Created by Mandy Aftel, a renowned natural fragrance specialist, Aftelier Perfumes are high-quality and made with exceptional essences.
When I received my two samples of Cacao & Secret Garden, I was in awe of how beautifully wrapped they were. A gorgeous metallic round box kept the two bottles safe during the shipping.
If you’re looking for evocative strong scents. Aftelier perfumes are made for you.
Secret Garden: named after the famous book of France H. Burnett (happens to be one of my favorite authors!) it’s a sensual, vitalizing, vivid, sweet and spicy scent which contains the following notes:
Top: bergamot, bois de rose, Geraniol, blood orange.
Heart: jasmine sambac, raspberry (compounded isolate), Turkish rose.
Base: civet, castoreum, vanilla, deertongue (plant), benzoin, aged patchouli.
Cacao: an enveloping, warm, vivid scent, with the following notes:
Top: blood orange, pink grapefruit.
Heart: jasmine sambac & grandiflorum.
Base: chocolate, vanilla.
The scent of Cacao is spot-on! The strong scent of Cocoa blended with the Vanilla note creates an echanting effect. After the Cocoa lip balms. body creams, and lip glosses, I now have a Cocoa perfume. Cocoa galore! 😉
It’s an explosion of aromas and I didn’t get any headaches despite the richness of the scents. Aftelier perfumes add a touch of luxury and well-being. I gotta say, I feel like a lady when I wear those perfumes as they’re quite sophisticated.
It’s a pure olfactory delight!
I shortly introduced this set in a previous post on this lovely brand (here). Vegan, alcohol-free, with a coconut oil base, the fragrances are named after literary heroines and 19th century classics. This women’s fragrance kit included : Jane Eyre (notes of rose, bergamot and clary sage), Elizabeth Bennett (basil, anise, lemon and mandarin), The Secret garden (lavender) and Anne of Avonlea (ylang ylang, lavender and sweet mandarin). Aside from the cool literary references, the fragrances are incredibly pure. I didn’t notice any irritations, even when applied directly on to the skin. A less strong lasting power than Aftelier Perfumes, those are ideally suited for sensitive skin and noses 😉 If you’re not fond of musky scents, this is for you! I also find them great for Spring/Summer seasons as they’re fresh and the subtle herbal, floral scent is lovely. Delicate, soothing and pure, that’s how I’d describe the feeling that these perfumes leave.
Honore Des Prés fragrances are 100% natural and Ecocert certified organic, gluten-free and vegan. The sample kit that I ordered is from their “We Love NY” collection and included :
Love Coconut : One spritz, and you’re transported into a tropical island. It’s pure coconut bliss and if you enjoy Coconut smell, this one is a must. Sweet, fruity and a great lasting power. I got compliments several times wearing Love Coconut :).
Love Carotte : A scent rather…interesting haha. It smells like fresh carrots, but I’m not sure how to wear this. Also the scent doesn’t really lingers, it quickly evaporates, so I have to admit that this was my least favorite.
Vamp à NY : A smoky, ambery and vampy scent. With notes of Tuberose and rum, and Benjoin, Perou Balm and Tolu Balm (Peruvian
Balsams), this is a a strong, spicy invigorating smell, that will boost up your confidence. Tuberose brings a sense voluptuousness, while Peru balsam is often used in Hermès fragrances and oriental fragrances, to add a touch of cinnamon smell.
Have you tried any of these? What is your favorite natural fragrance?
* Those were kindly sent to me
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