In the House is a new feature on EauMG. I’m collecting my experiences from years of perfume sampling and putting together a quick brand overview. There are so many perfume lines out there that it can be overwhelming. My goal with this is to quickly introduce people to niche and indie lines that may be of interest to them.
Who’s in the house? Aftelier
The perfumer: Mandy Aftel, a self-taught perfumer, teacher and author.
The History: Mandy is the queen of natural perfumery. She has been creating small-batch and custom blends (for many celebs too) for years. She teaches natural perfumery courses and has many published books on the subject. Mandy has really help to pioneer (and unify) the natural and indie perfumery movements within the United States and I’m sure, the globe. I could go on and on with praise, but the goal of this feature is to be “quick”. For more, here’s a bio. The brand is indie and based in California.
My impressions of the brand: A well-rounded natural line with a focus on high-quality luxuries and emotive blends. There is also a focus on “DIY” since the brand offers workbooks, single notes, classes and products like Chef’s Essences.
Brand’s strengths: In my opinion, the strengths are with citrus and white florals. I also think the brand has amazing hair/body oils. But, I think what makes Aftelier really stand out is the mix of fragrances and flavors. The Chef’s Essences are game changing.
Brand’s weaknesses: This is tough. I would say longevity is an issue, but that’s the case with naturals. Naturals tend to be “quieter”. And of course, the price of these will deter people. They’re costly, especially when you consider the price per milliliter – Price is subjective but worth bringing up.
I have tried: All of them except for Cuir de Gardenia and Shiso. I really should try them; they both sound great.
My favorite/s from the line that I’ve tried: Wild Roses is hands down my favorite. It’s a genius rose. I also like to wear Honey Blossom.
My least favorite from the line: All of them work on my skin; there isn’t one I dislike. If I absolutely had to pick, I’d say Oud Luban. That’s only because real oudy-ouds scare me. Saying that, I think Oud Luban is great. It’s just not “me”. But, there are plenty of people out there that would love it.
You may like some of the perfumes in this brand if you like: natural fragrances, white florals, citrus and stuff that doesn’t smell like it is sold at a department store.
Does the brand offer samples or a discovery set? Yes. Individual samples are available for purchase.
Available products by this brand: EDPs, pure parfums, solid perfumes, face elixirs, body & hair elixirs, Chef Essences, teas, perfumer’s botanicals (single notes), workbooks & books
Price range: $50 (minis)-$425 (specialty flask). Most perfumes are in the $200 range.
Where to buy this line – online at Aftelier.
My 5 “must-try” picks –
Wild Roses – One of my favorite roses. Tarragon is an amazing addition to this floral fragrance.
Honey Blossom – Honeyed clover and sunshine.
Fig – It’s not really a figgy-fig. Try it if you like dark, moody foresty scents.
Oud Luban – A blood orange oud.
Cepes and Tuberose – A sweet and savory tuberose.
I’m a mega fan of the Body Oils & Hair Elixirs and the Chef’s Essences. I recommend each and every one of these. Both of these products are game changers and I feel are very affordable for the high quality product that you get.
And another “fun fact”, Mandy did the natural scents for Cleanwell products. Orange Vanilla is my favorite.
*All images from Aftelier.