Botanical delights beckon in the pages of French apothecary Buly's beautifully crafted debut book
BY AMY BRADFORD
Buly 1803, the Paris apothecary founded by Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami, is a cornucopia of gorgeously packaged fragrant delights. Its Rue Bonaparte store, decorated in antique style with custom-made wood and marble cabinets, plays host to an array of perfumed creams, tonics and hand-crafted Japanese grooming tools. Now you can experience its expertise from afar with the recent publication of the founders’ first book, 'An Atlas of Natural Beauty', replete with delicate, colourful illustrations and fine-spun English-language text.
TOP: The handsome marbled cover of 'An Atlas of Natural Beauty' by Buly, first published in October 2017. ABOVE: The elegantly illustrated pages are devoted to 80 plant-based and mineral raw ingredients, including borage, peony and prickly pear.
An A-Z guide to natural skincare ingredients from around the world, it tells you all you need to know about the therapeutic properties of various oils, flowers, fruits, seeds and clays, and gathers time-honoured recipes for making them into beauty treatments in the comfort of your own home. The idea is not only to revive ancient beauty rituals, but also to encourage experimentation with DIY skincare, eliminating the exposure to hidden ingredients that comes with pre-packaged products.
Channelling the brand's aesthetic heritage, you can even have your book personalised for free when you buy it online, with a master calligrapher – armed with a quill and old-fashioned ink pads – on hand to create a charming bookplate on the title page, including your name. This beautiful book, with its marbled covers, stands as a beauty encyclopedia in its own right, but will surely also result in a flurry of pilgrimages to Buly itself, which sells all the raw ingredients you’ll need to turn your bathroom into a skincare laboratory. Mongongo-oil hair mask, anyone?