The Scented Hound

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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.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MOJAVE GHOST:  windswept, delicate, haunting

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MOJAVE GHOST:  No reviews found thus far.

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.