Aftelier Alchemy Solid Perfume is a floral oriental , natural fragrance in a luxurious solid base. This was one of, natural perfumery genius, Mandy Aftel’s “early” fragrances formulated from some of the most popular notes she used in custom perfumery. Basically, Alchemy is a “crowd pleaser” perfume. I’m usually a fan of crowd pleasers. Alchemy is an exception because Aftel’s clients aren’t your average consumers. From the decadent notes in Alchemy, I can tell that Aftel’s custom order clients are knowledgeable, perfume lovers.
At first, Alchemy is a spicy jasmine fragrance. I keep thinking I’m getting white frankincense mixed with the black pepper, maybe I am, but it isn’t listed. Alchemy reminds me of a solid version of Candide in the opening. There’s spice, a rustic orange note, and lots of heady jasmine. I love the jasmine in this. Unlike Candide, Alchemy is immediately grounded. Underneath the spicy jasmine, I get creamy amber and vanilla. But, this amber and vanilla isn’t very sweet, think creamy. With time, the spice begins to fade. I’m left with jasmine and rose, a perfect balance of the two usually “loud” floral notes. They are together, like a perfect power couple. The dry-down of Alchemy is ancient, warm, resinous, powdery: amber. This dry-down is beautiful. It works so well with my skin.
The texture of this solid superb. It’s smooth, no waxiness. The best feeling solid that I have ever used. It wears like an oil. It wears closely to the skin, but not as closely as most solid that I have tried. Like I said, this solid has “oil throw”. With time, of course, it becomes softer, wearing more like other solids on the market. And this formula is long-wearing. I can smell the sweet, warm amber dry-down on my skin 10+ hours after applying a small amount of this solid to my wrists. This isn’t your average solid scent.
Alchemy is one of those florals that really works on cold, winter days when the sun playfully peeks from the clouds. This is a citrus jasmine with enough “umph” to keep it wearing strong, even on cool days. The spice warms one up. It’s optimistic with citrus and florals but grounded with ancient resins. And I love the simple dry-down. All of the notes are simple but they smell really high-quality. This is one of those “good ingredients” recipes. This scent is long-wearing and easily unisex.
Notes listed include black pepper, bitter orange, rose, jasmine, vanilla, and amber.
An 1/4 oz retails for $175 in the Mexican, artisanal sterling silver compact. Unique antique cosmetic compacts and pocket watches are available, cost varying. This solid perfume is available at Aftelier.
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