April 24, 2011
Aftelier Honey Blossom Perfume
This is the natural perfume that is in the running with a good chance for the first time award in this category, as held by the Fragrance Foundation. I think they have invited Aftelier into this awards process in part to open up the mainstream fragrance industry to what is happening all over, that is, so much creativity and interest in natural perfumes. Mandy Aftel's book, Essence and Alchemy was the inspiration for many, including me, to get seriously interested in perfume. Her presentation of the traditional materials and ways of making perfume have exerted a great influence on natural perfumers in this country, and green thinking people who love the sensuality of fragrance.
I remember when the Aftelier perfume Tango, about that passionately dramatic dance and Shiso, about that singular Asian scent essence central to the geisha's way of beauty came out, those dark liqueur like fragrances were demonstrating a very personal direction and motivation for composition with natural essences. The more specifically personal the perfume, the more creative and interesting, in my experience.
The voting will open in a couple of days, at which time I will post a link directly to the voting area. Facebook will also have a voting area. I look forward to voting and to seeing what transpires.
Above, Unter de Linden, 18th Century print of the famous avenue of flowering trees in Berlin; and the Aftelier Honey Blossom photo from the site. See the letters on Nathan Branch for more information and links to the process of creation. I love that transparent golden heart filled with Honey Blossom perfume - $80.
Please note the vote is now open, and anyone can vote! Follow this link:
Please help elect the natural beauty, Honey Blossom.
You must also vote in the men's section, in order for the ballot to be accepted.
(My choice was 1 Million, mainstream but well crafted )