Discover seductive scents and skincare secrets at Paris’s legendary perfumer. Heritage emporium Buly was established in 1803 on rue Saint-Honoré and today occupies a beautiful antiquey apothecary-style store on rue Bonaparte in the sixth. Its wooden shelves are stocked with fragrant pomades, perfumes and oils distilled from exotic flowers, body milk, make-up and even chemical-free nail varnish made from crushed sea shells.
Combining a passion for old recipes and contemporary cosmetics, products here draw on natural ingredients and are free of Parabens and other baddies. Buly’s own line stars eight fine water-based perfumes including Bergamot and Scottish Lichen, rose-enriched cleansers, facial creams fragrant with sweet almond and burnt Hinoki wood, soaps for sensitive skin and even scented ‘dental opiates’ for treating your teeth.
The packaging, like the ingredients, takes its cue from history, with evocative old-fashioned motifs capturing the mystery and allure of ancient unguents and balms. Accessories will appeal too, from scented matches and candles to jasmine potpourri and Greek incense from Mount Athos.
Skip over to the Universal Beauty Counter to snap up global goodies, including brushes from Japan and India, Turkish bath gloves, Berber lipsticks and marine sponges. Tooth and hair brushes sport bristles sourced from badgers, horses and wild boar! Oils, powders and clays promise more curious beauty solutions. A bottle of emu oil, favoured by indigenous Australians for its healing properties, will make an unforgettable souvenir.
6 rue Bonaparte, 6th / +33 1 43 29 02 50 / 11am-7pm Mon, 10am-7pm Tue-Sat / http://www.buly1803.com/en/