You cannot believe just how long I have been waiting for this moment. I have seen Byredo on social media, on blogs and in magazines and I have been meaning to try out their products for so long. However, I could not bring myself to order anything from this art project/brand due to their high prices and of course due to their limited spread in stores. Other than Liberty I do not know of any physical store that carries the brand in the UK and you know how I tend to avoid luxury department stores…I mean I lived fours years just a few minutes away from Harrods and Harvey Nichols and I have not been inside either. I just started going on a regular basis to Selfridges. Yeah, I am weird like that. No matter, Liberty were incredibly kind and included a Byredo Hand Cream in their beauty advent calendar as their 21st gift and I finally got the chance to try out one of the brand’s products and see what the fuss was about.
For all those who are not all that into beauty, Byredo started as an art project and the fragrances of all the products are meant to evoke memories as the art director/creator was inspired by his own experiences and travels in creating the fragrances. It truly is a beautiful story and you should definitely google it! Bal D’Afrique is no different, but I won’t go into all that many details here as we will talk more when I will post about the fragrance and additional products from the range. I just could not help myself after trying this Byredo hand cream…. *wink
I won’t talk much about the fragrance, but I do need to say this: it is like a lighter form of a heavy fragrance. It is elegant and beautiful, it is refinement at its best. There is nothing else like Bal D’Afrique on the market as far as I can tell and I kinda know my fragrances, it is simply unique in my opinion. As for the hand cream, the texture is glorious and addicting. I would keep applying all day long and not just for the fragrance. It is so soft and feels so nice as you rub it into the skin. The experience itself feels like it is better suited for an old French movie rather than an ordinary day in a modern flat in central London.
The Bal D’Afrique Byredo hand cream is luxurious, it is elegant, it is everything you could possibly want in a hand cream and so much more. Now, I truly wish I were a writer so that I could explain in words just how beautiful the entire experience is. The moment I tried this Byredo product, it was love at first touch which can probably explain why my fragrance collection exploded over night. The only fault I could possibly find is the fact that the hand cream does not dry as fast as others, but then again it is a product meant to be enjoyed and not something you would apply on the run as that would be a shame. Let’s not even get started on the packaging as that is another design project in itself.
Overall, as you probably guessed, I cannot recommend this Byredo hand cream enough. It is something that every woman should experience at least once in their lifetime and it is a indulgence that is worth the money.
If you haven’t already, make sure to check the 20th day of the beauty advent calendars – the Pixi LipLift Max Gloss review.