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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ode to Some Yellow Flowers: Honey Blossom by Mandy Aftel

By Marina

Ordinarily I think of mimosa and linden as of ethereal flowers...not quite of this lowly world. There is something in the airy, frail transparency of their aroma that lends itself to this kind of almost angelic imagery. Mandy Aftel's Honey Blossom certainly retains that non-corporeal quality of the flowers...it does however place their feat firmly on the ground. Roots them in the ground even.

The perfumer brings out a certain edible quality from linden, a certain almost doughy, crumbly feel. She infuses the yellow mimosa with even more life, juiciness and color by adding orange blossom to the blend. She makes the mix appear soft, warm and sensual by using benzoin. And most importantly she lets ambergris bring out the animal in the delicate flowers, making the fragile petals smells unexpectedly dirty, earthy and human, only too human.

"We are and will be dust.

Not air, not fire, nor water
but
earth,
only earth
we will be
and maybe also
some yellow flowers."
(Pablo Neruda)

Available at aftelier.com, $45.00-$150.00.

Image source, Corbis.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous hongkongmom said...

Sounds special, but I love,love, love the poem!

1:50 AM EDT  
OpenID olfactoriastravels.com said...

Oh, dear, Neruda again...
I will not be able to withstand that kind of pressure much longer. One of these days I will have to try honey Blossom, maybe when it is a FiFi winner, then I'll have a good excuse. ;)

2:52 AM EDT  
Blogger waftbyCarol said...

ooh , I have sooo been wanting to get my hands on some of this .
Andy's didn't work for me but I love Mandy's scents !

6:04 AM EDT  
Blogger mandy said...

thank you marina for this poetic tribute. i love it!

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Have a sample of this on the way. Now it can't get here fast enough! Thank you for the utterly delicious review, M.

5:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth Gehring said...

THis is fabulous perfume! I loved it! Completely!

7:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous Sturdine said...

I wish it were more linden and less honey.

8:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

hongkongmom
Oh me too!

8:34 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Birgit
Well for some reason PN is just very quotable in regards to perfume.

8:34 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Carol
you gotta try it

9:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Mandy
I am so glad!

9:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Alyssa
Let me know what you think about it!

9:05 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Beth
me too! :)

9:05 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Sturdine
Oh yes? To me the ratio was perfect.

9:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous Monica said...

yes, definitely "human", well said Marina! <3 btw, Honey Blossom is such a gentle scent, I find it perfect for my little God daughters...they both love it! They are 11 and 6 yrs old. I love that it's completely natural too, that makes me feel good for them.

12:06 PM EDT  

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