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 “Pater Mateos” alabaster fills the chosen space – antechamber, boudoir, bathroom, dressing room, car and other glove compartments – with a sunny blend of bergamot, rosewood, and incense.
At the heart of “Pater Mateos”, a marine breeze touches the rocks licked by sea foam, cooling the hot air after a mountain hike on a bright summer afternoon. Under the oak trees, whiffs of sacred incense float, sweetened by rosewood and musk.
The “Pater Mateos” scent starts its journey along a stream, in the middle of a rocky path. It draws a mystical pilgrimage, going up the acid-green, burnt pink hills through impenetrable scrub, admiring the mountain’s rushing streams, before crossing the two stone bridges towards the wooden sign at the crossroads. The air is filled with the powerful scent of lemons and huge citrons, peppered with bergamot. Since the dawn of time, people have been meeting on this hilltop, where greenery pervades everything, a mix of heather, arbutus and wild flowers. We are in the middle of the Nebbio country, the Lourinion drawn on a map by Greek geographer and astrologer Ptolemy from Alexandria.
In this place, granite mountains dive into the Ligurian Sea, its blue fading to pastel in the faraway bay. At the end of the path, the sacred and the profane emerge: San Michele di Muratu, where the union of musk and rosewood is celebrated, carried by whirls of centuries-old incense. Legend has it that the church was built in one night by angels. Novelist Prosper Mérimée was mesmerized by its singular beauty and wrote about this 12th-century Pisan Romanesque church. On its façade, hard-green serpentine and the pale light of limestone associate in innumerable geometrical patterns and stripes. Absolute green mingles with the bright light of citrusses. And for eternity, an eerie celebration is unfolding on the dark stone of its bas-reliefs and modillions, where naive heroes and chimera appear to be sculpted from the smoke of myrrh.
""The far-off perfume of the maquis would be enough for me to recognize Corsica with my eyes closed.""
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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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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