By far the most elegant and delicate way to perfume a room, the alabaster is made of three elements: a porcelain box, a stone and a perfume essence bottle. The “Alexandrie” alabaster fills the chosen space – antechamber, boudoir, bathroom, dressing room, car and other glove compartments – with a green blend of lemon, blackcurrant and mint tea, spiced up with ginger and sweetened with vanilla.
The “Alexandrie” alabaster combines fresh lemon with the inimitable, divine scent of mint tea. The fragrant duo is nuanced with the green, fruity, mysteriously complex scent of blackcurrant, the spiciness of ginger and the body of vanilla.
According to legend, the city of Alexandria was born from a dream Alexander the Great had, in which Homer visited him to point out the place where he would build his ideal city, between the Mediterranean Sea and Lake Mareotis, in the middle of the Nile Delta. The city and its seaport were built in 331 BC, following a grid plan carefully designed by the King of Macedonia, conqueror and new Pharaoh of Egypt. Its lighthouse, symbol of the city, is evoked in this perfume by the vibrant, golden light of the lemon. It was praised as one of the Seven Wonders of the World by the greatest poets, including Victor Hugo. Its outstanding library, the most extensive in the ancient world, attracted the most erudite scholars of its time. Here, it is embodied by the woody scent of oak moss.
Gardens occupied a large part of the original city and are still a regal feature of the modern metropolis, like the fabulous Montazah gardens surrounding the palace built in the 1930s and overlooking the city: in “Alexandrie”, they are represented by ideally green, oriental notes, spiced with ginger and velvety blackcurrant leaves. Greek geographer Strabo recalled that Alexandria was the “counter of the world”: a cultural melting pot, bustling with activity, attracting a cosmopolitan population from all around the Mediterranean. To evoke this great, utopian blend of cultures, what better symbol than mint tea, a drink loved by all and fully embraced by everyone in North Africa, here combined with vanilla’s precious hedonism.
“If a man make a pilgrimage round Alexandria in the morning, God will make for him a golden crown, set with pearls, perfumed with musk and camphor, and shining from the East to the West.”
Topographer and historian Ibn Dukmak (15th century), quoted by E.M. Forster in “Alexandria: A History and a Guide », 1922.
The Officine's prowess
The Alabaster is a new heatless, smokeless way to diffuse a fragrance, with a considerable perfuming power. Its name comes from the Greek vases used to draw and hold scented oils for body care rituals or the first perfumes, and whose porous pottery retained the exquisite scent.
The Alabaster is a painted porcelain box – there’s a choice of three portraits – containing a simply cut piece of an extremely porous sedimentary stone, and comes with a 5 ml perfume concentrate bottle. The pumice stone and its myriad vesicles is extremely absorbant and therefore the perfect mineral to diffuse the scent.
Open or close the box of the Alabaster at will to free the fascinating Buly fragrance or to seal it back in.
Advice for Use & Care
Pour 1/3 of the perfume essence on the stone.
The scented blend diffuses naturally while the elegant blue and white porcelain box is open. The Alabaster is perfect to perfume wardrobes, drawers, bathrooms, cars, small and medium-sized rooms efficiently and durably.
NB. Pour the perfume essence with care. In case of contact with hands, wash them and rinse them thoroughly. Do not ingest and keep out of the reach of children. Keep away from heat or spark sources. Avoid contact with eyes and skin.
Shipping & Returns
No matter how far your parcel travels, the items it contains are protected with great care. Our shipping officers ensure that flasks, tubes, porcelain and marble arrive in a faultless state, as polished and refined as when placed on the shelves of the Officine.
The Officine Universelle Buly envisages in-store collection and delivery by courier for the city of Paris as well as delivery in France and internationally with the carrier DHL.
Delivery by courier in Paris: 2 working days
Delivery by DHL in France or Europe: 3 to 7 working days
Delivery by DHL Worldwide: 5 to 10 working days
Shipping costs include preparation, packaging and postage costs. All preparation costs are fixed, whilst transportation costs vary according to weight and destination of delivery. We recomment all clients to group all articles in one order as combining orders placed separately comes with separate charges.
Our team will edeavour to meet and exceed expectations and deadlines. However, Buly can not be held responsible for delays incumbent on: suspension of service of our carriers as well as customs procedures for shipments abroad.
Nota Bene: please note that our shipping costs do not include the customs fees sometimes required by some countries, which unfortunately we have no control over.
For health reasons, Officine Universelle Buly does not accept returns.
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One might inevitably feel compelled to collect the alabasters’ porcelain boxes: designed by the Officine, they’re inspired by 19th-century engravings, at a time when cosmetics and beauty were revamped by a few visionary people, such as Claude and Jean-Vincent Bully. Mademoiselle Mars, Mademoiselle Baïkal, or Mademoiselle Ismir: who will be the chosen one on your dressing table? On the side of your bathtub? Which of these ladies will diffuse the unique scent in your home?
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