The art of blending plant, flower, seed, wood, resin, and oil essences into beautiful aromatic compositions is the art of Botanical Perfumery. The botanical perfumer focuses principally on aroma profile, essence quality, evocative narratives, and the beauty of scent. Natural perfumes have organic bases thus greater mutability for interacting with the oils and chemistry of the body. While a scent may be recognizable as Jasmine or Rose, this interaction produces an individualized scent as the aroma changes. Using a natural perfume reflects the way in which we honor ourselves by honoring the Earth.
Skin being our largest organ, it’s important to feed it with ingredients found in nature, not secret recipes full of toxic chemicals crafted in the laboratory. In the beginning history of perfume, fragrances were made of the most precious and prized natural ingredients. Nature is a far superior scent source than the lab. ‘Organic’ takes fragrances one step further and avoids the chemicals and poisonous pesticides used in non-organic farming. Scent has a profound impact on our lives. Smell is one of our strongest senses, with the power to evoke different states of mind, and to change our mood. With beneficial ingredients, natural fragrances provide therapeutic aspects that promote health and well-being that synthetic fragrances do not. Here are some extraordinary perfumes that conjure garden scents as Summer transitions to Fall. Each one categorically unique and handcrafted in small batches with depth and complexity. Botanical Perfumery at its best.
Lina Hanson SATORI Perfume,When natural beauty entrepreneur and celebrity makeup artist Lina Hanson wanted to create a perfume oil to add to her brand -founded on the belief in global beauty, she knew exactly where to look for inspiration and ingredients. Her goal “was to create a perfume that evokes the beauty of the landscape and culture of the Far East. An elegant, sexy and unique scent that transports you to the most exotic and remote areas of Thailand, Japan, and China.” The result of Lina’s journey to the Far East is SATORI, an uplifting and invigorating scent that awakens the senses with warm Vanilla, grounding Sandalwood, and notes of crisp and refreshing Yuzu and Ginger. If you’re a fan of Lina’s Global Body Serum -as I am, and you should be, you’ll love Satori with its similar fresh bright notes. A perfect way to layer aromatically. SATORI comes in a small jute pouch handmade by artisans in India. Truly beautiful and inspiring, much like its creatrix.
kō denmark Jasmine + Neroli Organic Perfume Oil, From the boutique beauty-brand with European roots comes this intoxicating organic Jasmine + Neroli roll on perfume that lingers on skin and positively alters your mood. Simply divine. Its Danish roots are evident with highly functional, effective and 100% simple and portable packaging great for on-the-go application and travel. kō denmark creator and founder Henriette Holst uses only pure oils from two of the world’s most expensive flowers -Jasmine and Neroli, for her unique, organic beauty line, free from artificial fragrances or preservatives. These flower oils bring moisture to the skin, while their aromatic synergy offers relief from stress and makes you feel just beautiful.
VERED Organic Botanicals Blue Violet Perfume, This unique perfume has a rare green earthy floral overtone, combined with a dry floral aphrodisiac Jasmine Sambac and the fresh citrus aroma of the Japanese Yuzu. The right mix of ancient and modern, with an ability to touch the soul and balance the mind, and shine. VERED is an organic skin and body care line integrating therapeutic botanical essential oils that are 100% chemical and preservative free. Within the line are three perfumes, Blue Violet, Deep Citrine, and the VERED Signature Scent, each deeply beautiful and good for the body, mind, and spirit. Creator Vered Back is a master esthetician and herbalist who brings the combined experience of integrating holistic modalities such as phytotherapy, medicinal plant research, skilled esthetician expertise, extensive bodywork and aromatherapy to the brand. Hand-made with love in small batches in NYC.
Lotus Wei Infinite Love Perfume, Lotus Wei promotes ‘flower alchemy,’ a way of receiving the nourishing properties of plants through pure flower essences, suspended in water -liquid energy that transforms your mood and your mind through your acupuncture meridians. The brand makes six varieties of flower essences: Joy Juice, Infinite Love, Pure Energy, Inspired Action, Quiet Mind, and Inner Peace. Each comes in four formulas: an elixir that is taken orally, a serum that’s applied to pulse points, an energy mist, and a transformative perfume. A favorite in the Katie Hess Lotus Wei line, Infinite love Perfume helps you to experience unconditional love for yourself and others, attract love and affection, and enhances magnetism, attractiveness, and charisma, and magnifies gentleness, compassion, softness and receptivity, with an effervescent burst of Honey Citrus Floral aroma -Exquisite Rose, Red Mandarin and Honey. For every mood + feeling, there is a flower. Choose a flower and change your life.
Sarabecca Day and Night Natural Eau de Parfum, Charming and romantic, housed in light-filled artistic glass, Sarabecca, created from only plant essences, natural oils and extracts, comes in two distinctly beautiful sister scents, Day and Night. Day Sarabecca is an exquisitely fresh white floral blend with subtle notes of Jasmine, Tuberose and Muguet. Night Sarabecca is an alluring aroma of Vetiver, Patchouli and Amber with highlights of Bergamot, Lemon, Ginger and Sage. Lively, lovely and lasting. Sarabecca Natural Perfume -an artisan craft perfumery creating truly natural prestige fragrances in a workshop in Montecito California, is founded by Ken Grand and named after his daughters, Sara and Rebecca. Grand also founded Alba Botanica, and is the current owner and president of Earth Science Naturals.
Aftelier Perfumes Honey Blossom Eau De Parfume, Honey Blossom is a dreamy floral fragrance with top notes of Mimosa and Lime -Linden Blossom, middle notes of Orange Blossom and Honeysuckle, and base notes of Ambergris and Benzoin. Honey Blossom is smooth, sweet and delectable, and somehow finds that ‘perfect’ Honey note. Like a wave of warm Honey and White Jasmine petals, its effect is simply bottled Summer magic. There is true beauty and sophistication in Mandy Aftel -perfumer extraordinaire, compositions which have an interesting development and strong character. Some are polished interpretations reminiscent of classical French grand parfums like Lumière, others are fascinating and original like Palimpsest. Inspired with deep knowledge in her Berkeley California-based studio Aftelier-a recognized authority in Natural Perfume, Aftel hopes her essences will create an aesthetic experience of luxury and well-being in the wearer.
Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent by Mandy Aftel, Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive. Cinnamon, queen of the Spice Route, touches our hunger for the unknown, the exotic, the luxurious. Mint, homegrown the world over, speaks to our affinity for the familiar, the native, the authentic. Frankincense, an ancient incense ingredient, taps into our longing for transcendence, while Ambergris embodies our unquenchable curiosity. And exquisite Jasmine exemplifies our yearning for beauty, both evanescent and enduring.
In addition to providing a fascinating initiation into the history, natural history, and philosophy of scent, Fragrant imparts the essentials of scent literacy and includes recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible, drinkable, and useful concoctions that reveal the imaginative possibilities of creating with, and reveling in, aroma. Vintage line drawings make for a volume that will be a treasured gift as well as a great read.
The Fragrant Companion Kit, Created by Aftel to allow you to “smell along” as you read about Fragrant’s main characters Cinnamon, Mint, Frankincense, Ambergris, and Jasmine. The Cinnamon and Mint essential oils are not for wearing, but can be used in food by diluting them. The Frankincense resin can be rubbed between your fingers to release its fragrance, and along with the diluted Ambergris and Jasmine tinctures can be worn directly on your skin -layer them to create your own perfume.