Top: Black Pepper, Pomelo
Middle: Hemp Leaves
Base: Vetiver, Palo Santo
Open Sky presents a metaphysical homage to the experience of travel: a distillation of the journey itself, charged with anticipation – exploring the void between departure and destination.
When walking into the Byredo store and being asked if I’ve had the opportunity to test their latest limited edition fragrance, Open Sky, I was initially hesitant. When I hear or read the words “Open Sky” I immediately imagine something either overly fresh or floral. A scent that’s meant to evoke bright spring or summer days and easy breezes with hints of jasmine, vanilla, or clean linens drying on clotheslines. In the case of this fragrance, I was entirely surprised. The beauty of Open Sky’s range of notes and accords are not trapped within the heavens or born from them but everything we do beneath.
Wearing it evokes the smell of old diesel pickups parked in the driveway, idling with oil caked and heated on the engine block. I envision a pile of discarded peels from lemons, oranges, and grapefruits squeezed to make juice. I suddenly recall all the grass stains that ever streaked their way on to my jeans from running and sliding around while playing hide and seek. There’s even the faint hint of the pesticide blowing from the trucks that used to rumble through the neighborhood as they sprayed for mosquitos during the summer. All those punchy greens and petrol and citrus makes this whole olfactory experience intoxicating and dizzying while they play leapfrog all around you. There is a real expression of joy and excitement within this fragrance.
After an hour or so, you finally reach the more mature state of the latter notes. It’s like moving from on from the memories of summer vacation to the more relaxed experience of hanging with your friends on the patio during those early fall nights as a young adult. Here is where you’ll find the palo santo and hemp leaves described in the brand description. Not cannabis, but a true green note of the leaves themselves. It’s the perfect subtle dry down from the more aggressive earlier characteristics. Matched wonderfully by the woody, oily palo santo, they almost take turns being the focus as they mingle casually with some slight peppery essences. It’s comforting, familiar, and a wonderful homage to the late summers and early autumns so many of us remember so fondly.
Keep in mind that Open Sky is a limited edition release so definitely check it out before it goes away. We’re certainly glad we did! Fortunately, unlike some of our other experiences with this line, we both found that it lasts for most of the day and projects nicely.