Service Unavailable - DNS failureA mix of bal dafrique Parisian avant-gardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression. The fragrance is available in ml Eau de Dafriqque. Bal d'Afrique was launched in The nose behind this fragrance bal dafrique Jerome Epinette. Just wanted to throw this out there in case people were wondering the differences, as I too had the same question.
A mix of the Parisian avant-gardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression. The fragrance is available in ml Eau de Parfum. Bal d'Afrique was launched in The nose behind this fragrance is Jerome Epinette.
Just wanted to throw this out there in case people were wondering the differences, as I too had the same question. Sweet, Hazlenut, Vetiver, airy Vetiver Fatal: Sillage is great, lasting power is awesome—like most Byredo stuff.
This was my first introduction to Byredo in Stockholm back in and I immediately loved it. It's definitely a vetiver forward scent but in a typical Byredo way, which I love. This is absolutely one of my top vetiver based fragrances, even though it's not a typical vetiver fragrance.
It's very wearable because of the sweet notes. It's balanced in a way that makes it versatile, elegant, but also playful. This one is special because you can dress it up or down. There are similarities in the opening to Mugler Cologne and Creed Orig. Vetiver, but only in the way that the vetiver is balanced and sort of disguised—unlike the legendary Guerlain Vetiver which comes across as a green brute which I also like.
There is one caveat to Bal d'Afrique though—one gripe that I have. It's been reformulated as of late. Maybe after they were bought? I have a bottle from and they are different in sillage, longevity, and scent character. Byredo used to have a more visceral scent DNA that was either loved or hated. Most of their frags were divisive and usually had something to say. My vintage bottle is considerably louder in the opening, not as sweet, and has far more discernable notes of vetiver, black currant, and orange flower—there is also something woody about the vintage.
The latest batch seems to steal some of the DNA of Gypsy Water, the kind of sweet, soft, floral background that I also happen to really enjoy.
The new one is more balanced and inoffensive—that makes me sad. Genuinely original, truly unisex and hugely classy. Skilfully nuanced and twanging fresh, and it really sings loudest in warm-to-hot weather when it blooms in both strength and beauty. Manages to mesh citrus and woody notes together in a unique way- and to make me wear vetiver without complaint, which is a magic trick in itself.
Projection is just right, not too punchy or too weak, and longevity is fine. It definitely doesn't smell of actual Africa in any way, so don't be misled on that front. And more worrying, for me, anyway: If you can deal with that grassy tang, then this is a distinctive scent with real character. But I feel I'm drifting out of my first infatuation with it.
I tried the hair and normal perfume of this and it really is beautiful, especially in the first 3 hours. It opens with with warm sandalwood and heady jasmine then the sandalwood takes a back seat and resplendent jasmine comes forward and is just divine and has great projection.
Some neroli appears to in the mid notes. The drydown 3 hours later is a musky powdery slightly metallic floral.. So on me the hair perfume dries down to cyclamen and the normal perfume drydown is powdery jasmine. Citrusy, woodsy floral heaven! A bit masculine, bud not too much, can be worn any time of year. Sweet, yet fresh, sexy but playful I like it although it is kinda linear and does not evolve much.
And unfortunately doesn't last very long either. The scent reminds me a lot of "Like This" by Etat Libre d'Orange which I like just a little bit more , only without the soft spicy notes. It took me two years to realize this is a spring or early summer scent for me. I feel like I finally understand it. When I wore it in the winter it lasted less than two hours before turning to a skin scent.
But warm weather brings out the longevity and depth of this fragrance. In general, I do think the Byredo house is overrated, and too expensive for what you get. But Bal d'Afrique is one of their best selling fragrances and it's easy to see why. Lots of different layers, from citrus to spice to floral - a fun scent journey. Not sure I would buy it again but it's fun to have in the collection. Very sweet and feminine. Personally for me, it's a absolutely early spring scent. Very bright, light and colorful, like a bouquet of flowers.
It makes me smile when I feel it on my skin. Still can't imagine it on men. At the first, citrus note is appeared. This scent is approximately similar to orange, but it isn't sour at all. After 5 minute, white floral note is appeared. I can detect taget in this step. I guess that the source of this taget is in Afrique and due to taget is approximetaley similar to ball, so this perfume is named: I like to classify this perfume in Floral category, not oriental woody.
Pretty similar to Atelier Vetiver and also some similarities with Fat Electrician, but I don't see much of a comparison with Vetiver Tonka. Vetiver Tonka is like Bond New Haarlem with some Windex thrown in, and Bal d'Afrique and Atelier Vetiver are way heavier on the freshness and grassiness, although i don't think they smell particularly expensive or appropriate for men. For me, Fat Electrician is the superior fragrance out of all of these because it seemingly takes the same DNA that is found in Guerlain Vetiver and adds warmer and tastier notes on top of it.
Absolutely loved the opening of this. Light and lemony with a hint of creaminess. But it quickly turns cloying and sweet. The dry-down is overwhelmingly sickly.
It smells like Essex boy body-spray. Loud and clumsy, and much too pleased with itself. I felt trapped by this perfume. Sold it straight away. Finalmente un byredo che mi piace! Non e' speciale ma piacevole da indossare. Personalmente mi fa sentire come appena uscito dal parrucchiere.
Gioioso,pulito e in ordine. Fa il suo dovere in un bagnodoccia anche se il prezzo non e' il massimo. This is pretty feminine in my opinion. The scent is ok, but given the price I'd expect something more special. I've been wandering around the world of perfumes for so many years, looking for the right one, uncertain if I'll ever find my second skin,intimate enough, feminine and seducing maybe, but not screeming or loud. Bal d'Afrique has it all, it's sweet, yet powerful and sooo sensual. It makes me feel strong, tender and hot at the same time.
Bal d'Afrique is quite possibly the most popular fragrance from the house of Byredo. It has quite a large following on both fragrance forums and on YouTube. I thought it about time that I sampled Bal d'Afrique to see what all the fuss was about. Prior to testing this fragrance, the name Bal d'Afrique roughly translated to mean an African tribal celebration , had me picturing a spicy, somewhat masculine woods scent. I was very surprised to find Bal d'Afrique quite sweet with a dominant sandalwood accord in the base.
It was not at all what I was expecting. Bal d'Afrique is a very sensual and alluring fragrance on the skin. The vetiver and sandalwood accords are the most dominant to my nose, followed by zesty citrus accords and a sweet, smooth blend of amber and orange blossom. Admittedly Bal d'Afrique smells more feminine than masculine, but that's not to say that I wouldn't enjoy smelling this on a man.
This fragrance is more comforting than it is bold. I understand its huge following, yet I would be lying if I didn't say that I was hoping for more spice and larger projection. Bal d'Afrique is however very addictive; a fragrance I could quite happily sniff for hours on end. Went to my local Barney's and tried this on. I was struck by how bright and citrusy this fragrance came across on my skin. I definitely get the strong floral note, as well, but damn - that lemon is sticking around, and I can't say I'm mad at it!
It's been coming and going in phases on my skin.