Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dance like no one is watching: Bal d'Afrique by Byredo

Exciting, active, happy and childish, was and still is my first impression on Bal d'Afrique a year ago when I got this perfume. It was spring and the smell fit hundred percent the springy weather with rains and sun and rainbows. It still perks me up with the same overly exciting mood I have in a sunny spring afternoon.

Bal d'Afrique is a compilation of green notes in fact. A fruity floral juice baptized by delicious limoncello'ish lemon and strong yet wispy vetiver that takes role of bone of the blend.
The fragrance opens with an extremely ebullient mood composed of artificial fruity sugar and vibrant yellowy lemon to give this sharp sweetness a rounded creamy facet. Then vetiver appears and the exuberant mood is completed. It's sweet and plasticy and highly modern.

A parallel perfume that is frequently compared to Bal d'Afrique is Vetiver Fatal by Atelier Cologne which in fact shares the same vetiver in more balmy features; to give you an idea about the vetiver here. I have tried several vetiver oils from different parts of world and this vetiver is deliberately synthesized to conjure up a lesser earthy side and assist fruity patch. The fruity patch which was unknown for one whole year for me is now unveiled. It must be a note that is not listed in databases. A multidimensional, fruity, herbaceous plant that is responsible for highly scrumptious zest that I discovered a month ago in Métamorphose Lilas Cuir by Nadia Z. Buchu! An African plant for which I strongly suggest you to find in Nadia Z's perfumes cause in Bal d'Afrique the plant is elaborately merged and camouflaged with African marigold, who itself is responsible for sugary plasticy scent.

Bal d'Afrique is extremely happy, luxe and comfortable that gives me impression of being citizen of a first world country in an Africa tour watching some happy ritual! I mean there is a high-tempo dance but it's not you who's dancing, you're watching it only, maybe with aristocratic eyes, or maybe with kind of childish eagerness to join in. The fragrance has persuadably strong longevity on my skin and more than average sillage.

Carpe Odor!

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