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Scented matches Retour d'Egypte

Scented matches Retour d'Egypte

Coated with a scented solution with notes of jasmine, amber, musk, and rose, the Officine’s matches elegantly perfume the atmosphere in the room with one swift move.

Regular price 13,33 €
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In its accords, “Retour d’Égypte” intertwines two worlds from the 19th century, one a fantasy, the other quite real: Ancient Egypt of the pharaohs as the romantics dreamt it, in its sumptuous amber, vanilla and musk sillage, and bucolic France, lying on a bed of hawthorn, jasmine, fruity rose and bergamot, picked from the hedge.

With its floral and amber-like accords, the scent is a homage to a style much in vogue at the beginning of the 19th century, and that reached its apogee while perfumer Claude Bully created his apothecary shop and his famous vinaigre de toilette. Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign from 1798 to 1801 inspired a plethora of designs and patterns in French decorative arts: sphinxes, winged lions, lotuses, palmettes and scarabs decorate furniture in precious wood, Sèvres wares, majestic façades, even street names like rue du Nil, rue de Damielle, rue d’Aboukir or Passage du Caire. In October 1836, the obelisk, brought back with great difficulty from the Temple of Luxor, and a spectacular gift from the Viceroy of Egypt, was erected with great fanfare in front of more than 200,000 delighted people, on the Place de la Concorde.

While breathing this fragrance where mesmerizing amber, wood and musk wrap around jasmine, rose and hawthorn in a golden halo, one instantly understands the words of Jean-François Champollion, the Egyptologist who at the time was the first to decipher hieroglyphics: “I belong to Egypt; it is everything to me:

The gardens of Belus intone: – The days
Pour out the perfumes, loves, sun’s rays;
Everlasting Spring, we are, we alone; our bower
The sweet unfurling rose of joy, in flower."

“The Pyramids,” Victor Hugo
From the collection of poemsThe Legend of the Ages

The Officine's prowess

The deodorizing power of matches has been attested for centuries, notably when it comes to sanitizing the restroom’s atmosphere quickly and innocuously. Officine Universelle Buly took inspiration from this knowledge and created the Scented Matches.

The match manufacturer himself, who at first was slightly baffled, was won over by the idea. The process required many trials before finding the right dosage of perfume concentrate to obtain what we had in mind, i.e. an ephemeral, scented smoke with a remarkable odoriferous power.

Cut to a good length in tender wood before being coated in a scented solution, Officine Universelle Buly’s matches fill the room with their fragrance in one fell swoop.

Advice for Use & Care

The trick is to let it burn for as long as possible, holding it with the tip of the fingers or putting it down delicately in a small saucer to enjoy its scented smoke until the very end.

Precautions: Always make sure the match is completely put out before throwing it away. Keep the matches out of the reach of children or pets.


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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The sacred scent of ruins, of deserts peppered with tombs and columns buried under the eternal glare of the sun. In the alabaster vases and spun-glass vials, the petrified fragrance of amber and benzoin, of flowers and fossil woods, of ancient magic.

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