Byredo Open Sky is a 2021 limited edition fragrance that is an ode to travel or, more specifically, the travel and corresponding element of exploration many have missed during the past year-plus. Byredo’s founder and creative director Ben Gorham explained that the scent is an expression of the journey of traveling, between departure and final destination. ”While being stuck in one place, our memories have become particularly vivid—and what I remember most often is travel,” Gorham shares. “Beyond the physicality of spaces, that idea of movement—of journeys, of being on your way somewhere—is something I truly miss. The void that exists in between places: I wanted to capture that.”
Open Sky is a woody spicy fragrance featuring top notes of black pepper and pomelo; a middle note of hemp leaves; and base notes of vetiver and palo santo. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
From Editorialist: Upon the first spritz, I am overwhelmed by Open Sky’s boldness and it’s immediately clear that Gorham bottled the very essence he set out to capture. The top notes of citric pomelo and warm black pepper fuse to create an equally foreign, but familiar, aroma—a nod to the itinerant in-between he describes. As the perfume dries, my olfactory senses find their footing, steadying me in the fresh-off-the-plane tropics where the Mediterranean air greets me like an old friend. Soon the fragrance infuses with my own pheromones. But what started as a vacation state turns into a homecoming. Open Sky’s heart note (hemp leaves) melds with the pomelo and warm black pepper to create a scent reminiscent of the blackberries beside my parents’ house. It’s during this dry down period, the accords become sweeter, speaking of Mother Nature’s springtime bounty and blowing away winter’s cobwebs. After a mid-day walk, I notice the perfume has become muted. The sweeter scent is gone, and what remains is the woodier undertones of palo santo and vetiver. We are now in the forest, where the pine trees stand tall and the bluebells bow their head.
While the Open Sky is an element we all share, it’s important to note this perfume does not command attention, though it’s not subtle either. As described by a friend, “it feels personal to you; it’s as if people have to enter your bubble to truly appreciate it.” What’s more, Open Sky has a medium-sillage; following the six-hour mark, the fragrance fades from a body mist to a localized scent. However, this is what makes the perfume so appealing. If Open Sky embodies the vacation state, then it’s only natural for it to fade—as to leave is to inevitably come back. It’s during these respite moments, I feel enticed to pick it up again and douse myself in this transportive aroma. But wherever this fragrance takes you, whether it’s tropical islands or the English woods, Open Sky is for the wanderer in all of us.
From Fragrantica: Lovely, lovely, lovely pomelo/vetiver offering from Byredo. It does remind a bit of Kilian Smoke for the Soul (which is also a cannabis/citrus scent), but the cannabis is very toned down. If you like pomelo/grapefruit scents - a MUST try.
From Fragrantica: Love this release. It starts off with strong grapefruit accord which I can't call pomelo. This is straight on sweet/bitter red grapefruit to my nose. Accompanied by palo santo and carrying sharp greenness of cannabis it is solid release from their house. Cannabis note present in the beginning only supports vetiver in the base. You won't be smelling like drug lord or cannabis fields. I personally don't spot much pepper in here which is a good thing in this case. Overall idea is that it is grapefruit/vetiver with decent longevity and good performance in current weather. I'm wearing mine now and I can tell you it takes time to get used to it. Open Sky is controversial but you quickly learn to love it. Those who love their fruitchoulis will be horrified by this, anyone else appreciating aromatic and woody scents will be surprised by this new release.