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April 24 2014

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Signature Scent, Found

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Since discovering Byredo a little over two years ago, I’ve been on a desperate search to make one of Ben Gorham’s exquisitely composed eaux my own. I entertained a brief love affair with the Bal d’Afrique, Gorham’s bergamot, neroli, jasmine, black amber, and vetiver flacon, before exchanging pleasantries with Gypsy Water, his fresh juniper berry, incense, pine, and vanilla parfum. Then it was onto Blanche, the white rose, violet, peony, and sandalwood scent that Gorham designed in homage to his girlfriend. While all three are gorgeous fragrances, none of them stuck. Bal d’Afrique and Gypsy Water skewed slightly too masculine for my pheromones, while Blanche proved too rich for everyday wear. But all good things come to those who wait, as they say. I am proud to report that I have found a new signature scent in Byredo’s recently released Seven Veils. Inspired by the biblical tale of Salome’s dance of the Seven Veils, the spicy oriental boasts typically unisex notes, like carrot and pimento berries, blended with warm, feminine essences of Tahitian vanilla flower, vanilla bean, and tiger orchid. I usually hate vanilla-scented perfumes, but the sweetness here is diffused but the spicy, earthy top notes, resulting in a musky finish that is never cloying. My one complaint is that the intoxicating juice doesn’t last as long as I’d like it too; if I had my way, I could smell it from the minute I put it on in the morning until I turned in for the night. I can only hope Gorham is working on an extrait as we speak.

Photo: Courtesy of Byredo

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