Byredo Rose Noir Editor Review | Love Letters Series
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Dear Byredo Rose Noir,
When I take a look at my collection of fragrances (and there’s a lot of them), I can’t help but notice that while they all smell different, many of them have a common scent: rose. I’ve got a tart, citrusy, rose-scented perfume. I’ve got a moody one that reminds me of the 2010s. There’s a fresh, unfussy, rose fragrance I have that’s small enough to take on a plane and light enough that it doesn’t bother anyone I’m sitting next to when I spray it.
I love my rose fragrances as I would my children (I don’t have any yet). But I’m one of those perfume moms who isn’t ashamed to say that I have a favorite. And that’s you, Byredo Rose Noir fragrance.
I’m a Scorpio moon and rising, which means I love a little intensity. Who am I kidding? I love a lot of intensity and that’s what you give me. The rose notes are there — and they are extremely clockable — but instead of that crisp freshness (which I also love) you get from a lot of other rose-based fragrances, you’re a bit darker.
Notes of cardamom, Damascena, musk, red berries, and more give you a rich, warm vibe that’s sexy and sophisticated. When I put this on, I feel like a very fancy Manhattan lady on her way to dinner with some finance guy that I’m going to block once we say our goodbyes. This is the lingering scent you smell when you enter a taxi cab after a gaggle of wealthy ladies who brunch. This smells like someone whose bills are paid on time… even early! Like, seriously, give me a latte and call me a coastal elite because, baby, I feel expensive every time I spray you on.
Now, when I first smelled you, the woman at the counter who was helping me choose between this and the brand’s also-lovely Infloresence fragrance, told me that she likes to wear this on a hot date or a night out. Really, it’s perfect for that. But an intense chick like me loves the strength and sensuality of your scent so much, I wear it to work, to brunch, when I’m visiting the Whole Foods butcher’s counter — any time is a good time to smell this good.
Byredo’s Rose Noir eau de parfum is $180 for 50 milliliters at byredo.com.
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