Aftelier is a collection of natural, artisan scents created by Mandy Aftel. She creates them by hand in small batches, the perfumes smell divine—deeper and more complex than most commercial scents, which are derived from synthetic ingredients and use alcohol as a carrier. She also makes solid perfumes and candles.
My favorites are:
Secret Garden: is all about rich sensual pleasure–rather defies olfactive family categorization, as there are many facets to its rich body. Let us perhaps call it a “fruity floriental with delicious near-gourmand hints and sensuous animalic qualities.
Poplar Buds Absolute: is fruity, floral and animalic in nature. When smelled neat it can be slightly off-putting due to the initial aroma of overripe stone fruits. If given time to breathe Poplar Buds Absolute reveals a rich olfactory impression and is an ingredient worthy of the perfumer’s palette.
Honeysuckle Absolute: offers an aromatic impression that is less complex than Poplar Bud Absolute, but it engages the senses by telling the kaleidoscopic story of all narcotic florals (Tuberose, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Magnolia, etc.) The character it reveals is one of a white floral vintage which evaporates in fits and starts before reaching a honeyed dry down that echoes the enigmatic scent of autumn outdoors.
Fig: A mix of fir absolute, jasmine sambac, and yuzu, duplicating the aroma of this sweet fruit to a tee. Speaking of “tea,” she makes that, too — of the perfumed variety, of course.
Cocao: A blend of jasmine, blood orange, and cocao from a Costa Rican plantation. Psst — Aftel distills the cocao herself.
Checkout their other products and scents here.