Byredo Pulp Ea de Parfum is a fragrance I absolutely love to hate all over. I have a rather special love hate relationship with this perfume where some days I’m left asking myself, “What would I do without it?” and other days where I’m about ready to fling it across the room.
If you’re reading poor reviews on Byredo Pulp most will tell you it smells like over ripe fruit. If people are being extra snarky you’ll hear them saying it smells like rotten fruit.
For fruity sweet lovers Byredo Pulp Eau de Parfum is, shall we say, unique. It’s best classified as a fruity floral considering it has both fruit and floral notes in it but I always find it terribly difficult picking apart any of the floral notes since the fruits tend to dominate.
I’ll break this down in pretty simple layman’s terms because fragrance can be complicated so why make it more complex than it has to be yes? Pulp smells like an ice cold glass of Sangria. It has a boozy fruit note that’s sweet, slightly effervescent, and lightly boozy with a red wine note that perhaps I’m the only person alive that is smelling such a note. It’s tart, it’s tangy, and it has a slight attitude problem.
Notes it does contain are bergamot, cardamon and black currant and middle notes of fig, red apple and tiare flower with a base of cedar, praline and peach blossom. I think both apple and peach play a very important role in the fragrance because they seem to shine through the most here. The juiciness of the apple has a certain tartness that combines with the slight bitter nectar of a not yet ripe peach. As the fragrance dries down you’ll catch faint sourness of black currant amidst the chaos and warmth of cedar.
As I said, some days, Pulp is like a refreshing ice cold over sweet sip of Sangria where as others it smells like overripe fruit cocktail!
No matter how you spin it, it’s undeniably unique and tooth achingly sweet.
What do you think of Byredo Pulp?
Beautiful chaos or rotten fruit?
P.S. Men seem to LOVE this fragrance!
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