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 “Annibal” alabaster fills the chosen space – antechamber, boudoir, bathroom, dressing room, car and other glove compartments – with notes of cedar, patchouli, and leather weaved with a crystallised accord of cumin and jasmine.
The “Annibal” candle takes you on an impossible journey, a unique feat through mineral and wood, rocks, ice and the silhouettes of hieratic trees under the stars. In his shoulder bag, the Traveller carries his story with oriental patchouli, his audacity with cumin, his courage with leather and his dream with jasmine that shines likes the clear light of a lamp.
“There is a path to the top of even the highest mountain.” This Afghan proverb strangely echoes the Latin proverb attributed to Hannibal, who allegedly pronounced this sentence in response to his generals explaining to him that it was impossible to cross the Alps with his elephants: “I will either find a way, or make one”.
Hannibal Barca, one of the greatest military tacticians in history succeeded in his incredible bet by passing across the mountain range in the autumn of 218 BC on a route that remains a mystery to historians, who have piled up hundreds of hypotheses for two centuries. While crossing the mountain, the strategist loses thousands of men and many elephants, but he terrifies the Po plain and all of Italy by his mere presence and his 20,000 exhausted men. Worn out with fatigue before descending from the heights, we imagine the soldiers and the fearless general dreaming of flowers, of jasmine, there where there is only wood: the fragrant wood of travellers, cedar, the distant fantasized wood with an inebriating scent, cashmere wood and finally wood that warms cold nights, smoked and leathery birch.
Coming from the Phoeniciann its theophoric name also carries with it this dazzling light, the papyrus of legends, the hopes of incense smoke from Hamilcar Barca, his father, general of Carthage, and the anise cumin spice of the Punic city. “Hanni-baal” means “the one who has the favour of Baal”, the almighty terrible god and “rider of the clouds” living on a mountain is thus allied with “Barca”, the “lightning”, here, that of patchouli and of wax of the lantern candles that radiate their magical heat. We imagine him with his army riding these mythical, almost fantastic creatures, his combat elephants wearing the leather of the ornate saddles of Carthage. He still provoked immense respect but also a supernatural fear in 183 BC, when he died, the time when the epitaph on his tombstone in Libissa, in present-day Turkey was engraved: “Hannibal is lies here.”
Under the cypress trees, lies the memory of a never extinguished unmatched glory, of a crazy dream, and of the mountain air at dusk when the Pleiades fade away.
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?
Personalised Gift Wrap+10€
The initials of the happy recipient of your present are embossed on the elegantly textured paper.
The gift wrap colour is at our discretion, but select your preference will do our best to accommodate it.
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