Perfume Guide
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Aftelier Perfume Guide


Here is where you can see our complete line of liquid and solid perfumes. Organized by fragrance family, this Guide is an easy way to look at our entire range of fragrances on one page. By clicking on the View button for any item, you can see its reviews and awards. To add any size of perfume (including samples) directly to your cart, click on the Add button for it.


Florals
Fruity Floral
Palimpsest liquid
  • Scent Family: Fruity Floral

Palimpsest captures the feeling of being in the Garden of Eden at midnight: lush, wild florals, forbidden fruit, and majestic creatures in hiding. The perfume undulates down through florals to its ambergris-laced, other-worldly drydown, and the base notes shimmer up through the top and middle notes in a seamless, scented wave. A palimpsest is an old document on which the original writing has been erased and replaced with new writing. Sometimes the older writing can still be read under the new, resulting in a complex and beautiful layering. I wanted to evoke the richness that you feel when you experience the past as alive in the present, creating the gorgeous complexity of life.

Featured Notes:
Top: gamma dodecalactone, phenyl acetic acid, yuzu.
Heart: jasmine grandiflorum, peach, ylang ylang.
Base: firetree, vanilla, ambergris.

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Floral Floral
Cuir de Gardenia liquid
  • Scent Family: Floral Floral

Cuir de Gardenia retains the unique beauty of the tiare flower, not allowing it to morph into the hundreds of petals of a floral bouquet. I had been incredibly fortunate to find an artisanal grower and distiller of the ultra-rare, costly, precious gardenia. In Cuir de Gardenia, I wanted to retain the pure loveliness of the creamy sweet and singular gardenia fragrance, and knew that the rounded warmth of an oil-based perfume (solid and liquid) would be the perfect format.

Cuir de Gardenia is unusual in that it has no top notes; I created it in such a way that the gardenia appears immediately, unimpeded from the opening of the perfume onward, merging seamlessly with the leather. The natural isolates ethyl phenyl acetate (reminiscent of a bunch of sweet peas) and the candy-like maltol contribute sweet and floral notes to the animalic base of the perfume.


Featured Notes:
Heart: tiare (gardenia) absolute, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, benzyl acetate.
Base: castoreum, ethyl phenyl acetate, maltol.

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Cuir de Gardenia solid

Same description as Cuir de Gardenia liquid description above.

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Lumiere liquid
  • Scent Family: Floral Floral

A sheer, elegant floral, based on fine green tea absolute and sacred frankincense. The exquisite heart features Tasmanian boronia, magnolia, and honeysuckle. Restrained yet sensual, Vogue.com calls this fragrance "addictive." Sheer and reflecting light, Lumiere captures the experience of fine silk on the skin.


Featured Notes:
Top: phenyl ethyl acetate, bergamot.
Heart: honeysuckle, boronia, magnolia, benzyl acetate.
Base: green tea, frankincense, ambergris.

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Wild Roses liquid
  • Scent Family: Floral Floral

I wanted to capture in perfume the experience of walking around my garden and smelling each rose, as their perfumes blended in my nose. Wild Roses perfume evokes the garden in our imagination and memory -- the book of a hundred petals unfolding: balsamic, spicy, apricot, and honeyed roses, mixed with the smell of warm earth and herbs.

The apricot-rose heart is perfectly rooted in a base of tarragon absolute -- its herbal round anise aroma giving a nuance of both earth and leaves. The balsamic vanilla absolute and the whiskey-ness of aged patchouli support tarragon’s warm, powdery aspect. Indole contributes the almost animal aspect of ripeness in a rose. The heart is punctuated by pimento berry, lending its nuances of clove, ginger, and cinnamon. The candied-orange flower aroma of methyl methyl anthranilate, the soft powdery floral of heliotropin, and the slightly floral citrus of bergamot contribute a modern freshness to the opening.


Featured Notes:
Top: rose CO2, heliotropin, bergamot, geraniol, m-methyl anthranilate, damascenone..
Heart: apricot, Turkish rose absolute, pimento berry, p-ethyl alcohol, rose petals attar.
Base: tarragon absolute, vanilla absolute, indole, aged patchouli.

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Soliflore
Honey Blossom liquid
  • Scent Family: Soliflore

Beautiful honeyed floral, hypnotic with notes of honeysuckle. If there were a flower that smelled like honey, this would be it.


Featured Notes:
Top: mimosa, linden blossom CO2.
Heart: orange blossom absolute, phenyl ethyl alcohol.
Base: ambergris, benzoin.

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Jasmine solid
  • Scent Family: Soliflore

Grandiflorum jasmine with blood orange and pink grapefruit. Jasmine flower is a very seductive scent; it will woo you. I balanced the heady, intense, narcotic floral aroma with the brightest of citruses. People enjoy being able to carry this perfume with them, applying it when they want to brighten their mood.

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Spicy Floral
Orchid solid
  • Scent Family: Spicy Floral

The fresh and spicy fragrance of lilies in bloom, featuring the mysterious aroma of orange flower absolute. One of my favorite flowers is the oriental lily, a fragrance that fills my house much of the year. But alas, no natural essence can be extracted from it, so I set out to imagine a natural perfume of this fragrance. This crisp, elegant floral solid perfume evolves on the skin perfectly. I chose the name “Orchid” quixotically, because that flower’s visual beauty captures the elegance of this lily scent.

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Oriental
Floral Oriental
Parfum Privé liquid
  • Scent Family: Floral Oriental

Smells like the night air in Hawaii -- of sultry flowers, warmth and light. It almost shimmers. Parfum Privé was created out of my curiosity: when I finally managed to acquire ambergris, a rare and elusive substance derived from a secretion of the sperm whale, I couldn’t wait to use it. I wanted to balance the intense beauty of the ambergris with essences that could hold their own; botanical musk and redolent florals. I originally intended to make this lush perfume only for my own personal use, but the final perfume was too incredible not to share. Parfum Privé is the most extravagant perfume in my collection –- four of the essences cost over $10,000 per kilo: osmanthus, orange flower absolute, ambrette seed (a botanical musk) and the legendary ambergris.

Featured Notes:
Top: bergamot, pink pepper CO2.
Heart: orange flower absolute, osmanthus, pimento leaf.
Base: ambrette, ambergris.

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Parfum Privé solid

Same description as Parfum Privé liquid above.

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Secret Garden liquid
  • Scent Family: Floral Oriental

Secret Garden opens into roses and wood, brightened with mixed citrus. The jasmine sambac heart of the perfume, with its spicy indolic kick, paired with the jammy raspberry, lends the illusion of spice where there is none -- like the lure of a blind pathway in a garden. This intertwines with voluptuous Turkish rose absolute.

The phantom spice creates a feeling of hidden mystery in this garden. The sumptuous balsamic base is rooted in beautiful deertongue (*not* an animal ingredient), which combines the sweet and powdery notes of tonka beans with the aromas of the countryside.

Secret Garden is named for the 1910 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, about a young girl who herself blossoms after she discovers a barren secret garden and brings it back to life.

Featured Notes:
Top: bergamot, bois de rose, Geraniol, blood orange.
Heart: jasmine sambac, raspberry, Turkish rose.
Base: civet, castoreum, vanilla, deertongue (plant), benzoin, aged patchouli.

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Amber Oriental
Wildflowers solid
  • Scent Family: Amber Oriental.

Evokes the rolling hills of California -- The honeyed softness of sun-warmed sweet hay, dotted with wildflowers and a cool breeze of Mexican lime.

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Gourmand
Cacao liquid
  • Scent Family: Gourmand

Possibly the world’s most seductive form of chocolate, with jasmine and blood orange. I create the chocolate alcohol that is the foundation of the perfume. I tincture very aromatic organic cocoa beans from Costa Rica, hand-selected by master chocolate-maker Steve DeVries, along with some very floral Tahitian vanilla beans. Using both grandiflorum and sambac jasmines, their richness marries well with the full chocolate base.

Featured Notes:
Top: blood orange, pink grapefruit.
Heart: jasmine sambac & grandiflorum.
Base: chocolate, vanilla.

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Fig liquid
  • Scent Family: Gourmand

Jasmine sambac, fir absolute, and yuzu create the richness of ripe black figs. Without a true natural fig essence available, my fig contains no fig, but employs a sleight-of-hand based on a rare, almost fruity lavender from Spain, paired with the sweet and jammy fir absolute.

Featured Notes:
Top: grand fir, pink grapefruit.
Heart: pink pepper absolute, jasmine sambac, Seville lavender absolute.
Base: Africa stone, fir absolute.

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Vanilla Smoke liquid
  • Scent Family: Gourmand

Vanilla Smoke is a sexy sophisticated smoke-laced vanilla perfume. I have always loved the refined aroma of vanilla absolute from Madagascar for its gorgeous facets of wood, resin and spices. Fine vanilla absolute possesses none of the ubiquitous creamy sweet candy-like notes associated with commercial vanilla fragrances. The dark smokiness of lapsang souchong tea essence has been extracted from tea leaves that were smoked over pinewood. The vanilla becomes even more beautiful when accentuated with the fire and mystery of lapsang.

Precious Siam wood offers warm balsamic wood notes that merge seamlessly with the vanilla. Sumptuous saffron brings a touch of the exotic and the faraway, while yellow mandarin with its slightly floral citrus sparkle lifts the opening of the perfume. Meanwhile ambergris insinuates its shimmering presence, creating a luminescence and sheer texture.

Featured Notes:
Top: Yellow Mandarin, Siam Wood, Saffron Absolute, Vanillin
Base: Vanilla Absolute, Lapsang Souchong, Ambergris, Coumarin

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Woods
Sweet Woods
Fir solid
  • Scent Family: Sweet Woods

With its rich jam-like notes of forests and fir trees, this perfume is the perfect walk in the woods. Fir absolute has an aromatic quality of stone fruit along with fir trees. Beautiful on its own, Fir blends beautifully on the skin with Roses solid perfume, and also adds a cheerful, warm, uplifting sweetness when applied over any other florals.

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Dry Woods
Oud Luban solid
  • Scent Family: Dry Woods

Dark, resinous oud is the most expensive essence in the world - here 8 varieties are blended to get the desired notes. This is a perfume of great highs and lows, with no middle notes. It opens with the fresh citrus top notes of the finest hojari frankincense ("Luban" in Urdu) and resinous notes of elemi. Followed by balsamic notes of the faintly vanilla benzoin, the spicy-balsamic opopanax, and the fine cognac-like notes of aged patchouli. The drydown reveals the smoky choya ral and precious oud - intimate and softly animal, like a lover's body.

Perfect for layering with florals -- the oud brings an earthy richness that allows the florals to bloom on the skin.

Featured Notes:
Top: elemi, orange terpenes, blood orange, frankincense CO2.
Base: oud, opopanax, choya ral, benzoin, aged patchouli.

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Oud Luban liquid
Same description as Oud Luban solid above.
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Sepia liquid
  • Scent Family: Dry Woods

Sepia is a tint, a watercolor wash, an atmosphere, a memory.

Yellow mandarin (a rare and very floral citrus) melds seamlessly with the blood cedarwood (intense ruby red oil from the heart of the wood) to create Sepia's elegant deep woody citrus opening note. At the perfume's heart, neither the coffee nor the cocoa lend a gourmand note, but create an earthy and dark counterpoint to the full-bodied pink lotus -- with a hint of spilt wine from the strawberry. Musky flowering tobacco in the base echoes the opening of the rich blood cedarwood. The murmur of cepes, married with the ambergris and oud, creates an atmosphere of aging elegance.

Sepia, with its soft, sheer, almost ghostly presence, becomes warmer as it lingers on your skin in a diaphanous veil.

These flaçons are accompanied by a 2 ml miniature screw-top bottle that can be filled with the included pipette for a portable version of your perfume.

Featured Notes:
Top: blood cedarwood, yellow mandarin, pink grapefruit.
Heart: pink lotus, strawberry, jasmine grandiflorum, cocoa, coffee.
Base: flowering tobacco, oud, indole, ambergris, cepes, labdanum.

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Earthy Fougère
Cepes and Tuberose liquid
  • Scent Family: Fougère


Wild mushrooms, with animal undertones and one of the world's most voluptuous florals. Wild porcini mushrooms and Italian tuberose play a mysterious and earthy duet. One of my more enigmatic perfumes, it has won many awards and fans. --- Chosen as one of “100 Perfumes Every Perfumista Should Try” by Now Smell This.

Featured Notes:
Top: bois de rose.
Heart: tuberose, Moroccan rose.
Base: cepes absolute, benzoin.

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Chypre
Bergamoss solid
  • Scent Family: Chypre


Bergamoss features the sumptuous marriage of oakmoss, with its aromas of the wet forest floor, and the bright freshness of bergamot. It harkens back to the substantial and transporting chypres of old. I was after a particular kind of chypre -- one that was both rich and fresh, bright and heavy, sweet and loamy. I chose the particular essences for Bergamoss to merge with each other so completely as to blur seamlessly together. I didn't rely on the traditional diffusiveness of an alcohol-based perfume, but instead wanted the warm texture, solidness, and deep green color to be an intimate and intrinsic part of experiencing the perfume.

Featured Notes:
Top: bergamot, wild sweet orange
Middle: peach, citronellol, nutmeg absolute
Base: oakmoss, flouve absolute, coumarin, antique civet.

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Bergamoss liquid
Same description as Bergamoss solid above.
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