Velvet Haze 2017

Velvet Haze by Byredo
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Velvet Haze is a perfume by Byredo for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is sweet-creamy. It is being marketed by Manzanita Capital. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAmbretteAmbrette Coconut waterCoconut water
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouliPatchouli
Base Notes Base NotesCocoa absoluteCocoa absolute MuskMusk

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6.9194 Ratings

Longevity

7.2167 Ratings

Sillage

6.8165 Ratings

Bottle

7.6156 Ratings

Value for money

5.934 Ratings
Submitted by Franfan20, last update on 01.07.2022.
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6.5
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6
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5
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6
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4
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Pinkdawn
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Pinkdawn
Top Review    7  
In the wrong scent?
Some scents you spray on and immediately feel "at home", even if it is an oriental or an incense. Others remain neutral or take you to a distant land where you like to visit from time to time. Difficult it is with the perfumes, which seem above all "foreign" and trigger in you the feeling to be in the wrong movie - er - fragrance.

Yet the name appealed to me so much. Velvet Haze - yes, maybe that's a little cheesy, but it also stirs up expectations because it sounds mysterious, as it always does when it comes to mist. Wasn't the mythical island of Avalon always shrouded in mist?
Velvet Haze starts off a bit cool-tart on the top notes, but turns sweet and very creamy in no time. To me, the fragrance also seems floral. Where the flowers come from is unclear to me. Because not a single one is to be found in the fragrance pyramid. So it must be ambrette and coconut water. More like ambrette. Because this is dominated by a certain pungency with - sorry - echoes of certain synthetic moth remedies.

Coconut? I remember times when just about everything that could smell smelled like coconut: perfumes, shampoos, creams, fabric softeners, lipsticks. However, at the time, it was a distinctly tropical coconut scent that conveyed a feeling of vacationing in the South Seas, palm trees, white sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas. I admit, I was expecting something similar, in a modern reimagining of course. Since the coconut fragrance fashion has long died down and I have also already experienced too much coconut in fragrances, I would hardly have voluntarily reached for an EdP, which wants to score with it.

Meanwhile, however, it seems to be the trend that perfumes exactly do not smell like the roses or other ingredients that they supposedly contain. Perhaps one wants to surprise deliberately, to mislead, to serve no conventional expectations. That is laudable, after all. Times are changing. And so do rose and coconut fragrances.

I only find it disappointing when rose is listed and you don't notice anything about it. I feel the same way about the coconut here. I perceive nothing of the kind.

There's something irritatingly sweet that reminds me of strawflowers. Calluna, for instance. I never managed to visit the Lüneburg Heath without taking a heather basket with me. I wonder if they still have them today From the heath it is only a small associative step to an old folk song. It is already dark on the heath, home let us go ...

The evening mood on the heath already hits the soul of the fragrance more than tropical islands, palm trees and South Sea noise.

I wait for the patchouli, which is usually not easy to smell over. But the evening puts a cloth on the land - and everything disappears in a diffuse fragrance creamy mist, from which I perceive only ambergris and musk. Soft, gentle, velvety, powdery and of dry sweetness. The fragrance mist is subtle, elegant and feminine. It's almost all too delicate and becomes increasingly so. Who interprets this as weakening durability, is on the right track.

After coconut and patchouli left out, only cocoa absolute could bring some color into play. It would undoubtedly have the potential to make Velvet Haze something special after all. But the cocoa sensation with the expected gourmand dark bittersweetness unfortunately also holds back. The fragrance remains pale. No excesses, no passion, not even sensuality disturbs the evening peace everywhere. This is another concept I let myself be talked into. I love the quiet evening atmosphere, when the sun sets and dusk falls, the colors become softer, the day quieter. But if you want to achieve that effect, it has to be more explicit - and not just because of the fog in the name. I've never liked movies where the ending is left open. Will they get it now? Will they fall? Will their lives get meaning after all when their son finally returns? Will he survive the cancer? Will she get custody? No answer. You'd better come up with your own! That's how easy it is to be a writer or a filmmaker. The visual arts, of course, have a harder time of it ...

A little iso-star sparkle would have already helped to deepen the evening mood. Or if the patchouli would have risen nice velvety-dark.
But no. Didn't want to, or couldn't? The intention may have been there. But with the implementation of the mood transfer it hapert. In other words, the fragrance is not balanced according to my nose. It has hardly any stability. Well, fog just ...

Whether the musk in the base can still "deliver"? For this, however, it would have to come along more animalic. However, it does not. It is a thoroughly tame white Musk as from the drugstore. Nothing provocative, nothing exciting.

I am not convinced by the fragrance. I like Velvet Haze best still in the initial phase, when you realize with surprise that it is far less gourmandig than you imagined with coconut and cocoa. But that's too little.

What remains is a soft musky amber or ambrette scent with a warm spicy drydown. For me, it is an all in all yet quite conventional fragrance with a certain retro touch, which is probably owed to the quiet patchouli.

Who the fragrance is too synthetic-sweet, need not fear: The durability is low.

Velvet Haze is the first perfume from Byredo that I tested. The niche fragrance house, which also has exclusive scented candles, soaps and other nourishing cosmetics in its portfolio, was founded by Ben Gorham in Stockholm in 2006. Instead of Scandinavian minimalism, Gorham deliberately reflects on his Indian origins. Sounds exciting, but maybe that's where my "foreign" feeling comes from. I will certainly test more Byredos, but not as a blind buy. To me, the fragrances, which usually cost so € 190, - (100 ml), but too expensive.

(With thanks to NatRocks)

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9.5
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VerMoegla
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VerMoegla
   4  
Velvet, mohair, angora and coconut bast
If this fragrance were a textile, it would be a purple synthetic velvet. And I have no idea why I like it so much. When I smelled "Velvet Haze" for the first time, a calf-length faux leather skirt crackled in my mind's eye, an angora-soft fuzzy sweater snuggled up and left individual hairs on my tongue....You see: This fragrance has something quite material and textile for me. At first, I honestly wasn't very enthusiastic about it. Kind of scratchy, synthetic, fuzzy sweet. A year later, it happened to come up in a new test and I practiced on it. My mom was immediately on fire, "It smells like you!" she said. I was still taking it easy. And then on a very cold winter day in the park, he had me beguiled. Okay...Velvet HAze...maybe you do smell like me. Oddly enough, I'm relatively disoriented in this Byredo when it comes to individual notes. As a Musklight lover, I tend to suspect the musk rather than really being able to locate it clearly. This isn't a clean Etro musk, nor is it a ladylike Narciso musk. This one is different. The coconut along with the cocoa...it's not really delicious. And thankfully, no bounty either. But it is undoubtedly incredibly... seductive to me. At second glance. Velvet Haze starts off pretty plump and scratchy sweet and can be a bit headache-inducing at first. But after 10 to 15 minutes, this patchouli cocoa coconut cream makes its way in, which I would never eat but love to smell. Velvet Haze is kind of eerily beautiful. A very tiny whiff of musty. And far from a crowd-pleaser. That's probably what I like most...this scent won't appeal to everyone, and it won't suit everyone. But who it "clicks"....der is quite happy with him.
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Leimbacher
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Top Review    19  
Too much musk in the lungs for too few trumpets
A coconut water? Or quite clearly a musk magnet? A female patchouli pirate at all? What's "Velvet Haze" now???

A little of everything. "Velvet Haze" is a hypermodern hippie. The colour purple is spreading in my head, of course it is velvety too. The great art of dying. A circular saw made of hugs. A cocoa finish cuddles just like the creamy patchouli in combination with fluffy human musk. And above everything vibrates light, summery coconut water. Although the fragrance fits rather into the two darker seasons. Fascinating and fine. Fine through and through. Oldschool all-rounder in a new guise. Or without a robe. Old wine from new bottles. Or directly from the source.

Flacon: couldn't you have built in some purple accents here?!
Sillage: solid, gentle, on Zack
Shelf life: 7 hours sensual coconut veil or patchouliprosa

Conclusion: purple shimmering coconut water for festivals and other caresses - elegant, sensual, cosmopolitan. Cool fragrance, especially for patchoulians.
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DonJuanDeCat
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DonJuanDeCat
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Crack coconuts in the musk mist!
Hello and good evening, once again :D
Hmm, hmm... what am I imagining today? You probably don't even want to read? I'd also rather be at the Christmas market, for example, rather than being here with you, who only have to complain about my commissioners anyway, tsss... ups... did I just think that out loud? :DD

But no, fortunately only a few (at least I hope so :D) complain, and I actually like you too, I hope you know that, don't you? Pooh, lucky again :D

Anyway, today I'm describing Velvet Haze by Byredo. Translated, the name means "soft fog." And now I have to think about how I came from Munich last week and how the motorway was sometimes covered with an ellen-long veil of fog in the evening. And yes, the fog actually looked soft and soft, and by its density it had even reminded a little bit of cotton candy, although I wouldn't recommend to walk or drive through cotton candy,... all that sticky stuff you never get rid of again :D

On the other hand, I also noticed that even a so-called "velvet fog" can look quite scary when you see how threatening headlights slowly emerge from the fog and the contours of the other car are hardly visible. It'll be almost like a horror movie! :D
But well, let's stay with "Velvet Nebula", and I hope that the scent also smells soft instead of scary!

The fragrance:
The scent begins with... coconut? In fact, I smell quite intense coconut with earthy patchouli, whose combination in the background also smells a little flowery. The amber quickly gives the coconut a sweet note and also soothes the coconut.
Just a little later the cocoa starts to take effect, well, let's say cocoa powder. You know, this chocolaty and slightly bitter scent when you open the cocoa pack and sniff in :) That's quite nice, but I think a little later all the sweet smelling scents mix a bit too much into each other, so you can smell cocoa, amber and musk. The patchouli becomes slightly stronger, the coconut slightly weaker.
The fragrance seems to pass quickly into the base, as the musk quickly becomes more intense and basically becomes the main fragrance. Every now and then the coconut seems to flash from the beginning and gives the fragrance a light, stuffy note every now and then, especially if this fragrance also reminds of floral notes, but as already said one smells the musk in the base for the most part.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is above average, so that now and then one can perceive the smell well in the smell cloud. And of course others can smell the scent on you too. However, the intensity quickly diminishes over time, so that you have to get closer later to be able to smell it on others. The shelf life is good, the fragrance already lasts for eight hours, which is quite okay.

The bottle:
The bottle is cylindrical and quite simple. On the front you can see a large white label with the name of the fragrance, and the label also looks extremely simple. Purists like such simple flacons and labels for sure, but for me the label looks rather fast created in Word :D
The lid is already more beautiful there, it is black and shiny and represents almost a hemisphere, well, with a slightly too long underside. As I said, it's a simple bottle.

So, the scent here, I see, has gotten rather mediocre ratings. Yeah... the smell isn't that great, actually. You can like the beginning with the coconut notes and patchouli or not, but later it smells mostly like musk, then it is softer and slightly more powdery, which is also nice. But... again later he gets a little stuffier by the coconut, which later smells more like flowery scents. Well, the scent smells so la la, then also good, then less good, that seems to go back and forth a little bit, until the later base remains a little stuffy and generally doesn't smell so special. I wouldn't recommend it now, not even to coconut fans, it doesn't smell good enough and is too expensive for the quality of the fragrance.

Anyway, in my opinion, it is a spring and autumn scent and is more suitable for use in leisure time during irrelevant activities, since it is not suitable for going out or does not smell good enough for it, despite the sometimes nice scented musk cloud.

Well, from its name, "Velvet Nebula", it fits a little, since it also radiates soft notes. But it could just as well be called velvet paw, because its softness especially in the heart note (where the coconut doesn't smell stuffy yet) is a little bit comparable to the soft fur of a feline roommate, even if cats sometimes don't always look as velvet pawed as you might imagine. If my (fat) cat jumps down from the closet onto my bed, for example, then you get the feeling that the bed is broken, and the whole house is broken! After all, about 7 kilos fall down from a height of 2 meters :D

Well, that's it again from me, I wish you a nice evening! And I'll see myself if I can find some fancy Christmas balls on the internet, because I'm in the process of decorating the tree so slowly... :DD
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Violet0308

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Violet0308
Violet0308
Helpful Review    2  
Milky creamy patchouli
I liked this perfume the instant I smelled it , it's warm, inviting and natural in a way like a skin scent. I smell a lot of musk and patchoui but in a very muted ,velvety , hazy, creamy way , as the name suggests. It might be somewhat odd for some in the first 5 minutes but then warms up into a sweet creamy haze. Let coconut not worry you if you don't like it. I would say it's more milky , like the sweet smell of real coconut milk ,not like the strong odor of simulated coconut suntan products .
I am in love with this perfume and will definitely re purchase when I get lower. One of Byredos best !
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5.5
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8
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5
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6
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StellaDiverF

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StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
Very helpful Review    5  
Hot milk and For Her musk
I didn't get much typical coconut in Byredo Velvet Haze, at least not anything cloyingly plastic like some coconut-flavoured products can be. Instead, it's creamy, warmly sweet, slightly honeyed and animalic, evoking a bowl of hot milk to me during the first 20 minutes.

Then, something vaguely inky and metallic, yet still somewhat velvety, starts to infuse the hot milk and cools it down. It felt familiar, but I wasn't able to name it until 1 hour later, when it firmly dominates and the sweet milk becomes merely a facet of it: a clean, vegetal white musk, halfway between the musty one in Byredo Blanche and the brighter, more floral one in Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDT. The main difference being the addition of the sweet milkiness, Velvet Haze feels kind of like a semi-gourmand variation on the clean white musk theme.

From then on, Velvet Haze doesn't change much anymore. Sometimes, I can smell a bit of coconut milk within the mix, but it's mostly just abstract velvety milky sweetness among the inky white musk. I don't detect any distinct bitterness of cacao or patchouli on my skin, although the spikiness of the later was detectable during the middle phase on the paper.

I get a medium sillage during the first 3 hours, and it stays close to the skin for another 6 hours.

Without digging into any musical or cultural background, the name itself actually summarizes well how Velvet Haze smells to me: a velvety, hazy white cloud of clean inky musk with a subtle creamy sweetness, which fits well into the abstract, modern artificial style of Byredo fragrances that I tried so far. I would recommend it to those who enjoy clean, abstract fragrances, especially to those who'd like a warmer, more creamy version of Byredo Blanche or Narciso Rodriguez for Her EDT.
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