Byredo La Tulipe – the nice person at Barney’s sent me a sample of Byredo Tulipe after I ordered a bottle unsniffed ( I know, I know, I never learn, but it worked out okay, as you’ll see!). From the PR – “Notes of rhubarb, cyclamen and freesia and a heart note of tulip. Green base notes of blond woods and vetyver.”
Not that much rhubarb on the open of Byredo Tulipe, which is a shame, I love rhubarb, but it wouldn’t have been appropriate for this scent. The freesia is tamped down on the sweet, which is normallly the thing I hate most about freesia, it’s just too much. Not sure how they got the freesia in there without OD’ing on it. Someone has a light hand here. Anyone know the perfumer?
What puzzled me most is how they were going to do tulip. Tulips don’t have much of a smell – it’s like this vaguely chilly green note. They fall more in the “iris in a bunch” category. You put a lot of them together, and it is a distinct smell. And lovely. And springy. And who can figure out how to capture that? Nobody’s managed yet to get the Iris flower bunched together in a perfume, just the root.
Nicely done, Byredo. They got it as an abstract. Byredo Tulipe is light, it has that vaguely plasticky earthy note a tulip has. It’s been blizzard after blizzard here in Denver all through March. We get three days of 70 degrees – hope for spring blooms! – and then a foot of snow. This is normal March, complete with the up and down hopefulness that soon the snow will stop, the beautiful weather will hold, and spring will be here. So every year, it is the tulips and the daphne and cylamen and hyacinths that make me smile because they know, better than I do, that spring will arrive.
All of the spring is in a bottle of Byredo Tulipe. It is light and effervescent, slightly earthy. My only complaint is that it’s not a long-laster, but it does seem to have some waft to it. I’m doing clothes spraying now to see if it will hold there, and I think it will. Unfortunately, because my sample showed up in yesterday’s mail and I only got to sample it for a couple of hours last night then this morning, I can’t tell you what the lasting power or waft is on it. But you know what? I don’t care. I’ll spritz this 40 times a day if necessary. For me, it is spring, and I need that right now, and that makes it perfect.
And champage. Spring (okay, not JUST spring) turns me to champagne. I just ordered in some of my favorites because it was back in stock – the Launois (if you haven’t had it, don’t ask questions, just get some, you won’t regret it), and a Marguet Pere rose. I also love Tarlant and Billecart Salmon, but tend to buy fewer of those because they run at the high end of my price tag or out of my price range. Champagne also goes with Byredo Tulipe, which is how this got thrown in this post.
Any other suggestions for champagnes I really need to try? Don’t get too crazy on the price. I don’t do uber-expensive champagne. Weirdly enough, it just bugs me to drink $200+ worth of stuff. I’ll go up to $60 a bottle for something really good, but like to stay in the sweet zone of $20-40 a bottle most of the time. I found a couple of less expensive champagnes that are perfection. I was going to tell you the name, but it appears I swigged those down first and need to go find them on the K&L Wines website since I can’t get the name from the bottle. Ariston Aspasie Brut champagne. $24.99 a bottle, great stuff, everyday champagne in my house. They also have a brut Rose which is amazing for $32.99.
So that’s my favorite champagnes. What are yours? We’ll do a drawing for 3 samples of Byredo Tulipe! My bottle should be here this week, I’ve about consumed this sample already, threw it in a spray and have been happily spritzing all morning. Poor people in my meetings today might ask me to sit at the far end of the table.
You can get a Byredo Tulipe sample at Surrender to Chance