If fragrances are able to evoke memories and experiences, Byredo certainly aspires to the best. The latest Velvet Haze carries a beautifully poetic preamble that alludes to the hippie ‘60s, the free-loving spirit and the great outdoors. Byredo Velvet Haze was inspired by the climbing movements that emerged during that period; though the scent itself feels so modern, it could have been inspired by any modern metropolis…
“The Velvet Haze is that daze state that carries us to artificial paradises, that ardent moment where eternity seems finally regained. The opulence of the scent embarks us on a psychedelic whirlpool reminiscent of the hypnotic beauty of a bonfire.”
With that setting in mind, I was not at all surprised to see notes like coconut water, cocoa absolu, patchouli leaves and musks in Velvet Haze. However, I was surprised by how clean and cool it actually felt on my skin. Byredo Velvet Haze starts out with a brightness that made me wonder… completely devoid of the sweet, milkiness of coconuts. It intersperses with ambrette seeds to render a light animalic impression, as if sweat on skin could in reality be sexy and cool.
At the heart, Byredo had used a fractionated form of patchouli that is stylistically clean and transparent, a wonderful modernistic nod to that excesses of the 1960’s. I’ve not encountered a patchouli without the usual encumbrances of oud and amber until Velvet Haze, and I am very pleased. Dusty smooth cocoa and a couple of musks provide a textural quality to the brew.
Byredo Velvet Haze lasts a good 8-10 hours on me and has average sillage. It is perfectly balanced for both men and women, and I highly recommend you give this one a whiff!
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.