The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


ByBozo Rival in Love

WHAT I SMELL:  Rival in Love opens with a lightly sweetened blood orange that’s quickly met with a juicy, ripe and enticing lychee.  It’s so incredibly intoxicating in the softest of ways as there’s nothing sharp here as the perfume just lilts upon the skin with a light and soft sheath of cottony musk.  After a bit, the sweetened and soft opening moves to the more round with a lightly peppered rose making it’s entrance.  Where the opening was light and demure, the perfume is now more mature and seductive.  Here, the perfume begins to radiate and amplify, but never in a way that shouts.  As Rival in Love continues its progression, a patchouli enters grounding the florals with a buzzing woodiness.  Here, the perfume seems to be in conflict as you can tell that the patchouli is being buffered by something else that is trying to get out on top of it.  As the perfume finishes its internal fight, a sweetened vanilla and lychee come out to make the perfume the perfect mix of innocence and seductive maturity.   Rival in Love is one “love” of a perfume.

From the ByBozo website:

ByBozo Rival in Love. What next? A seductive scent of sexual energy. This is what passion smells of! It doesn’t hesitate to reveal all its emotions, so varied… Gentle and aggressive, Rival in Love opens with a sharp tango of blood orange and lychee. But in its heart dances a rose and an elegant jasmine, separated by a clove. This is a fight! The firey rain leaves behind the jealous patchouli, but it’s calmed by gentle vanilla What next?

Top Notes:  Blood orange, Lychee

Middle Notes:  Rose, Jasmine, Pepper

Base Notes:  Vanilla, Patchouli, Benzoin

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A fight for love that ends in the most beautiful of ways.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE RIVAL IN LOVE:  subtle, enticing, engaging


BOTTOM LINE:  Rival in Love is my first venture into the ByBozo line of perfumes and it’s a fantastic first foray.  The perfume is so well blended and is sheer and yet bold at the same time.  And for those of you who believe that bottle is just as important or as nearly as important as the perfume, ByBozo delivers with a fantastic weighty bottle and magnetic cap.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Note:  Paul Emilien
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense:  Prices starting at 58 Euros for 15ml eau de parfum

Sample courtesy of ByBozo Paris.  Opinion my own.