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my new scent: bal d’afrique from byredo

By Marlene | Published: 22. May 2013

For two days, the box with my new scent from Byredo stood unopened on my desk. I just couldn’t bring myself to break the beautiful seal on the packaging. Coincidentally it was my birthday on Saturday, otherwise the perfume bottle would probably still be wrapped. The box alone is a present. Today I saw that Garance Doré did a whole series of pictures about the ceremony of unwrapping. Rightly so. Beautiful things only become more so in beautiful wrapping. I will surely keep its box until long after I’ve used the last drop of this perfume. Ah yes, the perfume. Difficult to describe what it smells like. Except instantly familiar. Different every time I smell it. Is it powdery? No, sweet. Mhm, or spicy? More like fruity. Which sounds like a mix that should make you dizzy, but is simply delicious. Bal D’Afrique wears less like a perfume than a precious fabric. I bought mine at Anita Hass. Without the wonderful Yvonne, who stood by as I sniffed my way through the Byredo selection and eventually said: ‘Try this one, it’s my favourite’, I’d have never found it.

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  1. Katy
    Posted 22. May 2013 at 23:29 | Permalink

    Oh, wie bin ich neidisch! Diese Düfte faszinieren mich schon übers Internet! Wo kann ich endlich mal proberiechen???

    • Marlene
      Posted 27. May 2013 at 16:51 | Permalink

      Wo biste denn? In Berlin gibt’s sie zum Beispiel im Quartier 206, in München bei Ludwig Beck…

  2. Ilmarie
    Posted 23. May 2013 at 08:58 | Permalink

    Das ist einer meiner liebsten Düfte!
    Bisher berausche ich mich in Minimengen an einer Probe von ihm 😉

  3. ari
    Posted 23. May 2013 at 12:07 | Permalink

    Sehr gute Wahl! Auch mein Favorit. 🙂

  4. Christina
    Posted 24. May 2013 at 07:17 | Permalink

    I own this ‘lively’ fragrance too and also love the Josephine Baker inspiration. Enjoy!

  5. Pia
    Posted 24. May 2013 at 21:53 | Permalink

    Oh, erstmal alles Gute nachtraeglich!
    Ich finde Duft-Beschreibungen immer sehr faszinierend und Deine hat mich jetzt besonders gespannt gemacht…den muss ich unbedingt mal schnuppern!

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