Blanche review

Blanche is a perfume by a well-known – as much as a niche brand can be – house Byredo. Founded by Ben Gorham, House of Byredo is trying through its ideology of minimalism to allow people to clear up their fragrance wardrobe and gain a new scent perspective through simplistic and creative high-quality formulas.

The idea behind Blanche

The perfume’s designer said he was inspired by his wife Natasha, who gave birth to their baby and sought to portray whiteness with this perfume. He wanted to show the pure and untainted nature by combining aldehydes and musk notes. And I think he was brilliant. He also achieved something else, something he may not have expected: carelessness and innocence. Those precious moments of tranquillity and serenity, when a person is at peace with himself.

Softly falling asleep smells like Blanche. A child’s laughter smells like Blanche. If I could reach out to the clouds, I am sure they would also smell like Blanche.

The greatness of Blanche

The perfume’s fragrance notes are the least important. The outcome is vital. And the outcome is the focus, changing perspectives. When we wear this perfume, we take a break from the outside world and look deep within ourselves, to a location we’ve forgotten existed but often dreamt about. A world where laughter and happiness reign supreme. We no longer seek them outside ourselves; instead, we discover them from within. That, I believe, is Blanche’s greatness. That it carries us down a snowy slope to our true nature, like a sled. Scents have incredible power, sometimes incomprehensible, but always magical. Blanche is one of the most enchanting…

Blanche is one of the most gorgeous aldehydic fragrances from my experience. In the perfume world, there are many misconceptions and misinformation about aldehydes. Many consider them a perfume industry elixir, a component that gives the perfume champagne-like bubbles and freshness, allowing it to lift up from the skin like bubbles in sprinkled water. Chanel no 5 was the first one to employ a huge amount of aldehydes in its composition. That is what gave Chanel no 5 a feeling of freshly washed linens compared to the warm, sensual, opulent floral and base notes.

What are aldehydes?

There is more than one type of aldehydes. But when used in the perfume industry, it is generally the aldehydes with the large molecular mass that smell pleasant compared to those that smell very unpleasant (acetaldehyde). Chanel no 5 is known for its bouquet of aldehydes C10, C11, and C12 while modern perfume compositions use also aldehydes C14 that smell like peaches and C18 that smells like coconut. Perfumes that are great examples of aldehyde perfumes besides No5  and Blanche are White Linen by Estee Lauder, Sicily by Dolce & Gabbana, L’Interdit by Givenchy, Madame Rochas by Rochas, and many others.

IF YOU LIKE ALDEHYDIC PERFUMES, READ MORE: Iconic Rive Gauche by YSL and Mediterranean seduction Aria di Capri.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: aldehydes, pink pepper, white rose; middle notes: violet, peony; base notes: sandalwood, musk.

[Fragrance group] floral aldehyde.

The creator of perfume is Ben Gorham.