This is only the second Byredo I have tried. I love Bal D'Afrique and had high hopes for this one as tulips are my favorite flower. However, it's basically just a nice bland floral. It's not offensive but I get nothing remarkable out of it and would absolutely never pay Byredo prices for this one.
A Beautiful Evocation of Spring.
For a fleeting moment in the opening, the rhubarb note is very prominent, but then it calms down & combines with the freesia note to form a greenish, cool & fresh floral accord. Although it's not exactly natural-smelling, this accord actually produces a rather clever & beautiful abstract idea of a bunch of spring flowers. The fragrance is linear, but very diffusive, & lasts a good seven hours before fading.
This is not a challenging fragrance, but is most enjoyable as a thing of simple beauty, & sometimes that's all one needs to put a smile on one's face.
I really like this. It is a floral that is not too girly, or too powdery. The rhubarb keeps it fresh with a little crispness, but the freesia allows a soft and dainty feel. This is supplemented by frangipane and balanced by a warm fruitiness that reminds me of horses. Sweet, but not in a heavy ylang ylang way, not pushy like Pleasures, just clean, floral and summery - an English summer that is, which for mAny of you would seem distinctly cool and wet.
21st April, 2013 (last edited: 23rd April, 2013)