Top: Bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries
Heart: Incense, pine needles, orris
Base: Amber, vanilla, sandalwood
Gypsy water is a glamorisation of the Romany lifestyle, based on a fascination with the myth. The scent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires evokes the dream of a free, colourful lifestyle close to nature.
Finding a fragrance you like and which suits you can be hard. I tend to be drawn towards fresh fragrances. They’re easy to wear during the day and are non offensive. Come evening, they don’t really cut it so I tend to use something a little bit more earthy and spicy such as La Nuit de l’Homme from Yves Saint Laurent. Having recently come to the end of my go-to day time fragrance, ‘Fierce” by Abercromie & Fitch (you know the one) I decided to try something slightly more ‘grown up’ and adventurous, which would hopefully be suitable for both day and night.
I have wanted to try the fragrances from Stockholm based Byredo for some time now and have always been drawn towards Gypsy Water with its fresh yet earthy tones. However, when it comes to expensive fragrances I have always been cautious as I know what suits me and the type of fragrances I like so have put it off for a long time as I wanted to test it first.
Fragrances tend to smell differently on different people and can also vary on the way it is applied. Getting the right balance for your skin is the trick so I would recommend testing a new fragrance out first before covering yourself in the stuff. I first tested Gypsy Water at Storm on my recent trip to Copenhagen and was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the fragrance and how long it lasted. Gypsy Water is a unisex fragrance and has a good balance between the sweet, citrus feminine tones and the spicy masculine tones.
I finally purchased the fragrance a month or so later and after a bit of trial and error I found the right balance. Initially I found that if you use too much or spray it too close on to the skin, the fragrance can be quite concentrated and almost sickly, which is not what you want. Spraying the right amount at the right distance and you are left with an earthy, amber and vanilla scent which is fresh and sweet enough for the day, and sophisticated and soothing enough to wear for the evening… which is just what I was looking for!
Gypsy Water is available from Byredo.com in various sizes. This post features the 50ml bottle which is priced at £88. American Crew ‘Fibre”, Aesop ‘Fabulous Face Cleanser’ and Marvis Whitening Toothpaste all from Mankind.
Have you tried Gypsy Water or any other Byredo products?