Aftelier Bergamoss Solid Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Bergamoss perfume

Aftelier Bergamoss is the newest solid perfume in the line. It’s exactly as the name implies. It’s a mix of bright fruits and forest moss, a throwback chypre.

Bergamoss opens with as a shade of coral. It’s like peach nectar and orange pulp. However, this scent is a chypre and it’s all about the moss. It’s peaches, oranges and a warm, dry moss. The spices in this don’t add heat but they add a dry woodiness like bark on a forest floor. Bergamoss dries down to… Continue reading | 7 Comments


Aftelier Palimpsest EDP Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Palimpsest

Palimpsest is a new fruity-floral perfume by Aftelier that “captures the feeling of being in the Garden of Eden at midnight: lush, wild florals, forbidden fruit, and majestic creatures in hiding.” And I can see that. When wearing Palimpsest, I was brought to mind of Gauguin’s paintings inspired by Polynesia. Palimpsest is bright and tropical without smelling like other perfumes in the “tropical fruity-floral” genre.

Palimpsest opens as bubblegum-ish florals and dewy, fresh fruit. It’s sticky fruits and humid honeysuckle. Really the best way I can… Continue reading | 4 Comments


Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia Extrait Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia

Aftelier Cuir de Gardenia is nothing like any commercial perfume with “gardenia” (and that is a compliment). When I wear it, I can’t believe that I ever once in my entire adult “perfume” life dismissed wearing white florals. I’ve always been a fan of synthetic and mixed media perfumes; however, it took the world of naturals to convince me that white florals are absolutely stunning. And the world of naturals convinced me that “white floral” is not… Continue reading | 3 Comments


Happy 4th of July & A List of My Favorite American Indies

Ellen Drew

Happy 4th of July! I hope my American readers are enjoying today and the weekend.

In celebration of Independence Day, I’ve put together a quick list of my current favorite American indie perfumes.

Keep in mind this list is in no particular order:

1. Providence Perfume Co. (Rhode Island)

2. Sonoma Scent Studio (California)

3. Charenton Macerations (New York)

4. Phoenicia (New York but always Seattle to me…)

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Aftelier Shiso EDP Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Shiso perfume

Aftelier Shiso is a perfume that actually captures the complexities of many Asian “green” flavors. Wearing Shiso reminds me of all of the good and bad things that I’ve done with things that I’ve bought at Asian markets. It reminds me of smelling bunches of herbs labeled in languages that I can’t read, imagining what I’d do with them when I got home. I once made a shiso simple syrup for cocktails, it was terrible. My other experiments were much more pleasant and are now staples in… Continue reading | 7 Comments