It’s been a really busy summer for me so I haven’t been posting that many perfume reviews here on the blog. I recently had an oral surgery that forced me to slow down. I thought this would be a good time to catch up on some perfume samples I have that I have yet to sniff. Well, I haven’t. Deep into my malaise, I’ve only been craving a few fragrances. And oddly enough one of those is Byredo Black Saffron.
I’m always surprised by how fruity Black Saffron is. It opens with something that is like raspberries and ripe bananas. It’s a tart, sour fruit salad. And then, it’s BAM roses. It’s also peppery and green, like violet leaves and gin. There’s an ozonic quality as well but it’s somehow dry at the same time. This is all over something leather-y. I think of Black Saffron as a “soapy leather”. It manages to smell like bar soap wrapped in leather. I’ve noticed on warmer days, I’m reminded of “leather gin”. It’s more dry, green and peppery. On cooler days, I notice more florals. The dry-down is a vetiver that I sniff frequently in Byredo perfumes (for those that are familiar, think Bal d’Afrique). Their vetiver is dry but somehow manages to come across as creamy but it’s always contrasted by something dry/stale. It sounds odd, but it always reminds me of a vetiver soufflé sitting next to an ashtray.
All I can tell you is how this is on my skin. If you are looking for saffron, then don’t be deceived by the name. Basically this is a fruity leather. If you want saffron, there are better examples out there. But, if you want something leathery that manages to give the illusion of “freshness”, then this is worth sampling. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m attracted to this one right now, years after its launch, and I think I may have it figured out. Black Saffron smells like a party and not just any party, but like a cocktail party with entertaining people. Fruity leathers like Tom Ford Tuscan Leather seem more pretentious, like a bunch of people trying to convince all the other people of how smart and clever they are. Black Saffron could also be labeled as pretentious but at least the people are fun. Black Saffron reminds me of gin cocktails, cigarettes, leather club chairs and laughter.
Notes listed include pomelo, juniper berries, saffron, black violet, leather, cashmeran, vetiver and raspberry. Launched in 2012.
Give Black Saffron a try if you like fruity leathers. Or perfumes like Tom Ford Tuscan Leather, Amouroud Safran Rare, MAC Ruby Woo, Montale Aoud Leather, Nishane Suede et Safran and/or Shay & Blue Framboise Noire. Slightly off topic, but I feel like I’ve sniffed so many fruity leathers these days that I need to make a guide of them!
Projection and longevity are average. In comparison to something like Tom Ford Tuscan Leather or Amouroud Safran Rare, it’s much “lighter”.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Gin, fruits and leather. Compared to other “fruity leathers”, I think Black Saffron is more playful and lighthearted. I like that.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from the brand. Edie Sedgwick pic by Jerry Schatzberg 1966 from revolverwarholgallery.com. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!