Hello Perfume Posse PEEPS! Portia from Australia Perfume Junkies and today I get to review Gypsy Water because I was at lunch with my mate Clayton Ilolahia from What Men Should Smell Like and The Perfume Magazine and he generously gave me a beautiful 12ml travel bottle for my birthday last month. What a freakin’ superstar!!
Gypsy Water by Ben Gorham for Byredo 2008
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper
Heart: Incense, pine needles, orris root
Base: Amber, vanilla, sandalwood
I love the gourmand lemon meringue opening, it takes me right back to my Mum bringing it out on “Special Occasions” like good school marks or successful endeavours. Super sweet but tart too and a little bready. MMMMM. This is no great powerhouse fragrance though, Gypsy Water wears fragrant but not big. I love how the foody feeling fades slowly, as though you are walking away from it and towards a temple but you’re crossing a very peaceful park to get there.
Gypsy Water strikes me as a very serene fragrance, cosy but with plenty of space between the notes, not sheer but delicate and like being wrapped up in love. As the gourmand facets fade my skin amps up the earthy, woody tones of sweet water that already have a very pretty dry vanilla floating behind and below them. The pine needles on my skin are dry, nearly dessicated to earth, hardly more than a crunch under my feet and much more about earth. Incense plays a cat and mouse game, it goes, it comes, taking the lead then falling back. Repeatedly through Gypsy Water’s life I think the incense has gone to be surprised by it again later.
From the Byredo site: Gypsy Water is a glamorization of the Romany lifestyle, based on a fascination for the myth. The scent of fresh soil, deep forests and campfires illustrates the dream of a free, colorful lifestyle close to nature.
I totally get that this fragrance is built on the freedom and airiness of the “imagined” gypsy lifestyle that looks so appealing sometime to a hidebound life. Later in the dry down I get a very body-ish wash that feels like, but is really just a nod to, that funky smell of waking up, like a pyjama smell after a couple of nights. Not unclean, not breathy, just worn and youthful, alive, healthy. There has been a bit of this is generic chat on the blogs, sorry I don’t agree. This is a beautiful, well crafted and interesting scent that covers a lovely story through three very distinct phases with lovely crossover periods.
Photo Stolen zehara
I find Gypsy Water to be an extremely wearable wonder, not too strong for work unless they are extremely frag-phobic and lovely enough to wear for date night, dinner, movies, wherever takes your fancy. I also get good scent life of over 5 hours, sometimes 7 hours, with soft and diffusive projection. You are fragrant but quietly so, without being a why bother. Does that make sense?
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Have you tried Gypsy Water? How did it wear for you? Or have you passed it by because of the meh reviews perfumistas often give it?