Byredo Gypsy Water has been around since 2008, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I finally tried it. A friend gave me a Gypsy Water travel spray, and it’s been living on my dresser.
Gypsy Water is clearly popular. Byredo offers a whole bathroom counter’s worth of body products to go with it. I understand why, and I often find myself reaching for a quick spritz. But the reasons I reach for it are exactly why I won’t be buying a bottle, especially at its price.
Gypsy Water’s notes include bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, pepper, incense, orris, pine needle, amber, sandalwood, and vanilla. In short, Gypsy Water is a sort of Revlon Jean Naté for the incense-loving set. It’s easy to like, sweet and refreshing, and it wears off before you’ve finished your morning coffee.
Gypsy Water kicks off with a prick of bergamot and sweet lemon over piney incense. Here, the romance of the “gypsy” part of the name prevails — I imagine cool nights and warm afternoons camping in the woods with dry pine needles under my feet and one of those darling gypsy trailers with worn velvet cushions, a mismatched tea set, and tassels hanging from the bedding. It reminds me of a lighter, sweeter version of Etro Shaal Nur.
Within a few minutes, amber and sandalwood join the incense and soon swamp the rest of the composition. An hour later, the “water” part of Gypsy Water’s name becomes evident as the fragrance pulls up stakes and takes the caravan down the road. Until Gypsy Water vanishes, it has pleasant sillage and is gosh-darned likeable.
If this girl weren’t on a budget, a jug of Gypsy Water would be wonderful to keep in the refrigerator for regular pick-me-ups. But at $150 for 50 ml of uncomplicated Eau de Parfum that performs like cologne, forget it. I’m more likely to reach for Piver Rêve d’Or for a friendly, inexpensive incense kick (and a longer life on skin) or, as I mentioned, Jean Naté.
Byredo Gypsy Water was developed by perfumer Jérôme Epinette. The Eau de Parfum is $230 for 100 ml, $150 for 50 ml, and $110 for three 12 ml travel sprays. A 250 ml Eau de Cologne is available for $240, as is 7.5 ml of perfumed oil for $78. (If any of you have tried the cologne or perfumed oil, please comment on how it compares to the Eau de Parfum.) For information on where to buy Gypsy Water, see Byredo under Perfume Houses.