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Black Saffron (2012)
by Byredo

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Black Saffron information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 66 votes)

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HouseByredo

About Black Saffron

Black Saffron is a shared / unisex perfume by Byredo. The scent was launched in 2012

Black Saffron fragrance notes

Reviews of Black Saffron

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A soft, smooth and gentle suede starts off rather immediately, but soon it is given a fruity - raspberry candy- and herbal undertone. In the drydown I get the saffron. It is rather weak and submerged into the other olfactory components of this blend.

The continues with the herbal side retreating, being replaced by a nonspecific woodsy impression.

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

This autumnal scent develops a suede-like leather that is not bad, but lacks richness and intensity. Suede as such is not easy to express in the fragrance - partly due to the nature of the manufacturing process of it - but, to
take an example, Tom Ford’s White Suede is a bit more convincing in that territory. The saffron here is more perfunctory compared with, for instance, Sultan Safran by Comptoir Sud Pacifique and not very satisfying. Apart from these two main players, the rest is too generic to entice - this product’s ‘black’ mark? Not bad but not really good either. 2.75/5.


11th June, 2019
This leather aroma chemical has been doing the rounds (see Tuscan Leather). It's not something I would want to wear.
09th June, 2019
Nehima Show all reviews
United States
Black Saffron was the first leather themed fragrance I ever enjoyed.

It is so peculiar.

This smells like a goth guy, I was dying when I first tried it!

It's like a leather jacket and cold, night-time air. This literally smells like the sweet smoke from a clove when it gets absorbed into someone's hair. It's like smoke break at the goth club and you're all huddling together in front of the door with freezing fingers, and someone has boozy cherry schnapps still on their breath.

It feels like it's time to go reapply my black lipstick.

When you finally get home at four in the morning, your clothes smell like last night's shenanigans. Glorious.
04th August, 2017
Immediately reminiscent of Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, Byredo Black Saffron is sort of a more saffron- and herbal-leaning take on Tuscan Leather.

It has many of same characteristic notes, not the least of which is the pairing of raspberry and suede.

Performance is decent, consistent with other more cold-weather-leaning Byredos.

I'm not the biggest fan of Tuscan Leather (I haven't deemed it or PDM Godolphin to be full-bottle-worthy) but it's certainly superior to Black Saffron, so those looking for a slightly cheaper clone should look elsewhere, but those looking for a twist on TL might enjoy this more.

7 out of 10
09th June, 2017
A smooth velvety suede fragrance with hints of woods and violets. Not the most original nor the most interesting, displaying a linear development reminiscent of Tuscan Leather, albeit done with considerably more polish and restraint. I find it eminently wearable. The only question is: where's the saffron?
18th July, 2016
I'm sorry Byredo, I really tried to like this one. I own a full bottle of this, and was really excited to wear it because it reminded me of Tuscan Leather, my favourite TF fragrance. The problem with it was that after 5 minutes of spraying it on my forearm it started to feel cool, and then left a lingering sting on my arm, something which has never happened to me ever. On my skin, Black Saffron loses all its flavour, and I get this really artificial plastic factory smell. It almost smells (and feels) toxic to me...
15th April, 2015

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