Dictionary: marvelous (British marvellous), adjective:

– causing great wonder; extraordinary.

– extremely good or pleasing; splendid.


The first two things I did upon receiving my bottle of Byredo Mister Marvelous were a) spray it liberally on to myself and b) look in a dictionary for the definition of marvelous. Obviously I understand the word but when someone, one person, has been labelled Mister Marvelous I wanted to learn why and more pertinently, why is this man deemed ‘marvelous’?

The man in question is Christiaan Houtenbos. Christiaan, after researching him, has learned his is way to the top of his trade and is now a world renowned hair stylist. From his family’s barbershop in his native Holland via the navy to the international catwalks and styling hair for Calvin Klein, David Beckham, Jimmy Choo… the list is endless. This is all well and good but I suspect there are plenty of talented hair stylists working their trade on the international catwalks, so what makes Christiaan marvelous or even Mister Marvelous?


On Fire Island Pines, 1978

Back to the definition of marvelous; great wonder, extraordinary or extremely good. He earns this with his passion for what he does, how much he cares about what he does and more importantly his contribution to history – creating Grace Jones’ flat top and Debbie Harry’s hair in Blondie – an artist.


The Fragrance

It’s hard to deny that any of Ben Gorham’s creations aren’t marvelous and Byredo Mister Marvelous is from the same stable. A modern twist on a classic cologne that takes essential elements and injects contemporary vigour and energy. The citrus top notes give edge and bite to a sophisticated, smooth heart and the base offers dark, sensual, powerful and masculine notes. A strange fragrance but this is in part what marvelous is. I would suggest gentleman, that it is worn on balmy summer evenings.


Fragrance Notes


Top: Mandarin leaves, Neroli flower

Mid: Green Lavender, Bamboo

Dry: Black Amber, White Cedarwood


Ben Gorham

Byredo Mister Marvelous is marvelous, like Byredo, like Christiaan Houtenbos and like Ben Gorham’s nose for creative parfums.

Available in 50ml and 100ml priced £88 and £130 respectively, exclusively at Liberty and www.byredo.com