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Gallivant Brooklyn Perfume Review

Gallivant Brooklyn

Gallivant describes Brooklyn (the fragrance) as

It’s non-stop go-go-go. Energetic with a creative and intellectual fizz. Power-walking to a breakfast meeting over the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s life on the sidewalk, early summer breezes, the glow from the lighting in bars and diners, bright apartments with books. Cocktails with friends. A lazy May afternoon in the sun at Park Slope, warmth on the skin. Small flowers in the grass. Fresh air.

So, basically Gallivant’s Brooklyn is gentrified Brooklyn. And to those outside of the region, this is the Brooklyn they think of – hipsters, trust funds and over-educated young people. They aren’t necessarily wrong/bad. This is a subset of a few neighborhoods in Brooklyn (the neighborhoods I don’t enjoy visiting at all). Anyway, this is a perfume review so I’ll spare you my opinions of certain neighborhoods within Brooklyn.

Brooklyn opens with cardamom bellinis. It’s sparkling orange juice with cool spices. And as far as a perfume inspired by “now” Brooklyn, there really should be a shout-out to brunch. The heart is like ginger, powdery orris and a sweet benzoin. There’s slightly smoky and sweet amber incense. Surprisingly, the dry-down is cuddly, smooth musk. For most of the wear, Brooklyn wears as a warm, sweet benzoin-amber and skin musk.

After wearing Brooklyn many times, I still couldn’t place what it vaguely reminded me of. One evening after spending time with a friend that was testing Miller Harris L’Air de Rien (with about 15 sprays of it ), I realized that Brooklyn reminds me of everything I liked about L’Air de Rien WITHOUT all the things that make L’Air de Rien difficult for me to wear. It’s that sweet musk, some floral-y incense and coumarin-heavy amber. I’m not saying they’re the same (because they aren’t). But, Brooklyn has what I like in L’Air de Rien (without smelling dirty or like a spice rack). It’s warm and smooth.

YSL 1972

Notes listed include bergamot, lemon, orange, incense, cardamom, ozonic notes, magnolia, orris root, white woods, amber, benzoin and musk. Launched in 2017. PERFUMERS – Giorgia Navarra

Give Brooklyn a try if you like cozy amber/musk perfumes. Or perfumes like Miller Harris L’Air de Rien, Guerlain L’Homme Ideal, Sonoma Scent Studio Sienna Musk and/or Penhaligon’s Malabah.

Projection is average. Longevity is above average.

You know, I never really thought of what Brooklyn would smell like if it were a perfume. Gallivant Brooklyn is good for “Now Brooklyn” but I don’t think it’s the direction that I’d go in if I were a hypothetical creative director. But, what direction would I go? I’m still thinking about this. Something mineral (brownstones, waterways) with some greenness (Prospect Park, green spaces)? Or do I want something leathery and mineral? Or is all of this all too nostalgic? What notes or scents make you think of Brooklyn?

The 1 oz bottle of Brooklyn retails for $95 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONCardamom bellinis and cuddly musks. I’m surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed wearing this one. I typically reserve musks for winter wear, but this one has enough citrus and cool spice to make it enjoyable even in hot, humid weather.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Edie Baskin, photographer/camera woman for SNL, in YSL for Vogue 1972.


5 thoughts on “Gallivant Brooklyn Perfume Review

  1. As a real Brooklynite, this sounds lovely but definitely not the Brooklyn I grew up in. Don’t even get me started on gentrification but come and visit me- we’ll go for pizza!

  2. Brooklyn smells like a combination of Chanel No. 5 and Froot Loops. It’s got those powdery aldehydes and the candied orange cereal smell. I’m wearing it now. It’s pleasant. Tel Aviv is cooler. Istanbul is over the top but good amber. London was my least favorite. I think there should be a moratorium on leather fragrances or only vegan leather notes.

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