Byredo Bibliotheque was a perfume I missed, which is weird because I love book/library scents, like CB I Hate Perfume In the Library.
When I sprayed it, i was thinking it would be more like In The Library, that kind of musty page smell with some leather bindings. Should have read the notes first! Peach, plum, peony, violet, leather, patchouli, vanilla.
So I’m just shoving to one side the whole book/library idea in my head. It opens with mostly fruits, a jammy plum with a little sweet violet. Give it some time, and the leather and dusty patchouli show up, veering it into a library direction, then richness with the vanilla comes through.
As long as I don’t think of Byredo Bibliotheque as a book/library scent primarily, I really do like it. I’ve read a lot of reviews on it, and it seems to either really amp out the fruits – people HATE IT – or it softens into a beautifully jammy slightly dusty leather, which is what it does on me. It’s the inside of the leather bag where you have been keeping your breath mints and chewing gum and lipstick. I wound up loving it, despite being somewhat disappointed in what I thought it would be.
Byredo Bibliotheque just doesn’t strike me as being very bookish. Maybe it’s because it originally was a candle, and they translated that into a perfume. I’m guessing the way a candle throws may have been closer to the name.
Are there other library/book scents I’m not recalling or do I just stay with In the Library, which I do NOT have on hand right now, and that just makes me mishish.
So much of my life was spent with my nose in a book, and the smell of pages brings me so much happiness. I never smell it now because, well, Kindle. That happened because I kept giving away bookcases of books every time I moved, and I swore this last time was the last. I still have two bookcases full of books I need, knitting books, other texts that are special or books I just love, but all the rest? In my little electronic device. I miss the smell of books, so sometimes you’ll find me sitting cross-legged in front of my bookcase pulling books out and sniffing the pages. I’m totally okay with wearing Byredo Bibliotheque while doing that, it blossoms on my skin, and even more so in the warmed days we are having nearing 90.