The Scent of Departure line is a line of “affordable niche” fragrances created by perfumer Gérald Ghislain (Histoires de Parfums) and is inspired by various metro cities.
Budapest opens as an aquatic cedar. I pick up on suede-like spices mixed with a aquatic citrus. I also pick up on red pepper, not dried but ripe. I get ripe, red Hungarian wax pepper. It’s warm. The heart has an astringency with cedar and green notes (very much like the opening but less aquatic). It’s clean and soapy, reminding me of drugstore shaving cream. The dry-down is clean- soapy. It’s much like the heart of the fragrance except the cedar has been replaced with a clean musk. The overall feel of this fragrance is sheer-spicy-clean. I don’t imagine Budapest smelling this way unless Budapest smells like Axe and I didn’t know it.
At this price point and with this clean woods vibe, I recommend this fragrance to teenage boys. It’s not unusual but it’s a lot better than other things that they could get their hands on at that price point.
Notes listed include bergamot, lemon, elemi, paprika, pepper, saffron, cloves, violet, aquatic notes, white musk, blonde woods and cedar. Launched 2012. PERFUMER – Gérald Ghislain
Give Budapest a try if you like clean woodsy fragrances or if you like CdG Incense Series Kyoto, L’Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brulant, Lacoste Essential and new aquatics for boys . Budapest is unisex but like I said, I see this as a teenage boy’s fragrance. I don’t have a good reason as to why but I think it would suit a young guy. I can’t think of anyone else wearing it.
I find projection and longevity below average. However, this is an EDT. I only get about 4 hours of wear. I guess that could be average.
The 1.7 oz bottle of Budapest retails for $45 at Beautyhabit.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sliced peppers, sharp synthetic cedar and shaving cream. Budapest isn’t for me. It’s not the most “expensive” smelling from the line. But, it retails for $45. It isn’t expensive. That is why it doesn’t smell expensive. I can forgive this since there are plenty of expensive perfumes that smell “cheap”. This smells cheap because it is.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Hungarian Parliament pic from Wikipedia. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!