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 bal d’afrique

A warm vetiver fragrance that’s rife with Jazz Age glamour.

Written By JAYME CYK

THE STORY OF A SCENT

When creating his warm, vetiver-based Bal D’Afrique fragrance, Byredo founder Ben Gorham found inspiration in African art, music, and dance—specifically as seen through the lens of 1920s Paris. The painter-turned-perfumer (a chance meeting with a fragrance connoisseur convinced Gorham to change careers) worked with leading nose Jerome Epinette to evoke romantic notes of neroli, African marigold, and Moroccan cedarwood. A celebration of the city’s avant garde scene, the meeting of cultures, and the excesses of the Jazz Age, the scent is meant to transport all who sniff it to a moment we missed. (Think: Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris for the olfactory sense, if you will.) 

THE PERFUME PROFILE

OLFACTIVE GROUP: Wood

TOP NOTES: African marigold, bergamot, bucchu, lemon, and neroli

HEART NOTES: Cyclamen, jasmine petals, and violet

BASE NOTES: Black amberwood, Moroccan cedarwood, musk, and vetiver

WHERE TO WEAR

Nibbling on pastries at Chambelland in the 11th arrondissement; shopping for this season’s wardrobe on Rue Saint-Honoré.

APPROVED & FILED

June 13, 2016

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