A voluptuous floral heart swathed in amber and vanilla, with bitter orange and black pepper top notes. A respite of comfort with its amber foundation supporting a traditional floral heart, finished with a splash of spicy citrus. Luxurious, uplifting, and universally beloved.
Alchemy launched as a solid perfume in tandem with the original publication of my book Essence and Alchemy in 2001. It was the first perfume I made for Aftelier Perfumes and has long been retired. I am working with the original essences that I used when I made Alchemy over 15 years ago, and the original ylang ylang concrete and vanilla absolute are no longer possible to find. Fortunately, I saved some of these gorgeous essences because even back then, it was extremely difficult to find a rich and complex vanilla absolute. It is even harder to find ylang ylang concrete, which smells like a perfume all by itself: rich, sweet, and intensely floral -- my absolute favorite version of ylang ylang.
For this holiday season in 2018 I wanted to bring it out again but this time in a limited-edition rollette (rollerball), using a base of fractionated coconut oil. A respite of comfort with its amber foundation supporting a traditional floral heart, finished with a splash of spicy citrus. Portable and easy to take with you.