Byredo Gypsy Water – Perfume Review

byredo gypsy water

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you must know about my love for perfumes. I try a new one almost every month and my collection is slowly growing. This month I decided to add a fresher, more masculine scent to my collection. Let’s see what the hype around this perfume is and why the whole of LA was wearing Gypsy Water at one point.

About Byredo

Byredo was founded in Stockholm by Ben Gorham in 2006. It’s a luxury fragrance, makeup, home and accessory brand. The brand’s vision is to translate memories and emotions into products and experiences.

Story behind Gypsy Water

As stated on their website, “Gypsy Water is an ode to the beauty of Romani culture, its unique customs, intimate beliefs and distinguished way of living. The scent wakens a dream of a colorful lifestyle made of innate nomadism. Woody notes of pine needle and sandalwood associated to intense amber and fresh citrus evoke the fever of gypsy nights spent in the forest.”

Perfume notes

Top notes feature Juniper, Lemon, Bergamot and Pepper. I feel like Juniper is the ingredient that stands out to me, so unique but it works so well in this blend.

Middle notes are Pine needles, Incense, and Orris root. Pine needles are definitely noticeable on first spray, the incense come out later and gives the perfume more depth and smokiness.

Base notes are Sandalwood, Vanilla and Amber. I don’t find this perfume too sweet, so I can’t say the vanilla is too noticeable. I do get the depth of sandalwood, especially when the perfume settles on the skin.

It’s definitely an unisex perfume, but I wouldn’t say every woman will like it. If the below moodboard look like your aesthetic, then you should definitely give it a try, otherwise maybe skip this one.

Gypsy water Byredo aesthetics

Perfume packaging

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Byredo Packaging

I know that Byredo is a luxury brand, but I didn’t expect to like the packaging so much. The whole unboxing experience felt so luxurious, unlike any perfume I’ve purchased before. It comes in a neat, white box. The perfume sits in the middle of the box and it looks like a museum type of a display. A small envelope comes the perfume as well, like many luxury fashion products. In the envelope there’s a note with a little bit about the brand and the perfume. The whole packaging really fits in with the vision behind the brand and also with this perfume. I love it!

My opinion of Gypsy Water

Byredo gypsy water review

I ordered a sample first, just to be safe. This is not a safe blind buy, so make sure you try it before ordering the whole bottle.

When I received the package, I ordered multiple samples and of course I had to try them all on. This perfume didn’t stand out to me at first, but after an hour of wearing it on my skin, I began to wonder which perfume smells this incredibly addicting. I went through all of my samples first just to find it was Gypsy Water.

Clean, warm, a little spicy, a little sweet. After the fleeting opening, the mix of pine needles, sandalwood, and vanilla that it dries down to and stays with is gentle and captivating. It’s an absolute favorite of mine in this spectre of perfumes. I’m not usually into fresh, aromatic perfumes, but there’s something about this gorgeous blend that makes me feel so good every time I wear it. It’s a really natural skin scent, definitely not strong, but that’s the whole charm – it comes off so subtle, yet powerful at the same time.

That’s all for today’s post, for more perfume reviews check out my other posts on this blog and stay tuned for more x


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