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On the Buly Express

“He who would travel happily must travel light” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in “Land of Men”. The Officine Universelle Buly is making it a matter of honour to contribute to your happiness by providing two new gift sets: The Little Traveller’s Beauty Kit and The Great Traveller’s Beauty Kit. They are sophisticated yet compact cases bearing your initials, carrying beauty essentials: a miniature bathroom that assists the traveller across the world.

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” 

Susan Sontag 

The Little Traveller’s Beauty Kit

In its velvet-lined, forest-green box, The Little Traveller’s Beauty Kit hides a treasure trove of skincare products, enabling you to feel fresh at all times, whether on a train through the countryside or on an overnight flight. It includes three pocket-sized tubes (10ml): a Mint, Coriander and Cucumber Opiat Dentaire and a travel toothbrush engraved with your initials, a Pommade Concrète, hand and foot ointment with shea butter and beeswax, and a Pommade Virginale, a face cream with sweet almond and lime blossom floral water. Three travel size tubes (50ml) and their robinet cap are also included for a Peruvian Heliotrope perfumed touch in the form of Universal Shampoo, a Universal Conditioner and a soothing, cleansing Huile de Savon. The beauty case is protected from the hazards of travel in a green suede pouch embossed with the logo of the Officine. 


The Great Traveller’s Beauty Kit

In deep burgundy red colour and adorned with a mirror inside,The Great Traveller’s Beauty Kit includes other essentials to those found in The Little Traveller’s Beauty Kit: mint-flavoured dental floss, a Baume des Muses for soft lips, an ivory-coloured The Traditionalist comb in its velvet pouch, a travel size Lait Virginal (50ml), and a Scottish Lichen Eau Triple (10ml), with its irresistibly green scent, a good omen for travels yet to come. 


Small in size but great in their refinement and the pleasure they bring, these cases evoke the revolution that took place at the beginning of the 19th century, just as Jean-Vincent Bully and his marvellous vinegar began to win awards: the invention of the locomotive and the rise of railways, an invention so extraordinary that it changed the way we travel, making it faster and following a hypnotic rhythm across the countryside. The train captures the imagination of a world in motion.It has become an inexhaustible film setting ever since it made its sensational appearance in 1895 with “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat”, one of the first cinematographic experiments of the Lumière brothers, which caused a historic stir in the Parisian café where it was screened. In homage to rail travellers of yesterday and today, eight exceptional films set on trains join theeight skincare productsof the Officine included in The Great Traveller’s Beauty Case, a traveller who remainsabove all a great dreamer.

The Traveller’s Quest for Self-Discovery: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

According to an Indian proverb, “Travelling by train slows down the pace of a world that is too fast”. For the three brothers mourning the loss of their father in this Wes Anderson film, the train journey across India takes on the air of an initiatory quest. This strange train becomes a space to be conquered - or to be grabbed when you are desperately chasing after it - that leads to or leads back to childhood, death, love and what matters or what does not.

Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody in « The Darjeeling Limited »

Its bright colors and symbolic motifs perfectly evoke the fascinating green snake in the Officine Opiat Dentaire tube.


The Hidden Traveller: The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Who better than Alfred Hitchcock to capture on screen the ambiguity of this moving machine that the train is? During a journey, Iris, a young woman, meets an old lady - Miss Froy - who mysteriously disappears. No one on the train seems to remember her presence except Iris... Somewhere between the detective mystery, the romantic comedy, and the spy thriller, with a pinch of British humour, cricket and a magic trunk, “A Lady Vanishes” captivates every time it is watched.

Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Lukas in « The lady vanishes»

As British and irresistible as the Scottish Lichen skin perfume.  

“I never travel without my diary.  One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” Oscar Wilde 

The traveller in love: Before Sunrise (1995)

“The train is poetry in motion” wrote Gilbert K. Chesterton. In Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise”,it is a love poem that becomes the thread of two other films, “Before Sunset” (2004) and “Before Midnight” (2013). Aboard a train to Budapest, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) starts a conversation - that will last a lifetime - with Céline (Julie Delpy). He persuades her to stop in Vienna to spend the evening with him before he flies back to the States.

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in « Before Sunrise »

This budding romance, in which words give birth to unparalleled love, combines perfectly with the romantic candor of Lait Virginal scented with Peruvian Heliotrope.


The Trapped Traveller: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

During a journey from Istanbul to London on the Orient Express, an unsympathetic American is stabbed to death in the middle of the night. The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is on board, tries to solve this crime behind closed doors and discover who the murderer is among the passengers when the train is blocked by snow. Brannagh’s latest adaptation of the famous crime thriller by Agatha Christie has a cast as gigantic as Poirot’s moustache, and a setting as luxurious as that of the real Venice Simplon Orient Express (Belmond). Methodical and unaffected, Poirot finds himself in a moral dilemma in the face of this domino tragedy.

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in « Murder on the Orient Express »

This symbolic hand of Justice recalls the divine hand on the tube of Pommade Concrète from Officine Universelle Buly.

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” 

The Tragic Traveller: Europa (1991)

Lars von Trier captures the dangerously hypnotic aspect of the train in the opening credits. At the beginning of “Europa”, the unforgettable voice of Max Von Sydow counts down from 1 to 10 along the tracks in the dark of night, drawing us into the film as if into a nightmare from which it will be difficult to escape. In 1945, in a destroyed Germany, an American sleeping-compartments conductor (Jean-Marc Barr) falls in love with Katharina, the daughter of the owner of the sinister Zentropa railway company, much to his own misfortune.

Jean-Marc Barr and Barbara Sukowa in « Europa »

  Kissing the person of your dreams can lead you (too) far into red passion, just like this box of Baume des Muses by the Officine, the best friend of vertiginous kisses.

“The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered, is to miss the train before.”  
Gilbert K. Chesterton 

The Traveller on the Road: Natty Gann (1985)

In 1935, during the Great Depression, Natty Gann, a little girl dressed as a boy, leaves Chicago alone to join her father, a lumberjack on the West Coast. As a stowaway, she boards freight trains, accompanied by a wolf she has rescued and Harry, a young “hobo”, those mythical wanderer-travellers who inspired Jack Kerouac, Jack London and Charlie Chaplin. If you need to hop from one train to another, the Officine’s little travel toothbrush - if no wolf is available - is obviously your best friend. Easy to slip into your inside pocket, it becomes the most efficient of travelling companions. 

Meredith Salinger, Wolf and John Cusack in « Natty Gan »

if no wolf is available - is obviously your best friend. Easy to slip into your inside pocket, it becomes the most efficient of travelling companions. 


The Traveller in Disguise: Mädchen in Uniform (1942)

Billy Wilder’s first American film, “Mädchen in Uniform” tells the incredible journey of Susan (Ginger Rogers), a hairdresser in New York, who decides to return to Iowa. The only way she can afford the trip is to disguise herself as a little girl. She therefore becomes “Sou-Sou” and meets an officer who discovers her secret while she is trying to outwit the train ticket inspectors. The train here is a space for comedy, and more precisely “screwball comedy”, as in “Palm Beach Story” by Preston Sturges of the same year, where Gerry (Claudette Colbert), also broke, travels with a whole hunting club composed of rather noisy eccentrics.


In order to achieve this young-girl look with rosy cheeks, we recommend the Pommade Virginale of the Officine, which restores the freshness required by tired complexions. 


The Traveller Despite Himself: North by Northwest

Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), a New York advertising executive, is mistaken for another man, a certain George Kaplan, during a business meeting held at the Plaza. Kidnapped as a result of this misunderstanding, he is forced to flee across the United States. On a train to Chicago, Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), a beautiful blonde, helps him escape the police. The seduction scene in the restaurant carriage of this thriller, considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, will live long in everyone’s memory. Gary Grant lights Eva Marie Saint’s cigarette for eternity and sets hearts aflame.

Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant in « La Mort aux trousses »

It is impossible to look at his impeccable blonde hair and not wish to have an Officine comb in your pocket. Just in case...  



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