Bal d'Afrique 2009 Eau de Parfum

Bal d'Afrique (Eau de Parfum) by Byredo
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Bal d'Afrique (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Byredo for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is floral-fruity. It is being marketed by Manzanita Capital. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot BuchuBuchu NeroliNeroli TagetesTagetes LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamenCyclamen JasmineJasmine VioletViolet
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber MuskMusk VetiverVetiver Atlas cedarAtlas cedar

Ratings

Scent

8.11004 Ratings

Longevity

6.8869 Ratings

Sillage

6.5863 Ratings

Bottle

7.8815 Ratings

Value for money

6.3311 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 27.05.2022.
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9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
2
Bottle
7
Pricing
Razvanyke

115 Reviews
Razvanyke
Razvanyke
   1  
A solid summer scent, leaning feminine
When I saw the hype and the hysterical love for this scent, one can only wonder how is it?

After I got my sample with an order from a lovely German shop, I thought that maybe is a girly scent, proper for someone liking "Santal Complet" type of sun tan lotion smells. But then I realized that this can be so much more.

The owner of the brand, Ben Gorham, says “Bal d’Afrique is one of my earliest fragrances. At the time of its formulation, I was obsessed with the translation of memories into scent. At the same time, I felt confident enough to include an imaginary component. My father lived and travelled in Africa for about 10-15 years."

If this is marketing or truth, I cannot say - but one thing is certain for me, this scent does not smell like Africa ! (I have not been there, but I do not expect it to be smelling like bergamot, neroli and lemon.

With a focus on beauty and fantasy, Bal d'Afrique is Ben Gorham’s ‘love letter’ to Africa. Wanting to sum up and celebrate the reach and influence of Africa through time, particularly the way its myriad cultures have shaped dance, art and music, the idea of an imaginary event.

I am confused if I like it or not when I wear it, but I think it is a good scent, slightly overpriced and more leaning towards ladies.


9
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
6
Pricing
Katho
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Katho
Katho
   4  
African ball or better spa in a tropical paradise?
In my mind, an African ball is loud, colorful, very colorful and exotic with a lot of joie de vivre. Loud and colorful (depending on whether you associate scents with colors; I actually do), Bal d'Afrique is not at all. Luckily, I don't like loud, penetrating scents. When I smell Bal D'Afrique I see something white to lemon. The opening captivates with a slight zirtrig from the bergamot and then transitions into a soft pineapple and coconut scent (which is not listed), but it is not sweet, it is very pleasant. Mentally, I am immediately on a tropical island with a pineapple cocktail in hand and the spa already waiting for me. The scent definitely puts you in a good mood and you can also smell the African joie de vivre and exoticism. It doesn't get loud and colourful though. This also fits the mediocre H&S, which is typical for Byredo fragrances, although Bal D'Afrique already plays in better durability spheres. It is a rather quiet exotic feel-good fragrance in the tropical paradise, which exudes good mood with every sniff.
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9.5
Scent
5
Longevity
6
Sillage
10
Bottle
6
Pricing
Bigdelofsky

2 Reviews
Bigdelofsky
Bigdelofsky
   2  
A bottle of happiness
This fragrance is very well blended a mixture of soft vetiver with a little sweetness, and a bit floral. Perfect for a summer day and one of the few summer fragrances that really stand out. Performance could be better but this is not a screamer. 3 hours in it becomes a skin scent. Very pleasant soft and unique.
8.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
7
Pricing
Ischgelroi
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Ischgelroi
Ischgelroi
   9  
Beautiful fragrance, but unfortunately not wearable for me as a man
Bal d'Afrique I recently received as a bottling with a purchase in the souk. I had not previously engaged with this fragrance, but at the weekend I tested Bal d'Afrique and must say I can understand the good reviews quite.

Bal d'Afrique smells fruity, green and delicately woody for me: the main notes here are: Bergamot, lemon, neroli, Tagetes, which after about 20 minutes are also accompanied by jasmine and violet. After about an hour, the base notes come through with cedar, vetiver, amber and musk. Unfortunately, Bal d'Afrique is only unisex to me after the base notes become stronger. Unfortunately, this only occurs after 3-4 hours. Therefore, I see Bal d'Afrique rather on women than on men.

The shelf life is unfortunately only average. After about 6 hours Bal d'Afrique is already almost gone. The silage is also rather weak. Bal d'Afrique is maximum on a half arm length perceptible, After about 3-4 hours already skin.

Bal d'Afrique is a great fragrance for women, but unfortunately not for me, but it must not all also be portable for men.
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10
Scent
8
Longevity
9
Sillage
8
Bottle
GoldenSun
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GoldenSun
GoldenSun
   9  
Let's dance into summer
Wow. It can happen that fast and I'm in love. Exactly with this fragrance. I now understand why many "Bal D'afrique" users associate this fragrance with the words cheerful, happy and lucky. It exudes exactly that. It's a happy summer scent that really asks everyone to dance with its charming, cuddly nature.

I actually imagined this fragrance to be more exotic and flashy. But fortunately, it is not. It really is super pleasant. Sweet, warm rather than cold, and beautiful. It smells a bit like the breeze you get when you walk by Lush. I absolutely love it! And even though it's sweet, it's not heavy at all. It's more like a soft, delicate cloud. Gorgeous!
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Ajfe
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Ajfe
Ajfe
Very helpful Review    12  
Pineapple heavy
In advance; I am with still undecided whether I should get me a flacon.

A bottling of Bal d'Afrique has reached me at the weekend.

Initially, I perceived virtually only pineapple.
Only after pineapple smell must not really be, that is then nevertheless too monotonous for me.
Particularly since I do not stand at all so on fruity scents.
The next day I smelled again on the arm.
Vetiver and some cedar could be what is still decaying there. But very quietly.
So again from the beginning; New day new luck.
Again pineapple loadig - fresh, slightly acidic - absolutely not unpleasant.
A slightly different scent enters. Bit soft floral, however, I can not name a flower that sticks out. Something muted and creamy the whole thing.
Still in the background the pineapple. The pulls through the course through.
Pleasant is the fragrance in any case; so`` no risk - no fun`` Monday to work apply.
Already on the way to the office I was called back and asked what I had for a perfume on it. That would smell great.
Well and nu` I stand there.
I will use up the filling times and reconsider :-)
9.5
Scent
9
Longevity
6
Sillage
10
Bottle
8
Pricing
LaraJosephin
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LaraJosephin
LaraJosephin
   5  
The beginning of a passion
I got this perfume from my friend, who has been more interested in niche perfumes for some time, for Christmas last year. I was immediately smitten, I had never smelled anything like it before. Freshness. Fruity. Sweetness. All in all, a very interesting scent. The magnetic cap, the packaging and also the print all contribute to a high quality overall look. My first niche fragrance, and guaranteed not the last
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
9
Bottle
OhhhCologne
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OhhhCologne
OhhhCologne
   17  
all time favourite
that creates as Bal d`Afrique no fragrance that I know so far.
He starts citrus light, is clean and fruity. In the course he becomes creamier.
I waited tables at an exclusive event 3 years ago as a student and wore this fragrance. The wife of the renowned chief physician who had hosted the evening greeted me and said in amazement "but you smell good!" and that's exactly what the fragrance does.
It never rocks, it's unisex, it's sexy, and it's never too much. Great love pour moi
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5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
Mondloewin
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Mondloewin
Mondloewin
Less helpful Review    5  
Tonsil in hospital
I'm sorry to say that this scent was not my cup of tea at all. Vetiver smells for me like a mixture of almond and something medicinal. But I do not like vetiver in principle, for people who like this note, definitely worth a sniff!
2 Replies
3.5
Scent
6
Longevity
2
Sillage
1
Bottle
Connie
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Connie
Connie
Very helpful Review    21  
I don't get the hype.
The scent is pleasant but very unexciting, the hype I personally do not understand.... My fragrance is not at all. For me, the scent does not really smell like a perfume, but more like a cream or how it smells in some wellness oases. Clean, soft and pleasant but not like a fragrance I would like to wear, because I can only bear the scent for a short time. For me, the also a bit too masculine and somehow oppressive in the dry down..

How does the smell so. In the first moment you smell very clearly Tagetes and Buchu, which causes me nausea. A combination I can not stand. Tagetes we had in the garden when I was a kid... I always thought that Tagetes had a kind of cat urine note...Shortly after that I also smelled clearly lemon and neroli. But that's it..The scent stays linear, so it doesn't tell a story... The hardly changes except that this oppressive aura is always clearer..

It is in no way a fragrance that you can buy reassured blindly, even if you might suspect it, if you read all the positive reviews. I do not see a picture in front of me, who could wear this fragrance...? For me as I said more a man than a woman but I see nothing in front of me. For me a soulless boring fragrance with no charisma. Projection is weak and the scent stays skin tight. Sillage is not present..
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Statements

MariaSMariaS 3 months ago
8
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
This is so beautiful cozy scent, it’s like a sunshine!! It’s so sad that it doesn’t last!
TuxedoManTuxedoMan 5 months ago
10
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle
Beautiful fresh-sweet, solar, colorful, woodsy citrusy and aromatic vetiver with the added character and uniqueness of the african flowers.
EstbienlaEstbienla 6 months ago
6.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Exotic, pretty trail quite discreet and floral. more feminine than masculine to me.
CCatalina1CCatalina1 11 months ago
8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Sweet,colorful ,woodsy citrusy and aromatic vetiver scent,warm and creamy with floral nuances ,Bal is a very elegant and classy fragrance.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 1 year ago
A communion made of amber, musk and vetiver that will make you dream of flying over the flowers of Masai Mara or Okavango.
Finerthings8Finerthings8 2 years ago
7
Scent
6
Longevity
5
Sillage
7
Bottle
Unfortunately this didn’t do for me. It has shy performance. At this price point I expected something much better.
BertolucciKBertolucciK 2 years ago
9
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Well-blended scent that opens with a creamy lemon. In the drydown, the scent gets a little more floral, woody, rounded by a beautiful musk.
KingPinKingPin 3 years ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Fresh, fruity, sweet and flowery. Well composed but a bit pricey for what you get.

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