After the detergent with pear called Blanche, the new fragrance couldn't be black neither back to black. The name of the French poet that gave us several poems with scented words and a beautiful interpretation written by Yann Vasnier, came as a shock to me. It is not the pretension to stick such a famous name on a bottle, but something worse. Baudelaire is a copy paste concept from Kilian with the same mainstream innocence found in Bond No9 (did you smell their Coco Mademoiselle with cocoa, the J'adore light and green, the Escape for Men and the subtle Angel?). I am totally disappointed by this trend in the niche area - being inspired by the ideas / successes of your neighbor with the same greed as the big commercial brands.
Baudelaire by Byredo is a generic aromatic-woody-leather soft spicy scent with tobacco accents. It is a soft version of famous masculine scents from the 80's (Antaeus, Davidoff, Equipage, Polo) where all the heavy notes were reduced. It evokes the breeze surrounding a heavy smoker with tobacco, musty notes, ash tray - hay effect, sharp spices (like nutmeg, bay or laurel) with a soft jasmine. You can see it as the masculine version of Jasmin & Cigarette (ELO) where the proportion was changed. Pleasant, harmonious but not very original for its name, it is a type of formula that was very common in aftershaves and body sprays 2 decades ago (there were one Axe, one Denim and maybe one 8x8 deodorants built on this accord with subtle fougère). The absinthe tobacco note via the patchouli shortcut was quite popular. Maybe it's easy to produce and people love the same idea sold more expensive when they forget the classics.
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