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  • Back to fragrance school

    One of the most exciting events of this summer was our fragrance workshop with Saskia Wilson-Brown, Founder and Executive Director of the The Institute for Art and Olfaction which advances public and artistic engagement with scent by providing accessible and affordable education.

    In the cosy event room of the Petit Ermitage Saskia introduced us the basics of fragrance making; a brief historical background presentation led to the introduction of perfumery basic ingredients and finally to making  our very own fragrance one molecule at the time.

    My creation for the day was Paol-Eau de Toilet, my uniquely fresh and bright blend of Bergamot, Labdanum, Violet, Amber and Vetiver.

    Saskia Wilson-Brown, IAO Founder and Executive Director with a  student Saskia Wilson-Brown, IAO Founder and Executive Director with a student
    Close encounter with a very rare very expensive chunk of ambergris Close encounter with a very rare, very expensive chunk of ambergris
    The fragrance organ The fragrance organ
    The making of of Paol-Eau de Toilet The making of of Paol-Eau de Toilet


    Support the Institute for Art and Olfaction here.

  • Fab Collab

    Babalu joined forces with artist extraordinnaire Ashkahn for a limited edition, Miami inspired collection of greeting cards and T's.

    It's fun, fun, sun and then some!

    Come grab 'hem. available instore and online at www.ilovebablu.com


    The Miami inspired greeting cards The Miami inspired greeting cards
    ashkahn-Babalu-mu Fab -collab T's printed in Barcellona with Fair Trade cotton by Thinking-Mu
  • Starchitects descend upon Miami

    Miami events always attracts a galaxy of stars, the Pritzker Architecture Prize was no exception.

    On the day after the award ceremony, the panel discussion with Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Glen Murcutt and Richard Rogers at the De la Cruz Collection was the Who's Who of modern architecture; except for the Prizker Architecture Prize 2015 Winner, Frei Otto, who was unfortunately awarded posthumously, luminaries such as Jean Nouvel  and one of my all time favorite Shigeru Ban were also present.

    To top it all off, just before the panel discussion I had the fortune to enjoy a brief chat with Richard Rogers, where I learned that he is a big fan of both Miami and Sardinia, my two favorite palces on earth. Yay!

    Paolo Ambu_Richard Rogers Chit-chatting, Paolo Ambu on the left, with Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside and 2007 Priztker Prize Winner, on the right.
     Photo credit Cyn Zarco 
  • Stephen Webster: Rock Master

    The Stephen Webster Collection for Men and Women is now available in both Babalu Miami and Babalu Palm Beach.

    Just last month we were invited to host the launch of Stephen Webster Men's Jewelry Collection at Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour. It was an honor to share the spotlight with one of the most talented designers of our times (see event images here).

    #stephen-webster #nieman-marcus #babalu From left: Paolo Ambu, Stephen Webster, Greg Melvin

    Here below some highlights from Stepehen Webster outstanding collection now in store at Babalu Miami and Babalu Palm Beach.

    Women's Mother of Pearl Collection

    #stephen-webster #babalu Clockwise: Blue Crystal Haze Earrings, Mother of Pearl Fish-Scale Cuff, Blue Crystal Haze Ring, Mother of Pearl Fish-Scale Bib Necklace.

    The Men's Silver Collection

    #stephen-webster-men #babalu From top: "No Regrets" Bracelet with Black Onyx Beads and Sterling Silver Raven Clasp, Sterling Silver "Love Hate" Cufflinks, Sterling Silver "Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Roll" Ring, Sterling Silver Necklace with Rubie and Black Sapphires Cross.
  • Ladurée est arrivé!

    Laduree has arrived in Miami Beach and the town is simply delighted!

    #laduree miami

    Iconic purveyor of the most famous French macaroon since 1862 has finally opened its doors just across from Babalu Miami.  The petite shop is simply adorable and French service adds to this sweet fantasy. With flavors like Fleur d'Oranger, Cassis Violette and Marie Antoinette, it is definitely worth a visit to find out what's inside these delectable morsels.

    #laduree #miamibeach #babalu

    1100 Lincoln Road
    FL 33139, United States

  • Hampton Sun and Beyond

    Newly arrived and now available at all Babalu boutiques, Hampton Sun is the hottest, safest and most luxurious way to enjoy the sun.

    #grantwilfley  #salvatorepiazzolla #hanptonsun Grant Wilfley & Salvatore Piazzolla at the iconic Clock Tower in Palm Beach

    We were able to catch up with Sal for a quick Q&A during his last winter escape in Palm Beach.

    Fave Beaches: Copper Beach, Southampton for summer and the Palm Beach beaches in the winter

    Beach Day Must-Haves: John Varvatos sunglasses and of course Hampton Sun SPF 15 Face Cream - I don't leave home without it!

    Fave Beach Reading: Wall Street Journal & Palm Beach Illustrated

    What's on Your Beach Playlist: Diana Krall

    Here's some background on this amazing line... Inspired by the beautiful beaches of the Hamptons, founders Grant Wilfley and Salvatore Piazzolla created Hampton Sun, a complete line of luxury sun care, skincare and fragrance products that erases the line between sun care and skincare.  A modern formulation with care to every detail of the line's creation and execution.

    This perfect  two-in-one combination makes it the must-have protection for your next dip in the sun, and it turns out that it will work just as well on your favorite beaches too!

  • Babalu Opens at the Grand Dame of Deco - The Raleigh Hotel

    We are proud to announce the opening of our new Babalu boutique at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach.

    Referred to as the Grand Dame of Art Deco for its style and architecture, The Raleigh Hotel is also known for its iconic swimming pool made famous by Easter Williams. Come to visit Babalu at the Raleigh, which features exclusive lines from Tom Ford Sunglasses to Dan Ward and Nina Swimwear, or simply enjoy a cocktail by the pool - you just can't go wrong either way.

    Check out this great article by Maria Tettamanti on Babalu at the Raleigh: Miami.com.

    #babalumiami #popup 1

    Babalu at the Raleigh

    1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

    T (305) 612 1160

    Opening hours:
    Monday - Saturday: 10am-10pm
    Sunday: 10am - 8pm


  • Monkey Business in Palm Beach

    Who knew? There are only two gravestones in the whole of Palm Beach Island, one of a dog and one of a monkey.

    Buried next to each other are Laddie, the dog of socialites Rose and Morton Sachs and Johnnie Brown, Addison Mizner's spider monkey.

    Mr. Mizner adored Johnnie Brown and would never go anywhere without him. At his passing Mr. Mizner was heartbroken and wanted to keep Johnnie Brown close, so he buried him in Piazza Torlonia just behind his Via Mizner house, today the location of Pizza al Fresco.

    They must have really loved each other, as some of the employees at Pizza al Fresco swear they see the monkey 's ghost at night wandering, looking for his human companion, but I bet you that the poor thing is only trying to catch one of their deliciuos pizzas!

    Johnny Brown See Johnnie Brown's grave in Via Mizner,  just in front of Babalu Palm Beach.
  • South Florida Teasers – Palm Beach

    It might be the end of summer for most of the Northern Hemisphere, but for Florida this is the beginning of our holiday season. With tropical rains giving way to South Florida's more temperate climate, this is just about the only place you would want to be. It is also the best time of the year to explore. If you’re a nature lover, shopping addict, architecture or history buff - or all of the above, your options are abundant.

    #worthavenue #viamizner #babalupalmbeach #ilovebabalu Worth Avenue, view from the Everglades Club.

    For the perfect day trip, just over an hour drive north of Miami is Palm Beach, one of our favorites and must-see spots.

    Founded by Henry Flagler in the late 1800’s as a resort destination, Palm Beach sits on a barrier island with one of the most expansive sandy beaches ever, and this is only the beginning. The Worth Avenue shopping destination is a genuine treasure. A consolidated version of Los Angeles' Rodeo Drive, touting a selection of world-renowned brands, one-of-a-kind antique stores and children boutiques, Worth Avenue has something for everyone. After all, the island motto is: "the best of everything".

    #viamizner #palmbeach#worthavenue #babalupalmbeach Via Mizner, built in a Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial styles by Architect Addison Mizner

    Influenced by Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial styles and envisioned largely by Architect Addison Mizner, Worth Avenue is flanked by the most picturesque lacework of "Vias", yep, that's the Italian name for street, with romantic names like Via Amore, Via Flora or Via Encantada, the perfect place to lose oneself.

    Via Mizner represents the most distinguished and exclusive hide-away on Worth.  Exquisitely designed and the former residence of Mr. Mizner himself, you'll find the vibrant outdoor Pizza al Fresco restaurant along with Renato's fine-dining establishment, both gently tucked away in beautiful Mediterranean style piazzas.  And guess what else is coming to Via Mizner this November....  stay tuned for more!

    While perusing Worth Avenue. Don't miss Acento boutique,  the showcase for designer jewelry hand-picked from around the world located in Via Bice. After that, head towards the Everglades Club, also designed by Addison Mizner and which represents one of the most exclusive and secretive clubs in the world.  On the way, stop at Spring Flowers, which purveys some of the most adorable children's clothes. And the Ralph Lauren on Worth Avenue is not to be missed.

    The town center of Palm Beach is also worth passing through, on the short drive north to view the famous Breakers Hotel, for it's cool Mediterranean charm and scale.

    There are lots of hidden gems to discover on your own - in a wonderful gem of a community that has been hidden in plain sight for over 100 years.

    The Everglades Club, built in 1918. Designed by Addison Mizner in Spanish-mission-style. The Everglades Club, built in 1918. Designed by Addison Mizner in Spanish-mission-style.


    RENATO'S PALM BEACH:  87 Via Mizner

    PIZZA AL FRESCO:  14 Via Mizner

    TABOO:  221 Worth Avenue

    BICE: 313 1/2 Worth Avenue, Suite a1, Via Bice


    ACENTO:  313 Worth Avenue, Suite A2, Via Bice

    SPRING FLOWERS CHILDREN:  320 Worth Avenue

    RALPH LAUREN: 300 Wrth Avenue


    VIA MIZNER:  Off Worth Avenue

    THE BREAKERS HOTEL:  1 South County Road

    THE FLAGLER MUSEUM:  1 Whitehall Way

  • The Atomized Fury of Askew

    See what Valerie Vitale, perfume critic and talented Contributing Editor for Cafleurebon has to say about Askew, the Ode to Fury by perfume house Humiecki & Graef.

    humieckiandgraef_askew Askew by Humiecki & Graef - Ode to Fury


      Inspired by the destructive energy charged force out of which something new is created.

    Vetiver, a classic ingredient in many men’s fragrances, was first “destroyed” and then reassembled, together with birch bark tar, Guatamalen cardamom, soft leather, ginger, Egyptian mimosa and grapefruit.