In Review: Byredo Bal D’Afrique

“A warm and romantic vetiver inspired by Paris in the late 20’s and its infatuation with African culture, art, music and dance. A mix of the Parisian avantgardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression.”

Byredo’s Bal D’Afrique ventures a little bit outside of my scent comfort zone, but only slightly. It is almost honey-sweet at first smell and much fruiter than expected, but not in a naseua-inducing “perfume-y” fashion, in a rich, slightly seductive way. The notes in Bal D’Afrique are Bergamot, lemon, neroli, African marigold, bucchu, violet, jasmin petals, cyclamen, Black amber, musk, vetiver, and Moroccan cedarwood. Once it dries down and the lemon-y bergamont sweetness fades a bit, the more bitter marigold shines though more and pulls you in to a dance of cedar, amber, and musk-y goodness, now we are talking. Bal D’Afrique is unique and addictive, sweet but a little twisted. It would make a perfect warm weather scent.

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