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Bullion (2012)
by Byredo

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Bullion information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

People and companies

HouseByredo
Creative DirectorBen Gorham

About Bullion

Bullion is described by Byredo as "a hymn to the scents of Arabia and ancient Persia."

Bullion fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bullion

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening blast captures the aroma of the fruity fresh plum well - no doubt about it, although it is so clean that it seems nigh-detached from the real fruit. It is combined with a subtle pepper that is only very gently spicy on me, but it has the result of contacting the fruitiness, curbing its sweetness - this is never a really sweet composition - as well and providing a good balance in the top notes overall. This is well made.

The drydown begins with a period of somewhat nonspecific while floral contributions, but the base is where the plot thickens: a leather note arises, the light, bright but distinctly leathery note of new Italian Napa leather of purses I recall. It is not a strong, harsh or heavy leather. With it comes a pleasant wood impression, quite rich and smooth - with a touch of sandal in the background only. Towards the end the combination of the leather and the wood works very well, leading to a slightly creamy merger of the two.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

The top notes of this autumnal scent for warmer days and evenings are rather nice - a good plum - as are the base notes, whilst the floral middle phase is quite generic and flat. Nonetheless, overall this one, in spite of some synthetic impersonality, deserves a positive score. 3/5.

18th June, 2019
Byredo Bullion is an odd one, no doubt. It involves the intersection of several different genres but doesn't seem to take on one in particular. It's fruity with plum, floral with magnolia and osmanthus, and woody with sandalwood, not to mention the leather.

To my nose, the plum stands out the most, as it's fruity first, and the rest of the other attributes are featured in relative harmony with one another.

Performance is decent, wearability is year-round and versatile, though I don't regard it in very serious terms, and it's surely quite unisex. I just find myself mostly puzzled by it and while slightly drawn to it, not inclined remotely to buy it.

7 out of 10
15th June, 2017
A case where the sum feels a lot less than its component parts. A plummy-saffrony-woody-floral oriental if I were pushed into classifying it. But if I'm brutally honest, it actually smells flat, the notes melding into one big synthetic linear accord. No significant leather to be found either, texturally or otherwise. Perhaps it's been reformulated?

To its credit BULLION projects very well, smelling attractively like a veiled sultry courtesan from a sheikh's harem. Such a conjured imagery alone is enough to give me *cough* I mean, give this fragrance a rise and that, my friends, is no bull. I'd certainly raise an eyebrow and perhaps flare a nostril too were I to smell this on a straight guy.
22nd July, 2016
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I thought I picked up the wrong tester -- smelled like Pulp, but then the plum note shone through and I was hooked. Morphs into a very sweet leather which has tremendous potency and lasts for aeons. I wish it was a touch more subtle but is a standout fragrance.
13th May, 2014
This is a wonderfully blended leather and the leather stands out.

For the price, however, I would compare with PG Cuir d'Iris, which smells similar to my nose.
19th April, 2014
This is an excellent fragrance and definitely something unique and not for everybody.
The opening is combination of fresh, sweet and fruity plum scent with smoky and dirty leather and animalistic musky scent.
The fruity plum scent is very pleasant, but strong and dirty leather note and also animalistic musky scent make it something quite different from everything that I've tested before.
It's fresh, fruity and yummy but it's dirty and naughty at the same time.
There are some spicy notes beside these notes and a light floral scent in the background too.
In the mid there is no too much changes. only leather gets a little weaker.
In the base, things changed a lot!
The leather note, animalistic musky scent and spices all go completely to the background and only thing that remain and you can smell is sweet plum and floral notes. the base is kind of disappointment but it's OK.
This one gave me a lot at the opening and mid.
Projection is good and longevity is 7-8 hours on my skin.
It's not a safe blind buy! definitely try it.
I like it.
01st February, 2014

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