The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

New Release: Mojave Ghost by Byredo


Byredo Mojave GhostWHAT I SMELL:  Mojave Ghost has a sweetened and slightly sour tangy opening that’s bright and slightly warmed, like the warmth from sheets drying on a clothesline in the sun.  There’s something very sheer and clean about the fragrance and it’s also relatively sweet but in a floral sense, not in a sugary way. There are no distinguishing notes that I can detect as it’s blended seamlessly.  As it develops, the slight warmth that was once present, disappears and instead a coolness, like a subtle breeze moves in.  After around 30 minutes, Mojave Ghost starts to lift in its projection, but only in the way that it starts to slightly swirl off the skin as if you’ll catch a whiff as another breeze comes through.  The musk, combined with a lightest of amber make for crisp base for the pretty florals.  Mojave Ghost doesn’t transform or change much, but it is a fragrance that seems to swirl off the skin like it’s lifting to greet you like a desert spirit.  Longevity is good, but this is a skin scent that is primarily meant for you and your inner shaman.

Ghost Flower

Ghost Flower

From the Byredo website:

In the xeric wilderness of the Mojave Desert, trees and vegetation more ancient than many civilizations defy conditions that prey on human vulnerability.  The Ghost Flower is a rare species that dares to bloom above this baked, hard ground.  Despite its arid surroundings and inability to produce nectar, the Ghost Flower or Mohavea Confertiflora, maintains its perfect, majestic beauty and thrives year after year.  In an astonishing feat of ingenuity, the flower uses mimicry to attract the pollinators of a neighboring plant species by developing markings that resemble those of a female bee genus attracted to its subject and duping the male bee into following suite.  This moving human-like behavior and captivated tale of survival lies int he foundation that inspired “Mojave Ghost,” an homage to this most bewitching flower.

Mojave Ghost notes:

Top:  Ambrette, Jamaican Nesberry

Heart: Violet, Sandalwood, Magnolia

Base:  Chantilly Musk, Crisp Amber, Cedarwood

Mojave Desert Morning

Mojave Desert Morning

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  For me, this perfume is named perfectly.  However, this is not the Mojave Desert of high noon.  Instead, it’s the desert as it quietly awakens from a cool evening, ready to once again spring to life.



BOTTOM LINE:  Mojave Ghost is different from anything else out there.  It’s a clean, sheer and pretty floral that although light, isn’t dainty or feminine.  And the name, Mojave Ghost, is perfect in its naming convention – in two words, it clearly sets the tone for the fragrance.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $145 for 50ml EdP, via Barneys or the Byredo website

Perfume courtesy of Byredo.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

16 thoughts on “New Release: Mojave Ghost by Byredo

  1. I didn’t remember there was a new release so I didn’t test it when I went to Barneys a couple of weeks ago. Bummer! Well, probably the next time. Byredo isn’t a brand that really works for me but I like it enough to pay for a couple of decants and wear those perfumes. The notes in this perfume sound nice, I might like it.


    • U – Actually, it probably wasn’t there a couple weeks ago as this is really very new. So that just means that you have to make another trip into the city. I’m not familiar with much of the line and nothing was going to top my love for Flowerhead. I think you might like this though as it’s a much quieter floral. My hub…LOVES this and has basically snatched the juice away from me. I like it, but of course I like my florals to big over the top big. I guess it’s the hidden drag queen inside me!


  2. Not too tempting for me although it does seem like it would be a good bedtime perfume.


    • This would make for a great bedtime scent. Close to the skin, sheer and just slightly floral and sweet. I love a good bedtime scent. What do you use now? My new kick is Chanel No 22.


      • Oh I love No.22. I probably should get myself a bottle one of these days. Way back when it used to be easier to find. It wasn’t exclusive and I could buy it at the mall. Lately I’ve been wearing Love, Chloe to bed but last night I wore Antiheros because I needed a dose of lavender.


  3. Will be stopping at Barneys and have to obtain a sample!


  4. I was lucky to try it this summer. And it’s one of the rare Byredos I can actually imagine on my shelf. 🙂
    I need to re-smell it but I did enjoy what I tried.


  5. I so want to try this! It has magnolia in the scent and Mojave in the name…

    Finding my way to the hut of specific wind turbine engineers in the Mojave Desert is amongst the finer moments of my career, and the stunning scenery (wind turbines included) will always stay with me.


    • And I totally concur with the ghostly idea – I took some quite hazy panoramic shots where even the turbines are in glorious soft focus. 😉


    • I love the desert… but I’m so old that the last time I was there I don’t think wind turbines were even a thing. There’s something very peaceful about this scent. Although it’s not my typical kind of love of a fragrance, I would wear this on days where I want some peace and quiet. The hub, who loves his scents a bit cleaner and unobtrusive loves this fragrance…and it smells great on him.


  6. Pingback: Byredo Mojave Ghost EDP Perfume Review | EauMG

  7. Pingback: EauMG’s September 2016 Favorites | EauMG

  8. Pingback: EauMG’s September 2016 Favorites – EauMG

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s