When I was living in Paris this summer one of my main goals was to find really unique souvenirs. Of course I went to the typical spots but I really wanted to find items that I had not seen before. I previously wrote about my love for Maison Labiche. Their shirts are 100% unique and were one of my favorite items I brought back. But my favorite, favorite souvenirs came from Buly 1803.
Buly 1803 was founded in the late 18th century. The name comes from the famed founder, “Bully”, who made a name for himself with his perfumes and scented vinegars. At the turn of the 19th century a new wave of creating perfumes came about and his perfumes and skin care products achieved lasting fame. The “Vinaigre de Bully”, a patented aromatic lotion to perform ablutions and preserve skin tone, earned a flattering reputation across Europe. This classic beauty product ensured his unprecedented notoriety for more than a hundred years.
From the moment you walk into their store on Rue Bonaparte you feel like you stepped back in time. The walls are lined with aromas, oils, and natural scents all with original labels. The women helping you are in their traditional parfumerie garb and even hand write your name in calligraphy on the box. The entire experience is incredible and such a treat! You feel like you are getting the royal treatment!
As for the lotions. Call me a fanatic. I am 100% obsessed and addicted to their products. I walked happily away with the Pommade Virginale (I bought a few of these), Lait Nettoyant, and the Huile Antique. And because I collect matches from every place I visited I couldn’t leave without buying a box of their Scented Matches. The products not only make my skin softer and more hydrated but they also smell like heaven on earth. I am not lying. I literally want my heaven to smell like these products!
If you ever find yourself in Paris be sure to stop by Buly 1803 for a unique and unforgettable souvenir/memory.
Located: 6 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France