At first glance, Gypsy Water is a scent I’d never wear. It’s too warm and soft for my taste, especially, in this perfumed oil form.
And speaking of perfumed oils, I have to say, I’m surprised not many people talk about them. They are usually quite handy and travel-friendly, the longevity is much better than a standard spray perfume and you don’t need to use that much, considering you don’t spritz it all over your body but you just apply it on your wrists and behind the ears.
Honestly, I got Byredo Gypsy Water in an oil form just because the spray EDP was sold out that day. And I’m actually glad I did that. But I still think that maybe I should have gotten Mojave Ghost instead.
And before it starts sounding totally confusing for you, I have to say, I applied Gypsy Water behind my boyfriend’s ears the other day although he was concerned that it was too feminine. A couple of minutes later, man’s chemistry turned this scent into a woody and smoky beauty. I wish it smelled like that on me but on me, it feels much more powdery and warm. I admit, there are days when I’m not sure if I’d want to wear Gypsy Water, at all, days when I even dislike it on me and then there are days when I absolutely love it. Its warm elements, the glowing amber, the luscious sandalwood, the notes of juniper and incense… It feels cosy like a soft sweater on a freezing day, like warm crackles of the wood in the fireplace while it’s snowing outside…
Maybe it’s because it’s quite a complex scent. Top notes are of lemon, pepper, juniper. Heart notes: incense, pine needles, orris root. Base: amber, vanilla, sandalwood.
All scents feel different depending on the body chemistry but this one, in particular smells so different on everyone that you never know if it would suit you or not. Many say this is a citrusy scent and I’d like to disagree, as I don’t detect that too much and the notes are rather lemon leaves than lemon zest.
Also, the scent changes on me depending on the weather conditions and that’s probably my biggest problem. It’s not so nice on me when it’s too cold or too warm, I love it on fresh, a bit warmer days but not warm like summer, it’s a lot more crisp and the pine notes are more noticeable.
It’s definitely a unisex fragrance but I still think it smells better on men than on women (I’ve smelled it not only on me and my boyfriend but on another people, as well and that’s my personal observation). It’s a discreet and elegant scent, soft and sensual but maybe a bit too creamy for me.
Longevity in the perfumed oil form is much better than the spray, so if you love Gypsy Water, try the roll-on.
For me, this is not an easy to wear scent, it doesn’t suit everyone and I’m still unsure if it suits me, to be honest. Perhaps, Mojave Ghost would have been a better pick but I don’t regret having Gypsy Water in my perfume collection and I’m curious to know if you have it, too and how you feel about it.