Once shopping in Nordstrom’s beauty department, I saw a woman inquiring every sales associate about the “amazing perfume” called “Gypsy Water” that she smelled the other day that she loved so much that she wanted to buy it right away. All sales associates were clueless about the perfume that could have a weird potion-like name “Gypsy Water”. Noone new anything about it or the brand behind it. The woman herself could not recollect the name of the brand, just the name of the perfume.
I was intrigued and searched on the internet right away. This was a Gypsy Water Eau de Perfume by Byredo and it was sold only in Barneys New York. Very familiar with Barneys reputation of a place where one can find rare, high end, and not mass market produced perfumes, I got even more interested in experiencing this perfume for myself. One beautiful November day, I decided to pay a visit to Barneys beauty department to smell the Gypsy Water and another equally if not even more intriguing perfume called “Molecule 01″.
To tell you the truth, I am not a big fan of unisex perfumes. I guess that all unisex perfumes that I experienced by the day were so much more unbalanced towards masculine cologne-like scents, that I did not find them attractive at all. Also, not a big fan of the opening citrusy notes (and knowing that Lemon is one of the top notes of Gypsy Water perfume), I was a little reserved about whether I would even like this perfume at all. To my pleasant surprise, the Gypsy Water by Byredo, a unisex perfume, turned out to be a totally different story. The perfume has such an easy going, elegant and classy composition, that it captures you right away. It is perfectly balances in terms of masculine feminine, to the point that gender appropriateness becomes completely irrelevant when it comes to this perfume. The woody base notes continue to create a long lasting veil that lingers for the rest of the day.
I immediately purchased it but did not get to take it home because I bought it on pre-sale related to a beauty event that was starting two days later. The sales associate told me that I would get a great beauty event bag with samples I I waited for two days, and they would ship my purchase to me free of charge. I sighed and agreed to get my bottle of Gypsy Water in the mail. The scent stayed with me throughout the long walk across the Central Park. The fresh and crisp air of autumn leaves and grass made it stand out even more with its clear, balanced and beautiful silage. It lingered on my clothes in the evening and next morning. I was impressed with a long lasting power of this perfume, which is so rare to find these days in the market filled with perfumes showing off their beautiful bottles with big names, and that all smell so much alike.
The history of Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum by Byredo goes back to 2008. The Byredo, a Stockholm based fragrance house, is quite new but has already distinguished itself for the exceptional craftsmanship and quality of its products. Founded in 2006 by Ben Gorham, it focuses on producing high end perfumes, body care, home fragrances and accessories. All products are made with a distinct focus on craftsmanship and quality. The Byredo perfume hall of fame now has 18 beautiful scents, of which Gypsy Water is one of the most popular ones today.
Gypsy Water perfume draws its inspiration in the glamorization of the Romany lifestyle, and is based on a fascination with the myth. The scent was supposed to be reminiscent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires illustrates the dream of a free, colorful lifestyle close to nature.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper berries
Heart Notes: Incense, Pine Needles, Orris
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood