your advice 🙂

  53. Karimah sikberg says:

    I’m so happy to have found this page! I’m always on the look out for new fragrances to try. I love, love, love white oud by montale and have also tried the rose oud by Killian. If I had the chance to try one of these fragrances I would have to go for the Seven Veils. I’m a sucker for sandalwood! Sounds like a lovely combination.

  54. Fifi says:

    Hi Portia,
    I would like to try (them all) La Tulipe – can’t resist a florist shop. Haven’t tried Byredo but your descriptions tempt me to try one sight unseen.
    Much aloha,

  55. Kandice says:

    Hi Portia! I haven’t tried any from this line but I see I must remedy that soon. From all your lovely descriptions I think my first choice would be La Tulipe. Gypsy Water would be a close second though. Thanks for the chance to sample this. (And yes, he’s definitely a cutie!)

  56. tami says:

    The seven veils most definitely yet, I could enjoy and dip myself in any of them I love all fragrances.

  57. Rene Groyer says:

    I fancy Pulp as I am a citrus fan.
    Thanks for giveaway Portia

  58. Great article, I’m very interested in trying seven veils. My favorite Byredo is Oud Immortel, I really love it and can’t wait for cooler weather to wear it!

  59. Amanda N says:

    I have never tried any of this range. But your descriptions are enticing! I like the sound of Pulp because of the citrus notes.

  60. gargrey says:

    i would like baudelaire for men..or mister marvelous…either will do THANKS !

  61. Felix Nilsson says:

    I live in Sweden and I have visited the byredo house several times and I just love them! Out of the ones above, accord oud is my favourite!

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