It was my birthday recently. What does a perfumer request as a present? Perfume of course!
Perhaps that may seem strange, after all I can make my own perfume and indeed I do. But it is lovely to experience the fruits of someone else’s labour and passion. Since I’ve only ever had 1/2ml samples of Aftelier perfume, I boldly asked hubby for some actual bottles of Mandy’s creations: three “miniatures”, as Mandy calls her 2ml size bottles. Then I topped up my gift pack with samples of 4 of her solid perfumes.
Even though I make perfume and I know natural perfume comes in teensy tiny bottles, it is hard to picture the exact size in real life so I couldn’t help but chuckle when I opened the package. I immediately thought of the scene in the ‘Spinal Tap’ movie when stonehenge was lowered on the stage – the anticipated awesome 18 foot prop turned out to be a mere 18 inches and was almost trampled by dancing dwarves! Brace yourself for this moment if ever your buy a 2ml bottle of natural perfume.
Jokes aside, I am very happy with my beautiful perfume. I chose cepes & tuberose, fig and shiso. I’ve blogged about the genius of cepes & tuberose before here. Fig I’ve had as a sample in the past and love the rich, deep, sweet, sticky jam smell. Shiso is a new experience chosen primarily because I don’t own a couple of the key ingredients used, namely shiso leaf (perilla) and kewda and so I had absolutely no idea what to expect.
Shiso is amazing and unique – for me it starts off quite sharp, bitter and slightly medicinal – herbal and green with an underlying sweetness. There is the crispness of apples with a rosy honeyed background. A delicate sweet spice aroma of cinnamon becomes apparent and what seems to be a subtle aniseed quality. With time I detect oud on and off and eventually it settles to a dry, smoky wood with patchouli quite evident. Shiso is weird at times yet completely addictive. I think I may be putting in a request for the larger eau de parfum bottle for Christmas!
I am so glad I found the world of natural perfume. Where once I was completely nauseated by intense synthetic fragrances I can now actually smell and relish the subtle nuances of natural essences. The miniatures may indeed be small but the contents command complete awe and respect.