Bal d'Afrique

Eau de Parfum


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This is my favorite Byredo offering so far. It opens with a light pineapple and coconut as others have pointed out, and then mellows out to a lotion-y, light musk. I would definitely call this a "skin scent" as I have to practically bury my face in my wrist to notice it, but I do find myself coming back to smell my wrist over and over when I wear it.
By   - student from Durham, NC on 2/6/2021
I can only wear this if I'm going out dancing. I'm so interested to see that it fades fast on others; on me it lingers and takes up too much space unless i'm working up a sweat and moving around a lot. Definitely a bit punchy and narcotic. Like, not love.
By   - Business from Boston on 10/17/2020
Bal d'Afrique is beautiful and interesting. Not boring, Not overpowering. You want to smell like this. Yes, its full bottle worthy.
By   - Wrist Sniffer from New York on 7/14/2020
This is my favorite scent from Byredo. So many of theirs smell so generic and boring to me. But this one is a sparkly and happy scent that I reach for endlessly in summer. I wear it day to night and, quite simply, it makes me happy. I don't smell the vetiver all that much. For me, I mostly pick up on the citrus notes like the lemon and neroli. I will definitely repurchase this one when it eventually runs out.
By   - Historian from London on 7/13/2020
I really liked this sample. It is especially nice for a hot summer evening. The citrus became almost pineapple on my skin after some wearing. Interesting and unique.
By   - Bra Innovation from Bronx on 6/18/2020
I am disappointed that Bal d'Afrique doesn't work with my body chemistry — I had high hopes. On me, it opens as full-on Piña Colada (pineapple and coconut). From there, it moves directly on to a pleasant but boring, light musk.
By   - Designer from St. John's on 2/21/2020
For me, this is one of the fragrances that belong on the "perfect anytime" list. If I smelled this on someone else, I would definitely have to ask them what they were wearing. I generally go for lighter scents (Molecule and Escentric series, Le Labo Another 13, JHAG Superdose), but this one is joining my favorites. It's fresh, it's bright, it's never cloying, and although there is some sweetness, it is also a fragrance that is never cloyingy. It's extremely hard to desribe but I really cannot imagine anyone objecting to this fragrance. Lasting power is great on my skinthat I . I am a migraine sufferer, so I am very careful as to what I wear. This one does not give me a headache.
By   - teacher from Kingston on 12/28/2019
Wish it lasted at least 1 hour :((((( Incredible great smell thought. No one notices it but me, its frustrating because for the price, i was expecting great and lasting smell. So SADDDD
By   - Real Estate agent from Monterrey, MEXICO on 12/16/2019
It’s creamy and citrusy scent that takes you to a warm and sunny day on streets of Paris. It’s very hard to describe it, but it’s also kind of like clothes that cane fresh out of driers. It’s perfect for warm days. My husband calls it “the pheromone” because he finds it extremely sexy on me!
By   - Pharmacist  from PA on 9/18/2019
The fragrance is quite nice and unique.. more feminine, for daring, bold, cheeky girl.. I liked it immediately and was going to buy a full bottle. However, it doesn’t last on me, at all!!! I could only smell it for 2 hours, after 4 hours it was completely gone!! Next day I tested it up against Molecule 02 and it failed again. Byredo - 2,5 hours.. Molecule 02 - over 8(!!) hours. How is it possible?..I don’t know (some people say they can’t smell Molecule on themselves). Overall, I love it, a lot.. and wouldn’t mind to reapply it every 2 hours, but only if the price was twice as less. Huge disappointment for me.
By   - Pastry chef from Kitty Hawk on 4/10/2019
My favorite of favorites. Clean and warm and inviting with the right balance of fresh and woodsy notes. Nothing cloying. A lasting smell that lingers on your clothes and skin throughout the day without being obtrusive. My every day staple that I buy over and over again.
By   - Market Development Manager from New York on 9/20/2018
Received a sample - I can't stop smelling this! At first there's only the initial citrus notes, disappointing because I was expecting a heady 1920's feel (and I already own a good citrus scent). But then it transforms to something that is almost powder without being powder (amber and musk?). I agree with the reviewer that used the word "creamy." It evokes an image of my grandmother's attic, strangely, a sweet nostalgic feeling. I do enjoy it a lot, it's not what I was expecting, however, given the name, I was thinking something spicier. It is a sort of velvety tiger cub, as the description says.
By   - Poet from Dallas on 5/19/2018
This one wows on the opening, it is simply everything at once and you breathe it in as deeply and rapidly as you can. After it dries down, I find a strong similarity to Kenzo L'Elephant: Saffron, banana, burned sugar, and underneath that the culmination of an entire spice stall in the souk market. Rich, sweet, elegant, and intoxicating. I think if someone walked by and I caught this emanating, I'd try to take a bite out of them.
By   - Curator from Los Angeles on 2/22/2018
I really love this scent. It opens like a pop of champagne, bright and sparkly with citrus notes. I smelled myself constantly throughout the day.
By   - student from denver on 9/12/2017
this scent opens with citrus notes. It's nice & fresh & sparkling. It's my favorite part of the entire scent. Very unique actually. Once those notes fade away the scent becomes a little bit spicy, just a touch (possibly from the marigold?). About 2 hrs in, I smell some woody notes. There is something in this that reminded me ever so slightly of Moshino's Cheap n Chic perfume. These do not smell that alike but I bet they share a note or two in common. The scent is suppose to be a unisex one and I can easily see how it could work both for men and women. However, on me it was feminine. I really like this perfume! It's very unique and interesting. I think it is well blended and of high quality. Sillage is good/ medium. lasts 6+hrs
By   - . from Puerto Rico on 7/1/2017
A unisex (in my opinion) floral that somehow manages to capture what's described in the marketing extraordinarily well. It really does smell like the essence of a European, Orientalist conception of a poetic Africanness- I don't know why I think I have any idea what that would actually smell like, but somehow I'm completely certain it would be Bal d'Afrique. And it smells amazing, by the way. Delightful from the second I spray it on 'til I smell it on my clothes the next morning, and with just enough sillage to get you compliments without ever being less than subtle.
By   - - from - on 1/1/2017
Nothing special. There is a familiar quality to the scent but nothing that grabs me. Just OK,
By   - Customer Service from Bakersfield, CA on 11/22/2016
No bright, fresh notes on me at all. This started as a pleasant skin scent, sort of lotiony, and developed over time into a gentle, complex floral.
By   - Peanutgallerist from Durham on 7/1/2016
Upon first spray, this smelled very fresh and like it wouldn't have any longevity on my skin. Fast forward an hour and it smells woody, fresh, clean! Now it's been several hours and it smells a bit too masculine on my skin, and it smells like soap. Not a bad soap, but it smells slightly like Irish Spring. Oh, and the longevity is quite good! I will probably let my dad try the rest of this fragrance sample that I have and see if he likes it, because I don't think it will work for me.
By   - Student from Michigan on 3/22/2016
Beautiful, creamy, buttery, lemon tinged floral. I hate florals usually but this is exquisite. I have a sample and far too many perfumes, but I think I need to buy this. I've never smelled something like this. It's so fresh and creamy. I don't think this is unisex. Definitely for women. Mmmm. Yum.
By   - Freelancer from New York on 2/29/2016
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