After reading this recent review of Buly 1803 in The New York Times, I decided to stop by their shop at 6 rue Bonaparte, Paris, on my way to the Musee D’Orsay. It’s very easy to find, the tiny shop is just around the corner from Dries Von Noten’s shop. The shop is small, friendly, and offers a wonderfully unique and extremely worthwhile experience.
The line, which was founded in 1803 and recently revived, carries an incredibly beautiful line of health and beauty products. Based on centuries of formulae, Buly has updated its products with natural ingredients that are crafted with both luxury and effectiveness in mind.
According to the line:
Dreamt up in Paris and formulated in a French laboratory, nurtured by the progress of contemporary cosmetics but faithful to the old recipes, they contain neither Parabens, nor phenoxyethanol, nor silicon.
To let the fragrances reveal their full breadth and purity, L’Officine universelle Buly favors formulations which avoid any ingredient that could interfere with scents, including glycerin and alcohol. As a universal trading post for beauty secrets amassed over the centuries, L’Officine shares the raw materials that make them potent and beneficial. It offers oils, clays, waters, powders, incenses, accessories and more, from around the world and across history.
Much of the line can been seen on their website. Buly’s hero products are its perfumes, which contain no alcohol (their website suggests that these are water-based). These soft scents are surprisingly tenacious, I’m very tempted to go back to get a beautiful Damask Rose (which was very fresh and lovely).
Buly 1803’s shop is absolutely charming, with a wide range of personal care items, including potpourri, Japanese boxwood combs of all shapes, candles, brushes, lovely shaving gear, and other luxury gift-ables.
Buly carries numerous skin care products as well. Each formula seemed more lovely than the last. I picked up a beautifully scented Huile Antique (38 euros) dry oil to use as a skin moisturizer. According to Buly, “Fragile and sensitive skins are thoroughly softened and solaced by this scented dry oil, inspired by the simultaneously cosmetic and medicinal uses of plant oils and macerates in ancient Greece.” I thought it smelled very lovely and unique, and really enjoyed its beautiful moisture and the glow that it gave my skin.
The box included a little pump, for those who prefer to use a sprayer for application.