Botanical ingredients for retaining and enhancing beauty

Lifestyle | Manuscript in English and French |

  • From the founders of the "most chic beauty emporium in the world" - The New York Times, T Magazine

L'Officine Universelle Buly has emerged as one of the most popular and renowned creators of natural beauty products. Authors Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac have lived around the world and worked with some of the biggest names in skincare, cosmetics, and fashion. The Buly headquarters-in the heart of the sixth arrondissement in Paris-are an "impossibly chic beauty shop dressed up like a nineteenth-century apothecary" (US Vogue) where one can buy Buly's own skincare creations and perfumes, along with other cosmetic ingredients such as natural oils, vegetal powders, and clay.

An Atlas of Beauty captures the approach to skincare that lies behind the store's success. The authors have traveled the world to discover secrets of beauty and source raw ingredients that have been used for centuries and passed down through generations. The authors tell the story of each of the eighty ingredients presented in An Atlas of Beauty-from Azuki to Prickly Pear to Rose-explaining where they come from, how they are traditionally used, what their components are, how they work, and how to maximize their benefits.

This atlas is a voyage through time and space: from Africa, with Baobab seed oil for very dry skin-to South America, with Iris root powder to illuminate the complexion; from North America, with Pascalite, a calming clay for sensitive skin-via Polynesia, with Tamanu oil, a Tahitian remedy-to Asia, with rice bran that leaves skin smooth and fresh... Discover the wisdom behind these beauty remedies, which have been tried and tested over time. Authentic, effective, at times legendary, these natural products continue to heal and beautify.

When Jean-Vincent Bully (then spelled with two l's) opened his shop on the rue Saint-Honoré in 1803, he immediately made a name for himself. A talented chemist, perfumer, and cosmetician, he went on to help define the cosmetics industry in the 19th century. Later, he inspired the character of César Birotteau in Balzac's Scenes from Parisian Life.

Rights sold

  • UK: Ebury
  • US/NA: Simon & Schuster