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Alabaster Sacre

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 “Sacre” alabaster fills the chosen space – antechamber, boudoir, bathroom, dressing room, car and other glove compartments – with deep, woody notes of juniper, pine and cedar, sweetened by honey, and crowned with incense.

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Regular price 58,33 €
Sale price 58,33 € Regular price


The “Sacre” alabaster celebrates the noble, intense union of two wood species: pine and cedar. The former, absolutely green, symbolizes winter and immortality; the latter, powerful in its red coat, is reminiscent of ceremonial velvet shimmering under the warm light of a flame, enshrouded in an amber-like vetiver scent. Around them, spicy, peppery juniper berries, much valued in Ancient Rome, form a guard of honour, sweetened by the subtle gold of a regal honey. Precious incense floats up towards the archways of the cathedral. In a faraway echo, colourful petals celebrate this memorable day.

The scent evokes the strange journey of one of France’s most famous paintings, painted by Jacques-Louis David. The monumental painting was commissioned by Napoleon to immortalize the “Consecration of Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of Empress Josephine in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris on December 2, 1804.” The extensive, sumptuously luxurious ceremony, voluntarily reminiscent of the Roman Empire, was held before a crowd petrified by the freezing cold, under the redecorated vaults of the cathedral, hung with precious tapestries dotted with golden bees, and shrouded in the sacred smokes of myrrh and incense. Walking out of the cathedral, the emperor, a crown of oak and laurel leaves in diamonds and gold on the forehead, was acclaimed with the salvo of a one hundred and one gun salute.

That’s when painter David started working on the monumental painting in his workshop in the former chapel of the Collège de Cluny, near the Sorbonne, in the heart of medieval Paris. The scent of an ideal library, full of ancient manuscripts, mingled with the smell of wood: juniper, cedar, pine bearing the patina of time, incense from the church under the medieval vaults, while David was painting. It took him two years. In 1837, the painting was transferred to the walls of the Coronation room on the first floor of the Palace of Versailles on the orders of King Louis-Philippe. Coincidentally, the room, built in the 17th century, was used as a second chapel at the time of Louis XIV. There, waxed wood takes honey and gold hues, another symbolic echo of the later Empire’s ubiquitous bees. In 1889, “The Consecration of Napoleon” is hung alongside other masterpieces – some of them millennia old – in another sort of sacred building, this one a temple of the Arts: the Louvre Museum. Consecration is one step away from sanctity.

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.


Consigne de tri applicable à la France 


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: 1 working day
Delivery by DHL in France or Europe: 1 to 4 working days
Delivery by DHL Worldwide: 2 to 6 working days

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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Scent of a coronation, juniper and honey in full glory, lit by the sun’s rays pouring through the stained glass. The shimmering gold of tapestries casts its light on the ceremonial parade of columns and vaults, on the pious meditation of ivory statues. In the damp, chill, incense-filled nave, the scent of olibanum and cedar entices the soul.

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