Readers, meet L’Officine Universelle Buly. Or as they are more commonly known, Buly 1803. The brand is the eponymous creation of their founder, Jean-Vincent Bully. Famed for his perfumes and scented vinegars, Bully’s brand has grown into a luxury beauty and scent brand, loved for its high quality and incredible packaging.
Steeped in a rich history, Buly 1803 has always worked with raw ingredients and those that could interfere with the natural scents of the products. It’s also definitely worth noting that the brand uses old recipes that contain no pardons, phenoxyethanol or silicon.
Each of the products comes in a beautifully designed box which opens to reveal an aluminium tube and metal lid, designed with beautiful watercolour looking paintings on. I kid you not, when I first saw images of the packaging when I first came across Buly, my jaw genuinely dropped. It was love at first sight.
Buly 1803’s face cream is as heavenly, once applied, as its angelic aesthetic is to look at. It’s recommended that you warm the product first in the palms, which I imagine is down the the sweet almond oil that is in the formula. The skin is instantly hydrated upon application and doesn’t leave a greasy look or residue on the face.
£42.00 – £48.00 – 75g
The shaving cream in l’Officine Universelle Buly’s expansive range is the next on today’s list. Formulated to leave sensitive chins and cheeks feeling soft, the Creme Pogonotomienne is to be applied to damp skin, readying it for the impending shave. The product is enriched with sweet almond and the irresistible, smoky scent is thanks to the burnt Hinoki wood. I could easily just wear this product on my face just to be surrounded by the smell of Hinoki wood.
£35.00 – 75g
This is Buly 1803’s dual action hand and foot cream. A thick cream that develops a faint Turkish delight aroma after application. Nourishing and formulated with chamomile water, the Pommade Concrete counters the effects of cold air, friction and everyday life. I have to say that I am normally very funny about thicker products because of greasy sheens and residue that is often left behind by Buly 1803’s Pommade Concrete absorbs beautifully and leaves behind no residue.
£42.00 – 75g
You may be wondering what could excite the ritual of brushing one’s teeth? Well, for a start have you ever seen toothpaste packaging as exciting as this? No, didn’t think so. Available in three flavours – Apple from Montauban, Mint Coriander Cucumber and Orange Ginger Clove – Buly 1803’s Opiat Dentaire breathes a new life into toothpaste. As you can see from the above photo, I have the Orange Ginger Clove and was blown away by the flavour. I wondered whether it wouldn’t taste nice or perhaps leave a strange aftertaste in my mouth, but was pleasantly surprised at the refreshing feeling and zesty aroma. I also really enjoyed the heat from the ginger, it was strong and invigorating. Enhanced by thermal water, this toothpaste’s formula is rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphates.
£24.00 – 75g
I cannot praise l’Officine Universelle Buly’s product range enough! Every aspect of the products really delivers on the promise of a luxury product, the scent, the packaging and the results. It all ticks the boxes. Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going to lose hours just staring at the piece of art tubes…
Photography by Jack Bradley