I have been hearing about Byredo Gypsy Water since 2008, but until a few weeks ago, it had not been on my radar. In the past couple weeks I have been using a Gypsy Water travel spray that was given to me by a friend.
There is no doubt that Gypsy Water is a very popular product. As part of the Byredo package, one will get a whole bathroom counter’s worth of body care products. I understand why, and I often find myself reaching for a spritz whenever I am feeling particularly thirsty. Yet, the reasons I reach for it are exactly the reasons why I won’t be purchasing a bottle, especially at the price it is offered for.
Gypsy Water is a fragrance that is a blend of the following notes: bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, pepper, incense, orris, pine needle, sandalwood, amber, and vanilla. Gypsy Water can be compared to Revlon Jean Naté, which is sort of like incense for the incense-loving set. You will like it if you are looking for something sweet and refreshing, and when you finish drinking your morning coffee, it will wear off.
In the beginning you take a whiff of bergamot, a pinch of sweet lemon, and a pinch of piney incense. There is a mixture of romance and the gypsy part of the name prevails here – I can picture cool evenings and hot days spent camping in the woods with dry pine needles under my feet and one of those quaint gypsy trailers decorated with worn velvet cushions, mismatched tea sets, and garlands of tassels hanging from the bed. Compared to Etro Shaal Nur, it’s a wonderful blend of light, sweet notes.
In a matter of minutes, amber and sandalwood join the incense, and the whole composition begins to permeate with their aromas. In about an hour, you see where the “water” part of Gypsy Water’s name comes into play as the fragrance pulls up stakes and proceeds down the road with its caravan. It has a pleasing sillage and is so gosh-darn likeable as long as Gypsy Water doesn’t disappear.
Gypsy Water would be an excellent pick-me-up for this girl if she wasn’t on a budget. She could keep it in the refrigerator for regular pick-me-ups. Despite this, at $150 for 50 ml of uncomplicated eau de parfum that performs like a cologne, it seems to be a bit too expensive. For a friendly, inexpensive incense kick (and more longevity on the skin) I tend to reach for the Piver Rêve d’Or incense or, as I mentioned, the Jean Naté incense.
Jérôme Epinette is the perfumer behind the creation of Byredo Gypsy Water. It is priced at $ 230 for a 100 ml Eau de Parfum, $150 for a 50 ml Eau de Parfum, and $ 110 for three travel sprays of 12 ml each. A 250 ml Eau de Cologne with 7.5 ml of perfumed oil is available for $ 78, as is a 250 ml Eau de Cologne with 250 ml of Eau de Cologne. We’d like to hear your thoughts on how the Cologne or perfumed oil compares to the Eau de Parfum if you have tried them.