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Monday, July 06, 2009

Aftelier Lumiere: Perfume Review

As a rule, fragrances develop from light to heavy, from bright to dark. On my skin, Mandy Aftel's new fragrance, Lumiere, progresses in reverse.

Like a dimmer gradually being switched from dark to dusky to bright, the perfume slowly moves from the opaque, nocturnal-green notes of green tea absolute and incense in the direction of ever increasing incandescence. The composition steps out of the deep, cool, enveloping pool of myrtle green, wades through the translucent, pale waters of lotus and finally explodes in a burst of joyous, floral pinkness of boronia...A synesthesiac's delight!

Available at Aftelier and Henri Bendel, $195.00 for 1/4oz.

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Perfumer: Mandy Aftel.

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Blogger Flora said...

This sounds just beautiful - but how can that name be used, since Rochas already has a perfume by the same name that is still in production? Have the rules changed?

1:49 AM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Oh, I would like to experience that. :)

10:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Not sure, but I'd think the issue was probably cleared. Is Lumiere still in production?

10:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It is beautiful.

10:20 AM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

The original Lumiere is discontinued, but the new version came out in 2000. I am assuming that even discontinued scents with trademarked names have to be gone for quite a while before the name can be reused.

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Interesting. Maybe they sold the rights?

1:23 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Am entranced by that photo. Stunning!! And Lumiere sounds like another gorgeous scent from MA.

5:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Rodney Smith's work is amazing. I can spend hours on his site.

5:54 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

Sounds so lovely!!

8:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

This one has such a short life on my skin, short even for a natural parfume. Hardly long enough to discover all that lovely development...

1:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

lumiere is a promise,not just any old name, and if I understand correctly, then this MA perform the passage from dark to light. Is that possible at all?

9:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

This sounds intersting and really lovely, Marina. I either need to quit coming here, or only come once a month and buy all my samples after reading the reviews in one sitting, to save on shipping!

5:49 PM EDT  
Blogger indieperfumes said...

I love her work, but also find the fugitive quality is a bit frustrating. Sounds like a great idea for a composition, so unusual, dark to light...

11:46 AM EDT  

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