Bal d'Afrique Eau de Parfum
John E Buoy Show all reviews Australia. Had a change of heart with Bal D'Afrique. You may also like. The overall feel is of a warm humming, expensive smelling fruity amber that seems almost alive on your skin. As soon as it settles fantastic mouthwatering vetiver joins in and a very natural smelling marigold adding the green twist. I'd certainly not consider owning Bal D'Afrique to be redundant with Westbrook or vice versa.
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It never gets cloying, never too sweet. You feel light, feeling the sea breeze and at the same time very elegant. I'd certainly not consider owning Bal D'Afrique to be redundant with Westbrook or vice versa. The The drydown reminds me a lot of Prada Infusion d'Iris. Wore this a few times within the past few weeks. Therefore, I will be returning it and will not be trying it again. The scent opens with a fresh citrus zing, but not as sharp as it seemed last time.
That gives this a warm and toasty projection almost like a caramel apple. That sounds like something you'd enjoy in the fall to me. As with any Byredo product- it's top notch. This isn't like what you'll find anywhere else. I could rant and rave, but in the end once you smell it you're going to get it.
Onderbroekenlol Show all reviews Netherlands. So if you like this one you will like Oliver Peoples for sure Show all 29 reviews of Bal d'Afrique. Add your review of Bal d'Afrique You need to be logged in to add a review. Shop for Bal d'Afrique products online. Search eBay for this Product. Search over 50 stores for Bal d'Afrique. Why not be the first? You need to log in or register to upload images. Private Notes You need to be logged in or register here to use Private Notes.
La Selle Night Veils: Show all perfumes by Byredo in the Perfume Directory. See all launches from in the Perfume Directory. Byredo Super Cedar due in March. What a fun review Kevin. I could picture the whole scene!
I have a sample of this, tried it, liked it, but then put it away and forgot about it. After your review, I will have to revisit it. This sounds more wearable than Pulp, which I nonetheless enjoy. I like lots of the Byredo perfumes…still dreaming their success leads to 50 ml bottles. I would LOVE to see them have smaller bottles. Kevin, you sound like such a fun guy!
I see I should have poured it on rather than spritzed lightly. Think it was 15 or 20 ml? There must be splits of Pulp out there. Who needs an entire bottle of Pulp? Seems to me 5ml of Pulp would be all the Pulp for a lifetime…. This review brightened my depressing day. Will have to try the fragrance. Nice to be able to add another to the already long list of need-to-haves. Byredo could have sold me at least three bottles of fragrance…IF they came in 50 ml.
Being the gutter girl I am I had to laugh at the idea of a man doing a banana dance — with a built-in banana! This sounds quite interesting, and I enjoyed the Josephine Baker info.
I hope your cats have recovered! Right now the cats are only interested in bird dances…and hatching chicks both felines are inside to prevent bloodshed of my feathered friends. Ah the birdy-buddies around here are wise to my cats…. Okay…I find Pulp to be interesting in a squishy, green stem, oops I just mowed over a tropical plant sort of way.
There do not appear to be any splits available on scentwiki. I hope you know I mean that in an affectionate way. Carlos and I have different tastes so between the two of us we should have you all pretty well covered! Good stuff though green, fruity, powerful!
BTW —that mean woman in Maryland finally sent me that bottle of Serge Lutens—however she took a hammer to it first! Someone needs to make this available in less than whopping mls. I love this review!
The musk in this also gives it a powdery aspect on me. It also reminds me of the green powder I get from Infusion d'Iris. I just wish it didn't become a skin scent after the first hour or so. This is really something - a high quality, unique fragrance. Feminine, sexy, and hard to describe because it's so unusual. I can detect some of the same fruity notes as in Byredo's 'Pulp', but deployed far more conservatively here to lend a fruity ring rather than fruit overload as I find with Pulp.
It holds quite well, giving several hours of fragrance, then eventually dries down to reveal a pleasant vanilla that had been lurking in the background all along. This is one that's definitely on my birthday list!
EDIT 3 weeks later: Oh my, how my taste has evolved in a short time. I still find Bal d'Afrique striking, unique and pleasant, but also now it's obvious that it's unisex. I can detect a certain animalic undertone, perhaps musk, that is extremely common in high end perfumes but that I have come to dislike on my skin. I can definitely imagine this suiting some men. It's a very worthy candidate for a guy who's looking for a statement fragrance that's different from the common 'clouds of aftershave' frags out there.
It's sexy in a different, more personal way. I just received my full bottle of Bal D'Afrique this week. It didn't knock my socks off at first, like Sunday and Pulp. But it may be the most versatile of the lot. I love this creamy vetiver dry down. In fact, this is the only vetiver that I can think of which might wear better in the cooler months. It's sold as a unisex scent, but I'm not sure it doesn't lean more toward the masculine. I can't wait to try this one out at work this week.
I like the smell of this one a lot. First a little sweet and then a warm soft vetiver. It is longlasting and subtle. I find it vey suitable when I want something warm in the summer.
It is clean and modern. It has a big drawback though. I get a very irritating feeling in my throat and when first sprayed it is hard to stand. It gets better as it dries down. If I have a word to describe this, it has to be "captivating". This perfume opens up with a fruity like sweetness surrounded by citrus. The opening is sweet, juicy and creamy at the same time. The mid of this fragrnace is vetiver with that fruity sweetness in the background. The vetiver to me smells fresh, uplifting and professional at the same time.
This fragrance is to die for; highly addictive. The base is more of vetiver to me. This fragrance captures the essence and aroma of Paris, France. This is Paris, France in a bottle. Projection - first 2 hrs. Beautiful flowers gorgeous fresh sophisticated fragrance.
Long lasting good silage i Love IT second beloved frag fr. Byredo first its Tulip. It's very elegant especially for a night gala affair. VIP's should only subscribe! It's very very nice. Bal d'Afrique is basically a vetiver based scent but there's more to that.. It's citrusy, fruity and floral, sweet and creamy but fresh!
I get the pineapple accord right off the bat although it's not listed on the notes breakdown.. BdA works perfectly during the warmer days because it's vibrant, cheerful and uplifting.. It's definitely part of my scent rotation and i'm glad to have a bottle in my collection! A straight path to a fresh fruits shop, and while you are getting there so many other Fizzy Soda drinks, Candy and Incense shops are passed along the way. But you ain't stopping for groceries, Walking straight to the fruit shop.
But the fruit shop vanishes into thin air. Immediate reaction is 'Wow'. Full bodied, well rounded and fulfilling aura. I feel this is all done with a very few ingredients but the outcome is spectacular, Like Single Malt Whiskey.
Cant read the notes, probably because I am not an expert and I dont want to read the descriptions and be clouded by it. But the outcome is contradictory. It is very clear and not so clear. A mystery concoction in a public forum.
Longevity is not so great but what a creation. Viaggio D'Africa is what you want. Overall, it's a slightly more interesting composition, and costs far less. I was encouraged recently by a Fragrantica buddy to share this list of my Top 10 Vetiver based frags It is based on what ininstictinctively reach for when Vetiver is on my mind and the mood I'm in This is a fragrance forum and opinions will surely differ..
That being said, i gladly encourage all to get their noses on these frags and they'll be convinced these are in elite company in terms of Vetiver frags Roja Dove My Review says it all 2. Niche quality ridiculous price See my review please if interested 3. Tom Ford Professional, clean and youthful Vetiver- young guy working in a nice office atmosphere where he wears a tie regularly 5. French Lover "Bois D'Orage": Vetiver An essential in ANY serious collector's wardrobe This DNA is the basis for the majority of Vetivers on the market today James Heeley lots of depth, dark in a similar manner to encore noire, but not as well blended.
Very natural smelling, but definitely NOT for everyone For me- this makes Bal D'Afrique the superior blend at a discount I purchased Bal D'Afrique just 3 days ago, Saturday, because I was sooooo blown away from the fragrance when the sales associate introduced it to me on Friday. After using it for 3 days, I could not be more disappointed in the fragrance!!
It has NO lasting power and has poor sillage. I was totally shocked after being so impressed with the fragrance initially. Kinda makes me wonder if the bottle they use as a tester is more potent than what they sell.
Clearly, something is different. I enjoy paying for quality but in this case, I did not get what I paid for. Therefore, I will be returning it and will not be trying it again. This is an optimistic, vibrant, fruity scent that embodies an interesting story and a successful merging of disparate notes. It lingers for a long time, and has a freshly washed element to it that I enjoy - and a succulent citrus aspect, all of which make this is a balanced, gorgeous, happy fragrance that is simply put, a joy to wear whenever, wherever.
It is sophisticated, orange-sunset glow feeling. Gentle, rounded, true quality elegant blend. I perceive it as a soft citrus-floral with a tiny hint of vetyver, such tiny for me it's barely there. For unremarkable personalities, that are too busy trying to conform. Tatli ve ferah bir koku. Belirtildigi gibi cinsiyeti yok arada bir koku. Longevitiy and sillage is great. Men and women can use easily.
Thats absolutely quality scent. Irresistible, earthy, sensual and deep yet discreet, this mix of musk and woody base beautifully blended with vetiver and some flowers is lovely. Very unisex and will be appealing on either male or female skin. Suitable for a secret love affair with yourself.
This fragrance is absolutely beautiful. At first spray I smell lots of citrus, vetiver and orange flower. Dried down to a soft and comforting musky, black currant just the right amount and violet. These ingredients together are magical. To me Bal D'Afrique smells clean and it's just a happy scent. It lasts a very long time on me. The layering of this fragrance envelopes me completely.
I don't say 'fruity' since that's not the vibe I got. Very agreeable in my wearing experience, long lasting 8 or so hours and a wonderful companion to many other parfum's.
Really enjoy this, and I can tell this was a passionate make for Byredo. It smells historical and important. Starts sweet and balmy, fruity, then sweeter. I smell violets too. Then the scent gets a vetiver vibe, with light leathery, dusty dry notes, which is interesting on top of the sweet balmy base. The musk joins in now too. Drydown is an ambery fruity balmy scent. Sillage is moderate, longevity moderate.
The balminess and fruity sweetness is an interesting combination, but this scent is too sweet for my taste. There seems to be a hint of iso e super and ambroxan in the base which is giving me a bit of a headache. This scent is probably quite a crowd pleaser! A burst of life! I love this one!
It's a happy scent , it's zesty and lifely and oh so sweet , ,very fruity at first and addictive then settled into a rounder, still very sweet but not as zesty scent.
The amber and vetevier appear and the ceder. Great for men and women for sure and I am happy about the violet note in here. As I love violets I wish it was stronger but it's still there to give it sweetness and slight pharmacy candy feel. Very slight , maybe just if you look for it ; A winner!
Like a few other reviews I hate vetevier tonka and love this one. There might be a similarity but there also is a huge difference. I love this and can't wear the other. The VT has a sickly note in it that I couldn't tolerate and gave it away. The list of notes sound lovely, but on me this is very, very faint pineapple and stale cigarette smoke. That is all I get, start to finish - and it only lasts about an hour. I tried a different sample in case that was the problem, but no, it's definitely the perfume itself on my skin.
The pineapple is nice, but the smoky smell is very unappealing to me - it smells like something that needs to be washed. Sorry I can't be more thorough, but I literally get nothing else from this. I love the top notes of Bal D'Afrique so much, I have been into Mecca about 20 times to try this perfume on as I really want to love it. But whats held me back are the base notes it dries down to. It smells very sweet and sickly by the end of the day. I absolutely love the initial spray and scent on my skin, and really would love this scent if it didn't become so sickly.
It's nothing "new" per se, but it's definitely beautifully blended. There are days I love it, there are days I regret buying it. It's not the best thing on my perfume shelves, but I can't say I don't enjoy the days I'm wearing it. I tried this on in the store and was in love with it.
The smell reminded me of being at the park near my grandmother's house after it had rained and stormed in the day and then the sun comes blooming out afterwards. However, after I purchased this and tried this on at home to wear, I swear I couldn't smell it on my skin after an hour.
It's as though they gave me a diluted version of this perfume: This fragrance is in my top 5. This smells nothing like Vetiver Fatal to me; this is far sweeter, I can't smell vetiver at all. I could barely smell this after that one, even with a "coffee bean" break! I'm not much into sweet smelling scents but if I were to buy one, this may well be it.
It never gets cloying, never too sweet. But really, it's too weak and has next to zero silage after a couple of hours. I want a bit more bang for my buck at these prices.
I've smelled this one several times now but I'm willing to give it one last go on skin before deciding to write it off for good. Creamy spicy yummy tea smell. So much love for the tea and this perfume. I adore this one. It's very sexy in an organic way. It's very much a "Come closer honey, I got something to show you" perfume. The mystery is there. The glamour is there. The raw sex appeal is there. Josephine Baker would be proud. Citrus,florals,vetiver on a slightly woody backdrop.
It is done cleverly but once again, I have tried this before. I see the perfumer Jerome has done 4 Atelier scents and that's what this smells like. Very safe, non offensive and great for both sexes. Not mind blowing but suitable for the office and casual wear.
Save yourself some money and check out the Atelier line which is more affordable unless money is not an option. I've loved, liked, or at least admired every Byredo fragrance I've smelled up to this point, but this one is just very wrong on me.
At first I get a flash of a nice dark berry and citrus, followed immediately by an hours-long fog of Sure aerosol anti-perspirant. The drydown is a weirdly nostalgic accord of sneaker sole and the synthetic leather of a basketball perhaps a tribute to Ben Gorham's previous career? This fragrance could easily have been called Locker Room. I'm glad to have had the chance to try this out, but I'm going to stick with Inflorescence and Flowerhead, both of which are glorious and practically flawless.
Exemplary fusion of notes.. I can almost detect each one.. The marigold, vetiver, cedar wood, buchu, and bergamot definitely.. I also agree that even though pineapple is not listed as a note there's something or a combination of somethings that mimic the smell of a sweet smoky pineapple.
Listed as unisex and I agree, but leaning more towards the masculine.. I love smelling this scent on myself and it is a stylish and creative blend.. Longevity and silage are decent, but honestly not necessarily concerned with silage for the first time. This fragrance i will be selfish about, what I mean by that is I really don't care if anyone else can smell it as long as I can!! This is my new love. The opening is great: It reminds me of some medication. I feel very mature, very sweet pineapple, which I do not see in the composition.
After a while, the smell gets a little soap and water and cream with a hint of citrus and vetiver in the lead role. Works for me like a soothing balm of the home medicine cabinet. It seems to me that the Bal d'Afrique is underestimated, and even I know why - it is their poor durability. I feel them very safe and comfortable. It is a cheerful and cozy scent. I do not know if this addiction, but when I'm wearing it-every move put his nose in places where I applied it.
I can not explain it, but the smell has something addictive like a drug. I would recommend even to test. Bal D'Afrique is an unusual light floral profusion, beautiful and well composed. The marigold makes it special and is not overdone. Bal D'Afrique is my favorite Byredo. Happy and fresh from the beginning all the way down. Many people claim this to be on the feminine side.
I totally disagree to this view because sweet does not mean feminine. My wife also tried it on and I can assure you that this is a masculine take on and the note combination is totally masculine. By the way buchu is perfect and vetiver combination in this masterpiece is perfect. Amber musk and light No need to say more I can smell leather, amber, plenty of citrus and jasmin. It's hard to describe, but what I love about it is that it reminds me of a fresh cigar smoke in an open air beach bar: Might be caused by the vetiver.
And there's the body range which makes it even more delicious when used together. The next time I put it on it was all about a gourmand smell and the next time after that the flowers were back.
Yesterday it was gourmand again and today it's citrus but I love it that way and it's exciting not to know what the smell will be. This is truly a mysterious and wonderful perfume, just love it. Bright pleasing opening, with some vetiver and fruit and some florals.
That lasts on my skin for some 20 minutes. However, the drydown which is what really lasts for hours, is characterised by that same vetiver accord as is in vetiver tonka. If that is what you like, then this one has a less gourmand sweet opening than the Hermes Vetiver Tonka, but, in the end they are similar 'Nein danke' for me, but others may really like it and it's unisex and it lasts.
I treasure my vintage bottle This perfume is like a beautiful wooden tray with colorful exotic fruits… You have to love both — woods and fruits for admire this joyful scent.
It opens with really pleasant, fresh, wooden, citrusy smell - like a wind in Amazonia. Then it settles down and you can smell sweet fruits. The concentration of it must be elevate.
To me this smells like Green without the grassy notes found in Green. At the top I was sure I smelled passion fruit, but that quickly vanished. After a while it settled into a clean smelling soap with hints of lemon and flowers, lovely. As for sillage, one spray on the top of my hand, and people around me could smell it.
This one I could detect on my skin after I took a shower. Perhaps a bit too feminine, but very nice. With such a name I was expecting something hot and noticeable, but I was disappointed.
Quiet enough fragrance with the vetiver note as the leading. Smells boring enough for its name. Smells like vetiver and cheap cigarettes. I LOVE this stuff. Very airy and fruity. I got a small sample to try as I have been curious about this one, was not disappointed, in fact it is one of those that I keep reapplying thinking i can make it better by more but I think just stay the course and trust the quality that is there.
It's funny how some of us are on this hunt for that HG scent LOL Anyone agree with this? I bought my first high-end fragrance on one of my first forays to the amazing Barney's perfume counter in Boston. I said I wanted something unique, soft, without harsh edges to it..
It's beautiful and soft, but has a presence. Doesn't change too much as you wear it, but is still lovely throughout. Yes, I agree that it can seem that it doesn't last.
But I think it's sneaky I wore this the other day, having put it on at about 7a on my way to work.. I love the warm honey of the African marigold in this and the deep juicy black currants. This is a scent that is at once lively and colorful but does not offend senses of others. It can be grabbed from the shelf with confidence and worn easily by a woman comfortable in her own skin day or night.
I think it could be very warm and inviting - almost gourmand - on a man as well. Yes, the opening on this is just like Vetiver Tonka, however it's missing the cloying gourmand sweetness that turned me off of VT. I don't get the neroli or any of the white florals in the initial 30 minutes, but I do smell the pungency of marigold. The citrus adds spice to the vetiver, making it more bitey and sharp than the smokey vetiver of Byredo's Black Saffron, or Chanel's Sycomore. Overall, it's very nice.
If you found Vetiver Tonka overly creamy, sweet or gourmand with it's caramel, hazelnut, chocolate and tonka , Bal d'Afrique is spicy, airy and lovely. If you love both, Bal d'Afrique is a great summer holiday from VT. This is a copy or rather maybe a modern version of Safari??? I will have to now order a sample. Today I got a sample of BdA. To my surprise, there were already 17 people who had voted that BdA reminds them of Hermes Vetiver Tonka, and lots of comments stating the same.
They are identical twins. I love Vetiver Tonka. I think it is the best fragrance for men out from the house of Hermes, and it is one of the top Vetiver fragrances I have smelt in my life. To put Bda in this category is to say a lot about BdA. It is magnificent else Hermes VT would not be: So nothing new from me except to say that since they, BdA and VT, are totally interchangeable in terms of smell, it comes down to price, silage, and longevity to decide whether to go with one or the other.
On this basis I have to say Byredo's BdA would be a better buy. On silage, they are both the same. I really loved this perfume, it was sweet, a bit fruity like pineapple and vanilla, sheer but has a subtle woodiness and a little white flower.
I also smell a nice amber. I was enjoying this until I refreshed my perfume it only lasted about hours on my skin and realized it was extremely familiar. It smells very similar to Shanghai Butterfly, which could be an inexpensive dupe for this. They are not the same, but there is too much of a similarity to purchase a full bottle.
I already have a rollerball of Shanghai that I may never finish up.
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Crunchy sweet patchouli weaves in and out. Went to my local Barney's and tried this on. This is a very intriguing fragrance.
Okay…I find Pulp to be interesting in a squishy, green stem, oops I just mowed over a tropical plant sort of way. This isn't like what you'll find anywhere else.
Follow us on twitter fragrantica and Facebook fan page. I kept smelling it over and bal dafrique fragrance even fraagrance I sprayed it on 30 minutes before. Do not think the common, nandrolone decanoate first cycle is very special I smell this flower that is African too. The musk bal dafrique fragrance this also gives it a powdery aspect on me. But it may be the most versatile of the lot.